Exploring the Underground River in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Hellowww guys, just got a short and simple post today because other than the Underground River, we really didn’t do much in Puerto Princesa.

Puerto Princesa

From El Nido, we hired a van and drove for about five hours to Puerto Princesa; we arrived around lunch time. The driver of the van took us straight to a buffet lunch restaurant (can’t remember the name!) but the food was good.

After lunch we made our way to the waiting area for us to get on a boat. We had someone arrange this for us since the lines do get quite long. He had already listed us up in the morning so we didn’t wait too long for our turn.

The boats are quite small, I would say good for 6 to 8 people. It’s about a 15 minute ride to get to the island.

Once we arrived, our guide, again queued us up for the underground river tour. We waited a while for this, maybe 30 minutes. There were a lot of people!

The also give you audio guides for the tour because they want to limit the noise made inside the cave.

I don’t any pictures inside the cave but its really so amazingly beautiful! One of those places that you have to see with your own eyes. I have a few videos though that I’ll try to upload soon!

I hope that in the years to come, it stays like this and the local government protects its beauty; it is of course a UNESCO World Heritage site. And now leaving you guys with a reminder, for any place you go:


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  1. This looks like an awesome experience. Philippines are super high on my list, hoping to get there soon! Looks like theres a lot of things to do other than lounge at the beach!

  2. I didn’t know there are tours in the Philippines that make use of audio guides! I think that’s pretty cool! the underground river h as been sitting high on my bucket list. I h ope to get to that beautiful place sooner rather than later!

  3. I’m yet to visit the Phillippines! The tour you took sounds fabulous – I love your photos too, the colour of that water!

  4. I am going to Philippines soon! Still trying to plan and Palawan is on my list. Now I definitely need to see this! Thanks for sharing

  5. I love the “take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints” quote – nice little reminder to visitors to be conscious of their actions.

  6. This is the first time I am hearing about the underground river and I definitely have to add Puerto Princesa to my bucket list, Johna! Is a day trip enough to explore this place?

  7. Truly, underground river in Palawan is really one of the best nature’s beauty to really experience. During my visit to this gem, really made me speechless that time and If I get the chance to go back, I will surely explore Underground River again. Unfortunately, I didn’t able to capture good photos of the amazing mineral formations inside the cave. But my underground experienced was one of the best travel memories I had.

  8. Wow, I loved all the pictures. I wish I could see few pictures of the interior of the cave. I liked the fact that they have the audio system to make less noise inside the cave. You had a great time, overall nice blog. I would love to experience this when in Palawans.

  9. Palawan and the Underground River is part of my Philippine bucket list. It would be awesome to visit this place with my boys one day soon. We have never been inside a cave as a family and it will be lovely to see a UNESCO Heritage site up-close and personal. I agree with you, I also hope the local government will be able to protect the place so the next generations of Filipinos will be able to marvel at its grandeur, too.

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