Everything you need to know about Underground River

Everything you need to know about Underground River 1900 1265 Enrico Rivasi

Did you know?

The Underground River in Palawan is one of the New 7 Natural Wonders!

We’re talking about the Underground River (also named Natuturingan from the locals), located in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1999.

Here’s some interesting data about the site:

  • the cave stretches for 24 km. Recently a second floor was discovered;
  • the river contained in the cave is 8,2 km long (the longest underground river in the world), and approximately 4 km are navigable;
  • the cave contains several chambers, some are the biggest in the world (the biggest chamber is 120m wide and 60m high);
  • the area of the National Park is about 22,202 hectares.

About the park

The cave is teeming with life since time immemorial: recently a 20 million years old fossil of a sea cow was discovered.

The variety of the species in the cave is endemic, and includes fish, swallows, snakes, bats, giant spiders (don’t worry, bats are most likely the only species you will see… you’re not afraid of bats, are you?).

The site is quite a popular attraction, and it’s often full of tourists: nevertheless, the whole area is still absolutely untouched.

The whole surrounding area is characterized by spectacular limestone karst: it definitely worth the 80km trip from the capital Puerto Princesa.

underground river in puerto princesas
photo credit by ©cacciariphoto

How to visit the Underground River

The Underground River is located near Sabang, a small village 80km (50 miles) north to Puerto Princesa.

The easiest way to reach the site is by booking a one-day tour in one of the many local tour agencies in the city.

Best time to visit the Underground River

Local weather conditions should be taken in consideration while planning your trip to the Underground river National Park.

During the wet season (june – october) it’s possible that your tour is cancelled due to bad weather conditions.

The best choice is to visit River from November to May (consider also that march – may is the warmest period).