The Puerto Princesa Underground River

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 kilometers north of the city center of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines. The river also called Puerto Princesa Underground River. The City government of Puerto Princesa has managed the National Park since 1992. The park also known as St. Paul Subterranean River National Park or St. Paul Underground River.

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is one of the most significant protected area of the Philippines. Designated as National Park on March 26, 1971 at 3,091 hectares. To ensures long term viability, the park extended to 22,202 hectares that includes the entire catchment of the underground river and important areas under proclamation 212 signed on November 16, 1999.

The site also contains a full mountain to sea ecosystem and protects forests that are important to biodiversity conservation. It was inscribed by UNESCO as a WORLD Heritage Site on December 4, 1999.

The park is a representative of Palawan moist forest, which are among the most significant in Asia and it is noted for high levels of local and regional endemism.

The site serves as habitat to numerous endangered rare and endemic wildlife species. A total of 165 species of birds were recorded in the park, this represent 67% of all the total birds and all of the 15 endemic birds species of Palawan. In 1998 there are some 30 mammals species, 19 species of reptiles recorded. There are also 9 species of bats, 2 species of swift lets and whip spider found in the cave, and the sea cow and the hawk-bill sea turtle.

In the coastal area, mangroves, sea grass beds and coral reef be found.

On November 11, 2011 the Puerto Pricesa Underground River was provisionally chosen as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. In the history of mankind, the selection was confirmed on January 28, 2012 that the Puerto Princesa Underground River as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature

The 7 New wonders of Nature in alphabetical order are:
1. Amazon Rain forest in South America
2. Halong bay in Vietnam
3. Iguazu Falls in Argentina and Brazil
4. Jeju Island in South Korea
5. Komodo in Indonesia
6. Puerto Princesa Underground River – Philippines

7. Table Mountain in South Africa

The site features a spectacular limestone or karts mountain landscape with one of the most impressive cave system in the world.

The river is more than 24 kilometers long cave, which contains an 8.2 kilometers -long underground section that flow directly to the sea, and is navigational with boat up to 4 kilometers in from the sea.

Going to the main entrance of the cave from the sea shore takes a few minutes walk, its a great place to immerse yourself on the beauty of nature with peacefulness in your inner self.

The rapid success of the The Underground River as tourism destination give a lot of time to wait for your turn.  There are a lot of waiting  area the but the view is very compensated. Its your time to take picture that made a souvenir for a lifetime…

Your turn gives a lot of excitement…. the adventure of the lifetime…..
begins….

Amazing sculpture

The formation is named according to their forms
Unfortunately my camera is not capable to give life  for the formation of stalactites and stalagmites that formed  over a million to billion years ago….

The boatman cum tour guide is very effective for their script, they will tell you everything you need to know inside the cave in a humorous way, that made every body smile and laugh during the tour.

A truly blessed natural wonders.
Regular tour allowed up to 1.5 kilometers from 8.2 kilometers  navigational river length due to some reasons:

*. Getting further  the river tunnels  is getting complicated and narrow, during high tide, the stalactites almost cover the river channels.
*. There are living natural endemics inside the cave that need not to disturb.
*. The Underground River is national treasures that need to conserve  reserve and preserve, in any form damages.
*. Special permit needs to apply from the administration of Underground River in Puerto Princesa City.

Important Reminder:

To control visitors access, the approved carrying capacity of the Underground River a  NO PERMIT, NO ENTRY policy strictly enforced by the Management PPUR. All visitors are required to secure a VISITOR ENTRY PERMIT at the Underground Booking Office before proceeding to the park, visitors are required to present valid identification cards and register prior to the tour at least a month or two. Failure to follow the rules and regulation may not admitted to the park.
The online booking for the PPUR is being finalized and hopefully be operational  this coming September 2012.
For more details: 
Visit their website at Htpp://www.puerto-undergroundriver.com/
Email address: undergroundriver-ppsrnp@mozcom.com
Telephone Numbers  +63(048)7232563
                                 +63(048)7230904
Telefax Number       +63(048)4342509

 

The blogger albert the backpacker,  includes in his blog the following statement, photos and video own by La Venta Exploration Team to show the hidden gem, mysteries, and real beauties of the Puerto Princesa Underground River.

New discoveries of the Puerto Princesa Underground River by La Venta Expedition Team

The association La Venta is a research group from Italy that organizes and runs various geographical exploration projects with particular attention to the underground world. The project is carrying out a multi disciplinary approach, developing new ideas, using new research and dissemination strategies . La Venta focuses its attention, from general communication to scientific publication. One of the main goal of their projects carried out by La Venta of to strengthen the conservation of the areas where they work to raise awareness who live and work there.

La Venta uncovered  the unimaginably breathtaking, and scientifically exciting new discoveries of underground river.
Nature curved earths history associates with a millions figures way back million years ago.
The La Venta expedition of Puerto Princesa Underground River, reveal new, unique outstanding discoveries, they discover the second smaller underground river, too narrow for a boat to navigate but wide for the scientist to explore.
La Venta confirm six main reasons for the world to visit and consider Puerto Princesa Underground River as True Wonder of Nature.
1. The river represent as the most important underground estuaries in the world
2. The river host one of the most complex karstic or cave system in the world. La Venta conclude that the Puerto Princesa Underground River stands out among the many caves they explored all over the world.
3. The Puerto Princesa Underground River have a very high amount of energy that, resulting a unique thermal equator location, super-marine climate, right combination of winds, humidity and strong variable air fluxes. Unlike other cave The Puerto Princesa Underground River offset the affect of huge crowd of tourism activity, making it naturally sustainable.
4. The Puerto Princesa Underground River contain scientifically and authentically unique speleothems or cave connection from secondary to mineral deposits contrary to the finding of fast exploration.
 
5. The Puerto Princesa Underground River host a unique macro and micro cave formations or karts morphologist that the scientist conduct studies not never done before on the relationship between tides and the speed of fresh water flow, this particular discoveries excites the scientist to wish better define genetic make up of the cave formation inside the Puerto Princesa Underground River as a contribution toward a better understanding of our planet evolution . All the revelation already made that Puerto Princesa Underground River stand out as one of the Nature most outstanding wonders.
 
6. The most exiting and unexpected discovery came from ocean dept, the existence and probability of discovery is the one in a billion. This is the discovery of a 20 million years old Miocene age sea mammals fossils, scientifically known as Sirenia, popularly known as sea cow. This 20 million years fossils was found in remarkably perfect condition.
Serenia existence is largely documented in Europe, Mediterrenian and Africa, but the specimen embedded in the wall of the Puerto Princesa Underground River, is first in the Philippines and in this part of the world.

Puerto Princesa Underground River is one of the most fascinating Works of Nature

Puerto Princesa Underground River is a God gift to mankind…..
……definitely A True Wonder of Nature.
 
 
 
 

Acknowledgement:
1.La Venta Expedition Team
2.Wikipedia
3.Puerto Princesa City
4. Puerto Princesa Underground River
5.Soryasis

Categories: Caves, Palawan, Rivers

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