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.
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
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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…..
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.
*. 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.
The online booking for the PPUR is being finalized and hopefully be operational this coming September 2012.
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.
Puerto Princesa Underground River is one of the most fascinating Works of Nature
1.La Venta Expedition Team
3.Puerto Princesa City
4. Puerto Princesa Underground River