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Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Puerto Princesa: Underground River Full-Day Trip

1. From Puerto Princesa: Underground River Full-Day Trip

Sail along the world's largest underground river at Puerto Princesa on a full-day tour. Learn about this incredible structure from your guide, look out for wildlife, and enjoy a restaurant meal.  Start your day with a convenient pick-up service from your downtown accommodation at 7:00 AM. From there, travel by land to the famous underground river.  Your guide will provide information about the area and Puerto Princesa City in general along the way, ensuring you get to learn as much as you can about this wonderful location. During the trip, a stop will be made at Buenavista, a delightful viewpoint where you can get a glimpse of Ulugan Bay. Arrive at Sabang Wharf at approximately 8:00 AM, and board a pump boat to the mouth of the cave. This place is home to Monitor Lizards, monkeys, snakes, and other forms of wildlife, some of which are exclusive to Palawan.  After a short walk, you'll ride a paddleboat to the underground river and marvel at this natural wonder. Once back at the wharf, lunch will be served at one of the restaurants in Sabang. Get to enjoy local cuisine and sample the taste Filipinos love.  An optional side trip to Ugong Rock Adventure Zipline and Spelunking is available after the Underground River Tour so that you can make the most of your day. Once back in the city, you'll be dropped off at your hotel. If you want a relaxing end to the day, select one of the massage options. Hotel drop-off after the massage can be provided with an extra charge, which can be booked as an add-on upon checkout.

Puerto Princesa: Underground River and Firefly Watching Tour

2. Puerto Princesa: Underground River and Firefly Watching Tour

Begin the day with hotel pickup from downtown Puerto Princesa or the airport and head to Sabang Wharf, arriving around 8:00 AM. Board a pump boat and cruise into the mouth of the cave, home to monitor lizards, monkeys, snakes, and other wildlife, some of which is exclusive to Palawan. Following a short walk, ride a paddle boat to the Underground River and marvel at this unique natural wonder. Grab an audioguide and sail through the narrow waters, past stone walls with hundreds of years of history. Keep an out for interesting shapes and colors in the caves and on the walls. Upon return to the wharf, lunch will be served. Savor a feast of local cuisine and then set off on the optional excursions, either a zip-lining adventure or a peaceful mangrove paddle boat tour. Return to your hotel for some downtime before heading back out for the evening portion of the tour. Drive to an offsite restaurant for your dinner before heading on to a river located some 30 kilometers from the city center. Aside from the fireflies and the stars, you'll also see the water light up by the bioluminescent plankton. Following the tour of the estuary, return to the wharf and then to your hotel.

Puerto Princesa: Underground River, Zipline, Paddleboat Tour

3. Puerto Princesa: Underground River, Zipline, Paddleboat Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Puerto Princesa and travel for 90 minutes to Sabang. Upon arrival at the wharf, your tour guide will arrange the necessary paperwork to access the cave. Ride in a motorboat for approximately 20 minutes until you reach the cave entrance. Put on your hard hat and explore the cave with audio guide commentary. Learn about the cave's importance to the local ecosystem on a tour lasting approximately 45 minutes.  After the cave tour, head back to Sabang wharf where your lunch will be waiting for you. Visit one of the restaurants lining the beach and enjoy traditional Filipino dishes with vegetarian options available. After lunch, walk along Sabang beach to reach the Sabang X zipline. Be strapped in and enjoy a scenic low-speed zip line ride for 800 meters. Take in the beautiful views of the mountains and the coastline. At the end of the zipline, enjoy a paddleboat tour through the lush mangrove forest, before being returned to Puerto Princesa.

Puerto Princesa: Private Full-Day Tour To Underground River

4. Puerto Princesa: Private Full-Day Tour To Underground River

Start your day with a convenient pick-up service from your downtown accommodation and travel by land to the famous Underground River. Arrive at Sabang Wharf within approximately 1 hour, and board a pump boat to the mouth of the cave. The surrounding landscape is home to Monitor Lizards, monkeys, snakes, and other forms of wildlife, some of which are exclusive to Palawan. After a short walk, ride a paddleboat to the underground river and marvel at this natural wonder. Once back at the wharf, enjoy a local style buffet lunch and taste some local Filipino cuisine. Other activities you can add to fully-enjoy your day are a zip line flight and a tour of the mangroves on board a kayak.

Puerto Princesa: Private Underground River Boat Ride

5. Puerto Princesa: Private Underground River Boat Ride

Dive deeper in one of the world's longest navigable underground rivers. Instead of the usual 45-minute tour inside the cave, this activity will take you beyond what ordinary visitors see. The service includes hotel transfers, boat transport, lunch, and tour guide assistance. You can also add optional activities that you can take part in after the main activity. On the day of the tour, your guide will pick you up from your hotel downtown hotel at around 6:30 AM. You'll head on to a 90-minute ride to Sabang wharf, where you'll board a motorboat to the underground river. After your guide processes all the paperwork, you then make your way to the entrance of the cave. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and footwear, and secure your belongings in waterproof bags, as they may get wet when you board and alight your boat. While the paddle boats on regular tours return to the docks after about 1.2 kilometers inside the cave, your boat will bring you further inside this World Heritage Site. You'll spend up to 3 hours in it and will learn more about its fascinating history. After the tour, you'll head back to the wharf for lunch. Your tour guide will bring you to a restaurant near a forest park where you can enjoy a sumptuous feast of Filipino delicacies. If you're adventurous enough, you can also try an exotic food locally called as "tamilok," a kind of woodworm that thrives on fallen mangrove branches. They are freshly harvested from the nearby mangrove forest. Before heading back to the City, you have the option to drop by other community-run tourist sites in the area.

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What people are saying about Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 174 reviews

This is a great tour to see the UNESCO underground caves...it is much more impressive than you would think, and well run. Corazon Tours is an excellent compay, we used them for 3 tours, they are very accommodating and a pleasure to work with!

Really good value for money, efficient and prompt, very knowledgeable and friendly guides. Happy to do what you want to give a great experience

Too much rain shut down underground but we still enjoyed a tour and the guides were great

Jad from Corazon is a great guide. The underground river is marvelous

Had the greatest tour guide, excellent group, nice trip