Shared Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour in Palawan with Lunch & Hotel Transfers

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Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
9 hours
English, Tagalog
All year
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Explore the hidden treasures within the depths of the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan. This boat trip is open for anyone who wants to explore the spectacular limestone landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This shared Puerto Princesa Underground River tour is already inclusive of the assistance of a licensed tour guide, boat transfers, an Underground River Visitor Entry Permit (VEP), an audio guide, buffet lunch, insurance, and pick-up and drop-off from your accommodations in Puerto Princesa. Please note that the Puerto Princesa environmental fee is not yet included in this Palawan Underground River tour.

Wake up early on the day of your tour, as you will be picked up from your accommodations at 7 AM. You will travel from your hotel in Puerto Princesa City to Sabang Wharf in the comfort of an air-conditioned van. Sabang serves as the main gateway to the Subterranean River National Park. There, a motorized boat will be waiting for you and will take you to the mouth of the cave.

There will be paddle boats on standby at the entrance of the cave. You will be transferred to these boats, which will take you inside the river. Before boarding the boat, a lifejacket, headgear, and audio device will be given to you. Make sure you wear the safety gear properly to ensure a hassle-free experience.

The Underground River is considered one of the most impressive cave systems in the country, so expect to see several natural rock formations on its walls. Your guide will point out the various shapes these rocks form, such as a lady, a dinosaur skull, the last supper, and a candle.

Other than the rocks, the stunning stalactites and stalagmites will catch your attention. The dazzling crystals and minerals, plus the cathedral-like natural caverns and halls, will also leave you speechless. While enjoying the breathtaking view, listen to the audio device given to you for further information about the river.

The river stretches up to 8.2 kilometers, but only 4.3 is open to the public as the remaining part lacks oxygen, making it too risky for visitors to go beyond. The river is home to a few species like bats, birds, and reptiles. 

After that awe-inspiring underground river cruise, you will return to Sabang Wharf, where a buffet lunch will be waiting for you. Once you are done, you will be transported back to your hotel in Puerto Princesa so you can rest and relax after a morning of exploring.

Avail yourself of this Puerto Princesa Underground River tour and visit a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check the availability by choosing a date.

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Free hotel pick-up and drop off within Puerto Princesa City Proper (Roundtrip air-conditioned van transfers)
Complimentary buffet lunch
Underground River Visitor Entry Permit (VEP) & Audio Device
Shared motorized and paddle boat transfer
Puerto Princesa Underground River shared tour with licensed tour guide assistance
Tour itinerary: Sabang Wharf, Subterranean River National Park, Underground River,
Not included: other activities, tips and gratuities


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What to bring

Camera, phone, charger, and power bank
Extra money in Philippine Peso Currency
Personal drinking water and or snacks
Personal medicine
Swimming gear
Personal sanitizing alcohol and face mask
Covid-19 vaccination card and valid ID

Good to know

This is a shared tour. Complimentary lunch will be served during the tour. Environmental fee at Puerto Princesa is not yet included and must be paid on site before the tour starts.

Children Friendly: Yes! Children 0-2 are free of charge but are not included in the complimentary lunch. Parents may share their meal or pack food for their children.

Pet Friendly: Yes!

Senior Citizen/PWD Friendly: Yes!

Pick-up time is 7:00AM and pick-up location covered is only within Puerto Princesa City Proper. To change the pick-up time and location please request in advance so our operator may check if the itinerary will fit as we may need to move the pick-up time if the location is far and additional fee may apply.

The operator may cancel the tour in case of force majeure or unforeseen circumstances like weather conditions. In this case, you will be given the option to reschedule or request a full refund. Note that being late by 15-30 minutes without any advice is considered a no-show. Schedule cancellation requests must be made 48 hours before your original subject to approval.

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