Puerto Princesa Underground River Tours

A new Seven Wonders of Nature, the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Puerto Princesa Underground River flows through a limestone cave system before spilling into the South China Sea. A paddle through this eerie ecosystem, filled with otherworldly cave formations and chattering bats, is one of the Philippines’ most unforgettable experiences.

The Basics
The Underground River, situated within Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park on Palawan, is an easy day trip from the city of Puerto Princesa. Take a guided boat ride along one of the world’s longest underground rivers, beginning at Sabang Wharf near the mouth of the cave. The rock formations within, considered among the most complex in the world, are illuminated only by flashlight beams. Some tours also include a stop at Ugong Rock for optional ziplining or spelunking.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Underground River is a must for adventure travelers and outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Day trips from Puerto Princesa last eight to 11 hours, depending on the option chosen.
  • You’ll get wet on this tour. Bring a waterproof case for your camera and phone, wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet, and if you’re wearing socks, bring an extra pair.
  • Most tours include pickup and drop-off in Puerto Princesa.

How to Get There
The Puerto Princesa Underground River is 90 minutes away from the city of Puerto Princesa by road. It’s a 15-minute boat ride from Sabang village to reach the entrance of the cave. Most visitors arrive by guided tour; alternatively several public buses run from the San Jose bus terminal to Sabang.

When to Get There
Boat trips can be cancelled due to rain and poor weather, so it’s best to visit the cave system during the dry season (January to April). This natural wonder is one of Palawan’s most popular attractions, so it’s a good idea to arrange your tour before arriving on the island, particularly during the peak season (December to May).

Biodiversity in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
While the river is the area’s star attraction, the surrounding national park supports impressive biodiversity, including some 800 plant species, 195 bird species, 19 reptile species, and 30 mammal species. While some of these critters are hard to spot, visitors commonly see some of the eight species of bat living within the park and its cave system.
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Address: Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
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Underground River Day Trip from Puerto Princesa City

Visit the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, and paddle down the Puerto Princesa Underground River on this 8-hour tour. This underground river is one of the longest underground rivers in the world. Board a boat at the mouth of the cave at Sabang Wharf, and stop at the Buenavista viewpoint for views of the Ulugan Bay. You can also choose to upgrade to include a group or private trip to a ziplining experience at Ugong Rock Adventure Zipline and Spelunking.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$49.99 USD
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Underground River Tour, Including Lunch from Puerto Princesa

Take a trip to one of the new Seven Wonders of Nature, the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan, on a full-day tour. Cruise through this 5-mile (8.2-kilometer) subterranean river with a local boatman, who is also your tour guide, and enter a protected cave to view stalactites and stalagmites in unique formations. A buffet lunch is included to fuel you for the tour of this must-visit Philippine natural wonder.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$46.00 USD
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Amazing Underground River Cruise and Ugong Rock Adventure from Puerto Princesa

Double the adventure of your Palawan trip in this 2-in-1 combo tour. Join a river cruise to the Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s longest navigable subterranean river, to view caves and remarkable rock formations under torchlight. Then, climb to the top of Ugong Rock and zipline down for a majestic countryside view. A local guide, round-trip transportation, and included lunch adds to the fun and convenience.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$62.00 USD
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Underground River Tour from Puerto Princesa

Spot coastal wildlife, ride a paddle boat along an underground river, and explore a flooded cave system on a full-day nature tour from Puerto Princesa City. This 9-hour tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off, a buffet lunch in Sabang, and all activities in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$48.00 USD
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Palawan: Puerto Princesa and El Nido - 4 Days and 3 Nights

Leave itinerary planning to the experts and check off Palawan’s highlights in just four days on this convenient 3-night package. On day 1, explore Puerto Princesa city; on day 2, cruise the Puerto Princesa Underground River; on day 3, hop El Nido’s most pristine islands, including the notorious Secret Lagoon Beach; on day 4, travel back to the airport. Choose between no accommodation, budget accommodation, mid-range accommodation, and hotel packages.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 days
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$365.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 to 4 days
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Underground River Tour from Puerto Princesa Including Lunch and Boat Ride

The dramatic karst cliffs, lush forests, and underground river system of the Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park lie around two hours north of Puerto Princesa City. On this tour, enjoy plenty of time to explore the UNECO-listed landscapes, cruise along the underground river on a paddle boat, and spot monkeys and other wildlife in the rainforest, before enjoying a buffet lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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$56.00 USD
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Palawan: Puerto and El Nido and Coron - 6 Days and 5 Nights

Discover the best that Palawan Island has to offer on this comprehensive 6-day tour. Visit the island’s most popular regions—Puerto Princesa, El Nido, and Coron—and see key landmarks like the UNESCO-listed underground river, Honda Bay, and the Secret Lagoon. Spend the week swimming, snorkeling, and soaking up the sun as you tour this picturesque island with your group.
  • Duration: 5 to 6 days
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$875.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 to 6 days
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Economy Puerto Princesa with Complete tours

See the best of Palawan during this 3-day excursion from Puerto Princesa. Each day features a different activity as well as free time to explore on your own. Watch the fireflies and glowing plankton on the Iwahig River, see the UNESCO-listed underground river, and go island hopping in Honda Bay. Each daily tour is inclusive of one meal, either lunch or dinner, and this package also includes three nights accommodation.
  • Duration: 4 days
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$198.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 days
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Puerto Princesa 3days tour arrangement

Discover some of the best spots on Palawan Island during this 3-day tour from Puerto Princesa. Spend the first evening marveling at the countless fireflies and bioluminescent plankton on the Iwahig River and enjoy a delicious dinner. The next two days visit the UNESCO-listed underground river of Palawan and go island hopping in Honda Bay with buffet lunches included. This tour includes transfers, tour guides, and listed meals.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$125.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 days
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Underground River Day tour

Take the strain out of traveling to the Puerto Princesa Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on this door-to-door small-group tour that includes buffet lunch. Reaching the wharf by motor vehicle, ride a boat then walk a short distance through the jungle to the cave entrance. Your cave tour, in a small boat, will cover roughly the first 3,280 feet (1 kilometer) of the 5-mile (8-kilometer) underground river.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$45.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Palawan: Puerto Princesa - 3 Days and 2 Nights

Discover the Palawan’s capital city of Puerto Princesa highlights: see historic sites, visit the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, enjoy views across the Honda Bay from Mitra Farm, and shop for hand-crafted souvenirs. The Puerto Princesa Underground River has placed Palawan in the forefront of tourism after it was hailed as one of the new seven wonders of Nature. Suggested Itinerary:Day 1- AM Arrival PPS airport/ PM City TourDay 2- Under Ground TourDay 3- Honday Bay/  Airport Transfer- For Suggestions and Changes as to fit your time and departure please note it in the Special Request or Remarks for changes of Tours ..
  • Duration: 2 to 3 days
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$260.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 to 3 days
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El Nido - Palawan 3 Days and 2 Nights

Explore breathtaking lagoons and unspoiled beaches with the El Nido Island Hopping day tour. This tour gives you incredible sights of the Big and Small Lagoons, which are some of El Nido’s pride. Explore white-sand beaches, coral reefs, and so much more during this island-hopping tour from El Nido. Choose from tour options, which each stop at five islands with a common theme. Pick from hidden beaches and shrines; lagoons and beaches; and caves and coves to explore five exotic islands in the Philippines. Plus, enjoy lunch and free snorkel equipment rentals during your experience.Propose Suggested Itinerary:Day 1- AM Arrival PPS airportDay 2- Tour A ( Island Hopping Elnido)Day 3- Free DayDay 4- Airport TransferNOTE: Tricycle vehicle going to the Hotel when arrived at El Nido Terminal (cost 30 Philippine Peso) Please make sure you had the name of the Hotel or Resort for you to get an adventure tricycle trip.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 days
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$275.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 to 3 days
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3-Day Escape in Puerto Princesa City

Looking for the perfect weekend getaway? Puerto Princesa City is the place you're looking for! This 3-day tour package will take you to the world-famous Underground River. Plus, you'll have plenty of time to just sit back and relax in this one-of-a-kind city.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$199.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 days
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Palawan: Puerto Princesa and El Nido - 4 Days and 3 Nights NO Accommodation

Explore Palawan’s capital city of Puerto Princesa highlights: see historic sites, visit the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, enjoy views across the Honda Bay from Mitra Farm, and shop for hand-crafted souvenirs. The Puerto Princesa Underground River has placed Palawan in the forefront of tourism after it was hailed as one of the new seven wonders of Nature. Explore breathtaking lagoons and unspoiled beaches with the El Nido Island Hopping day tour. This tour gives you incredible sights of the Big and Small Lagoons, which are some of El Nido’s pride. Suggested Itinerary:Day 1- AM Arrival PPS airport/ PM CityDay 2- Under Ground Tour/ El nidoDay 3- Tour A ( Island Hopping Elnido)/ Back PPSDay 4- Airport Transfer
  • Duration: 3 to 4 days
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$365.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 to 4 days
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Puerto Princesa - 3 Days and 2 Nights

Discover the Palawan’s capital city of Puerto Princesa highlights: see historic sites, visit the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, enjoy views across the Honda Bay from Mitra Farm, and shop for hand-crafted souvenirs. The Puerto Princesa Underground River has placed Palawan in the forefront of tourism after it was hailed as one of the new seven wonders of Nature. Suggested Itinerary:Day 1- AM Arrival PPS airportDay 2- Under Ground TourDay 3- Freeday /  Airport Transfer- For Suggestions and Changes as to fit your time and departure please note it in the Special Request or Remarks for changes of Tours ..
  • Duration: 2 to 3 days
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$302.50 USD
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Palawan: Puerto and El Nido - 3 Days and 2 Nights

(Please send correct time arrival of Airlines for the Airport Pick Up, and try to borrow some local people or police phone to contact the agent if incase of Miscommunication)The Puerto Princesa Underground River has placed Palawan in the forefront of tourism after it was hailed as one of the new seven wonders of Nature. Explore breathtaking lagoons and unspoiled beaches with the El Nido Island Hopping day tour. This tour gives you incredible sights of the Big and Small Lagoons, which are some of El Nido’s pride. Suggested Itinerary:Day 1- AM Arrival 7am PPS airport/ Under Ground Tour/ El nidoDay 2- Tour A ( Island Hopping Elnido)/ Back PPSDay 3-  Airport Transfer (Departure 5pm )NOTE : PPS AIRPORT- ARRIVAL 7AM -8AM 
  • Duration: 2 to 3 days
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$400.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 to 3 days
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Palawan: Puerto and El Nido and Coron - 8 Days and 7 Nights

Explore Palawan’s capital city of Puerto Princesa highlights: see historic sites, visit the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, enjoy views across the Honda Bay from Mitra Farm, and shop for hand-crafted souvenirs. The Puerto Princesa Underground River has placed Palawan in the forefront of tourism after it was hailed as one of the new seven wonders of Nature. Explore breathtaking lagoons and unspoiled beaches with the El Nido Island Hopping day tour. This tour gives you incredible sights of the Big and Small Lagoons, which are some of El Nido’s pride and Coron Island.Suggested Itinerary:Day 1- AM Arrival PPS airport/ PM CityDay 2- Under Ground Tour, travel to El nidoDay 3- El Nido Island Tour ADay 4- El Nido Island Tour CDay 5- Ferry to Coron, 4pm town tourDay 6- Coron Island Tour ADay 7- Coron Island Tour BDay 8- Airport TransferNote: Arrival must be in Puerto & Departure must be in Busuanga Airport
  • Duration: 7 to 8 days
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$1,335.00 USD
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  • Duration: 7 to 8 days
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