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Underground River Tour from Puerto Princesa

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Puerto Princesa, Philippines
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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


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 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.
  • Underground river boat tour from Puerto Princesa
  • Visit a UNESCO-listed national park
  • See wildlife in an ocean-side forest
  • Tour a flooded cave system by paddle boat
  • Lunch at a buffet restaurant
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Puerto Princesca city
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Hotel pickup and drop-off within Puerto Princesa City (town proper)
Round-trip shared transfer
Services of Licensed Tour Guide
Tourist Boat Transfers
Permits and Environmental Fees
Travel Insurance
Audio Tours
Buffet lunch at Gusto Restaurant

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
However, if the hotel is not listed in the pickup location, you must select the nearest hotel in your


  • Puerto Princesa Airport, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island Philippines

Departure Time

6:30 AM
Get an early start on the day with pickup from your hotel in Puerto Princesa, then begin the scenic drive to Sabang, the jumping-off point for Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

Upon arrival in Sabang, transfer to a small motorized boat for the trip to Entrance Beach, where you can watch for monitor lizards and macaques at the edge of the thick forest (bird lovers should keep their eyes out for some of the 165 species that have been recorded in the park). From there, continue onto the underground river on a paddle boat, slipping through pitch-black caverns for 5 miles (8 kilometers). Spot stalactites and stalagmites and listen to the sounds of the swifts and bats that live inside the cave system.

When you emerge out the other side, return to Sabang port for a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. This full-day tour concludes with the return drive to Puerto Princesa City, and drop-off at your hotel.
Stop At:  
Puerto Princesa
The tour starts with an early pick up from your preferred hotel in Puerto Princesa City. Enjoy a 2.5 hour drive to Sabang with a picturesque view of other natural attractions.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
From Sabang you will take a motorized Bangka (which is a small motorize local boat) going to the Entrance Beach, a wonderful forest area home to a number of indigenous species, containing a set of naughty Macaque's. See and experience a close encounter with monkeys and monitor lizards in a rain forest setting.
Stop At:  
Puerto Princesa Underground River
From there, enter the exotic and breathtaking world of the underground river by paddle boat for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Explore the pitch-dark inner recesses of the cavern. The Underground River is one of the longest navigable underground rivers in the world, with a total length of 5 miles (8km). Witness the stalagmite-pillared interiors and different rock formations and doomed amphitheaters which took thousands of years to form, and the Swift and Bat populations that inhabit the cave.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Upon your return to the Sabang port your guide will bring you to a local restaurant where you will be provided a buffet lunch.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Puerto Princesa
Return to Puerto Princesa
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Baron Travel - Gray Line Philippines

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Underground River Tour from Puerto Princesa?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Underground River Tour from Puerto Princesa?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Underground River Tour from Puerto Princesa?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Underground River Tour from Puerto Princesa?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during Underground River Tour from Puerto Princesa?
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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A must see! Go first thing in the...
Yvette B
, Jun 2018
A must see! Go first thing in the morning to avoid crowd. I t does get busy by mid-day.
The core of the trip is the 45M boat...
Terrance M
, Mar 2018
The core of the trip is the 45M boat ride in the underground river but the entire trip is roughly 6.5H. The 1.5H ride up was through green country with some small roadside villages en route. Being with a guide saved lots of procedural unknowns. One next took a less than 15M bangka ride to the area of the river. A further 5M walk to you to the entrance area and your boat. Supplied items were lifejackets worn on the bangkas and the underground river boat trip plus a hard hat and audiotape for the underground river boat trip. The audiotape was very good. The cave is not a Disney production. There is minimal lighting from the boat captains. After a second bangka ride, it was time for lunch at the Gusto Grill. Same was no more than average. Lots of nodding off on the way home. This was by and large an enjoyable visit to a unique World Heritage Site.
The Underground River is an amazing...
, Feb 2018
The Underground River is an amazing work of nature. If you are in Palawan, I would recommend doing this tour. I actually got to do it twice as the first time we headed into the cave system, the audio device was synched up properly. Wear shoes that you don't mind getting wet or bring an extra pair with you. I also went cave spelunking and zip lining. All in all, I enjoyed the tour.
Excellent tour well worth the money...
Lynda M
, Feb 2018
Excellent tour well worth the money well worth a visit
This package is over-priced. We...
David S
, Nov 2017
This package is over-priced. We paid US50 per person thinking we will get better quality for this tour. They squeeze 10 travelers in the van making the entire 1 1/2 hour journey extremely uncomfortable. We met a family of 6 in the hotel we were staying and they only paid Php1800 equivalent to US36 per person. When we reach the pier waiting for the boat ride, we realized the family of 6 came in the same type of Van as ours, will be riding the same type of boats as ours. They even have the same lunch buffets just like our. Basically, regardless, who ever you buy your tour package from, you get the same quality from the local operators.
Awesome experience. There was a lot...
, Feb 2017
Awesome experience. There was a lot of waiting -- drive to Sabang took more than 1.5 hours, then another wait of approx 2 hours at the port but it was worth the wait. The underground river with all the rock formations was spectacular.
I would highly recommend it...
Craig M
, Oct 2016
I would highly recommend it! Upon hotel check in, I was told by the tour guide company what time they would be arriving and picking me up, now, I did not book in peak season so it wasn't too busy, but the best thing is that there was me and my girlfriend, and we picked up another 2 couples on the way. The tour guide explained everything about it to us and guided us through the process. It was really a good, we did not have to wait too long. Once we had our boarding number, we only waited for around 30 mins in an open area near the docks. There is somewhere to sit in the shade if you get too hot. Now, we boarded the boat to go to the area, it took around 10 or 15 minutes to reach, not too long. Upon arrival we took a walk up from the beach and we was handed our audio device for listening to- this is good if you're interested in the history and some safety concerns, we took another slow walk which took around 10 minutes for our group to another boat where we was given a helmet just for safety reasons, a few minutes later we boarded the boat and off we went into the cave. Now, the only part we wasn't told was how to operate the audio device, this really was not a problem because our boat guide was also speaking and giving us a tour of the cave, and I very highly recommend it compared to the audio device! He made our whole group laugh, I'm sorry but I can't remember his name, but he was very good. The only downside is that we could not take any photos, even with flash it seemed that the cave is still too dark, It's just a shame we could not go further, maybe next time. I still highly recommend it, it's a once in a lifetime experience. A bit extra, after the river tour, our tour guide took us to Ugong Rock caving, and we had a new experience here, climbing the cave and then gliding down, you could do it as superman if you really wished, this was unexpected but it was very nice, the tour guide explained everything to us, and the driver was also very safe compared to some drivers I have seen. All in all, a great day out.
Very good well organised tour, pick...
Jonathan C
, Sep 2016
Very good well organised tour, pick at hotel was on time, all went smoothly. boats were all safe Underground river is the 8th wonder of the world, well worth the trip, the buffet lunch had plenty of choices so no need to go hungry, even included a soft drink.
Such a spectacular visit to this...
Charity H
, Jul 2016
Such a spectacular visit to this nature-made site! No words or pictures can truly describe the beauty - this is a must-visit for everyone!!! And our guide made our tour extra fun and interesting with his ad-lib, even my teenager enjoyed it as much as me.

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