The PPSRNP World Heritage Site, declared as 1 of the New 7 Wonders of Nature is among the country’s premier eco-tourism destination. It known for intact old growth forest, interesting wildlife, beautiful white sand beaches, impressive caves systems and unspoiled natural beauty that will make your visit worthwhile. Through a sustainable tourism program, it provides visitors a genuine wilderness experience.
The Park is open to the public the whole year round, however it is highly advisable that you plan your trip in advance and confirm bookings for your tour. Make plans flexible to be able to enjoy the other features of the Site.
To control visitor access the approved carrying capacity of the Underground River a “No Permit, No Entry” policy strictly enforced by Management. All visitors are required to secure a Visitor Entry Permit at the Underground River Booking office before proceeding to the Park. Visitors are required to present valid identification cards and register individually prior to the tour. Failure to comply may result into non-admittance to the Park.
POINTS OF INTEREST
WONDER OF NATURE – The PPUR is one of the few such caves which the general public can easily experience and enjoy. It is navigable up to 4.3 km. and is reputed to be the longest navigable underground river in the World. Park operated paddle boats take visitors for 1 hour tour of the cave to appreciate the different rock formations as well as the thousands of bats and swiftlets that inhabit the cave. Schedule are from 8:30 – 3:30 pm Tours are scheduled daily except during extreme weather conditions.
JUNGLE TREKKING – for outdoor lovers who are physically prepared to endure the mountainous terrain, an alternative 5.3 km long trail from Sabang to the entrance of the Underground River is a challenge. The trail is designed in such a way that it allows visitors to trek into the different forest formations to observe wildlife and sounds of the wilderness. It is truly a rewarding experience of an athletic jungle adventure. Hiking shoes, drinking water and insect repellant are recommended. The trail is open from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm daily. Temporary closed for renovation.
WILDLIFE WATCHING – The PPSRNP is designated an Important Bird Area (IBA) and Endemic Bird Area (EBA) by Birdlife International (BI). At least 165 birds have been recorded including all 15 endemic bird species of Palawan. One must start early and preferably equipped with binoculars to see the brightly colored bird species of the Park. Notable are the Palawan peacock pheasant, Palawan hornbill, blue-napped parrot. Other wildlife commonly seen are monkeys and monitor lizards.
MANGROVE FOREST TOUR- The activity is a community based sustainable eco – tourism project initiated by the Park Management. Tour the Sabang River on board paddle boats to observe mangrove forest and appreciate what an ecosystem free of human intervention looks like. Visitors are also given a chance to contribute to conservation by planting mangrove saplings in designated areas.
WHITE SAND BEACHES- The shoreline comprises some of the island’s most pristine and beautiful beaches. Most popular are the Sabang beach, Panaguman beach, and Marta Fe beach. The cool and crystal waters make it ideal for swimming and enjoying the sun.
ADVENTURE CAVING- Aside from the Underground River, the PPSRNP boasts a number of cave systems worth exploring. Climbing Ugong Rock allows one to view the spectacular karst formations and surrounding natural beauty. Other areas to explore include the Lions Cave, Daylight Hole and the Kawili Cave.
ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM – For display, exhibit and presentation of history and culture of the Batak and Tagbanua, two of the indigenous cultural groups present in the Park, visit the Ethnographic Museum located at the Park Visitor Center. Briefings and printed information could also be availed at the center.
Bookings and other information for the Tour can be made at the Underground River Booking Office located just ten minutes from the Puerto Princesa Airport. Visitors are also required to present valid identification and register individually prior to the tour.
Underground River Booking Office
No. 350 Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa City 5300, Philippines
Tel. +63(48) 723- 2563 / Telefax +63(48) 434-2509
Park Rates and Other Fees Local International
General Entrance Fee*
Adult P 100.00 P 150.00
Minor P 75.00 P 100.00
UR Tour Entrance Fee**
Adult P 175.00 P 250.00
Minor*** P 100.00 P 150.00
Commercial Video Fee P3,000.00
*Includes sightseeing, jungle trail, bird watching, snorkeling, spelunking
**Filipino senior citizens 60 yrs old and up, minors 17 yrs old and below, & the differently abled are exempted from paying the UR Tour Entrance fee.
***Children 2 years old and below will not be allowed for the UR tour
To conserve the outstanding universal values of the Puerto Princesa Underground River, a carrying capacity of nine hundred visitors a day has been set and a no permit, no entry policy is strictly enforced. This is to ensure the thousands of bats and swiftlet and other life forms are not disturbed beyond their tolerable level that will cause them to abandon the underground River for more suitable conditions. The PPUR is being conserved for the benefit and enjoyment of the present and future generations.
We sincerely regret and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and we appeal to you to please bear with us.
How to Get There
From Puerto Princesa City, the PPSRNP is accessible by land via a 76 km concrete road. It is served by public utility jeep and air-conditioned shuttle vans. It takes around one and a half hours of travel from the City to Sabang. From where, the Underground River may be accessed by a 20 minute ferry ride to beach area near the cave entrance.
The Park may suspend tours and cancel issued VEP’s during extreme weather conditions, force majeure and other fortuitous, events where the permitee/s may be placed under perilous circumstance or when justified by circumstances beyond its control. In such case, the affected visitor has the option to rebook for the tour or seek a refund without payment of any rebooking fees or refund surcharges.
To book for a later date, cancelled VEP’s must be rebooked at the Underground River Booking Office and new Visitor Entry Permit’s shall be issued for the visitor on the earliest date available.
Macaques or monkeys in the wild would normally depend on the forest for food. Because of people feeding them despite being prohibited from doing so, the monkeys in the Park are now used to being fed by visitors and have the tendency to grab food from people. Avoid bring plastic bags as they think it contains food.
In order to bring them back to their natural behaviour, we are trying our best to keep a distance between the macaques and people. As a favor, Please do not feed or tease the monkeys, as it affects their natural feeding habits and contributes to their aggressive behaviour that may cause personal injuries.
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