Recently I posted an article regarding our recent visit to Palawan. In this post, I’ve added additional pictures that weren’t featured on my sister site, “Philippines Plus.” But because I’m an old geezer, there’s a possibility I may have repeated a few pictures here.The river is about a two-hour drive from Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan.
TRAVELING THROUGH THE UNDERGROUND RIVER
Though the only illumination on our river cruise came from our guide’s flashlight, I did manage to capture some of the beauty of this remarkable cave. Because of safety concerns, tourists are only allowed to travel 1.5 kilometers into the cave. Scientists and qualified explorers are allowed more access into the massive structure.
We encountered other tour groups during our 45-minute cruise such as the one seen above. Most of our fellow adventurers returned our waves and friendly greetings. Everyone seemed to be enjoying this New Seven Wonder of Nature, the Puerto Princesa Underground River, PPUR.
PPUR is also recognized by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, as a World Heritage Site. According to UNESCO, the Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park encompasses one of the world’s most impressive cave systems. It features spectacular limestone karst landscapes, pristine natural beauty, and intact old-growth forests and distinctive wildlife.
It was a remarkable experience touring this Underground River, said to be the longest navigable underground river in the world at 8.2 kilometers. Therefore, if you visit Palawan, the PPUR should be included in your bucket list.
BRUCE WAYNE WOULD GO CRAZY
Because thousands of bats lined the walls of the cave everyone on the cruise was required to wear hard hats. With the massive amounts of bats inside and the potential of flying bat poop, you can bet no one took off their hats during the tour.
In addition, our guide was entertaining and pointed out many features of the cave, too numerous for me to recall. The operation is well-organized and well worth the price of our tour, 1800 pesos, 37.50 US Dollars each.
Furthermore, the price included transportation, all permits and entrance fees along with a buffet lunch afterwards. The lunch, mostly Filipino fare, was very good, and a great ending to our day.