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Puerto Princesa Underground River

Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour Package

Before visiting the Subterranean River in Palawan (also known as the Underground River) you need to decide if you will go with a tour group or go solo.

We decided to book the tour to Subterranean Underground river and here’s why we chose to do this. If you decide to visit the underground without a tour group you will need to take the steps below. All this will be done for you by the tour guide if you take the tour.

  • Get your own permit to enter the Underground River in the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum office.
  • Once you arrive at Sabang you will need to register your permit in the office.
  • Organise a boat to get to the Underground River

After all of this, the costs will be similar to take the guided tour, and you will save a lot of time.

Underground River Tour Palawan

We booked our tour with IconquerPH. We booked the day before the tour, and it cost 2,100 Peso per person.

Our guide picked us up at 7:30 am at our hotel in Puerto Princesa, our tour guide’s name was April and she is so funny. 

It took about 1:30 hour to get to Sabang, but the van will stop on the way for a little break. We had some coffee and we tried grill bananas sprinkled with sugar or in philippine it’s called “Ginanggang”. It’s delicious if you are a banana fan you need to try these.

Sabang X Zip-Line or Mangrove Tour

Sabang zipline

The day we went was on Philippines Independence Day, and a cruise ship had just arrived. This made for some delays so the guide recommended we do the Sabang X zip-line or mangrove tour. We chose to do the zip-line which costs 550 PHP. At 150 feet above sea level, you need to take a 10-15 minute trek from the Sabang Mangrove forest, up the tiny mountain, and then you will make an 800-meter zip line ride over the beach with stunning views. 

Trying The Tamilok Worm

We had our lunch before entering the underground river to avoid the queues. Lunch was included in the tour and was very impressive. A wide variety and spread of all you can eat Filipino food.

When you enter the restaurant you can try Tamilok which is a delicacy in the Philippines. It is found in the provinces of Palawan and is also called woodworm because it’s a worm-like thing that is extracted from wood. It has a slimy texture and tastes like an oyster. This is a must-try for anyone going to Puerto Princesa Underground River.

Tamilok Worm

Boat to the Underground River

While doing the Sabang x zip line our guide organised our permit so it saved us a 45-minute wait which is what usually will happen. You will then take a long tail boat that holds around 10 people comfortably. It only takes 10 minutes to arrive at the beach where the Underground River is located.

Inside Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

We arrived on the small beach and then took a 5-minute walk through the jungle that led us to the entrance of the underground river.

palawan puerto princesa underground river

You are then provided with a complimentary audio guide for you to listen to throughout the tour. We were so excited to enter the Underground River as it’s our first time visiting one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

The Underground River Cave runs more than 24 kilometers (15 miles) long, but you can only go so far on the tours which usually lasts around 45 minutes.

Puerto Princesa Underground River

The Underground River did not disappoint and even exceeded our expectations. The size of the cave is staggering, it’s so much more than an ordinary cave. It is no wonder it’s been declared a UNESCO heritage site.

Inside the cave you will see lots of bats hanging from the roof, so be sure to keep your mouth closed.

It was truly an amazing experience.



Puerto Princesa Underground River