“one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature”
Puerto Princesa’s pride is easily the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River (or Underground River), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The 8.2-kilometer river, said to be the longest navigable underground river in the world, winds its way underneath a mountain range, through the St. Paul Underground River Cave, and then goes out into the South China Sea. The journey through the cave system alone is 24 kilometers long. The entire area where the Underground River is located is actually a national park and a model of biodiversity. More than 800 plant species, including almost 300 trees, 195 bird species, 30 mammals, 19 reptiles, and eight bat species call this area home.
From Puerto Princesa city proper, you need to drive or hire a van for about an hour, take a pump boat for a few minutes then ride a small banka (row boat) to explore and go inside the subterranean river. While it sounds tiring and cumbersome, the sight and experience is totally worth it!
The tour inside the cave lasted for about 45minutes.
One of the place Philippines is famous for. Its definitely an adventure to visit this place. Be amazed inside the river with fun and quirky tour guides making jokes with the different structures you see. Don't forget, do not at any cause look up with your mouth open as there are lotsssssss of bats inside.
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