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Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Palawan is one of the most famous tourist sites in the Philippines. It has all what it takes to quench the thirst of anyone craving for both land and water adventures. The beautiful beaches of Palawan are made of white sands and the swaying palms that line the beach shores are all relaxing sights. Palawan is known for water sports activities as well as island hopping, snorkeling and kayaking activities. It is also a diving haven because of the numerous shipwrecks found along the coasts of Coron Island in Palawan, a famous destination for wreck divers.

Aside from the diving sites, reef, coral and marine life that flourish in the Palawan coasts, the Subterranean Underground River is also an eye catcher for the tourists to visit. Believed to be the longest underground river in the world, it is located in the River National Park in Sabang, Palawan.

Underground River

The Subterranean Underground River in the River National Park is one of the most visited places among tourists. Who will not get mesmerized by the beauty and splendor found from this amazing underground river? Most tourists express their description of the Subterranean Underground River to be an enchanting place. The underground river is an excellent scenic spot to visit. The resembling religious-like images of stalactites and stalagmites are all breathtaking views. Cove dwelling faunas also dwell in the underground rivers and are eye catchers as well.

The cool and calm waters in Palawan’s Subterranean Underground River give leeway for a wonderful banca trip down to the underground river. The river winds around limestone caverns that were carved from the precipitated waters. The underground river directly flows to the sea subjecting its cavern entrance to tidal influences. The underground river, by virtue of Proclamation No. 835 on March 26, 1971 was officially declared to be called as the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and is now included as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The rocky mountain that comprises the land forms of the park is covered with lush tropical rain forests. A small portion of the park is vegetated with karst limestone. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is also popular with other tourist sites aside from the famous underground river. Worth mentioning are the wildlife preservation park, the endangered Palawan mousedeer and famous peacock pheasants. The Philippines Cockatoo are also found here.

Being one of the most famous tourist destinations in the Philippines, the underground river in Palawan brings an annual income of about 5 million pesos each year. And the place is worth every tourist’s time and money for a relaxing and satisfying vacation with nature.


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