“Underground River Puerto Princesa Adventure.” My asawa and I were nearing the entrance to this natural wonder of the Philippines. This would be the first trip for both of us to this Subterranean River National Park.
New Seven Wonders of Nature
The group ahead of us approaches the entrance to this New Seven Wonders of Nature site. It topped the first round of voting in the New7Wonders of Nature competition. What follows are some of the spectacular views seen on our 1.5 kilometer cruise.
While the river itself is over eight kilometers in length, visitors are only allowed to travel the 1.5 kilometer distance. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is reputed to be the world’s longest underground river. (Source: Wikipedia)
The entrance to the subterranean river is a short hike or boat ride from the town of Sabang.
Each tour guide on the boats have a flashlight which they use to point out extraordinary features of the cave. Some of the photos taken below are not of the best quality. I used our Sony Cybershot camera. Though the camera has a built-in flash, I wasn’t always able to capture the best photographs.
A LOOK INSIDE THE UNDERGROUND RIVER
That said, here’s some of the pictures that I took during our 45-minute adventure. The views are fantastic. I would recommend that anyone traveling to Palawan visit the Underground River Park. Waiting times for the boat tours can take up to four hours during the busy summer season of April and May. We probably had to wait a total of 30 minutes to take the tour.
The cave opens up to a huge “cathedral” with a ceiling several meters above sea level.
Inside the “cathedral” was a rock formation known as the “Holy Family”. With your imagination, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph could be seen in the rock formations.
After you pass through the “cathedral”, you’ll enter a veritable vegetable patch of rock formations such as a large ear of corn and a giant mushroom.
Thousands of bats were sleeping in the cave and hugged the rock ceilings above us. Fortunately, no one on our boat was hit with any bat poop.
It was an adventure we’ll always remembers. My spouse and I thoroughly enjoyed this visit. Truly, an “Underground River Puerto Princesa Adventure” we’ll never forget.