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Puerto Princesa Subterranean Underground River National Park -a compact info


Puerto Princesa Subterranean Underground River National Park -a compact info
Puerto Princesa Subterranean Underground River National Park is located in the Saint Paul Mountain Range on the northern coast of the island. It is bordered by St. Paul Bay to the north and the Babuyan River to the east. It is about 50 kilometers north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Transportation are readily available from the city to Sabang Port.

The entrance to the Subterranean River is about three hour hike from the town of Sabang depending on your pace. Since 1992 the Puerto Princesa National Park was supervised by the City Government of Puerto Princesa . The park is also known as St. Paul’s Subterranean River National Park, or St. Paul Underground River.

Tip: Beware of Monkey who snatches anything in plastic bags, it is better not to bring any food if you choose to do the monkey or jungle trail. Put on a lot of insect repellant! Warning the trail is very steep specially during wet season. So if you lack the stamina don't even dare!
In Sabang you can secure a permit to enter the Underground River @ the yellow and blue building conveniently located besides the basketball court. Downside during peak season, you might be scheduled late in the afternoon or the following day. In which case you would have to stay overnight in Sabang. Because the last trip going back to the city is at 3:00 P.M.

Sometimes if there's delay, LAST TRIP is at 4:00 P.M. depending if the jeep is full already. You could also tell the driver that you intend to come back with them.

And if worse comes to worst enjoy the beach, immerse yourself with the culture of the locals, sing in the videoke or avail of the mangroove paddleboat tour. They say it was a beautiful experience. I could not vouch it for myself though 'cuz I wasn't able to try it.

If you choose a boat ride from Sabang Port to the location of Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park ( maximum of 6 people per boat, P 700 divided by 6 is equals to P120.00/pax) 1 whole boat would cost you P 700 plus 3.00 each terminal fee. That's a total of P 718 for a group of 6 people. Prepare coins.

RECOMMENDED!!!! I saw 2 americans who wanted to go back by boat but couldn't because they took the 3 hour monkey/ jungle trail going to the Underground River. ( nagtitipid?? Maling pagtitipid ) Almost all the boats going back to Sabang Port are full.

Popularly known as the Palawan Underground River, this magnificent beauty found in Puerto Princesa, Palawan in the Philippines average around five hundred(500)tourists per day during peak season. With the more specific name of Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, it is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. It was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site on December 4, 1999 similar to the Banaue Rice Terraces (in 1995).


The Palawan Underground River is a Subterranean Thrill with 8.2 kilometers of navigable river underneath a tunnel with stalactites and stalagmites. It is the world’s longest subterranean river located in Sitio Sabang. Bats and insects live inside the tunnel creating some unpleasant smell during the cruise.


A guide with a paddle-powered outrigger and a lamp takes you inside the Palawan Underground River. The local government collects a permit fee of P 150/person. To be paid in their new office in the city. The permit is inclusive of entrance fee and a 45 minute-boat ride inside the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, plus the use of lifevest and helmet. Usually, a group of 4-6 people ride the paddle-powered outriggers going inside the Palawan Underground River. Head lamps are very useful during the trip so you can see what’s inside.

Tip: Do not ride in front of the boat, the one in front will be the one holding the lamp for the entire duration of the underground cruise.

Palawan Underground River winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea located in the western part of the Philippines. Major formations of stalactites and stalagmites and large chambers are some of the beauty that the cave holds. The lower portion of this subterranean river has big tidal waves coming from the open ocean


The Park is open to the public the whole year round. However the best time to visit is from January to June when the weather is drier making it easier to get around.

Other activities which can be enjoyed in the National Park are jungle trekking, wildlife watching, mangrove paddleboat tour, and swimming/snorkeling in the white sand beaches. For more information, you can check Palawan Underground River’s official website at http://www.puerto-undergroundriver.com. You can contact them at telephone number (+63)(48)434-2509 or email them at info@puerto-undergroundriver.com.

Tip: Cave photography is not an easy task specially while in a boat. Your ideal set up would be a point and shot with a hot shoe, a flash, a wireless trigger to set off your flash off camera, a powerful lamp to help you to focus on your subject and a dry bag that could fit all you gears .

Unless it's a photo trip, don't bring slr because it's bulky and focusing with your camera's live view would not be easy, you have to do it manually with a powerful head lamp to help focus on your subject. Using your on board flash is also your best bet, but orbs from water particles due to humidity will be all over your photo specially when shooting at high iso. You can get rid of those orbs in photoshop but you will loss a lot of details and time doing it. Hope this helps. Happy shooting.


Puerto Prinsesa Underground River Park Entry Requirements


Puerto Prinsesa Underground River Park Entry Requirements:

1. VISITOR ENTRY- All persons are required to secure a Visitor Entry Permit (VEP) at the Underground River Information and Booking Office before entering the PPSRNP. Permit forms should be accomplished clearly in writing indicating the name of visitor, place of visit, purpose of visit, date of visit;

2. PERMITS – Management strictly enforces a “No Permit, No Entry” policy. Permits shall be issued only upon payment of the necessary entrance fees. Permits issued shall indicate the details of visitor entry.

3. GROUP TOURS – Groups of more than forty (40) people are required to secure bookings at least three (3) days before the planned visit or may be refused entry to the Park.

4. NON-TRANSFERABLE – Permits are non-transferable and may be only used by the person whose name appears on the permit.

5. CONFIRMATION – Visitors are required to confirm tour by registering at Sabang InformationOffice not less than thirty (30) minutes prior to the schedule of tour indicated on the permit. Failure to arrive on time may result in the cancellation of space reserved;

6. VISITOR ACCESS – Visitors shall have access only to areas and time indicated in the permit. Proper arrangements should be made with Management for visits to additional places not indicated in permit or for visits beyond regular office hours;

7. REFUNDS – Permits paid for but not used on date as indicated may be refunded or rebooked to another date only upon payment of a 10% surcharge;

8. SUBJECT TO SEARCH – The Park reserves the right to search the visitor and his luggage for any prohibited materials or items;

9. LIABILITY – The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park will not be liable for any loss or damage to property or personal belongings of visitors, nor to the injury or death due to accidents that may be fall to visitors during their stay in the Park;

10. RECOGNITION- Proper acknowledgement shall be accorded to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park by any producer of film or video documentary conducted inside the Park.

Prohibited Acts

Pursuant to R.A. 7586, the following acts are considered a crime and punishable by law:

* Hunting , destroying, disturbing or more possession of any plant or animal products derived there from without permit, specifically authorizing such activity;

* Dumping or otherwise disposing of any waste detrimental to the protected area or to the plants and animals or inhabitants therein;

* Use of any motorized equipment without permit;

* Mutilating, defacing or destroying objects of natural beauty, or burial grounds, religious sites, artifacts or other objects belonging to the cultural communities;

* Damaging and leaving roads and trails in damaged condition;

* Squatting, mineral exploration, or otherwise illegally occupying the land;

* Constructing or maintaining any kind of structure, fence or enclosures and conducting business enterprise without a permit;

* Leaving in exposed or unsanitary condition, refuse or debris, or disposing wastes in bodies of water;

* Altering, removing destroying or defacing boundary marks or signs.


TRANSPORTATION GOING TO THE UNDERGROUND RIVER


TRANSPORTATION GOING TO THE UNDERGROUND RIVER
A DIY Guide From Puerto Princesa City to the Underground River. It is accessible by land via a 75 km road. It takes around one and a half hours of travel over mostly paved road from Puerto Princesa City to Sabang.

It is served by public utility jeepneys and air-conditioned shuttle vans.

At the New San Jose Terminal, take the jeepney for only P 125 per way.

or take the bus which would cost you P125 per person per way.



DAILY SCHEDULE OF JEEPNEY:

SCHEDULE FROM NEW SAN JOSE TERMINAL TO SABANG PORT

7:00 AM - D' Christ Jeepney is the First trip

9:00 AM - D'Christ BUS

12:00 NOON- 3rd trip

3:00 P.M.- Last trip

SCHEDULE COMING BACK FROM SABANG PORT

7:00 AM

9:00 AM

12:00 Noon

3:00 P.M.

You could also take the shuttle service being offered by the PPSRNP office at P140 per person per way but you need to have this booked as soon as you get your permit as the seats are on a first book first seat basis.

At New San Jose Lexus shuttle Terminal going to Sabang trip will take 1 1/2 hour via the shuttle van that they offer at P 140/ per person per way.

The available trip schedules are :

7:30AM

8:30AM

Once you reached Sabang, you need to book your return schedule as well.

The trips going back to San Jose from Sabang are scheduled at

2PM

4PM.

Or you can rent a van for P 3,500 (back and forth from the city to Sabang) trip is about 1 ½ hour as well.

These days, you can’t just go to underground river without getting your permit in the city because they now impose time.

Many who went to Sabang in Barangay Cabayugan were not able to enter the subterranean river because they can’t readily get permits.

Please take note that you need to follow their scheduled trips.


STEP BY STEP GUIDE IN SECURING A PERMIT TO UNDERGROUND RIVER


STEP BY STEP GUIDE IN SECURING A PERMIT TO UNDERGROUND RIVER

Step 1- Fill up a form at the PPSRNP Information and Booking OfficeNo. 350 Rizal Avenue, Bgy. Bancao-bancao Puerto Princesa City, 5300,Philippines. PPSRNP office is open from 8AM – 5PM with 12-1PM as the lunch break.

Step 2- Present the form to the City Hall’s cashier. 

Step 3- Pay for the cave’s entrance fee of P150. Permit is inclusive of a 45 minute-boat ride inside the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, plus the use of lifevest and helmet 
Step 4-Go back to the PPSRNP office to get your permit.

NOTE:

The city hall is located far from the PUERTO PRINSESA UNDERGROUNDRIVER office so be ready to travel back and forth from the PPSRNP office to the city hall just to pay.

A tricycle ride going from the office to the City and vice versa usually costs P8 per person per way. You could also take the MULTICAB.

TIP: GO ON A SATURDAY SO YOU DON'T NEED TO TRAVEL TO AND FROM THE CITY HALL.

ENJOY!


PUERTO PRINSESA PALAWAN UNDERGROUND RIVER PARK RATES AND OTHER FEES


PUERTO PRINSESA UNDERGROUND RIVER 
Park Rates and Other Fees:

General Entrance Fee
P 75.00 and P 50.00


Cave Entrance Fee*

21 – 59 yr. Old (P 200.00)

18 – 20 yr. Old (P 100.00)

13 – 17 yr. Old ( P 75.00)

6 – 12 yr. Old (P 50.00)


Commercial Video Fee (P 3,000.00)

*Filipino Senior Citizens 60 yr. old and above, Children 5 years old and below, and the handicapped are exempted from paying entrance for the Underground River Tour.

Management strictly enforces a “No permit, No entrance policy”. 



Visitor Entry Permits can be obtained at the Underground River Booking Office located at 


PPSRNP Information and Booking Office
No. 350 Rizal Avenue, Bgy. Bancao-bancao Puerto Princesa City, 5300,Philippines.

Office hours: 8AM – 5PM with 12-1PM as the lunch break
.


Other Fees

Van Rental from the City Proper
P 3,500.00 – two way (average van rental price)

Boat to Underground River Beach
P700.00 for 6 persons – two way (round trip in Pinoy lingo)


MABUHAY KA PINOY MAY FIFTY ( 50) PESOS KANG DISKWENTO AS A FILIPINO CITIZEN SA CAVE ENTRANCE FEE! 

RATES ABOVE APPLIES TO NON-FILIPINO CITIZEN.

ENJOY!


PUERTO PRINSESA PALAWAN-UNDERGROUND RIVER BOOKING OFFICE NEW LOCATION


PUERTO PRINSESA PALAWAN-UNDERGROUND RIVER BOOKING OFFICE NEW LOCATION

THE UNDERGROUND RIVER BOOKING OFFICE IN PUERTO PRINSESA PALAWAN HAD MOVED TO A NEW LOCATION.

MY DO IT YOURSELF UNDERGROUND RIVER TOUR WAS DATED LAST YEAR AND CONTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT THE OLD ADDRESS OF THE UNDERGROUND RIVER BOOKING OFFICE.

IT IS ONLY RIGHT THAT I GIVE THE NEW LOCATION TO WOULD BE VISITORS OR ELSE THEY WOULD BE MISLEAD BY MY OLD ARTICLE.

NEW OFFICE ADDRESS:

PPSRNP Information and Booking Office
No. 350 Rizal Avenue, Bgy. Bancao-bancao Puerto Princesa City, 5300,Philippines.


Telephone Number (Puerto Princesa City): +63(48)434-2509 / + 63(48)723- 0904

Telefax (Puerto Princesa City): 

+63(48)434-2509

Website: 
The new office is now located along Rizal Avenue, beside Kinabuch Restaurant and sharing the same building with Badjao Inn.


Tricycle would cost you P8/head only.


ENJOY!


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