Puerto Princesa Underground River, Puerto Princesa

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Cave National Park
Voted one of the new seven wonders of nature and listed as a World Heritage Site, Puerto Princesa Underground River is reportedly the longest navigable underground waterway on earth. The area is a designated national park and home to the diverse wildlife of bats, reptiles, primates, sea snakes, and other marine creatures. You may run into monkeys and komodo dragons resting in the lush vegetation that surrounds a small blue lagoon at the cave's mouth. Hop on a boat and embark on a journey down the river, winding through a massive cave. See sleeping bats and stalactites hanging from the ceiling like shreds of petrified drapery. In 2010, geologists discovered another level inside the cave with small waterfalls and a large dome rising 300 m (980 ft) above the water. Add Puerto Princesa Underground River to your Puerto Princesa travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Puerto Princesa itinerary maker.
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  • Best caves you will ever see, depending on where you are it may take a couple of hours to get there, then 20 min boat journey to reach the caves. The trip in the caves takes 45 mins no swimming allowe...  more »
  • This should be on your bucket list. Watching it on documentaries does not do justice to the visuals and senses of being in this natural wonder. An almost religious experience.  more »
  • The cave is wonderful, just be quiet inside cause you will disturb the animals inside even the bats. It can get crowdy so be sure to go their on off peak season or a weekday. The underground river tou...  more »

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The main urban area on the east coast provides the bulk of accommodations for visitors to Puerto Princesa. Choose from a rich variety of large resorts, relaxing spa retreats, and eco-lodges, with many nudged up as close as they can get to the beaches and offering sea views. More basic accommodations include side-street guesthouses and dormitory-style hostels, while wilder options can be found sitting in privileged places along the coast to the north and south.
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