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Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

National park in Puerto Princesa, Philippines

Travel Tips

Booking a guided tour in advance is recommended to secure a spot. 1

Ideal for family bonding and nature exploration. 2

Ideal for strong family bonds and connections with nature. 3

Booking a guided tour in advance is recommended to fully appreciate the park's natural beauty. 4

Ideal for family bonding and nature lovers. 5

Ensure to book your visit in advance due to visitor limits. The park is accessible and navigable up to 4.5km inland, offering a unique river cruise experience. Be mindful of the conservation efforts and adhere to guidelines during your visit. 6

Introduction

Geography

  • πŸ—ΊοΈ Location: Found within the Saint Paul Mountain Range, about 80 km north of Puerto Princesa city.
  • 🌊 River: The Cabayugan River runs 8.2 km underground before flowing into the West Philippine Sea.
  • πŸ—» Terrain: Dominated by limestone karst mountains.
  • 🌊 Tidal Influence: The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences.
  • 🏞️ Cave System: St. Pauls Underground River Cave is more than 24 km long.

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Flora

  • 🌳 Forest Types: Includes forest over ultramafic soils, limestone soils, freshwater swamp, lowland evergreen, montane, riverine, beach, and mangrove forests.
  • 🌿 Plant Species: Over 800 plant species from 300 genera and 100 families.
  • 🌲 Dominant Trees: Dipterocarp species dominate the lowland forest.
  • 🌴 Beach Forest: Species include bitaog, Pongamia pinnata, and Erynthia orientalis.
  • 🌱 Other Plants: Includes almaciga, kamagong, pandan, anibong, and rattan.

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Fauna

  • 🦜 Birds: 165 species recorded, including the blue-naped parrot, Tabon scrub fowl, and Palawan hornbill.
  • πŸ’ Mammals: 30 species, including the long-tailed macaque, Palawan bearded pig, and bearcat.
  • 🦎 Reptiles: 19 species, including the reticulated python and monitor lizard.
  • 🐸 Amphibians: 10 species, with the Philippine woodland frog being the most dominant.
  • πŸ¦‡ Cave Wildlife: Nine species of bats and two species of swiftlets.

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Tourism

  • 🚀 Access: Most visitors reach the park via road trips to Sabang, followed by a boat ride.
  • πŸ›Ά Boat Tours: Unmotorised paddle boats take visitors 1.5 km upstream into the cave.
  • 🎧 Audio Guides: Tours now include audioguide headsets.
  • 🌧️ Weather: Park may close due to excessive rain or rough seas; check with the Sabang Information Office.
  • 🎟️ Permits: Required and can be secured from the Subterranean National Park Office in Puerto Princesa.

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Conservation

  • 🌍 UNESCO Site: Inscribed as a World Heritage Site on December 4, 1999.
  • 🌿 Management: Managed by the City Government of Puerto Princesa through the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB).
  • 🌱 Sustainable Tourism: Focus on environmental conservation and sustainable development.
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Protection: Covered by the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act of 1992.
  • πŸ“Š Monitoring: Wildlife population surveys conducted annually to monitor tourism impact.

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Visitor Information

  • πŸ•’ Opening Hours: Check with local authorities for current timings.
  • 🎟️ Ticket Prices: Approximately P2150 per person for all-inclusive tours from Puerto Princesa.
  • πŸ“… Best Time to Visit: Dry season (November to May) for optimal weather conditions.
  • πŸš— Transportation: Accessible via road trips to Sabang, followed by a boat ride.
  • πŸ“ž Contact: Sabang Information Office for permits and weather updates.

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Travel Information
πŸ“Β Β Β Address: Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
πŸ”—Β Β Β Profiles: X (Twitter)

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