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Monday, January 6, 2014

Puerto Princesa Underground River or Subterranean River National Park through Floral Travel and Tours

After our Ugong Rock Adventure and quick stop at Karst Mountain Elephant Cave, Floral Travel and Tours arranged our lunch buffet at Gusto Grill which was very delicious!

puerto princesa underground river
We booked and paid Floral Travel and Tours, two months prior our trip for 1,240 php/head.  Their service included our pick up from our hotel, taking us to Ugong Rock Adventures and Karst Mountain Elephant Cave as well us our lunch buffet at Gusto Grill.  Thus, we were spared from the hassle of obtaining a permit.


puerto princesa underground river
While waiting for our bought number to be called, I spotted the old Australian couple and had a chat with them. I found out that they were headed off for El Nido after their Underground River to meet their sons and daughters.  Our Spaniard tour mates where headed for El Nido the next day too.  I think we can deduce that a lot of tourists only pass by the Underground River and go for El Nido.

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Our tour is already inclusive of the boat ride.  But if your doing DIY style, note that the minimum number of person per boat is 5 and the maximum is 8.  The rates are: 6 people - 700 php, 7 people - 800 php and 8 people - 900 php.  We were only four on the tour and four on the boat though.

puerto princesa underground river
Our boat number was called and we got on board.  We wore the compulsory life vests. 

puerto princesa underground river
It was a short and windy boat ride to an island.  It had a scenic view.

puerto princesa underground river

puerto princesa underground river
When we arrived, we immediately saw the Underground River sign.

puerto princesa underground river
 We followed the way path.
 
puerto princesa underground river
Here are the park rates in case you're doing DIY.

puerto princesa underground river

puerto princesa underground river

puerto princesa underground river

puerto princesa underground river
There are lots of informational boards and maps.

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Be careful with your snacks and sparkling things because it attracts the monkeys.

monitor lizard bayawak

monitor lizard bayawak
We also spotted a monitor lizard.

puerto princesa underground river
While waiting for our both number, we just took our time with this scenic view.  Our companions felt like swimming but there's a big sign "No Swimming".

puerto princesa underground river
We were provided helmets and life vests and boarded when our boat number was called.  Again, we were only four passengers with two guides. 

puerto princesa underground river
Our Spaniard companions were given the task of pointing the flash light.  While the tour guide shares some jokes and information about the rock formations.

puerto princesa underground river

puerto princesa underground river

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puerto princesa underground river

puerto princesa underground river

puerto princesa underground river
There are bat pees and poops so I'd avoid opening your mouth. =p

puerto princesa underground river

puerto princesa underground river
You can use your imagination to appreciate the formations.


puerto princesa underground river

puerto princesa underground river
Once we reached the part with a cross mark, we headed back.

We Travel Tripsters had a fun and memorable experience. It's more of a scenic view rather than an adventure though.

Puerto Princesa Underground River
Address Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Puerto Princesa
Palawan, Philippines
Budget Per Person 1,200 Puerto Princesa Underground River Map
Payment Options Cash

Operating Hours Monday to Sunday:
8:00 am- 4:00 pm
Reservation Required Yes
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