Sunday, March 18, 2012

Book Underground River Early

Update as of March 2013

The PPUR Tour booking office has been moved to the City Coliseum.

The Puerto Princesa Underground River has become such a hit, the PPC Tourism Department is requesting visitors to book 2 weeks in advance online!!  Walk-ins and last minute bookings could result in visting Puerto Princesa without seeing the new 7th Wonder of the World Awardee.  Only 900 people a day may enter the PPUR. (Puerto Princesa Undground River), in order control the human footprint on the caverns which is also a Unesco World Heritage site.
A giant stalagmite in the Puerto
Princesa Underground

The website of the city government has a list of the accredited travel and tour agencies at

This mineral formation looks like a the 
Lion King to me!
Should this happen to you, don't despair, there are many other things to do in the Sabang area which is where you launch off to see the Underground River. There are mangrove tours, Spelunking at Ugong rock, hiking trails for all levels of climbers and a zip line.

There are a couple of high end hotels in Sabang, the Daluyon which has a native feel but not low budget, and the modern Sheridan with many more flexible rates and online specials with tours included in the price. They have recently added the Rengel Resort which also has a swimming pool. The sea is not always calm and nice to swim in depending on the season you go there, so a pool is good for getting wet instead and cooling off.

If you are on a budget or want to go native, there are several off the beaten track Inns which you can look up on Google or better still, which will have reviews by people that have been there with first hand experience. You would type in the search terms, hotel, Inns Sabang, Palawan. This should get you to a list of real reviews and prices as well.

If you want to have fun and don't want to drive the hour and a half to the Sabang area, just 20 minutes outside of City Center is the Honda Bay Island Hopping tours and to the South of Puerto Princesa there is the longest Zip line in the Philippines at Irawan Forest Canopy Adventures they have added their own butterfly garden there as well. The Crocodile Farm and Nature Conservancy is just around the corner.

On the way back to town you can have lunch at the various restaurants on Mitra Road, such as the iconic Bakers Hill restaurant and Park.

To see the booking schedule at the official Underground River Office click link below:

Park Rates and Other Fees - as of April 23, 2012
General Entrance Fee
 Adult  -  P 150.00
 Minor  -  P 100.00

Underground River Tour*
 Adult -  P 250.00 - Filipino Senior citizens 60 years old an up are Free
 Minor -  P 150.00 - Minors 12 years old and below free.
UR Express Tour -  P1,000.00 each (minimum of 4)

Commercial Video Fee -  P3,000.00

*Filipino Senior Citizens 60 yr. old and up, minors 12 years old and below, and the handicapped are exempted from paying for the Underground River Tour.

*minors two years old and below are not allowed inside the Cave.

Here's a video of the Official Inauguration of the Underground River Ceremony in Pasay City, Manila April 21, 2012