This river in the island of Palawan got its name from the city, near which is – Puerto Princesa, the city was founded in 1872 and named after the Spanish princess Eulalia de Bourbon. The river is 8 kilometers long, it is one os the world’s largest underground river, through it, you can sail on a boat at a distance of 4 km from the sea. However, river cruise is not allowed for 8 km due to security reasons, because in the depth of the cave, you can feel the lack of oxygen. Boats are allowed for 1.2 km away where you can admire the stalactites and stalagmites. At this distance from the sea, oxygen abound, periodically, in the dome of the cave there are holes through which natural light and air passes. The cave is one of the largest in the world. The height of the dome of the cave reaches 65 meters, width – up to 140 meters. National Park in 1999, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Every year the Underground River is closed from July 1 to July 3

Undeground river tour 1050

✓ Excursion. The underground river is also known under the name of “St. Paul Underground River” the name of a national park in which it is located. From all over the world, people visit this miracle of nature. Excursion to Sabang in the “underground river” is a trip for the whole day from the island’s capital to the river and back. After the 1.5 hour journey by minivan, you will arrive to the pier in Sabang, from there you will be transfered by a boat to the cove near to the entrance of the cave. Then you go on a short walk through the jungle inhabited by monkeys. Once you reach the mouth of the Underground river, you get on the paddle boat and go on a 30 minutes journey to a distance of 1.2 km. inside the cave. After the paddle boat underground tour, return back to Puerto Princesa City. Permit  for the entrance to the National Park is included in the price. Tour price 2150 pesos. ➠ book tour now

01. Underground River tour from Puerto Princesa ★★★★
Location: Palawan/City: Puerto Princesa
2,500  (43 $)
Booked: (100) June (1)

The tour to the Underground River is for the whole day. Tour include 2 hour air condition transfer from the hotel in Puerto Princesa (pick up at 7:30 – 8:30), lunch in Sabang, the boat to the river and through it, environmental fee and guide. Return back to the hotel or drop-of in the city around 4 PM.

01ab. Underground river tour and shared transfer to El Nido ★★★★★
Location: Palawan / City: Puerto Princesa
3,350  (58 $)
Booked: (207) May (3)

1. Underground River tour Include: 2 hour air condition transfer from the hotel in Puerto Princesa City or hotel along the road to Sabang (pick up at 7:30 – 8AM), lunch in Sabang, the boat to the river and through it, audio system, environmental fee, permit, guide and transfer from Sabang (Underground River) to El Nido with a change to another minibus. (Free transfer for children below 2 years not occupying a separate seat.)  If you need private van without change van, click here ⋙

Puerto Princesa Underground River

✓ Self Tour. For those who wish to visit the underground river by yourself, there is an easy option. All who are going to the underground river must have a permit. It is necessary to go to Puerto Princesa City Coliseum in the morning, passport or other identity documents is required. Price of the permit is 250 pesos. There, you can also pay the environmental fee (40 pesos). Office hours of the Colosseum in Puerto Princesa: Monday – Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm, Sunday office permitting open until 2 pm. Location: Peneyra Rd, Lungsod ng Puerto Princesa 5300 Phone: +63 48 433 4297. After you receive the permit, you can go to Sabang from the bus station of  San Jose on a bus, jeepney. Better way to get Sabang ➥ rent a car, ➥ motorcycle or hire ➥  van with driver

thicket to Underground River


When you get to Sabang, after you pay for the boat (~ 1000 pesos for 6 people.) from the pier in Sabang, get into the national park.  In the office you need to show your passport, permit and payment of environmental charge.

pire in Sabang Palawan


If you are traveling alone, on the pier you need to find companions, who can sail with you, because the boat is 1000 pesos/6 pax. The second option – take the whole boat for 1000 pesos for two of you. In both versions the boat takes you to the Underground river, waiting for you and takes back. The third option is to get to the Underground river through the jungle. This option is for real adventure lovers, it takes about 1.5 hours each way, total is 8 km.

by boat to Puerto Princesa Underground River


Sail to the river for about 20 minutes. Distance – 4 km. There is a magnificent view of the ancient karst cliffs and beach of Sabang





Sabang Puerto Princesa Underground River


Unloading people from the boat in a nice cove near the river. Next, you need to register and go to the river through the jungle that is full of monkeys, which is fun.

What to look in Puerto Princesa Palawan Philippines


Then, near the mouth of the river you will be given a life vests and helmets, then you go on a cruise through the subterranean.

Underground River Palawan island


Entrance to the cave


The tour will continue through the cave for 30 minutes. The presence of a powerful flashlight will be a big plus, since there is only one guide with one flashlight. A trip here is definitely worth the time spent and money. The road and the surrounding nature of Sabang is very scenic.


From Sabang, if you are traveling alone, minivan departs several times a day going to El Nido. The first trip leaves at 7:30 am, the second is at 2 pm, and 4.30 pm is the last. Price of 750 pesos. Travel time more than 5 hours.