9 Things You Should Know Before Visiting the Underground River in Palawan
The Palawan Underground River is one of the most visited tourist spot in the Philippines but today the tourist site is attracting more than its global share of tourists and sightseers ever since it has been declared in 2012 as one among the new 7 Wonders of Nature. The underground river is located in the south-western part of Palawan Island of the Philippines. The underground river is about 8.2 kilometers long but only the first 4 kilometer of the lake is navigable. The Underground River flows out directly to the South China Sea. The river is said to be brackish or diluted with salt water and most scientists believe that this due to the tidal influence of the South China Sea to which it flows out. However, the salt mixture is not strong enough for the river to be referred to as salt lake. This is actually one of the traits that make the river a natural phenomenon and very distinct compared to other globally known underground rivers. Before the water reaches out to South China Sea, the river flows into caverns that contain various types of stalactite and stalagmite rock formations that go as high as 120 meters wide and 60 meters high. One unique characteristic of the underground river is its having a complete mountain-to-sea ecosystem, making it to be an ideal habitat for various natural life forms. Today, The Park has been acknowledged to be one of the few tourist sites in the world that has been successfully maintained and preserved by the country that owns it.
The Palawan island underground river is actually a part of the bigger tourist spot known as Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. This national park has been declared by the United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage Site giving it a status as a world protected tourist spot. Aside from having a famous river, the national park boasts of massive limestone landscape that is quite rare in this part of the world. The underground river flows through caverns that show various formations of stalactites and stalagmites. However, underground river tours only covers about 2% of the river area but the trip is more than enough to see the magnificent rock formations, wonderful natural scenic sites and various kinds of flora and fauna found inside the river caverns.
When you take one of the Palawan Underground river tour packages you will discover that the tourist spot is actually a global habitat for biodiversity conservation. The mountain-to-sea ecosystem and untouched rainforest is one of the few the world where you can discover mixtures of eight preserved forest formations. These are forest on ultramafic soil, forest on limestone, montane forest, freshwater swamp forest, lowland evergreen tropical rainforest, riverine forest, beach forest and mangrove forest. It’s very rare to witness all types of rainforest present in just one place and because of this the World Wildlife Fund Organization (WWF) found it proper to declare the site as one of the few that have the richest tree flora, the highest level of regional endemism and the largest limestone forest that can be found in Asia today.
Before planning to visit Puerto Princesa Subterranean National Park and more specifically its underground river, it would be to your advantage to know some of the facts behind the tourist site. Many that come to visit have very little knowledge of the underground river except for the fact that it is one of the longest underground rivers known to man. Here are some facts regarding Puerto Princesa Underground River that may be of help to you to fully understand and appreciate the beauty of the river once you’re on a boat starting to explore the beauty of the underground river.infolio-rg.ru
Visitors, tourists and environmentalists should highly consider Puerto Princesa Underground River as one of their major places to visit because the place is truly the most exciting and educational tourist spot to visit.
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