Why You Should Visit the Subterranean River in Palawan?

The Puerto Princesa Underground River along with Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (where the river is situated) are now one of the most visited tourist spot in the world ever since they have been declared by UNESCO as one among the new 7 Wonders of Nature and a protected World Heritage Site in 2012 and 1999 respectively.  Both tourist spots are located in the south-western part in the Palawan Island which is one of the provinces of the Philippines. The underground river is about 8.2 kilometers long or approximately 5 miles long. The river flows into caverns and directly flows out to the South China Sea.  The lake has been found out to be brackish (diluted with salt water but not enough to be referred to as a salt lake) making it a natural phenomenon. The river, as earlier stated flows into caverns that showcase variety of rock formations consisting of stalagmites and stalactites that geologist claims to be hundreds of years old. A very distinct feature of the park is its complete mountain-to-sea ecosystem making it a very ideal habitat for various forms of wildlife. The park is considered by many prestigious environmental organizations to be one of the few parks worldwide continued to be kept in its natural status.

The underground river boasts of massive but very beautiful limestone landscape (called Karst) and also shows various formations of stalactites and stalagmites inside dome shaped caverns that is about 120 meters wide and 60 meters high. Because of the risk factors involved, visitor are allowed to tour only about 2% of the total length of the river but after the river cruise tourist believe that the time spent on the tour is more than enough to witness the magnificent sites the underground river has to offer.  Puerto Princesa Underground river tour packages allow you to discover a variety of wildlife habitat ideal for biodiversity conservation. These are mountain-to-sea ecosystem and 8 (out of 13) types of untouched rainforest that includes forest on ultramafic soil, forest on limestone, montane forest, freshwater swamp forest, lowland evergreen tropical rainforest, riverine forest, beach forest and mangrove forest. The presence of these forest type have made the area as having the richest tree flora, highest levels of regional and local endemism  and the largest with the most  valuable limestone forest found this side of the world. The above features only show brief profile of how magnificent this tourist spot in Palawan is. Allow me to give you a more descriptive reason why Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park should be one of your “must see” tourist spot destinations if you are ever in this part of the world.

The Puerto Princesa Underground River is part of the Saint Paul Mountain Range, the reason why the river was originally named St. Paul Underground River. Aside from the river being dubbed as the second largest in the world and traversing through exotic caverns its other attraction is its karst landscape. These are mountainside bedrock composed of limestone that has been dissolved and shaped by water that passes through it. Geologists believe that the limestone formations, underground drainage systems and caverns found at the park where shaped through the pounding of the South China Sea on the Palawan Mountainside. The age of these magnificent formations are believed to be thousands of years old. Today, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is one of the most visited tourist spots both by local and foreign visitors. Here are some of the main reasons why this park has been tagged as the best and most visited tourist site this part of the world and why you too should find the time to tour the placemensclub24

First, the Subterranean National Park and the underground river have been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature respectively. This alone is a big influence on world travelers to visit the place. Being bestowed with these titles plus the fact that it was awarded by an honorable and trustworthy global organization only goes to show that the tourist spot is really worth visiting. Second, it is worth seeing the longest underground river in Asia and the second longest in the world. It is surely worth your money and time to cruise inside the caverns where the river flows through and be witness to the fantastic rock formations and varieties of wildlife found inside these caves. Third, would it not be great to see the varieties of rainforests surrounding the main park? 8 out of 13 types of rainforests are found here making the park a natural phenomenon. There is no other park in the world where you can find this many types of rainforests except in Puerto Princessa National Park. Fourth, is it not worth witnessing various and strange form of rock formations created by stalactites and stalagmites and which can only be found in this park? Finally, cruising or touring the underground river is not your only option in Puerto Princessa Subterranean River National Park because while staying here, you can also go Jungle trekking; wildlife watching of 165 species of birds where 15 of them are already in the endangered list; Swim in the clear waters of white sand beaches; and learn about the various culture of the indigenous people that resides there.

Like any other magnificent tourist spots in the world, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park has its flaws but the same is kept at a minimal. The only thing that can spoil your visit is when your tour to the underground river is cancelled and this is usually because of bad weather. It is therefore advisable that you schedule your trip to Palawan during the summer months. This will ensure that you will be able to enjoy your trip to the famed underground river.  For visitors, tourists and nature enthusiast, taking a Puerto Princesa underground river tour is a must. There are very few rivers in the world that can claim what Puerto Princesa Underground River can. Just remember that it would only be once in a lifetime when one can truly be a part of one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

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