Many of the most popular tourist attractions in the Philippines are located in the province of Palawan – the largest province in the country in terms of land area. One of the best tourist destinations in the province is the Palawan Underground River – one of the amazing wonders of nature.
1.) Palawan Underground River is also called Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park because it is located in Puerto Princesa City, the capital of Palawan and a consistent winner of the “cleanest and greenest city”.
2.) This national park is situated in the Saint Paul Mountain Range on the northern coast of the island. It is bordered by St. Paul Bay to the north and the Babuyan River to the east.
3.) Other names for this gift of nature are St. Paul's Subterranean River National Park and St. Paul Underground River.
Bearcat or Binturong
4.) Because of its natural inside/outside beauty and uniqueness and with the overwhelming support of text voters, Palawan Underground River was provisionally chosen as one of the "New Seven Wonders of Nature" on November 11, 2011.
5.) Tourists can reach this natural wonder by a short hike from the town of Sabang.
6.) St. Paul’s Subterranean River National Park has a limestone karst mountain landscape and the navigable underground river is 8.2 kilometer in length.
7.) Although the recently discovered underground river of Mexico is now the longest in the world, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is still the world's longest navigable underground river.
8.) Because of this discovery, St. Paul’s Subterranean River is now ranked number 2 as the longest subterranean river in the world.
9.) Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is the world's longest navigable underground river.
10.) The park, which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, contains a full mountain-to-the-sea ecosystem and has some of the most important forests in Asia.
11.) According to researchers, there are 800 plant species, 30 species of mammals, 19 species of reptiles, 10 amphibian species and about 252 bird species in the park.
12.) Flying creatures that inhabit the cave include nine species of Bats, two species of Swiftlets and Whip Spider.
Hawksbill Sea Turtles
13.) The most common amphibian species that can be seen in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is the Philippine Woodland Frog.
14.) Eight species of reptiles are native to Palawan and among the most common reptiles that can be found in the park include the Common Reticulated Python, the Green Crested Lizard and the Monitor Lizard.
15.) The most notable species of birds that can be found in the park are the Blue-napped Parrot, Hill Myna, Palawan Hornbill, Tabon Scrub Fowl and White Breasted Sea Eagle.
16.) The most remarkable mammal species in the park are the Bearded Pig, the Bearcat, the Palawan Stink Badger, the Palawan Porcupine and the Long-tailed Macaque.
17.) Sea Cows or Dugong dugon and Hawksbill Sea Turtles or Chelonia mydas are often found feeding in the coastal area of the park.