Puerto Princesa Underground River

Puerto Princesa Underground River

Puerto Princesa Underground River
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • Maree R
    Christchurch, New Zealand1,176 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just Do It
    It is a long day, van ride for 1 hour 20 and then 2 boats with plenty of waiting, and lunch provided at a buffet with many other groups. Our guide was keen for us to take the extra zipline and or mangrove boat tour as we were there a little late and the queues were long for the boats. Maybe all guides do this anyway, it passed some time. The underground river, once there, was fascinating and so worth the effort so it really is a must do when in Peurto Princesa.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 May 2023
  • Alex H
    Port St. Mary, United Kingdom1,319 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great tour from Puerto Princesa
    We did the day tour from Puerto Princesa which took around 90 minutes to get from our hotel in the city centre to the boat terminal port. Wearing flip flops / sliders is recommended to easily take your footwear on and off when boarding the boats. The cave and river itself is excellent, and the audio guide is informative (which I recommend getting if it’s not already included in your tour package). Overall absolutely worthwhile doing, and at a cost of around 1500-1700 pesos (plus 150 peso entry fee) it’s value for money.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Sonny_circumvehor
    Toledo, Ohio1,299 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Winner winner, bonus chicken dinner
    Be aware of some things.. 1 it's possible to rain out 2 " private " upgrade is a scam, don't do it. 3 the 2 hours total from start to finish including zip line to 5 hours.. So plan for 5 hours if your doing the zip line.. Don't let the parking boys direct you to the tour booths.. you can buy a package with food.. you'll see monkeys, and you get an audio guide That's the downs.. the tour itself certainly is a wonder, and a winner
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Christopher F
    Laguna Hills, California6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Underground River
    We loved this tour. We drove thru the country to the boat launch. Our tour guide noted some important sites along the way. The boat ride was enjoyable. We stopped at the beach to take pictures of beautiful mountainside. We walked to another boat and toured the underground River. It was very impressive.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 November 2023
  • Anne S
    Leeds, United Kingdom570 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab
    It was a long minibus journey from where our ship docked in Puerto Princesa. When we arrived at the place the boat trip set off from it appeared to be chaos, but there was a system and our guide ensured we got onto an outrigger boat to take us to the mouth of the underground river. We then were given hard hats and got into another outrigger boat that another guide paddled us into the cave. We had an audio guide and our guide also pointed out key features. For us the most interesting part was the bats who inhabit the cave and fly around, sometimes swooping down towards the boat. We travelled along the underground river for around 30mins before turning round and travelling back to the mouth of the cave for another 30mins. The cave is not illuminated apart from the light our guide held. We then left the boat and got back onto the boat which took us back to where our minibus dropped us. We then journeyed back to the cruise terminal. Please note you have to wade through water to enter and exit each boat so ensure you take shoes that can get totally wet and that you wear shorts or trousers that can be rolled up. Overall an excellent experience.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 November 2023
  • Al A
    Honolulu, Hawaii83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must Do Excursion
    What an amazing experience to see one of the 7 Wonders of Nature. It was sort of a process to set this up. We had to get to the ticket office first thing in the morning, pay for your parking pass as our driver waited while we did the excursion, pay for a tour guide, pay for the boat fee, then wait in the queue for our number to be called. We all noticed the amounts of people that also came in groups to go on this excursion. By the time our number was called, it was our turn to board the boat. It was only us 4 plus the tour guide and 2 boatmen. It took a short 30 minutes or so to reach the island. From there, we get our life vests and helmets and wait for another boat tour guide to take us on another ride. This time, we set up with self guided audio because noise is refrained while in the caves. There are hundreds of bats that live in captivity, also no one is allowed from touching the interior of the caves to protect the surface from changing colors or conditions. Most interesting part about the cave was that a lot of the shapes of the stalagmites and stalactites were similar to fruits and vegetables, biblical references, famous people, and just about anything imagined. Wild monkeys and large lizards roam the island, you're also able to purchase souvenir pictures as a photograph is present. No lunch is served like the other island tours, but it's one of the most fascinating places l've ever been to!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 March 2024
  • Yelda B
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit 7 wonders of the world
    Amazing organization end to end while taking care of the nature as well as the tourists with ultimate safety along with great guidance. I am really impressed not only with natural beauty of the cave but also the organization. Well done to everyone 😊
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 March 2024
  • June A
    Cairns, Australia24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    EXCEPTIONAL CAVE BUT CHOOSE YOUR TOUR PACKAGE CAREFULLY
    The cave structure through which the Puerto Princesa subterranean river flows is the most amazing I have ever experienced. For me it was worth all the hardship to get to & from Puerto Princesa, as traveling domestically within Philippines is very challenging. The island landing site itself is straight out of a brochure, & the color of the water at the cave entrance draws one in immediately. The dome of the cave at its highest points appears endless, disappearing into the darkness like a gothic cathedral. The stalagmites & stalactites are massive, very intricate & look ethereal in the muted lights from the boats. I would certainly want to revisit if more of the cave is explored & opened up to the public in future. Having said that, I was NOT a fan of the tour package. A lot of the day was to me wasted in random travel & long lunch stops etc., & our tour guide cleverly herded everyone in to an additionally charged "Mangrove" tour en route which if you have seen a mangrove & wilderness before, was a scam at best. We had booked our tour via our hotel & not once did anyone mention that at the same Mangrove site, it was also possible to Zipline, which would have been a far worthier way to spend our time & money while we waited for our cave tour number to come up. Or, we could have swum in the emerald green waters off the island where the cave is located as well & enjoyed its stunning backdrops while waiting for the ferry to take us back! We would have also had been happier to just carry a packed lunch at our own cost & stop for a small loo-break en route to the cave, as the direct route from the hotel to the cave + tour & back was not that long. We did not feel very comfortable eating at the large buffet style local restaurant we were taken to for lunch, for hygiene reasons. The cave was amazing, but we would do the "tour" differently if we did it ever again.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 April 2024
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June A
Cairns, Australia24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The cave structure through which the Puerto Princesa subterranean river flows is the most amazing I have ever experienced. For me it was worth all the hardship to get to & from Puerto Princesa, as traveling domestically within Philippines is very challenging.
The island landing site itself is straight out of a brochure, & the color of the water at the cave entrance draws one in immediately. The dome of the cave at its highest points appears endless, disappearing into the darkness like a gothic cathedral. The stalagmites & stalactites are massive, very intricate & look ethereal in the muted lights from the boats. I would certainly want to revisit if more of the cave is explored & opened up to the public in future.
Having said that, I was NOT a fan of the tour package. A lot of the day was to me wasted in random travel & long lunch stops etc., & our tour guide cleverly herded everyone in to an additionally charged "Mangrove" tour en route which if you have seen a mangrove & wilderness before, was a scam at best. We had booked our tour via our hotel & not once did anyone mention that at the same Mangrove site, it was also possible to Zipline, which would have been a far worthier way to spend our time & money while we waited for our cave tour number to come up. Or, we could have swum in the emerald green waters off the island where the cave is located as well & enjoyed its stunning backdrops while waiting for the ferry to take us back!
We would have also had been happier to just carry a packed lunch at our own cost & stop for a small loo-break en route to the cave, as the direct route from the hotel to the cave + tour & back was not that long. We did not feel very comfortable eating at the large buffet style local restaurant we were taken to for lunch, for hygiene reasons.
The cave was amazing, but we would do the "tour" differently if we did it ever again.
Written 3 April 2024
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Yelda B
Dubai, United Arab Emirates23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Amazing organization end to end while taking care of the nature as well as the tourists with ultimate safety along with great guidance. I am really impressed not only with natural beauty of the cave but also the organization. Well done to everyone 😊
Written 19 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Al A
Honolulu, HI83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
What an amazing experience to see one of the 7 Wonders of Nature. It was sort of a process to set this up. We had to get to the ticket office first thing in the morning, pay for your parking pass as our driver waited while we did the excursion, pay for a tour guide, pay for the boat fee, then wait in the queue for our number to be called. We all noticed the amounts of people that also came in groups to go on this excursion.
By the time our number was called, it was our turn to board the boat. It was only us 4 plus the tour guide and 2 boatmen. It took a short 30 minutes or so to reach the island. From there, we get our life vests and helmets and wait for another boat tour guide to take us on another ride. This time, we set up with self guided audio because noise is refrained while in the caves. There are hundreds of bats that live in captivity, also no one is allowed from touching the interior of the caves to protect the surface from changing colors or conditions.
Most interesting part about the cave was that a lot of the shapes of the stalagmites and stalactites were similar to fruits and vegetables, biblical references, famous people, and just about anything imagined.
Wild monkeys and large lizards roam the island, you're also able to purchase souvenir pictures as a photograph is present. No lunch is served like the other island tours, but it's one of the most fascinating places l've ever been to!
Written 13 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Danielle M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A Natural beauty that you must visit if you go to Puerto Princesa.

The People are super friendly, kind and helpful.

The colour of the water and the energy of this place is something else!
Written 27 February 2024
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hamid reza z
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Is is not amazing ,we get ticket and leave elniro and 5 hours drive from elnido so i think maybe better wad we stay in elnido and enjoy there
Written 24 January 2024
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rick r
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The caves were very nice, but it was not worth the 4 hours that had a wait
The 2 hours to wait for the boat to take it over to the caves. And then another hour and a half to get into the caves. There has to be a better way to conduct this business.
Written 14 January 2024
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Mark H
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Totally overpriced and over rated tourist trap.
Save ur money!!
Its a simple river inside a cave: SO WHAT???
Written 29 December 2023
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tito f
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Capture the Beauty: Immerse yourself in the natural wonders as you sail through the mesmerizing limestone formations. Don't forget to capture the jaw-dropping stalactites and stalagmites that have taken centuries to form.
Written 27 December 2023
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Jayson A
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The cave inside stinks so bad it might give you a headache. Not suitable for kids due to 45 minutes in the dark with strobing flashlights. If you have a light sensitivity problems, or a seizure prone , then this trip is not for you. If you scared of bats and other crawlies then don't go.
Written 14 December 2023
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ldsouza1234
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Very cool underground cave system, busy but worth checking out.
Each boat comes with a guide, you are given helmet and audio guide too.
Written 3 December 2023
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