In 1999, the Underground River Park was listed as the World Natural Heritage Site. It should not be exciting to visit such places many times, but this underground river cave is too grand. In order to protect the environment, without lighting, it is a dark world to enter. The lovely bats are flying and flying. Sometimes strange sounds come out in the water. It feels like a fairy tale world. The canoe is paddling gently, occasionally arousing a splash of water. The strange smell in the cave is bestowed by the bats. Most visitors will return only 1.5 kilometers into the underground river, while the whole underground river is more than 8 kilometers, and then go forward, some places need to dive to pass.
To go to Shabang Underground River, you can either take a one-day tour with a newspaper group or go by yourself. But before you go, you must know that this place is closed on Saturdays. Although it rained all the morning on Friday, there were many people going to the underground river, and more than half of them were native people. When we arrive at Shabang dock, we have to buy tickets and wait in line for the crab boat to enter the cave. The price of 1200P is very expensive for the local people's income, but we still can't resist the enthusiasm of going to the underground river to see the cave. Although it is good, there is still a gap with many caves in China, such as Benxi Water Cave in Liaoning Province, which is much better than this one.
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. It features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. navigable underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. The underground river is reputed to be the world’s longest. At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water’s edge. Monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave.... http://world.new7wonders.com/the-new7wonders-of-nature/puerto-princessa-underground-river-philippines/
To be honest, it's not easy to come to this scenic spot. It takes more than five hours to get from Aini Island by car, more than two hours from Princess Harbor, and then by boat! Of course, you won't be disappointed when you come here. There's really no hole in the sky! It's worth recommending!
In fact, my favorite part of this park in Palawan is to enter the cave by boat, which has a sense of adventure. And the water is very clear. It is the longest underground river in the world. So in fact, this scenic spot in the Philippines is also the Underground River National Park of Port Princesa, which can not be missed.
Such an amazingly beautiful place! It is considered as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. You ride on a boat into the cave and wonder at the various rock formations. The boat men were very entertaining. Although the river is 8.2 km long, the permits given to the tourist is only for a 45 minutes boat ride. Special permits must be requested and granted only to scientists and explorers who wants to go through the end of the cave.
The one thing that can not be missed when visiting Palawan. This is considered the 8th wonder of the world and I can see why. There are lots of tourists but there is a limit to how many can visit the caves at ant given time. Unlike some of the sites in Vietnam and Thailand, the area is still relatively undeveloped. The water is pristine with the experience of sailing into the cave exciting and full of beauty.
Be prepared for something different. I was expecting a river that actually flowed along a set course.. this is more of an underground cavern that is partially flooded.. none the less it is quite amazing and should be experienced, as well be sure to take a hike up the monkey trail .. also to do business in the small fishing village which is your take off point to the underground river.. Well worth the trip.