Thursday, May 17, 2012

My Visit to UNDERGROUND RIVER


Finally! The world has acknowledged and noticed Underground River as one the  NEW 7 WONDERS OF NATURE. This was proclaimed last January 28, 2012.

Underground River is located about 50 kilometers north of the city center of Puerto Princesa, Palawan.  The city government has managed it since 1992.


ENTRANCE OF THE UNDERGROUND RIVER. The sight itself is already breathtaking.



Now of course, when you have to enter the cave, you need some protection. Always wear
your HELMETS, at all times, since you do not want any minerals/bats poo on your hair/head.


My dad and me
The water is so clear. The weather was hot. Those two combined, makes you wanna jump in the water and take a dip!


As you enter the entrance, you will see this amazing sight. All well preserved by the government of Palawan. Ok, the one you see here, (the mushroom shaped) thats what you call a STALACTITE, those are minerals that drips. Over time, it hardens, and becomes Stalactite. At times, it forms into a shape and in this case, it looks like a mushroom. On the other hand, the one you see on the ground are called STALAGMITE. Unfortunately, I dont have a picture of it.



As you exit the cave... 


This is the famous UNDERGROUND RIVER SIGN. 



Of course, we just have to pose with it!

My Auntie Ning Ning, Me, Dad and my other Auntie Tessie
If you happen to drop by Palawan, Underground River in Sabang, is really a MUST-SEE and a MUST-VISIT!

FOR PARK RATES AND OTHER FEES

General Entrance Fee
Adult
P 150.00
Minor
P 100.00
UR Tour*
Adult
P 250.00
Minor
P 150.00
UR Express Tour
P1,000.00 each (minimum of 4)
Commercial Video Fee
P3,000.00
*Filipino Senior Citizens 60 yr. old and up, minors 12 years old and below, & the handicapped are exempted from paying for the Underground River Tour.
*minors two years old and below are not allowed inside the Cave.
Park Entry
Management strictly enforces a “No Permit, No Entry” policy to comply with the approved carrying capacity of the Underground River. All visitors are required to secure a Visitor Entry Permit at the Underground River Booking office before entering the PPSRNP.
Air-condition Shuttle Van from the City to Sabang averages P3,500 (8 passengers, roundtrip) Public Utility Bus/Jeep from Puerto Princesa to Sabang P200 (per person one way) Park Ferry Service from Sabang to Underground River P700 (6 passengers, round trip)


FOR BOOKINGS AND SCHEDULE

Tip: Since Underground River has been included in the 7 New Wonders, better ask your travel agency to book you (means to get you a permit) ahead of time. It is (well most of the time) fully booked. Just for to give you an idea, if this month is February 2012, the permits for Underground River is fully booked till May 2012. 


As of May 15, 2012. Booking Schedules are as follows. Please take note that this is just updated until May 15, 2012 only. 

Available Dates for Booking
April 2012 – fully booked
May 2012 – fully booked
June 2012 – 8, 9, 11 onwards
July 2012 – all open
August 2012 – all open
September 2012 – all open
October 2012 – all open
November 2012 – all open
December 2012 – all open
Last Update: May 15, 2012, 12:20 a.m. PST
(for updated schedule, please click the link above)
For more information, please visit http://www.puerto-undergroundriver.com




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