Underground River Private Tour
From: ₱ 2,127.00
Enjoy a personalized experience with a private guide and private vehicle.
Travel from Puerto Princesa City to Sabang village passing through rural countryside and then hop on a canoe and explore the world longest navigable Underground River.
Puerto Princesa’s Subterranean River is one of the world’s most impressive cave systems hailed as one of the new 7 wonders of the world and listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site.
The park features spectacular limestone karst landscapes, pristine natural beauty, and intact old-growth forests and distinctive wildlife.
The cruise is about 1.5km upstream into the cave. In order to reduce the impact on the environment, we arrange this cruise with a shared boat.
It’s possible to proceed 4.3km into the underground river with a special permit at surcharge.
The surrounding rainforest is part of the Subterranean River National Park, and offers world-class hiking and birdwatching. With the private tour, you can get from Sabang wharf to the cave entrance by boat, or walk 5km via the Jungle Trail (also known as Monkey Trail). Jungle Trail is at surcharge.
Pick up and Drop off
Hotel pick up/ drop off is included if you stay in a hotel within Puerto Princesa city center or airport.
The standard pick up time is between 7.00am / 7.30am. With the private tour, the pick up time is flexible and can be adjusted according to your flight details.
Cut off time for Underground River Cruise
The cut-off time for visiting the Underground River is usually at 2:00 pm. This can be set earlier if the sea conditions are not favorable (in the afternoon, the sea gets rough). It’s advisable to reach Sabang not later than 10:00am.
- Underground River
- Sabang Beach
- Zip Line (optional/at surcharge)
Recommended things to bring along:
- Passport or Id card must be presented during registration
- Sun hat, sun block, sunglasses
- Flip-flops or sandals
- Insect repellent
- Drinking water
- Raincoat (just in case of rain)
Best time to go
The best time to visit the Underground River is the dry season from October to May however it is possible to visit Underground River all year round.
Transfer to El Nido or Port Barton after the tour
A private transfer from Sabang to El Nido or Port Barton, can be arranged at surcharge. Please contact us for a quote
Please be informed that this tour is subject to weather conditions. The park can be closed anytime due to excessive rain or rough seas.
When there’s inclement weather and you are not able to reschedule this trip for another day, then you will receive a full refund.
If weather suddenly changes on the way and we have to cancel the tour midway, you will receive a partial refund.
Last Minute Bookings
Last minute bookings made 3 days or less to date of travel be may not be honored. If you wish to make a last minute booking and the calendar shows the date as grayed out, please contact our team by email, WhatsApp or phone.
- Hotel pick up/ drop off (within Puerto Princesa city center)
- Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
- Transfer by motorised bangka from Sabang wharf to Underground river
- 1.5 kilometers cave exploration by shared canoe
- Lunch at a local restaurant
- English speaking guide
- Zip Line
- Environmental fees (₱ 150 per person)
Pick up from your hotel at 7:00 am
You will be collected from your hotel in Puerto Princesa and driven for about 2 hours to the Underground River in Sabang.
Upon arrival proceed to the registration area at the wharf and wait for your assigned boat. In peak season the queue is often quite long. You can spend some time at the nearby beach or take a short walk around the village.
When it’s your turn take a short boat ride to entrance beach of the Underground River National Park.
Then hop on a park-operated canoe equipped with a search light, and wind your way down the Underground River.
During the 1.5 kilometer cruise you will see stunning formations of stalactites and stalagmites. The boatman will point out the formations that, with imagination, resemble animals, religious images, and vegetables.
Return to Sabang wharf area for lunch at a local restaurant, and if time permits, experience a thrilling Zip Line through the scenic Ugong Rock (optional activity not included in the price).
After lunch, you will be transported to your hotel in Puerto Princesa. Arrive at your hotel around midday or late-afternoon.
For Ugong Rock Zipline additional ₱ 700 per person.
Its main treat is a climb into the caves inner sanctum of ancient stalactites and up to the summit view deck for an exhilarating plunge down to a 350-meter zip line of pure adrenaline rush!
If your tour is canceled, we will rebook you on the next available tour. If you cannot postone your trip, then you can request a full refund or rebook on an alternate tour of the same value.
Note that a tour may be canceled within 30 minutes prior to departure in the event of changing weather conditions.
Yes, you are required to present your passport for the registration.