Puerto Princesa Underground River Private Tour

Underground River Private Tour

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All about the Underground River Private Tour.

Enjoy a personalized experience with a private guide and vehicle. On a private vehicle, you’ll travel from Puerto Princesa city to Sabang through rural countryside. Then hop on a paddle boat and enjoy the scenic cruise on the Underground River.

It is the longest navigable underground river in the world, winds its way underneath a mountain range, through the St. Paul Underground river cave, and then goes out into the South China Sea.

The Underground River or Subterranean River in Palawan is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.


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.

Tour Highlights

  • 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

Weather Conditions

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.

Inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included?Items that are included in the cost.
  • Hotel pick up/drop off with private vehicle (within Puerto Princesa city center)
  • Transfer from Sabang Wharf to Underground river with private boat
  • Underground river cruise with a shared paddle boat
  • Buffet Lunch
  • English speaking guide
  • Entry Fees
What's not included?Items that are not included in the cost.
  • Drinks during lunch
  • Zip Line
  • Environmental fees (₱ 150 per person)
  1. Underground River Pick up from your hotel at 7.30am

    You will be collected from your hotel in Puerto Princesa and driven for about 2 hours to the Underground River in Sabang.

    On arrival take a short boat ride from the wharf to the Sabang Beach, the entrance to the Underground River.

    Hop on a park-operated boat equipped with a search light, and wind your way down the Underground River. Enjoy the impressive stalactites and the awesome rock formations while you cruise. The boatman will point out fantastic stalagmites and stalactites that, with imagination, resemble animals, religious images, and vegetables.

    Return to Sabang beach for lunch and if time permits, experience a thrilling, scenic Zip line and glide over a forest canopy (optional activity not included in the price).

    After the tour, you will be transported your hotel in Puerto Princesa

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.

We suggest Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa that is conveniently located walking distance to Sabang wharf where you can board the boat to the Underground River.

Yes, you are required to present your passport for the registration.

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