Want to explore the Puerto Princesa Underground River? Sabang is the best place to stay.
The river system, which is more than 24km long, has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage-listed Site and, more recently, as one of the ‘7 new wonders of the world‘.
The limestone cave was formed millions of years ago, changing shape and evolving one drip at a time. Huge stalagtites hang from the roof of the cave, forming mysterious rock formations. It’s eerily quiet. Bats fly overhead, zipping past the guide’s torch as it sweeps up into the enormous rock caverns, the drip-drip of water echoing through the darkness.
Tourists are taken into the cave in small paddle boats and given a recorded audio guide that outlines the history of the river. You’ll either love it or hate it. Whichever category you fall into, be sure to take it off for a few minutes to appreciate the natural sounds.
Tickets in Sabang cost from 250 pesos per person with additional fees for the environment (85 pesos), permits and boat transfers. If there’s 4-6 of you so can organise a private boat transfer. Haggle hard!
Tours can also be arranged in Puerto Princesa for approx 1,500 pesos per person, including transfers.
TOP TIP: Go early in the morning before the tourist groups from Puerto Princesa arrive. Avoid weekends where possible. We went at 8am and had the place pretty much to ourselves.