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Rio Subterraneo

Rio Subterraneo (The Philippines)

Practical information on Rio Subterraneo

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • River
  • Caves
  • Unesco World Heritage
  • Essential
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
2 hours from Puerto Princesa by shuttle
When to go
From January to June
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Rio Subterraneo

Rose Nicolini Seasoned Traveller
23 written opinions

The Puerta Princesa Subterranean River National Park is remarkable. It reunites a set of caves which an underground river travels through, in the heart of a luxurious primary forest. For adventurers.

My suggestion:
Do the Monkey Trail trip which leads to the mouth of the river; you don't need a guide, contrary to what the hotels try to tell you, it's very well marked out with buoys.
My review

Some travellers tell of a bad experience. Most of the time it's the organising agency which is at fault, not the trip. The caves are magnificent. The crossing on the underground river, in a small boat, is fun, but not really educational. The PPSRNP is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and I strongly recommend visiting it during your trip to the Philippines.

For more freedom and less expense, we preferred to not use an agency and to visit the site on the Monkey Trail. I loved this opening in the jungle. You go above the karstic formations on wooden bridges. The noises of the jungle are incredible and there really are monkeys everywhere. By the way, it's best not to attract them as they can become aggressive. During a stop for a snack, a few of them came close to us, attracted by the food and we had to package everything up quickly.

Puerta Princesa underground river
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