Puerto Princesa Underground River deserves to be one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature although there are plenty of wonderful natural sceneries Worldwide, yet still this river stands out to its title along with Amazon Rainforest and River, Jeju Island, Halong Bay, Iguazu / Iguaçu Falls, Komodo Island and Table Mountain.
Underground River, I may proudly say that I’m thrilled that it has been officially declared last January 28, 2012 as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. I actually voted for it during the campaign although I honestly haven’t seen it in person by that time. But now that I did I might have to say that my vote was not wasted.
I believe that the expedition doesn’t really cover the whole area because of its vastness with more than 24 km long cave to discover, the rest of the area is impossible to explore also because of oxygen deprivation, yet I’m happy to see the incredible rock formations on the tour area.
While inside the dark cave, I am wishing I could light a flare and see its real glory, but then again taking just a peek on its beauty is satisfying enough, you just have to make sure that the one who’s holding the light on your boat knows the right spot to shine.
It’s also a fun trip for the kids because of so many imaginative shapes the stalactites and stalagmites have formed over the decade. It’s incredible that the nature formed these outlines on a very very long process which we can now enjoy and look at.
Another important thing to remember is getting the permit to get inside. There’s a lot of tourists that have been pissed according to our tour guide because most of them came from far Countries and yet they couldn’t even take a peek inside the tunnel. It took us months to get the permit, but it’s worth the wait, so again just remember that you can’t just walk in and enter the Underground River, you’ve got to have papers.
For more info you may want to visit Pretty Planet Travel and Tours and look for Mang Manny, we’ve tried this agency once and we’re coming back for a second trip. Enjoy Puerto Princesa but don’t forget to book first so you won’t miss getting inside the Under Ground River.
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