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Puerto Princesa Subterranean River System: Palawan’s Gift of Nature


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Palawan Underground River by: Michael Reiss at CC

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is a gift of nature. It now puts the country on the map of tourism once again after the dark days of Dos Palmas kidnapping decades ago. It is not only enticing vacationers, but nature lovers and adventurers as well, that’s precisely the subterranean river system hope to offer.

The website” It’s more fun in the Philippines aptly nicknamed Puerto Princesa as “the city in a forest.” Puerto Princesa City’s attractions have much to do with its natural wonders and commitment to the environment. In fact, it’s been named the Philippine’s cleanest and greenest city, and has been internationally recognized for environmental excellence.”

The subterranean river which is 8.2 kilometers long runs through the Saint Paul Mountain Ranges on the western coast of the island. It is bordered by the St. Paul Bay to the north and the Babuyan River to the east. The City Government of Puerto Princesa has managed the National Park since 1992. The entrance to the subterranean river is a short hike or boat ride from the town of Sabang.

The renewed interest to visit Palawan, the province, stemmed from the province’s natural allure both in Eco-Tourism and Leisure. El Nido and Coron lead the world class resorts embellished by its white powdery beaches that lies along the western corridor, just the right location to savor the magnificent sunset. While the subterranean river system donned its mystique to lure nature lovers from all over the world.

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Not only that Palawan has become the last frontier, its geographical location is nicely positioned to crisscross the South China Sea and Sulo Sea natural marine biosphere, especially Tubattaha Reef, another protected location and considered a natural treasure. Palawan is also in the crossroad between the rich tourism destination in both Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

With the tourism industry becoming a global but independent niche it could somehow put Palawan as the other point of the triangle between Malaysia and Singapore. By building needed infrastructures that would lay air and sea routes accessibility directly among these countries without passing through the capital’s air portal, would be a very laudable effort to forestall tourism development in the region. One example of this is that Palawan has started welcoming international cruises, an added fold to its continuing rise in tourism development.

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Updated: March 20, 2017 — 10:50 am

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