A sublime beauty of El Nido with lagoons, beaches, rocks, and underground river

Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

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Puerto Princesa: A sublime beauty of El Nido with lagoons...

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Highlights

Pristine white beaches, towering limestone cliffs, scenic mountains, mysterious caves, thriving wildlife, and crystal clear lagoons, this is El Nido.  How about exploring the world's longest underground river a UNESCO site at Puerto Princesa?  With so much packed in to see and experience, we believe this will be an amazing short weekend getaway, let's go!

The plan is to explore the bacuit bay, then island hop to those pristine beaches around El Nido, and finally to the longest underground river cave.  Sounds like a plan?

A sublime beauty of El Nido with lagoons, beaches, rocks, and underground river starting at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, PhilippinesBig Lagoon in El Nido, photo by Dan Lundberg licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 

A sublime beauty of El Nido with lagoons, beaches, rocks, and underground river starting at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, PhilippinesBeach near Helicopter Island, photo gautsch. licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 

A sublime beauty of El Nido with lagoons, beaches, rocks, and underground river starting at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, PhilippinesSecret Island

A sublime beauty of El Nido with lagoons, beaches, rocks, and underground river starting at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, PhilippinesShimizu Island

A sublime beauty of El Nido with lagoons, beaches, rocks, and underground river starting at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, PhilippinesShimizu Island

A sublime beauty of El Nido with lagoons, beaches, rocks, and underground river starting at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, PhilippinesRelaxing in Shimizu Island, photo by Aleksandr Zykov licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 

A sublime beauty of El Nido with lagoons, beaches, rocks, and underground river starting at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines7 Commando beach at El Nido, photo by Allan Ascaño licensed under CC BY 2.0

A sublime beauty of El Nido with lagoons, beaches, rocks, and underground river starting at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, PhilippinesSunset as seen in El Nido, photo by mendhak licensed under CC BY 2.0

A sublime beauty of El Nido with lagoons, beaches, rocks, and underground river starting at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, PhilippinesThe outrigger boat taking us island hopping in Bacuit Bay, El Nido, photo by Dan Lundberg licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 


Aerial view of Star Beach

A sublime beauty of El Nido with lagoons, beaches, rocks, and underground river starting at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, PhilippinesEntrance to Puerto Princesa, Palawan Underground River by paweesit licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 

Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park encompasses one of the world’s most impressive and longest underground water cave systems, spectacular limestone karst landscapes, pristine natural beauty, and old-growth forests thriving with distinctive wildlfe. 

A sublime beauty of El Nido with lagoons, beaches, rocks, and underground river starting at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines Cave formation in Puerto Princesa Underground River by paweesit licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 

The national park is located in the Saint Paul Mountain Range on the western coast of the island. It is bordered by St. Paul Bay to the north and the Babuyan River to the east.  In 2010, a group of environmentalists and geologists discovered that the underground river has a second floor, which means that there are small waterfalls inside the cave. They also found a cave dome measuring 300m above the underground river, rock formations, large bats, a deep water hole in the river, more river channels, another deep cave, as well as marine creatures and more. Deeper areas of the underground river are almost impossible to explore due to oxygen deprivation.

Additional Info

Note:
- Price is based on 2020 rates and may subject to change in 2021 according to operators
- Will update in 2021 when the new price is available
- Dates are tentative depending on the travel restrictions nearer to date

Itinerary

Day 1 Travel from Singapore to Puerto Princesa, 6 hours road trip to El Nido
Day 2 Explore Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island, and 7 Commando Beach
Day 3 Explore Helicopter Island, Matinloc Shrine, Secret Beach, Star Beach, and Hidden Beach.  6 hours road trip back to Puerto Princesa.
Day 4 Explore underground river cave
Day 5 Travel back to Singapore from Puerto Princesa

Note
Please bring along a earplug for boat ride

Reviews

  • I had a amazing trip with a group of friendly and warm tour mates. Carly was such an assuring tour leader. Excellent and safe Vietnamese driver, Jerry. well spoken English Vietnamese guide Tommy. I enjoyed myself very much and look forward for another trip!

  • Excellent short trip with beautiful verdant countryside and charming local tribal people not corrupted by tourism yet . Be prepared for long drive on narrow winding mountain roads.

  • Best trip ever ! Everyone laughed and enjoyed the hols as if we have known each other all our lives instead of meeting for the first time ! Everyone kept their cool when faced with an unforseen delay . The scenery at Ha Giang is simply superb . There are so many small towns within the mountains with... Read more Best trip ever ! Everyone laughed and enjoyed the hols as if we have known each other all our lives instead of meeting for the first time ! Everyone kept their cool when faced with an unforseen delay . The scenery at Ha Giang is simply superb . There are so many small towns within the mountains with so many minority races living together . Their costumes are so colourful and the ladies' headgears are so lovely to gawk at . If I could , I would love to go again . Highly recommended for gungho people with "throw everything to the wind" attitude . Fantastic local guide and driver (Tom & Jerry) and pats on the back for Carly (Singapore guide) too . Thanks .........rosse and raymond . Read less

  • Georgina was great in: 1) giving reminders so that people can un-RSVP for others on wait list to get a spot. 2) giving clear instructions, photos, links on how to get to the meeting point, 3)explaining why everyone had to be on time and what the program is expected to be and when it might end. ... Read more Georgina was great in: 1) giving reminders so that people can un-RSVP for others on wait list to get a spot. 2) giving clear instructions, photos, links on how to get to the meeting point, 3)explaining why everyone had to be on time and what the program is expected to be and when it might end. Late evening slot was a good idea as we got to see the night installations at The PathFinder portion, but food stalls already closed upon exit. There are toilets inside the exhibit in Fort Canning Center itself. Cleaner than the mobile toilets outside. Thank you for helping to get us tickets when it is so difficult to do so. Read less

  • My wife, son and I never regret of signing up this trip. My 8 year old son enjoyed the walk on the rocky beach. Best moment of the walk was that we came closed to the corals, crabs ???? and ???? shrimps. Thank you threeplaygrounds!