The Underground River located within the Saint Paul mountain range in Palawan is one of the top places tourists that travel to the Philippines visit. Indeed, no Palawan tour package seems to be complete without it, making this an integral part of the Philippines travel industry.
Also known as the Cabayugan River, the Underground River spans 8.2 kilometers long, passing through the Saint Paul Mountain range and exiting into a beautiful and pristine white sand beach. The main attraction here is the spectacular limestone karst landscape. Any traveler that have taken a trip through the Underground River would agree that it is nothing short of artistic and breathtaking. Delicate
formations that resemble bronze chandeliers (like the one that you see on the right), vast limestone cliffs, dolines and shafts fill the entire cave giving travelers that almost surreal feeling of being in another world.
The surrounding forests is just as breathtaking as it is unique. It contains eight of the 13 different types of forests commonly found in Asia, resulting to the diverse array of flora and fauna species, many of which are only found in this part of the country. Travelers visiting the Underground River Park for the very first time may be startled and surprised to see a wild monitor lizard roaming very near the boat docks or a monkey swinging nearby, but to the locals, they mean no harm and are just merely a part of this vast ecosystem that they have called home.
Palawan’s Underground River has first gained international prestige and recognition after UNESCO classified it as a World Heritage Site. Recently, it has once again captured the attention of the world after it has been named as one of the 28 sites in the world being considered for the New 7 Wonders of Nature in the World. As of this posting time, the Underground River is currently listed as the site with the 8th most number of international votes and the 3rd most number of national votes.
You can cast your vote and bring Palawan’s Underground River one step closer to winning a coveted spot in the list of the New 7 Wonders of Nature by clicking here to get to the site. To vote, you will need to vote for seven of the 28 finalists and fill in the form that comes after. After that, you will receive an email requesting you to confirm your vote.
Primary photo by Simon Schoeters Flickr Creative Commons