Palawan is one of the largest provinces in the Philippines and one of the most beautiful places in the world. It consists of a few large islands and hundred of small islands, full of stunning white sand beaches and hidden lagoons. There are many things to do in Palawan: wreck diving in Coron, island hopping in El Nido,
‘It’s a dream come true for all of us here,’ says Park Superintendent Elizabeth Maclang of the power plant which is expected to be operational by 2019
Sabang Renewable Energy Corporation (SREC) on Tuesday, April 23, broke ground to launch Palawan’s first hybrid power plant with a micro-grid to fill the growing needs of the area that hosts the Puerto Princesa Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
SREC, a Department of Energy-registered renewable energy (RE) developer composed of WEnergy Global, Gigawatt Power Incorporated, and Vivant Corporation, aims to provide over 650 households and tourism establishments in Barangay Cabayugan with uninterrupted power supply.
The hybrid power plant will consist of a 1.4 megawatt peak solar photovoltaic with a 2.3 MW hour battery storage system and 1.2 MW diesel generators to power its 14-circuit kilometer distribution facility.
“The solar PV/Battery system enables SREC to provide an average of 50% of clean energy to the grid,” said Walden Tantuico, president/CEO of both SREC and Gigawatt Power.
The world is full of wonderful places and we all have a bucket list of places we want to experience. If you think that list is complete, think again. We are about to shake you off terra firma and take you to a whole new level.
Like the song says, ‘it’s a whole new world’. There’s just one catch. It’s underground. Ready to explore?
Explorers have dug, burrowed and explored new places and have found some real gems for us – an underground waterfall, an underground cave, a mountain etc. Here’s a brief list for you.
1 Longyou Grotto, China
Discovered by accident, Longyou Grotto is a series of man-made underground caves in China. These caves were originally found by a villager in the year 1992 and were flooded.
Over the years, the government has taken the initiative to open, clean and drain the routes for tourists. Upon further discovery and understanding of the place, it was revealed that they go back to at least 2,000 years.
If you trace my history as a travel blogger, you’ll probably find the very roots of it in Puerto Princesa City.
It happened over 10 years ago. My grandfather had passed away and I needed to fly to Puerto Princesa to attend the wake and the funeral. In the middle of mourning, I was captivated by the city. I had never seen one as clean, green, and organized as the Palawan capital. Prior to this trip, I had never traveled far for leisure, not counting the Boy Scout jamborees I joined as a child. I was already keeping a blog then, not this travel blog but just an online personal journal for my random musings. After that trip, I found myself writing about a place for the first time. I planned to return just to explore the city, something I wasn’t able to do that time, but it didn’t happen soon enough, for financial reasons. It would take more than two long years before I set foot in the city again; thanks to a company outing.
Last year I managed to visit Palawan’s Puerto Princesa City —one of my favorite nooks in the country—for the third time. It was not hard to gather immediately upon stepping into the city that they have been enjoying very much the latest title they have coveted for their most important destination and asset; so much so that it has gone a bit too much.
In my three days in the city, with a day devoted to visiting again the underground river, I never met anyone who described the park in other terms aside from that it is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Right there and then, I knew that there was a looming crisis.
Wondering the Wonder
Since its proclamation in 2012 as one of the New 7 Natural Wonders of the world, the Philippines’s Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, or more commonly known nowadays as the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR), has nearly been singularly using this title to highlight its supposed integrity, and, subsequently, in promotions.
Puerto Princesa is the heart of Palawan, the Philippine’s last frontier. Dubbed as “City in the Forest”, it boasts of being the only city in the country who has successfully balanced the harmony between the development and environment. Considered as the Ecotourism Capital of the Philippines, it is also a model in local governance, cleanliness, environmental protection and conservation.
The city’s most famous attraction is he world’s longest navigable underground river – the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Enjoy island hopping in the white sand beaches and islands of Honda Bay, dive on its numerous sites, experience the underground river ride, indulge in its wide array of restaurants offering native foods and exotic delicacies, commune with nature and experience the genuine hospitality of Palaweños!
Experience it all in Puerto Princesa!
How to Get to Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa City is accessibly by air from Manila, Clark, Cebu, Davao and Iloilo via Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air and Philippines Air Asia; from Busuanga, Cuyo, Sipalay, San Vicente via Air Juan.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be cracking the whip in Palawan, particularly in the Subterranean River National Park in Puerto Princesa City and El Nido, according to officials.
The DENR has added Palawan to Panglao Island in Bohol and Boracay where it is going after establishments violating clean water and easement laws.
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said on Tuesday the DENR could not afford to have another problem similar to that of Boracay.
Last week, President Duterte called Boracay a “cesspool” and threatened to close it down in six months if the sewage and garbage problems were not solved.
Speaking at the opening of the 2nd Philippine Environment Summit in Cebu City, Cimatu cited the condition of the Subterranean River National Park in Puerto Princesa, a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
Considered the longest navigable underground river in the world, it flows directly underneath St. Paul Mountain Range, passing through caves and rock formations.
Cimatu told reporters that the ceiling of the caves had darkened, which might be caused by too many people passing through.
Have you heard of Palawan Underground River in the Philippines – it’s one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, to give its full name, is the world’s longest navigable underground river at 8.2 kilometres. Its unusual in that it flows directly into the sea, and you reach it from Sabang beach by banca boat, a traditional Philippine vessel with bamboo outriggers giving fantastic stability.
Palawan Underground River
Although it’s known as Puerto Princesa underground river, it’s actually located 80 kilometres from the town of Puerto Princesa in a protected national park on the West Coast of Palawan island. Borded by the St Paul mountain range, it’s an unspoiled bay with a very casual atmosphere. You can buy underground river tour packages that include the bus journey from the centre of Puerto Princesa, or tickets at the information center on the pier. Alternatively, if you’re staying at one of the Sabang beach resorts, they also sell underground river tour packages although you’ll pay a little bit more.
Itinerary: Cebu – Bohol – Puerto Princesa – El Nido – Coron – Boracay – Manila
Reaching Puerto Princesa from Cebu: You get direct flights from Cebu to Puerto Princesa. Upon reaching Puerto Princesa airport you can take tricycle/cab to reach your hotel. If it’s evening time Jomar Chavez (+63 910 884 1892) can drive you to your hotel at a reasonable price. Try giving him a call once you reach the airport.
Where to stay: We stayed in Rizal Avenue, which is about 10 minutes walking distance from city bay walk. The area also has many restaurants, popular pubs and discs, and SM Mall.
One of the options: Teofila Pension
Commute: It is easy to travel in Puero Princesa City. You can take jeepney, tricycle or rent a bike.
Things to do:
1.) Go spelunking in Puerto Princesa Subterranean National Park: A UNESCO World Heritage site, considered among new 7 wonders of the world.
It’s been a decade since I last visited this one big piece of paradise also known as Palawan. I remember how the roads were not paved yet and we need to endure the excuriating 3 hours on the rough roads just to go to the port area going to the Unesco World Heritage Site and now the new 7 Wonders of the World , Underground River.
I also remember how boats going to the Puerto Princesa Subterranian National Park were a little shabby, small and the boat owners were unorganized.
Fast track to today, November 2017, I was astoubded by the big developments in Puerto Princesa. The first that stunned me the most was their World Class Puerto Princesa International Airport. It was definitely International Standards. It was huge with beautiful architectural structure and interiors that makes you not loathe a single minute spent in it.
The beautiful city of Puerto Princesa is located in one of the most famous islands in the country, Palawan. A good place to travel in and through life’s most wonderful sites of bliss. Home to long-nosed dolphins, turtles, and rays, Puerto Princesa is dotted with beautiful dive sites that one can explore. Acclaimed as the cleanest and greenest city in the Philippines, it offers you the most refreshing looks of nature, untouched and enticing.
Read on to find out about the top things to do in Puerto Princesa, Philippines.
1. World renowned treasures from underneath
This one is really a perfect treat. The Subterranean River National Park is one of UNESCO’s sites, which is believed to have an outstanding universal value. The underground river runs about 8.2 kilometers (5.1 miles) in length.
Palawan Island in the Philippines has been named the best island in the world for the third year running.
The island has once again claimed the top spot in Travel & Leisure magazine’s awards. It comprised of 1,800 surrounding small islets.
It’s a rustic, romantic paradise, complete with towering mountains, limestone caves and crystal-clear turquoise water – but it’s the island’s five-mile-long underground river, also a Unesco World Heritage Site, that really sets this exotic isle apart.
Travel + Leisure’s annual awards take out a survey to weigh in on the top travel experiences from around the globe – and for the third year, Palawan Island has come out on top.
Even in 2013 and 2016 it was voted Best Island.
Islands are rated on activities, sights, natural attractions, food, friendliness, beaches, and overall value.
Find rock formations shaped like a head of a dinosaur, Pegasus, and even the face of Jesus at this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Palawan.
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines – Discover the hidden wonders of the Puerto Princesa Underground River, an 8.2-kilometer subterranean body of water hailed as one of the new 7 wonders of the world.
The UNESCO World Heritage website describes it as “one of the world’s most impressive cave systems, featuring spectacular limestone karst landscapes, pristine natural beauty, and intact old-growth forests and distinctive wildlife.”
A 10-minute boat ride from the Sabang beach port in Puerto Princesa City will bring you to the entrance beach of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.
The national park is home to about 800 plant, 165 bird, 19 reptile, 30 mammal, and 9 bat species.
Rivers have attracted travelers for their beauty, their bountiful supply for fishing, their fun and engaging rapids for water rafting, their leisure flow which makes for fun days of tubing—the list goes on and on. However, for most, a river experience is usually above ground. And that’s a shame because the world is filled with beautiful underground river systems that you can explore. We’ve put together a list of subterranean rivers from all over the world that provide incredible travel experiences through a dark world that’s both stunning and mysterious.
1. Rio Secreto, Mexico
There’s nothing quite like Rio Secreto in the world. This underground river, located just a 13-minute drive outside of Playa del Carmen, features turquoise waters and stunning stalactites and stalagmites.