Puerto Princesa Underground River, Palawan, Philippines; Esme Fox; Rough Guides

Philippines – Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Deep underground on the island of Palawan in the Philippines lies the Puerto Princesa River. Both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the ‘New 7 Wonders of Nature’, it’s the world’s longest navigable underground river and makes for an exciting experience in one of the Philippines’ most popular islands.

Here’s everything you need to know about exploring the Puerto Princesa Underground River.

Wait, an underground river? How is that possible?

Yep, that’s right. In fact, the river flows directly underneath the St Paul Mountain Range, found on the mid-western coast of Palawan. The river channeled its way through a series of vast chambers and caverns over millions of years ago.

The cave system stretches for a total of 24km underneath the mountains, and the river itself winds its way through 8.2km of it.

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THE PHILIPPINES: HOME TO THE BEST ISLAND IN THE WORLD; KATE WEBSTER; Travel Weekly

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Philippines – Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park

PHILIPPINES’ PALAWAN ISLAND, WHICH WAS OFFICIALLY NAMED THE ‘BEST ISLAND IN THE WORLD’ BY CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER’S READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2015*, IS THE GEM IN THE CROWN OF 7,500 ISLANDS.

Teeming with exotic wildlife, quaint fishing villages and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Palawan is one of the Philippines’ most sparsely populated regions and is part of a group of islands that stretches 650km from Mindoro in the northeast, to Borneo in the southwest.

Two additional islands from the Philippines also featured in Condé Nast’s highly acclaimed list (Boracay ranking at 15th and Cebu coming in at 19th), which goes a long way in describing the beauty that this extraordinary country has to offer.

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Silversea announces cruises to 130 countries and 1,000 destinations in 2018; Deborah Stone; Sunday Express

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Philippines – Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park

SILVERSEA Cruises has announced its 2018 itineraries will focus on dozens of Unesco sites.

These will range from Italy’s Amalfi Coast to Vietnam’s Halong Bay and all in a fleet of ships recently upgraded in Silversea’s largest refurbishment programme ever.

“At Silversea, we don’t believe that ‘bigger is better’, in fact we believe and deliver the complete opposite,” said Roberto Martinoli, CEO at Silversea Cruises.

“A belief perfectly illustrated by our commitment to smaller, more intimate ships that clearly respond to the desires of our guests that tend to favour a refined and understated elegance.”

The nine Silversea Classic and Expedition ships will visit 130 countries in 2018, with the 1,000 destinations across the world split between almost 600 via the Expedition fleet and more than 400 with the Classic fleet.

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