6.00 AM - 6.30 AM
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Free return pick-up service from hotels in Puerto Princesa City Proper.   An additional or reduced fee may apply to bookings for travellers staying at hotels outside of central Puerto Princesa, or in Sabang.

 

  • Travellers taking this tour should be ready for collection at 6.00am.  Some travellers may not be collected until as late as 6.30am as other guests are being collected from across the city.  Please be ready at 6.00am 

  • You will arrive back in Puerto Princesa at approximately 5pm.  It is possible to arrange for guests with flights to be returned to the city earlier.  Please be advised you will need to provide us with copies of your flight tickets, during the Booking Process, to avail this arrangement.

Booking notes

Bookings, with complete details as requested below, should be made a minimum of 3 days before your planned tour date.   

If you are booking for a tour between January-May (High Season), you are encouraged to make your booking a minimum of 3 weeks prior to tour arrival to avoid disappointment

Booking Note: Bookings are confirmed on the basis of travellers providing all the required information.  Failure to provide the information may result in your booking being cancelled and refunded.

Please use the Special Request box on our Booking Page to add the required information:-

 

    • The names, date of birth and nationality of ALL people in your party.  We must have this to secure individual permits for each person. We will not process bookings without this information

 

    • The name of the hotel where you will be staying, for Pick-up

 

    • The Children's Rate applies to children between 3-5 years of age. The Tour Operator reserves the right to request additional payment for any party members booked as children, who are older than 5 years of age.

 

    • Those bringing luggage on tours (with onward transfers to El Nido/Flights from Puerto Princesa), please be advised there will be a charge of 350PHP for any luggage items over 12kgs

 

When you receive your Booking Voucher, print it out and keep it with your other important travel documents.   Make a note of the Tour Operators Contact Number, in case you need to contact them

It is the traveller's responsibility to advise of ANY changes, to the hotel or pick up point, a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour pick-up time, by contacting the Tour Operator direct (number on the Booking Voucher). We can not guarantee that last minute changes can be accommodated as the office of our Tour Operator shuts at 5.30pm and pick-ups start at 6.00am

 

  • The tour operator may contact you, or the hotel where you are staying, 1 day before the tour date to reconfirm a pick-up time.  The Underground River Authority sets the schedule for permits, not us, and your tour may be scheduled to start later, requiring a later pick-up.  If you do not hear from the Tour Operator you should be ready for collection at 6.00am.

 

 

Valid ID Card: Please bring a valid Identification Card (Passport, License, Company or School Card) during the tour in order to validate your permitat the tourism office in Sabang Port.

Please ensure that you read and understand the Itinerary, Participants Guidelines, Children's Policy, Amendment Policy and Cancellation Policy

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** Bookings should be made a minimum of 3 days before arrival. This Tour can be FULLY Booked up to a Month in advance, especially during peak seasons (December, January, March, April and May).   Please make sure you make a booking as early as possible.

Please read the Booking Notes, on the right hand side of this page and provide the information requested when booking.   Failure to provide this information, at the point of booking, delays our ability to process your booking and may result in the booking being cancelled. 


This Whole Day Tour takes you on a journey from Puerto Princesa to Sabang, stopping en route to view other natural attractions, such as Elephant Mountain; one of the locations used for Amazing Race Asia.

 

                                              Total Adult Price: 1,919PHP            Total Child Price: 1,159PHP**         

                                                             *** No Hidden or Extra Charges ***

 

This tour includes:-

  • Round-trip, Air-con Van Transfer (2 hours each way)
  • Complimentary Buffet lunch
  • Motorized Boat Transfer
  • All Entrance Fees & Permits
  • DOT Licensed English-speaking Tour Guide
  • 45 minute Canoe Tour of the Underground River
  • Audio Device Fee

 

Upon arrival in Sabang, your Tour Guide will visit the Underground River Authorities Office to be given the time slot of your party's issued permits. Based on this time slot you will either have your complimentary lunch before or after your tour.

Please be advised that you will be required to wait for your slot and this can sometimes be from 1 hour to 2 hours.  There are lots of souvenir and refreshments stalls to enjoy in the meantime.


You will take a motorised Banka to the Entrance Beach, a beautiful forest area home to a number of endemic species, including a troop of naughty Macaque's. 

The canoe tour in to the Cave itself lasts approximately 45 minutes, and takes you into the first 1.5 kilometres of the Underground River cave. Experience the beauty of Stalagmites and Stalactites, which took thousands of years to form, and the Swift and Bat populations that inhabit the cave.


Optional Extra's

  • Side Tour to Sabang Zipline, 550PHP per person payable in cash on arrival
  • Side Tour to Ugong Rock, 550PHP per person payable in cash on arrival + split of 300PHP Transport cost
  • Mangrove Tour, 300PHP per person, and share of 200PHP Toll Fee payable in cash on arrival (minimum of 2 people)
  • Prices are subject to change without notice

The Zipline & Ugong Rock Side Tours are dependent on at least 6 people in your join-in Tour Group, also wanting to do the extra activities.  Ask us about requesting to add the Side Tours, in the Special Request Box, beneath the Traveller's Detail section of the Booking form


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  • Physicality: Low
    Physical rating

    From relaxed (low) to ones where you need to be fit to join in.

    Low

    No surprises here. These tours/activities are those most anyone can do if they are fine with fairly flat walks and getting in and out of transport.

    Medium

    Like to be active, even very active, but not pushed too far. This is the one for you.

    High

    These tours/activities require you to be very fit. Probably not suitable for children.

  • Culture shock: Low
    Culture shock rating

    Some tours or activities are a total immersion ... others offer just a taste of a different way of life. Below is how we've classified things to help you make a selection.

    Low

    Consider these tours or activities as unlikely to surprise. They will still give you fantastic insight into the destination and/or a great experience.

    Medium

    You might find yourself on these tours/activities confronted by quite a different way of doing things to that you are familiar with. Think food, language, customs, religions, mode of transport. For the slightly more adventurous.

    High

    Think things you probably wouldn't do on your own ...

  • Group size: from 1 to 30 people
  • Pickup location: 

    Free return pick-up service from hotels in Puerto Princesa City Proper.   An additional or reduced fee may apply to bookings for travellers staying at hotels outside of central Puerto Princesa, or in Sabang.

     

    • Travellers taking this tour should be ready for collection at 6.00am.  Some travellers may not be collected until as late as 6.30am as other guests are being collected from across the city.  Please be ready at 6.00am 

    • You will arrive back in Puerto Princesa at approximately 5pm.  It is possible to arrange for guests with flights to be returned to the city earlier.  Please be advised you will need to provide us with copies of your flight tickets, during the Booking Process, to avail this arrangement.
  • Drop-off location: 
    • Drop Off Time: Between 4:00PM to 6:00PM.
    • Drop off times may vary depending on the start of your tour.
    • Same day outbound flight passengers are advised to email us a copy of the airline ticket so we can arrange for an earlier pick-up and drop off.
  • Pickup time: (6.00 AM - 6.30 AM)
  • Drop-off time: (4.00 PM - 5.00 PM)

Itinerary

Please Note:  This tour is a whole day activity due to the 2 hour journey, each way to Sabang, and is therefore not offered as a half-day tour.

The tour of the Underground River itself lasts approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  • Pick-up location at your hotel to Sabang; a 2 hour drive with comfort break and the opportunity to stop off and photograph other natural attractions.
  • At Sabang, your Tour Guide will be given the time slot of your party's issued permits.  You may be required to wait for up to 2 hours for your party's slot - this is out of our control, and our tour operators.
  • Based on this time slot you will either have your complimentary lunch before your tour, or afterwards.
  • You will be back in Puerto Princesa between 4-5pm, depending on your Tour Slot OR if you add on the Zipline or Ugong Tour.  There may be some occasions when you will arrive back later.
  • If you have flights that same evening it is possible to arrange for Early Permits/ Tours, subject to availability. BUT these are reserved only for guests who have flights later that same evening.  Copies of flight tickets are required by the Underground River Authority before they will release early permits.

Cancellation Policy

Amendments Policy: Amendments requested to either the Tour Date, or the name of one of the participants, will be subject to an Amendment Fee of Php 435 per person, where the Visitor’s Entry Permit has already been secured.

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellation by guests, for the Underground River Tour shall be subject to a cancellation fee of Php 435 per person once the Visitor’s Entry Permit has been secured.

Tour cancellation should be made at least 7 days prior to the indicated tour date.
  • Cancellation made less than 7 days before the tour date shall be subject to 25% cancellation per tour per person, along with any permit fees where the permit has already been secured
  • Cancellation made one (1) day prior to tour date shall be subject to 50% cancellation per tour per person, along with any permit fees where the permit has already been secured
  • Cancellation made on the actual tour date shall be charged in full amount. No show will incur full amount charge.

Cancellation of Tours by the Underground River Authority:-

On occasion, the URA may take the decision to close the Tour.  This is usuallywhen there is a perceived risk to the safety of its guests, due to weather conditions impacting on the rivers current/tides. 

Where possible the Tour Operator will organise an alternative date or tour activity, otherwise a full refund will be provided by Go Discover Travel.

Children policy

  • Children under 3 years of age are not allowed to take part in the Underground River Tour, for safety reasons.
  • Children Rate applies to children between 3-5 years.
  • Children older than 5 years of age are charged at adult rate. 
  • Our Tour Operator reserves the right to request additional payment, at point of hotel pick-up, for children who have been booked on to the tour at Children's Rate but who are older than 5 years of age.

Participant Guidelines

Travellers may wish to bring/wear:

  • Slippers/Flip-flops
  • Bug Repellent
  • Sun Screen
  • Rain Coat or hat (you may get wet whilst in the cave)
  • Bottled Water
  • Swim Wear/Change of Clothes
  • Cash for souvenirs or side tour
  • Avoid bringing plastic carrier bags as the monkeys at The Watershed associate these with food being inside

 

Some Information about Palawan's Underground River:

  • The Underground River is part of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park; a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The Underground River is one of the longest navigable underground rivers in the world, with a total length of 8.2 Kilometers
  • In 2012 The Puerto Princesa Underground River was awarded the title '7th New Wonder of the Natural World', which saw a significant spike in visitor figures throughout 2012 and into 2013. 
  • One of the distinguishing features of the Underground River is that it flows directly into the sea, which means the river is subject to tidal influence.
  • The Watershed area of the river, where you will join your tour, forms part of the primary forest and is home to many endemic species of animals, such as the shy Tabon Bird, White Breasted Sea Eagles and if you are lucky you might see a Palawan Hornbill
  • You will almost definitely see lots of Crab-eating Macaques; monkeys, and are advised to keep your bags close to hand.  Also, avoid bringing plastic carrier bags, as the monkeys associate these with food being inside

Other Disclosures

Visitor Limitation Policy: Early Booking is a must (at least a month prior to arrival) to avoid disappointment, as there is only a very limited number of people, per day, given permits to visit this natural wonder.

This limitation was made in an effort by the local government to lessen the environmental impact that humans may bring to the natural habitat of endangered species which are endemic to the Underground Cave and surrounding Park.

 

Government Taxes and Service Charges: Are already included in the per Person Rates.  The Price for this tour is ALL-IN.

 

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