WATCH: Hidden gems of the Puerto Princesa Underground River

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

Mara Cepeda

Published: 12:35 PM May 20, 2017

Updated: 12:49 PM May 22, 2017

BREATHTAKING. Tourists aboard boats at the entrance of the Puerto Princesa Underground River. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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.”

The national park is home to about 800 plant, 165 bird, 19 reptile, 30 mammal, and 9 bat species. Just outside the cave’s entrance, tourists can snap photos with monitor lizards and Macaque monkeys roaming around. (READ: Palawan's protected areas at the crux of debate on proposed law

One passage inside the cave known as "The Cathedral," has rock formations called The Giant Candle, the Holy Family, and even a group of disciples during the Last Supper. 

Guests are prohibited from touching the cave walls to prevent disturbing the ecosystem. Flash photography is also strictly prohibited. 

The tour includes all entrance and terminals fees, a buffet lunch, an air-conditioned van, boat transportation, pick-up and drop-off services at the guests’ accommodation within Puerto Princesa City, and a licensed tour guide.