Located on one of the most beautiful island destinations in the world, Puerto Princesa is an exciting destination for nature lovers. Despite Puerto Princesa being the urban capital of Palawan, the city boasts an impressive array of natural attractions and breathtaking experiences.

If you’re looking to explore the natural wonders of the great outdoors this summer, here are some of the can’t-miss attractions nature lovers should add to their itinerary:

Underground River

Declared as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (or the Underground River) is a must-visit for any nature lover. The river runs through a network of caves and tunnels, and visitors can take a guided tour to explore this fascinating subterranean world. The tour lasts for about 45 minutes and takes visitors through a stunning underground river with stalactites and stalagmites, rock formations, and even bats.

The Underground River is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a national park, so visitors are reminded to follow the guidelines and regulations to help preserve this natural wonder.

Bacungan Falls

If you’re looking for a refreshing escape from the summer heat, Bacungan Falls is the perfect place to be. This once hidden waterfall is located about 45 minutes from the city center, surrounded by lush greenery and crystal clear waters. Visitors can take a dip in the cool waters of the falls or just relax and take in the breathtaking view.

Visitors can easily book tours through their hotel in Puerto Princesa or online. Do take note that the tour will require a short hike, so make sure you pack some sturdy shoes!

Palawan Butterfly Ecological Garden and Tribal Village

The Palawan Butterfly Ecological Garden and Tribal Village is a perfect place to introduce children to the beauty of nature. Here, visitors can observe various fascinating species of butterflies up close, as well as learn about the importance of butterfly conservation and preserving butterfly habitats.

Visitors to the Palawan Butterfly Ecological Garden and Tribal Village can enjoy a guided tour, which includes a visit to the breeding area, the caterpillar room, and the butterfly garden. The tour ends with a visit to the souvenir shop, where visitors can purchase butterfly-themed souvenirs to take home.

Iwahig Firefly Watching Mangrove and Wildlife Park

Looking for something more magical and romantic? Set aside time to visit the Iwahig Firefly Watching Mangrove and Wildlife Park in the evening and witness the enchanting sight of thousands of fireflies lighting up the night. The tour takes visitors through the mangroves along the Iwahig River, where the fireflies come to life after sunset.

Tours can be booked through your hotel concierge or online. Both shared and private tours are available.

Puerto Princesa is a city that offers so much to nature lovers, and these four attractions are just a few of the many reasons why it’s a must-visit destination. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and explore the wonders of Puerto Princesa today!