CNN’s 50 Natural Wonder Bucket list

CNN Travel, the online component of US Cable News Channel recently published a list of 50 natural wonder bucket list. On their updated list, they included the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River in Palawan.

Puerto Princesa Underground River Natural Wonder Bucket list
Puerto Princesa Underground River Natural Wonder Bucket list By Paul Chin – originally posted to Flickr as Caves entrance/exit, CC BY-SA 2.0

Puerto Princesa Underground River was ranked 30th on the list of various scenic destinations. Until the 2007 discovery of an underground river in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River was reputed to be the world’s longest underground river.

Located in the Saint Paul Mountain Range on the western coast of the island, the national park is bordered by St. Paul Bay to the north and the Babuyan River to the east.


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Tourist exploring the Underground River
Tourist exploring the Underground River

“Nominated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River runs for 8.2 kilometers underground and boasts limestone karst formations, stalactites, and stalagmites,” Bija Knowles noted in an article published August 17.

“You can cruise down the river in a canoe. Watch out for the Palawan stink badger, an adorable little skunk that lives in the area.” Knowles also added.

Palawan has also been cited as the “World’s Best Island” for two consecutive years by the Travel+Leisure magazine owing to its underwater wonders, secluded islands, and adventure spots.

Entrance to the Puerto Princesa Underground River
Entrance to the Puerto Princesa Underground River By Mike Gonzalez – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Puerto Princesa Underground River was entered as the Philippine entry – and topped the first round of voting – in the New7Wonders of Nature competition. On July 29, 2011, after the second round of voting, it was declared 1 of 28 finalists. Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn extended his gratitude to all those who supported and voted for the PPUR.[6] On November 11, 2011 it was provisionally chosen as one of the New7Wonders, together with the Amazon rainforest, Halong Bay, Iguazu Falls, Jeju Island, Komodo Island, and Table Mountain. (source: Wikipedia)

You can also check out the other destinations in the Natural Wonder Bucket list here.

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