Belize is famous for it’s underground rivers, the most amazing example of which is probably The Caves Branch River. We include a floating river tour of The Caves Branch River in our Belize Adventure Week package.

But apparently, Belize is not the only place with such amazing natural wonders — witness Puerto Princesa Underground River in the Philippines:

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 kilometres (30 mi) north of the city centre of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. The river is also called Puerto Princesa Underground River. The national park is located in the Saint Paul Mountain Range on the northern coast of the island. It is bordered by St. Paul Bay to the north and the Babuyan River to the east. The City Government of Puerto Princesa has managed the National Park since 1992. The park is also known as St. Paul’s Subterranean River National Park, or St. Paul Underground River. The entrance to the Subterranean River is a short hike from the town of Sabang.

In 2010, a group of environmentalists and geologists discovered that the underground river has a second floor, which means that there are small waterfalls inside the cave. They also found a huge cave dome, measuring 300 meters above the underground river, incredible rock formations, large bats, a deep water hole in the river, more river channels, another deep cave, marine creatures, and more. Deeper areas of the underground river are almost impossible to explore due to oxygen deprivation.

On November 11, 2011, Puerto Princesa Underground River was provisionally chosen as one of The New 7 Wonders of Nature. This selection was officially confirmed on January 28, 2012.

Puerto Princesa Underground River was entered as the Philippine entry – and topped the first round of voting – in the New7Wonders of Nature competition, and on July 28, 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. On November 11, 2011 it was provisionally chosen as one of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature”, together with the Amazonia,Halong Bay, Iguazu Falls, Jeju Island, Komodo Island, and Table Mountain.

On January 28, 2012, Malacañang expressed elation on Saturday over the official inclusion of the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) in the world’s New Seven Wonders of Nature.

“Confirmation that the Puerto Princesa Underground River is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature is welcome news indeed. Throughout the competition, Filipinos from all walks of life have given time, energy, and resources to this campaign,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

Belize Adventure Week, our 8-night jungle/island combo trip is on sale!

Caves Branch River, Belize Belize snorkeling

 

January 5 – 12
January 12 – 19
Belize Adventure Week, Sat – Sat, 8 nights
10% off! $2155.50 US pp ($2395 pp regular rate)

Imitated but not equaled, Belize Adventure Week is widely acclaimed as one of the top adventure travel experiences found anywhere. We specialize in adventure sport activities led by expert guides. In one action-packed tour you experience fifteen sports in eight days!

Our adventure begins with an exploration of spectacular Che Chem Ha, where we see Mayan pottery left by shamans over a thousand years ago. That afternoon we run a whitewater river on sit-on-top boats. The next day we travel two hours to Tikal in nearby Guatemala. These impressive ruins have been expensively restored, representing the largest Mayan city every uncovered. Finally we raft and kayak the Caves Branch River through nearly five miles of caves. Navigating by headlamp, we explore hidden chambers on this unique underground journey. Midweek we transfer to our private island for three days of island sports.

Belize island sportsWhen we say we have a “multi-sport” adventure package in Belize, we aren’t kidding. Nobody in Belize, and as far as I know, nobody in the entire Caribbean has a kayak/surf/board fleet anything close to ours. We can’t help it, if we see some cool new gear, we just have to try it out on the island, so we then buy one, or two, or ten of them. It’s a great excuse to get all the cool stuff.

belize-sea-kayaks
We have kayaks for all body types and ability levels

We took a lot of new gear down this fall, and I just updated the list. Here is the newly updated list of everything we have down in Belize. Thinking of buying a new paddleboard? Better come down to Belize and try out several before you decide which one to get! (We ALL need excuses sometimes, don’t we?)

 

 

Peekaboo kayak
Peekaboo kayak

Island sport equipment:

Sea Kayaks: Singles: Sea Lion, Eclipse and Shadow 14.0 (for small women) by Perception; Looksha-14, Looksha-17, Looksha IV, Elaho and Eskia (for tall men) by Necky; Sealution II XL by Wilderness Systems, Whistler and squall GTS by Current Design, Doubles: Seascape II by NW Kayak, Amaruk by Necky
Sit-On-Top Sea Kayaks: Peekaboo by Ocean Kayak (kayak with window in hull), Tarpon 160 by Wilderness Systems, Versa by Liquid Logic
Fishing Kayaks: Tarpon 160i and Ride 135 by Wilderness Systems

Fishing kayaks
We have the only fleet of fishing kayaks in Belize

Surf/Playboats: Kaos by Wilderness Systems; 5-O by Perception
Surf Skis: Malibu Kayak 4.4
Surf Boards: 6’10” Epoxy Fish by Yancy Spencer; 6’10” & 7’10” Funboards by Blue Surfboards; 7’6” MBB Thruster by Channel Islands; 9’0” & 9’2” Performance Epoxy Longboards by Colbalt; 9’0” beginner hard-bottom foam board

 

Paddleboards
A few of our paddleboards

Paddleboards: Laird Soft Tops by Surftech, 12 and 11’6”; custom 10’6, 10, 9’2 boards by Corridor, 9’6” PSH AA Wide, 9’6” Waa by Paddle Surf Hawaii, Versa by Liquid Logic, Rapidfire by Imagine
Cruiser Paddleboards: 12’6” Pau Hana Crossfit, 12’ Bombora by Jimmy Lewis
SUP Paddles: Surftech, Aquabound, Werner and Kialoa

Belize windsurfing sails
Windsurf sail rack

Windsurfing Boards: Beginner: Start by Starboard; Intermediate: Go by Starboard, 2009 133 L Starboard, Classic 103 L by Mistral, Flow 105 L by Mistral; Advanced: 2010 120 L X-Cite Ride by JP, 2010 140 L Fun Ride by JP, 2010 85 L Freestyle Wave by JP, 2010 102 L Freestyle Wave by JP, 2008 105 L by Exocet, 2008 84 L by Exocet

 

Windsurfing Sails: Full range from 3.0 to 7.0; Ezzy, Naish, Sailworks, Northsails, Loftsails; Advanced sails: 2010 Firefly 4.1, 4.5, 4.9, 6.9 by Neil Pryde, 2010 Zone 5.0 by Neil Pryde, 2010 Alpha 5.8 by Neil Pryde, 2010 Hellcat 6.2, 7.2 by Neil Pryde
Windsurf Dry Land Trainer

Belize kitesurf gear
Kitesurf equipment

Kitesurf Kites: Slingshot 2 meter trainer; Trainers by Ocean Rodeo 2010, 2010 4, 7, 9, 12, 14 meter kites by Cabrinha
Kiteboards: 2010 directional, twin tip
Harnesses: Da Kine chest and seat harnesses; expert sailors should bring their own
Lifejackets: Extrasport
Paddles: Werner
Kayak Helmets: Protech, NRS

Inland sport equipment:

Belize river kayaks
Belize river gear

Rafts: Super Puma by Aire
Inflatable Kayaks: Lynx by Aire, Extreme Padillac by Hyside
Whitewater Sit-on-Top Kayaks: Big Yak by Ocean Kayak, Torrent by Perception
Hardshell Whitewater Kayaks: Diesel, Ace, Foreplay by Wave Sports, Huck by LiquidLogic