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Morethan seeing sprawling farmlands, there’s much to do in Narra town. Whetheryou’re a local outdoor enthusiast or a seasoned traveler, you’ll surely lovethis rising eco destination located 92 kilometers south of Puerto PrincesaCity.
Fromchasing waterfalls, spotting spectacular wildlife, to conquering mountain peaks,we’ve rounded up a list of nature activities you should never miss when inNarra.
Youcan’t say you’ve gone to this town without making a trip to its iconic Estrella Falls. With its unspoiledemerald waters, no wonder this waterfall was adjudged hall of famer in theregional search for cleanest inland water body in 2002.
Located in Barangay Estrella, Estrella Falls is some 20 to 30-minute ride from the towncenter. Spend a day swimming in its refreshing waters with your loved ones. Onmost days, especially when it’s sunny, you would be entertained by a group ofplayful monkeys frolicking around.
Gotan overflowing sense of adventure? Trek up to see more of Estrella’s stunningwaterfalls! Hire a prudent mountain guide and chase 14 more in just a day. Forthrill-seekers, here’s what you’ve been waiting for: you can do falls jumpingon select waterfalls!
Ifyou think the 14th waterfall is the last, you get it wrong.Interestingly, there are 50 more to chase if you push yourself further. So go ahead and take your exploration to thenext level. But that would take you up to three days of trekking. Our favorite,of course, is the 64th waterfall.
Anotherone that’s well worth the visit in town is InumanBanog Falls in Barangay Dumangueña. Going there involves 30 to 40-minuteride from the town center and an hour and half of trek from the jump-off pointin Sitio Buong.
Hiddendeep in verdant forests, who would’ve thought there’s this magnificentthree-level waterfall? A must-see, of course, is the highest one at 50 meters. LetInuman Banog’s cold waters wash all your worries away. For safety reasons andalso to help the community, we suggest you to get a local guide if you want tosee this waterfall.
BesidesEstrella and Inuman Banog Falls, another daylong trip is Delta Falls in Barangay Taritien, some 15 to 20-minute ride from poblacion.But if you want something extreme, then SultanFalls is for you! The 200-feet high Sultan Falls can be reached in two tothree days of hiking from the jumping-off point in Sitio Mariwara, BarangayPrincess Urduja.
Narrahas become a haven for mountaineers through the years, thanks to Mt. Victoria, the province’s secondhighest peak at 1,729 meters above sea level (MASL). To tick this off yourbucket list, you have to be physically fit as the climb takes you four or sodays. What makes it adventure-filled is it involves lots of crossing ragingrivers, and spending nights of riverside camping and star gazing.
Thetrail lets visitors to go through natural forests that promise a closeencounter with fascinating wildlife calling it home.
Abunch of pitcher plant and orchid species never fails to enthrall mountainclimbers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Okay, we agree they’re all adorable. Butjust to remind all of you, collecting them is a no-no under the Philippinewildlife law; and, besides, they are better off in their natural habitat,right?
Also,don’t forget to bring a binocular, or else you’ll miss the chance of spotting upclose many bird species, notably the Palawan Stripped Babbler, Little PiedFlycatcher, Mountain White-eye and Falcated Ground Babbler.
Indeed,being in touch with these magnificent diversity of terrestrial life makes Mt.Victoria well worth the hike!
Butits loads of surprises don’t stop there.
Ataround 700-800 MASL lies the enchanting AtabayLake. Legend has it that this eerily beautiful lake is believed to havebeen inhabited by big fresh water ills. Ask your mountain guide to tell youmore about this.
Mt.Victoria has, in fact, five ultramafic peaks that are all covered by uniquebonsai plants. Of these five, its highlight is the highest one, The Teeth. Atop The Teeth awaits abreathtaking view of Sulu and West Philippine Seas, as well as the towns ofNarra, Aborlan and Quezon. To catch an unparalleled view, it’s best to head uphere early in the morning.
Withthese nature activities, you can’t go wrong when you choose Narra for yoursweet escapade. Pack your things up and spend a week or two to explore its hiddengems all perfectly tucked in its mountains.
Narra town is a 1.5-hourdrive from Puerto Princesa City. It’s accessible by public utility vehicleslike shuttle van, bus and jeepney. Hire a tricycle to get around the town. Formore information about these activities and as well as where to eat and stay,contact the municipal tourism office at 0999 992 8464/ 0915 261 9817, or emailthem at narr[email protected]
Keith Anthony S. Fabro is a freelance journalist based in Narra, Palawan. He regularly writes news and features for online news site Rappler, as well as for online consumer magazine Yoorekka. For travel and other branded content collaborations, email him at [email protected]