Fascinating Estrella Falls
Before returning to Puerto Princesa I thought of wandering for a while in some spots in Narra. And the trip would never be complete without visiting Estrella Falls. It is a popular swimming place because it is readily accessible by the locals and also by the tourists. From the highway, you will be taking a five kilometer dirt road and there’s not much trekking that needs to be climbed. From the route you can see the Victoria’s Peak which is one of the highest mountain.
After more than twenty minutes we reached the entrance of the resort and paid PhP30 per head. From the entrance we walked 300 kilometers to reach the falls. As we neared the falls we can hear the waters falling from the falls.
The falls are separated by a large boulder (that’s why it is sometimes called the twin falls), but during rainy season the separating rock is sometimes inundated. The drop point is deep and we were advised never to go there. The water flows from the mountain, so expect it to be cold (very cold). According to Ms Desa, the tourism officer assigned here, there are 64 other waterfalls but you need to climb the mountains for four days to see them all. The trek is open to those interested and a guide will be assigned.
The flowing waters are cascading to the natural pools which have varying depths. At the bottom of the waterfalls is a large pool which can be bathed. Hanging ropes were also installed where anyone can hang and swing like Tarzan. There is a sign forbidding the drunk from rope hanging as someone said to have drowned because of it. There are cottages, shower room, picnic area and guest houses to those who want to stay overnight. The development of this resort is great as it gives a feeling that you’re still in a forest. The environment is clean, refreshing and (always, we’re told) there are troop of monkeys seen playing here.
- Adult: PhP30
- Palawan Resident: PhP20
- Children: PhP20
- Foreigner: PhP50
The Falls is open from 8am to 5pm
For trekking, inquire at the Municipal Tourism Unit Office, 2nd floor Municipal Building, Narra
Make sure to bring all necessary things as the nearest store is so far away
- Private Vehicle:
Take Puerto Princesa South Road going to Narra. Before reaching the town you will be passing by Bgy Malatgao. Turn right at the junction and go straight until reaching Estrella Village Welcome arc. From here, there are signages that points to the waterfalls. Or you can ask the locals to be sure.
Take a van going to Narra and alight at Bgy Malatgao (You can also ask the driver to take you to Malatgao or to Estrella Falls). There is a large sign that can be seen on the highway. Take the tricycle and tell the driver to take you to the falls. You can also ask them to fetch you back.
- Last 2004 this town became the news when it was reported that one of the menus served in a wedding reception there was actually one of the visitors.
- Though the local government admit of the presence of the NPAs in the town, they are not harming civilians.