Sunday, February 24, 2013

Palawan: Port Barton's Pamoayan Waterfalls

Port Barton's Pride
Port Barton has a couple on interesting Waterfalls that can spice-up your visit. One can be reached by trekking for a little over an hour on a lush forest while the other can be reached by boat and a short trek. And since I do love chasing waterfalls (no pun intended), I visited both. I will feature the former here and the latter in my next post.
Cystal Clear Cascades
Pamoayan Water Falls is Port Barton's tallest Falls that continuously drops about seventeen (17) meters of pure cold forest water. Although, not as wide as some other Falls that I have visited, Pamoayan can hold its own allure as it is surrounded by lush forests and vegetations from the top as it drops to cream-colored boulders below.

Long and Slender
This Falls can be reached by trekking through its covered foliage. The jump-off point shall be at the left side of the beach. Depending on your fitness level, the Falls can be reached in no more than couple of hours. First timers may need a guide for there are couple of turns in there that will lead you elsewhere. But if you are adventurous enough, you may do it alone and just follow the path where the water leads. Of course, it pays to mark your way specially if there is a fork on the road and you do not know which way to go. As a matter of fact, my American neighbors whom I met when I was going back from the Falls said they got lost and was not able to see the Falls.

Cotton-like Flows
The walking trail to the Falls is incomplete and there are several falling trees on the way so even motorcycles or bikes can't pass through it. Other than the fallen trees, there are several huge boulders on the way specially on the later part of the trek. You can ride bikes for the equivalent of the first two minutes of walking but you need to go on foot all the way to the Falls.

Refreshing Sight
The folks of Port Barton sometimes refer to Pamoayan Falls as the majestic one because it is the taller of its two most visited falls. And they say that during rainy days, the drop gets wider and really a sight to behold. There are also several cascades below and some transforms into a natural pool where one could take a refreshing dip after an hour's trek. You could also refresh yourself in what appears like a shallow portion of the couldron near the falls but you have to be very careful because it suddenly drops deeper than expected. Further, it is inhabited by some eels and that the surrounding boulders are too slippery and a wrong step coupled with the force of the dropping waters could do you some damage.

Your Blogger is All Smiles
At any rate, Pamoayan Waterfalls is a welcome addition to things that you can do in Port Barton. Whether you just like to hike and be rewarded with refreshing sight or took pictures of one of Mother Nature's gifts. But if you are the latter, it is better to go there very early in the morning where the lighting is at its best and you can capture the somber mood of the Pamoayan in all its glory.

16 comments:

  1. I do love waterfalls and this one is awesome, Oman!! I look forward to your next post/photos -- always a bright spot in my day!! Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Hi Sylvia,

      These are truly nice words you have and these comments keep me going even on busy days. Thanks.

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  2. i super love the 5th one. it makes me wanna go and book a flight to puerto. now na!

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    1. Hi Blissfulguro,

      Go! You won't regret it :)

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  3. awesome, as always.

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  4. incredible scenery. the 3rd picture reminds me a little bit of the waterfalls in arenal in costa rica.

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    1. Hi,

      Thank You. I hope to see that waterfalls you are referring to. But I guess it would just be wishful thinking hehe. Any links on the falls?

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  5. I love waterfalls too, but I can't make my photos perfect when it comes to water falls ;-) I've been to Puerto Princesa but never heard of Port Barton, pretty interesting place how I wish we had time to see any waterfalls in Palawan.

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    1. Hi Missy,

      I am lucky enough to learn from the best in the fields because my master travel companions are probably the best in what they do :)

      About Port Barton, it really isn't much locally visited like Puerto and Coron but it surely has its own charm also. Hope you can visit this place someday :)

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  6. I've only heard about Port Barton through foreign tourists I met in El Nido. Looks like an interesting destination.

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    1. Hi Ryan Mach,

      So true. In fact, when I was there,there were more foreigners than local tourists :)

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  7. Very beautiful shots.

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    1. Hi Cherry,

      Thanks for the visit :)

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  8. Your Waterfall shots never fail to impress me. Awesome shots.

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    1. Hi Uno,

      Thanks. Glad you like 'em!

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