Chasing Waterfalls in Port Barton: Pamoayan Falls

Port Barton has become a popular stopover for backpackers who come to Palawan. While it boasts of beautiful white sand beaches and stunning marine life, there are also several waterfalls that can be found in this fishing village. With my limited time, I was lucky enough to visit one - Pamoayan Falls, as I tagged along with one of the staff of Ausan Beacfront Cottage and Restaurant.

Pamoayan Falls
Pamoayan Falls

Pamoayan Falls is around 17 meters high and is the highest of three waterfalls in Port Barton. The other two are Intake Falls and Bigaho falls. Intake is the source of drinking water for the barangay hence soaking in the water was not permitted. Bigaho can be reached via a twenty-minute boat ride and another twenty-minute walk from Sitio Bigaho.

Pamoayan Falls
Pamoayan Falls

The walk towards Pamoayan Falls is rather easy than any of the waterfalls that I have hiked. The 3.5 kilometer walk to the falls took around an hour. Depending on your pace and fitness, it can be reached in a shorter time. There are several signages to guide those who are adventurous enough to hike on their own. There are several forks in the trail though so ame sure to mark your path so you will not get lost. Just to be safe, you can ask a local to accompany you.

The trail is also hardly passable by any means of transportation even by bikes. Going on foot is the best option since there are several uprooted trees and uneven path. The latter part of the trail will pass through boulders, streams and lush vegetation before finally heading down to a big cottage constructed just near the basin of the falls. The hut serves as a shade and a place to eat for tourist.

Pamoayan Falls
Pamoayan Falls

The water at the waterfalls was not as raging as I expected it to be. Our guide however quickly commented that during the rainy season the drop gets wider and the current becomes stronger. The water was very inviting as we rest in the hut. After catching my breath, I started to dip in the cold water. The water was very refreshing specially for someone who had to hike for an hour. The catch basin was shallow in the outer area but as you get nearer to the drop, the water gets really deeper.

Pamoayan Falls
Pamoayan Falls

A hike to Pamoayan Falls is a welcome addition of things to do in Port Barton aside from island hopping and getting your tan in the beach. Take this short hike and enjoy the refreshing beauty of nature. Bring some water and food with you since the walk will probably leave you hungry and thirsty. Best time to come here is in the early afternoon and dip in the cold water. It is also a good time to take photos since the light will be hitting on the falls and catch basin.

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