Location: Palaui Island, Sta. Ana, Cagayan
Type: Fan horsetail

Palaui Island is a protected area (marine reserve) located just off the northeastern end of Luzon island. Separated by the Babuyan Channel from mainland Luzon, the 7415.48-hectare Palaui Island offers varied attractions, adventures and activities. One of those is visiting the islands’s two waterfalls.

Palaui FallsThe first one is located near Cape Engaño. To reach this waterfall, one has to ask the help of a local resident as the trail is nearly invisible.

Balatubat FallsIn the southeastern part of the island, another waterfall can be found. Going past pockets of rice fields, hanging bridge, mangrove forest, the waterfall is a 30-minute walk from Punta Verde, the island’s main settlement.

According to a local resident, Balatubat Falls was disfigured by a group of treasure hunters. At the crest of this tiered fall, one can have a breathtaking view of the island and the Babuyan Channel.

How To Get There:

  • From Manila (air): take any Tuguegarao-bound flight of Air Philippines or Cebu Pacific.
  • From Manila (land): take a Sta. Ana-bound bus of GV Florida. Drop off in Sta. Ana.
  • From Tuguegarao: take a van going to Sta. Ana.
  • From Sta. Ana: take a tricycle going to San Vicente. Here take a pumpboat going to Cape Engaño or Punta Verde.

Note: This is part of LegendHarry‘s ambitious travel project: Chasing Philippine Waterfalls.


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