Location: Brgy. Maligaya, Palanan, Isabela
Type: Fan horsetail

Covering a total of 359,486 hectares, the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park is the largest and most diverse protected area in the Philippines. NSMNP is found mainly on the four coastal Isabela towns of Maconacon, Divilacan, Palanan and Dinapigue. Naturally, NSMNP is home to rare and endangered wildlife. And the vastness of its tropical rainforests lies several waterfalls.

Disadsad Falls in Palanan, IsabelaFor the final leg of our adventure trip, we first went to Dicotcotan Beach. Then after we had a sumptuous lunch of paksiw, inihaw, and kilawing fresh fish, we boarded the chartered boat going to the jump off point. It was a smooth 30-minute ride. Then as soon as we disembarked, we started the trek to the falls.

Located in Barangay Maligaya, Palanan, Isabela, Disadsad Falls is the second waterfalls Edgar Allan Zeta Yap and I visited during our Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park Adventure Trip.

Disadsad Falls in Palanan, IsabelaSince we started our trek upstream, we managed to reach Disadsad in just 50 minutes. Had we made Sabang as our jump off point, it could have been two hours instead. It also helped that there were just the three of us who went to Disadsad and we quickened up the pace. The trail was moderately flat with few hills here and there and has little shade.

Although the drop was not voluminous because it is the tail-end of the summer season and the watershed of Disadsad was severely affected by rampant illegal logging, it did not fail to amaze us.Disadsad Falls was very clear and pristine bordering to an enchanted place. It was actually a perfect cap for the NSMNP Adventure Trip.

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


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