If you feel like a city break, why not travel to the town of Jovellar in Albay province to swim in the waters of Sigpit Falls and explore the 150-meter long Quitinday Underground River on a bamboo raft. It's still off the tourist radar, but perhaps not for long. The village of Quitinday opened these tour sites in February this year.
A five-minute trek from the tourist center will take you to Sigpit Falls, a two-tier waterfall with two natural pools. The first pool at the foreground is waist deep, while the second pool, closer to the falls, accessible through an alley sandwiched by big boulders, is up to 10 feet deep.
Book a guide for water canyoning and rappelling at the falls. The Quitinday Underground River also offers bamboo raft tours which ends in a spot for natural water spa. There’s also a newly built bridge that can take you to Donsol, Sorsogon in 25 minutes by car to see Donsol’s whalesharks.
For tours, contact the tourism officer Lourdes Boreta at +63915 779 9795. There are daily direct flights from Manila to Legazpi City in Albay. Book a flight on Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific Air. By land, book a car or a van from Carfield. Negotiate for use of vehicle and driver only and pay for the gasoline and toll fees yourself because it will be cheaper. Call tel +632 986 7176. You can also book a sleeper bus from Isarog bus. The bus departs from Cubao terminal at 9pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Fare is P1,100 (about US $26). There are also regular airconditioned buses (P850) that ply the route daily. Call tel +632 423 2957. From the Guinobatan town center, take a 30- to 45-minute jeepney ride to Jovellar town proper, from where you can hire a habal-habal (local motorcycles) to take you to the inner town ofJovellar (P10 per person. You may have to haggle). A jeepney ride from Guinobatan to Jovellar costs P50 per person.
Published December 2015