National Power Corporation Natures Park, is one of the largest nature parks of the Philippines. It is open to locals, backpackers, and tourist for a nature trip one will definitely find it hard to forget. The NPC
holds Maria Cristina Falls
, is a major tourist spots in Iligan City. Being a city with more than 20 waterfalls that sits on it’s terrain — it boast the iconic Ma. Cristina Falls, Iligan City is known for. On it’s grounds is the long standing primary source of electric power for the city’s industries, being harnessed by the Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant (HEP). Now, NPC has developed it’s surrounding land area into recreational facilities for the visitors to enjoy nature at it’s grandest.
They house Ostrich and Crocodile Parks, and you also get the chance to see snakes, monkeys and other exotic animals at that. To add to the list the park has in store for you is a butterfly sanctuary with a coi pond, and luscious garden, and beside it is an orchids garden, both enclosed within a greenhouse for the green thumbed visitors to enjoy. Bus loads of children have visited this place for field trips and the likes. Not only is it recreational but educational as well.
The nature’s park is ideal for any company of different walks of life, or of any ages. Be it family out for a weekend gathering, friends getting away from the hustle of life city life, or lovers taking some time off to be together. You don’t get to relax that much often in your routines in life — but here, it’s a break away from work, school, and the stresses in everyday living.
In it’s landscape is a line of cottages for a break from the heat and a place to eat , relax and enjoy the place. You can pack a small meal for the family, friends, or for a date, since you can’t find any stores that carry any provisions. Just be sure to tend after yourselves. Not much of their maintaining staff are around to tend after you, and the place is so beautiful, it would be an insult to mess it up.
Ofcourse, a trip to NPC Nature’s Park is not complete if you don’t make it to the top of the viewing deck to see the magnificent waterfall. It’s a long walk and a couple of stairs to take, since the coaster ride only takes you at the bottom of the building. But I must say that even for the faint hearted, it is but worth every step. You then get to that building corner, the water-falling-crashing-sound behind it, the first peek and down the curved walkway leading to the viewing area.
You just wanna run down and say those “oohhh… ahhhh… woooow…” words.
That’s exactly the feeling you get.
It can take any lonesome traveler breathe away with it’s majestic pride of water downfall. It is sometimes called the “twin falls” as the flow is separated by a rock at the brink of the waterfall. It is a landmark of Iligan City
, located 9.3 kilometers away southwest of the city proper at the boundaries of Brgys. Ditucalan, and Buru-un. Well-known for its natural beauty and grandeur, the 98 meters/320 water drop for a waterfall is one sight you will definitely remember .
It’s almost melancholic to look at it, but then again at the back of your mind you would think — here is a beauty that sits undeviatingly wonder lighting up every single bulb, charging every drained out cellular phones, powers up every computers, turning on every television on a 600km radius, or more, or so… So when you’re in town, do visit this spot, and take my word for it, you’ll love it.
Pinay Travelista Notes:
+ They also have this cave with bats, it is not yet accessible for the public, and we dare not go near it. If you’ve ventured near a cave with bats in it. You’ll know exactly why. From the noise they make, and the eerie feeling of darkness, to the foul smell they have — it’s best check it out but to stay away.
+ The Park also has this Adventure Park that has a Zipline from the canopy through the woods, down across the other side of the river bank,l and across back the other side again. It has 4 lines to “zipped on” and it goes for a fee of 200Php/person. You get to zipline across the rushing waters ofrom the waterfall.
+ Wear close and tight-fitted shoes when doing the zipline.
+ Bring your cameras of course!!!
National Power Corporation Natures Park
Agus 6/7 HEP Complex, Tourism Triangle Boundary, Ma. Cristina, Buru-un, Iligan City
Coordinates: 8°11’3″N 124°11’58″E
How To Get To Iligan City:
Directions from Iligan City Proper to NPC Natures Park:
Public Jeepney: Brgy. Buru-un Line (fare: 10Php)
Public Utility Vehicles: Taxi (fare: 100-150Php, depending on agreed fare with the driver)
*****Ask the driver to drop you off the NPC. You wont miss it, it’s right on the bend after the Buru-un Bridge
*****For those who will be traveling via jeepney, you have to walk a few 15-20m to the the main entrance.
*****Fares may change depending on approved rates
Student/ Senior Citizen: 20Php
*****for those backpackers or those with private vehicles, a coaster is provided for you and your party. It may take awhile to wait for it though, since they only have one coaster to serve everyone.
*****Fees may change depending on approved rates
Adventure Park Zipline Fee:
200Php/person for 4 stations/lines
*****Closed fitting shoes are required. However, there are close shoes you can rent for safety purposes.
*****Fees may change depending on approved rates
″A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.”