There is no name more synonymous with New Corella than the famed Panas Inland Resort. Being the Water Basin of the Province of Davao Del Norte, New Corella teems with cool watercourses from filtered streams to unspoiled springs, pristine cascades to unblemished waterfalls making it an ideal venue for river trekking and water adventure. Panas Inland Resort pioneered such outdoor escape.
Panas Inland Resort is the foremost inland resort in the whole New Corella. It is an LGU-operated resort developed to become the primary eco-tourism site of the town. It nestles in the forest protected area of Barangay Carcor dotting of multi tiered cascades, layered streams and filtered spring waters perfect to define an ideal eco-tourism adventure.
Since its opening, Panas Inland Resort has created a good reputation in the eco-tourism industry not just in the province of Davao Del Norte but the whole of Davao Region. It has drawn thousands of nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts from neighboring towns and nearby cities to come to this part of New Corella and experience eco-tourism at its best. Because of its popularity, Panas has become synonymous to New Corella and considered one of the most important tourist spots of Davao Del Norte.
Getting to Panas Inland Resort is approximately 30 minutes from the town proper passing through bumpy rough roads and scenic countryside of New Corella. The long travel may seem tiresome but it instantly fades once the natural beauty of Panas is beheld. Like others, I was immediately enthralled seeing the whole place for the first time.
Panas Inland Resort boasts of its multi-tiered cascading waterfalls freely flowing from different cool streams. These various streams and multi-tiered cascades becomes perfect spot to just soak or simply take a plunge to its insanely refreshing cool waters.
Aside from the natural pools, Panas Inland Resort also encompasses two flowing water swimming pools built just within the base of the waterfalls. The flowing water source also come from the Panas Waterfalls, thus, guaranteed to be clean and safe.
Among the best things that Panas Inland Resort has to offer, river trekking upstream was the one that I particularly enjoyed a lot. The river trek started from the very base of Panas Inland Resort going up to the very source of the flowing stream. It was an hour of river trekking passing through layers of watercourses and streams.
It was not a new experience to me as I have river trekked in the past but river trekking at the cool waters of Panas was entirely different. The various natural pools and the different cascading waterfalls we passed by had enchanting spell that held me mesmerized and awestruck. The thick foliage and the aged trees that envelop the streams added more nature’s bliss to the trek. The further we go, the more it became exhilarating. A great water adventure, I exclaimed.
Nearing the water source of Panas, the spring water became clearer and cleaner. It is so crystal clear I could see what’s underneath. When we finally reached the water source, I became more thrilled. It was my first time seeing such huge opening where filtered spring waters abundantly flow downstream. I took my moment as I felt the coldness of the waters freely gushing on my tired feet. It was so relaxing.
I went closer to the very water source and from there took some waters on my hand and slowly drank from it. It tasted so good, so clean and so fresh! That was so refreshing. I got carried away. It was truly amazing to see and experience firsthand how nature takes its course.
As we trekked downstream, I felt so overwhelmed. What I did was not just communing with Mother Nature but I tasted her. More than that, I became her faithful admirer so amused and delighted by her wonders. I never know Panas Inland Resort can this be great and fun.
Having experienced firsthand the eco-adventure thrill of Panas, I now understand why this part of New Corella is indeed one of the must-visit eco-tourism spots in Davao Del Norte. More than a resort, it is undoubtedly a great place to commune with nature and taste her enchanting allure.
HOW TO GET TO NEW CORELLA: From Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT), take a passenger bus going to the City of Tagum, the Capital Town of Davao Del Norte. Drop off at the Tagum City Overland Transport Integrated Terminal. Once there, look for the place where passenger jeepneys bound to New Corella are stationed. Davao City to New Corella is about two hours travel time.
Davao City to Tagum City = Php 108.00
Tagum City to New Corella = Php 40.00
Poblacion, New Corella to Panas Inland Resort = Php 30.00
FOR TOUR PACKAGES AND TOURISM ASSISTANCE, you may call:
MR. JOEL QUINANAHAN
Municipal Budget and Tourism Officer
Municipality of New Corella, Davao Del Norte
(0921) 265 6668