PANAS INLAND RESORT: New Corella’s Foremost Eco-Tourism Site

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.

So while visiting New Corella, I never missed experiencing that eco-adventure thrill that Panas Inland Resort has to offer.

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.

The Water Source

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.

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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.

BASE FARE:
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

IMPASUG-ONG’S CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DEVELOPMENT AND RECREATION

The old towering mahogany trees perfectly lining on both sides of tranquil unpaved footpath was the perfect welcoming scene as we enter the verdant world of Impasung-ong’s Center for Ecological Development And Recreation popularly known as CEDAR. This is the second leg of my Bukidnon Travel Series.

Fresh from the beat and heat of Kaamulan Festival in Malaybalay, together with another travel buddy Dr. Ophelia Casel, our Bukidnon-based friend Christopher Diaz brought us to nearby town of Impasug-ong to experience yet another Bukidnon’s point of interest they called CEDAR, an eco-tourism site packed with astonishing natural wonders and surprising manmade sights.

The Charming Entrance of CEDAR

CEDAR or Center for Ecological Development And Recreation is managed and developed by the Local Government of Impasug-ong, one of the 20 municipalities of the Province of Bukidnon in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The eco-park covers a total land area of approximately 1,703 hectares featuring manmade and natural forests, cold springs, grasslands, rolling hills and natural waterfalls.

The Camping Cabin of CEDAR

About 20 minutes ride from Malaybalay City, the capital town of Bukidnon, CEDAR can be reached conveniently from the highway of Barangay Impalutao, still in Impasug-ong. At the opening of the eco-park, the soaring trees that beautifully erected on both side of serene trail signaled the feeling of being one with the forest. That alone was a picture perfect view for us. Nostalgic, if only we had bicycles at that time, we could go cycling the whole day at that scene.

The Bamboo Bridge

Our points of destination at CEDAR were the three waterfalls that can be found there – Natigbasan Falls, Gantungan Falls and Dila Falls. These three waterfalls are surrounded by lush green vegetation. Big old trees and thick shrubberies abound the place making us feel being one with nature. Natigbasan Falls and Gantungan Falls are relatively close to each other while Dila Falls is pretty much secluded.

Natigbasan Falls

From the starting point in CEDAR, getting to Dila Falls would take about 30 to 45 minutes trek passing both Natigbasan and Gantungan Falls. Trekking down and up there is not that hard. Although some trails are slippery, to see these three falls is very much accessible, best suited for trekking neophytes. There is also a bamboo bridge over a gushing cold spring on our way to the falls.

Dila Falls

The stunning view of both Natigbasan and Gantungan Falls can be seen from our trails. Sadly, getting to its very base is unfeasible. According to Christopher, it is difficult to go nearer. It requires a lot of cliff trekking and river trekking to actually get there. Thus, we contented ourselves by seeing its beauty from afar. Dila Falls on the other hand is easily reached. There is an established trail that guided us right to the base. Upon reaching, the full sight of Dila Falls immediately greeted us. Abundant waters, gushing sounds, thick foliage – everything complemented each other. It is not as majestic and exotic as other waterfalls I have been in the country but it has its own beauty that captured me. As I always say, truly, nature has its own way of captivating the hearts of the many. Without any doubt, these three waterfalls are the highlights of CEDAR adventure.

This Blogger at Dila Falls with Doc Ophelia Casel and Christopher Diaz

Experiencing CEDAR and its attributes is one of the best things I had during my short stay at Bukidnon. Whether you are up for trekking, waterfalls chasing, or simply enjoying a beautiful countryside scene, CEDAR is just an ideal place. Most all, for me, a great place to commune with Mother Earth!

The Man-made Cold Spring Swimming Pool

VISITING THE GREEN PROVINCE OF BUKIDNON: The Travel Series

1. Experiencing Bukidnon’s Kaamulan Festival
2. Impasug-ong’s Center for Ecological Development And Recreation
3. 
Malaybalay’s Monastery of the Transfiguration
4. Climbing Musuan Volcano