Trekking to the Pulang Tubig Waterfall
Back to Nature on Negros Island
Trekking to the Pulang Tubig Waterfall was a great experience. This pretty waterfall is in the Northern Negros Natural Park, a protected area located in the northern mountainous forest region of the island of Negros in the Visayas. The Northern Negros Natural Park is located some 40 kilometers east-northeast of Bacolod, the largest city and capital of Negros Occidental. The park centers on Mount Mandalagan and Mount Silay with their old-growth forests at over 1,000 meters. Secondary forests are found in the lower slopes which are crossed by four major river systems namely, the Malogo, Imbang, Himoga-an, and Bago rivers.
Biodiversity in the Park
A number of endemic and threatened species have been documented in the park, which includes bird species such as the Visayan hornbill, Negros bleeding-heart, white-winged cuckooshrike, flame-templed babbler, white-throated jungle flycatcher, Visayan flowerpecker and green-faced parrotfinch. The park is also a habitat for other important and rare animals including the Visayan spotted deer, Visayan warty pig, Philippine naked-backed fruit bat, and the endangered Negros shrew. You need to take the time if you want to observe these mostly endangered species.
How to get to the Pulang Tubig Waterfall
The Pulang Tubig waterfall is about an hour’s trek from the small community Patag. Patag is about one hour drive from lovely Silay City. It is a scenic drive up to the highlands of Patag which is a major vegetable growing area. Views over the lowlands are spectacular. Patag has a history as well. It was the last stand of the Japanese army in World War Two on Negros. The trek is spectacular.
It takes you through the beautiful mossy forest with towering trees, vines, climbers, and palm trees. It is extremely lush. The trail is at times not easy and you will have to wade through the cool water of a stream quite a few times. Sandals with good grip are perfect for this trek. You have to just stop and enjoy the scenery. A dip in the cool stream is great to cool off but the water can be chilly. The falls are spectacular.
This great trek up to Pulang Tubig waterfall features in our Patag Explorer program.