It was noon once we arrived in Dapya River. The highway going to this standard riverside vacation spot in Cabangan, Zambales is not precisely made for Sunday driving, actually, the paved highway actually disappeared about midway to our vacation spot.
|EN ROUTE TO DAPYA RIVER IN CABANGAN
This was a type of journeys the place we truly deliberate upfront. Properly, okay, the unique plan was to go to Agbobotilya, additionally a river vacation spot in Cabangan. It is form of like a Minalungao Nationwide Park in Nueva Ecija—with rock formations and emerald inexperienced waters—however on a smaller scale.
►SEE: NUEVA ECIJA TRAVEL GUIDE
|A LOCAL KID RUNNING ALONG THE DIRT ROAD OF BARANGAY CADMANG
The issue was, getting there requires an hour plus of mountain climbing. The path, our nephew stated, is comparatively flat and pretty straightforward even for non-hikers like us. However add a two year-old child with endurance as skinny as a McDonald’s burger patty to the combo, and it might go bushy actually quick.
WIth Agbobotilya out of the story, he really helpful a spot that is extra accessible however no much less engaging—Dapya River.
►SEE: CABANGAN TRAVEL GUIDE
|DAPYA RIVER, A PICTURE IN CALMNESS
|KIDS PLAYING ALONG THE RIVER
Positioned in Sitio Maporac in Barangay New San Juan, Dapya River truly shares the identical waters as Agbobotilya. In actual fact, the identify is a misnomer since they’re each elements of the Binaong River. Agbobotilya is an hour’s stroll away, whereas Dapya is zero stroll away—you may truly convey your automotive and its proper there as you open your doorways. You may know you are there when you attain the top of the navigable dust highway that results in the realm.
|A STONY BANK ON ONE SIDE, A MOUNTAIN ON THE OTHER
Dapya is an area time period for a brook or creek in Cabangan. And certainly, it is not that extensive for it to be known as a river. From its gravelly financial institution, it stretches to about twelve meters to its mountainous aspect. Stony financial institution on one aspect, an nearly 5 hundred-meter mountain carpeted by dry grass and dotted by hardy bushes on the opposite aspect.
|HARDY TREES GROWING ALONG THE MOUNTAIN BESIDE THE RIVER
The river, or err… brook itself, has an nearly non-existent present—a complete reverse to the raging waves of Cabangan Seaside—with a backside crammed with easy stones concerning the dimension of an egg to a small couch. The water is extraordinarily clear with a just-right temperature—refreshing with out being too chilly.
|CLIFF JUMPING AT DAPYA RIVER
Water depth vary from ankle deep to about 5 toes—good for any swimming talent stage and for teenagers. Nonetheless, I really helpful grownup supervision—you may by no means be too positive about these sorts of tough locations. On the mountain-side, there’s additionally an space the place you may climb and do some mini cliff-jumping exercise ala-Siquijor to the deeper elements of Dapya River.
►CHECK OUT: SIQUIJOR TRAVEL GUIDE
|A ROW OF RENTABLE HUTS AT DAPYA RIVER
There are completely no resorts right here, however for day trippers and overnighters, there are rentable huts just a few meters from the water. We availed of 1, and it was right here the place we arrange our lunch, afternoon snacks, and drink of alternative for that day—gin gimlet or uhmmm, quatro kantos plus lime in native vernacular, lol. These huts haven’t any electrical energy however one in all us introduced a transportable generator-level powerbank for our videoke wants.
To assuage those that detest these singing machines, we’re the one friends once we went. I guarantee you, no people had been harmed throughout our afternoon singing.
|THIS PLACE IS PERFECT FOR FAMILY PICNICS
|NO SHADE, NO PROBLEM. THE WATERS OF DAPYA RIVER IS VERY REFRESHING
And with that, I like to recommend going right here on weekdays to have the entire Dapya River to your self. One of many caretakers informed us that it does get fairly crowded throughout the weekends.
|EXTREMELY CLEAR WATERS OF DAPYA RIVER
All in all, we did have a really gratifying keep at Dapya River—good, clear, old-school provincial enjoyable, if I could say so myself. Clear waters, lovely view, good meals, wonderful firm, continuous singing, simply the correct amount of buzz, and extra importantly, no mountain climbing.
Tackle: Sitio Maporac, New San Juan, Cabangan, Zambales
Opening Hours: 6:00AM to six:00PM, Every day
Entrance Payment: ₱20.00
Hut Payment: ₱300.00 to ₱500.00
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.148603, 120.076819