Amazing Merloquet Falls PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 00:00

If you have no date this Sunday, September 18, and would like to trek a mountain and be amaze by a gigantic falls, then join the ZATERS (Zamboanga Adventure Tourism and Eco-Recreation Society) third trip to Merloquet Falls.

This is a natural ecotourism spot that can rake in tourists for Zamboanga City. It has never failed to amaze those who went there. Yup, it is strenuous to walk (hike actually) from where the bus stops (road is not yet developed) but every step is worth along the way. And once you reach the final destination – Wow, you will enjoy the wonder of nature.

The Merloquet Waterfalls is subdivided into two; the lower level falls (bigger falls) with an estimated height of 10m and a width of 13m. The upper level falls (just above the lower falls) has an estimated height of 5 m and a width of 8m. Joel Baysa of DENR said at the bottom of the upper level falls is a 10feet deep pool where one could freely swim.

Merloquet Falls is located at Sitio Merloquet, Barangay Sibulao, Zamboanga City. It is situated in the private area owned by a certain Gregorio family.  Baysa informed us that there are two ways to reach the area. One is by taking Route 1 which is from the City proper to Brgy. Tagasilay (57 km) then to Sitio Merloquet (5 km). Walk from Acejas Residence to Merloquet Falls is about 500 meters. Route 2 is to go to Brgy. Vitali (68 km) then to Brgy. Sibulao (8 km) and from there to Merloquet Falls (1 km).

You can go there on your own or join the ZATER Group Trip. Contact Joy Alvarez of the Philippine Information Agency at 991 6769 or 0928 554 7251 to reserve a slot for you. Deadline is this Thursday (limited bus seats – priority will be given to those who have paid). Transpo cost is only P300 per pax. Bring your own food and drinks (water), extra shirt and short (for swimming), and wear hiking shoes or sturdy sandals.