We were looking for a nice day trip out of Puerto Princesa and came across Estrella Falls. It was a bit of an undertaking from PP since we didn't have a car or motorbike but in the end, worth the trip. We took the bus from San Jose Bus Terminal to Narra. It was about 90 minutes and just as crowded as you might expect but if you get to the terminal early enough and can grab a seat by the window it's a great way to see some of the sights along the way.
The ride was bumpy and had some detours to even bumpier stretches of road but wasn't so bad. Once you get to Narra there are tricycle drivers standing by and you can easily find a ride to the falls. If the 90 minutes on a crowded bus followed by a tricycle ride sounds like too much trouble, there are also plenty of shuttle van drivers at San Jose who will be willing to take you.
Our trip was on a Saturday so the park was filled with families and kids but they were mostly in the picnic area and kids area of the falls. We didn't find it overly crowded up by the main falls. The water was cool and crystal clear - perfect for a steamy day.
When we were ready to go, our tricycle driver, who had been waiting, took us back up to the main intersection of the National Highway and we caught a bus back to San Jose Terminal. The bus back was somehow even bumpier than on the way (the woman who brought two pillows to sit on should have been a warning!) but after the refreshing day at the falls it wasn't so bad.
If you're looking for an escape from the heat of Puerto Princesa, Estrella Falls is a nice option.
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