When one goes to tour the Sohoton Natural Bridge National Park in Basey, Samar nowadays, one gets to see invariably only the Sohoton Caves and not the Natural Bridge.
That’s because the Sohoton Natural Bridge is further upstream, perhaps a kilometer or so, and can be reached only by smaller bancas during high tide as the river is shallow in these areas.
In most cases, one has to go trekking through the thick rainforest in order to reach the site.
The first time we got to see the Sohoton Natural bridge was about 10 years ago…
Our first time to see the natural bridge with the Asoy’s, Langston’s and Gasco’s – some 10 years back (when Helly’s hair and mine were still really black haha!)
In succeeding trips we would only get to do the tour inside the Sohoton Caves, after which we’d head back to civilization.
So we never got to visit the natural bridge again.
Until last week.
This time we made firm plans to go and reach the site as a personal objective. Together with Dr. Ricky and Rica Dimayuga – bigwigs of sister agency Lakbay Capiz Travel & Tours, Ludette and I set our minds to reach the Natural Bridge.
The trek was arduous to say the least, not for the physically unfit. It was an adventure of its own.
When we got near to the site the tide was low and our bigger banca could not navigate the shallow river. So we had to trek up the thick forest and cross the river twice! The latter was a bit tricky as the undercurrent was strong and the riverbed is not exactly flat and sandy; it is full of stones. One false move and there goes your camera equipment!
The scenes around the national park, however, is awesome. You are so close to Mother Nature it’s so quiet and serene – all you hear is the steady rhythmic flow of the shallow river, a bird’s call here and there and the cacophony of sounds of some crickets in concert somewhere nearby. It’s brimming with exotic flora and fauna.
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