Information about Siitan Nature Park
Siitan Nature Park
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Siitan Nature Park is Quirino Province’s tourist spot that showcases the Siitan River and Bimmapor Rock Formation as its main attractions. Siitan River, which forms a big part of the Siitan Nature Park, got its name from the Ilocano word “siit” which describes the once thorny riverbanks of Siitan River. The river is connected to the grand Cagayan River, known for being one of the cleanest bodies of inland water in the Philippines. Similarly, Siitan River has crystal clear waters, especially during the summer months.
Siitan River is flanked by lush vegetation and rocky walls of limestone, the most notable of which is the enormous ship-like Bimmapor Rock Formation. This rock outcrop stretches some 2 kilometers, and along with it, stones of varying colors and sizes dot the river banks.
Visitors can try river cruising, rock formation sightseeing, cliff diving, and swimming in the park. There are also drop-off points for picnic areas as well as for cliff diving. Visitors can also arrange other activities, like overnight camping, rock climbing, and rappelling.
Tickets and entry
Visitors need to pay a minimal entrance fee of PhP 20. Note that if you are coming from either the Landingan Viewpoint or Diamond Cave and have already paid the entrance fee there, you don’t need to pay for entrance at the park. You can just show your ticket to either of the two tourist spots.
Best time to visit
If you want to see the river’s water at its clearest, visit from March to May. This is also a safer time to enjoy a swim, as the water levels are not as deep compared to the period of September to February when the river typically has its highest water levels.