I remember asking a Quirinian what siitan means and he said it’s a place with thorny plants. Siit is an Ilocano word for thorn, he explained. Once upon a time, the riverbanks of Siitan River used to be thorny that they call the place “siitan.” I read from another blog though that siit means fish bone and that’s where the river got its name. Whether the word refers to thorny plants or fish bone, I cannot tell for sure. What I do know for a fact though is that Siitan River is beautiful with giant limestone formations that would rival those in Coron.
Siitan River, just like the Governor’s Rapids is section of Cagayan River. While Governor’s Rapids can be found in Maddela, Siitan River is in Nagtipunan. They share physical similarities, most especially the giant limestone cliffs on the side of the river. The river’s most famous feature is the Bimmapor Rock Formation, which we only saw from afar.
Just as you can do a boat-ride tour and river tubing at Governor’s Rapids, the tourism organizers of Siitan River offer the same activities. Because we were more concerned about taking OOTD shots, we skipped river tubing again and made do with the boat tour.
Even when the place shared similarities with the other river, my sense of wonderment wasn’t in any way, diluted. I said wow many times and I couldn’t stop from taking photos. Everywhere I looked, there’s beauty to be appreciated. The view is too lovely for words so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
If you want to go swimming, the boatmen will take you to this secluded area. We rode a twin boat with the other tourists to get there. No one in our group felt compelled to go swimming because we still had somewhere to go that day.
If you want to go swimming here, you should wear you life vest at all times, even if you know how to swim. The boatmen are strict about this; it’s part of their protocol to ensure the safety of the visitors.
I am left smitten and convinced that this river should be added into anyone’s bucket list.
Entrance fee: Php 10
Boat ride: Php 80/pax