Tucked in the town of Palauig in Zambales, a resettlement area called Dampay offers a tranquil natural sanctuary. Dampay is more known as the jump-off point for mountaineers bound to Mt. Tapulao. But besides being a starting point of a mountain trek, there is a beautiful and serene river that lies within Dampay area.
When my friends and I went there, it took us around 30 minutes to reach Dampay. There is no public transportation en route to the place. Travellers are expected to bring their own vehicles or may hire a tricycle or jeepney but could be very costly.
Expect that some roads will be rough since the area is still undeveloped. When we reached the place, we walked around 10 to 15 minutes and battled the big rocks to get near the river.
The moment one reaches the place, it’s easy to be in awe because of all the elements perfectly coming together: fresh air, cool and clear water, and the blue sky.
The rush of the water was music to my ears. The rocks that brawl against my feet seemed like an alternative foot spa.
Never mind the heat of the sun because you will surely enjoy the sheer beauty of the place.