Sunday, October 17, 2010

Hike to Liduduhniap Twin Waterfalls

We join hiking club in Pohnpei so every Sunday afternoon we gather at the appointed place to meet up with others before we head off to the hike destination.

Today is our second hike, we gather at the movie theater parking lot (oh yes in case you are wondering Pohnpei has cinema and the movies are quite up to date Wall Street is playing there now) at 1pm and wait for the others before we head off to our hike destination. This is an easy hike to Liduduhniap Twin Waterfalls in Nett, those waterfalls are on Nanpil river. The administrator of the hikers club will inform on the email about the difficulty level on each hike and as this one is easy so we are eager to go and also our hiking shoes just arrived on Friday. In this hike you can swim in the pool at base of one of the waterfalls.  We carpool part of the way up the road and walk the rest.  

This time no guide is needed, but there is an entrance fee of one dollars/person charged by the family that stays near the waterfall. 

Well to be honest this time is not actually hike as we parked way too close with the waterfalls, so we just walk for 5 minutes and we have arrived at the first waterfall yeah it was a hard work :p. Some of us are really eager to get sweaty so we decided to walk further down to the second waterfalls, it was a bit slippery and steep and the result I fell on my bum, hard. Guarantee of sore bum tomorrow :(

It was a good day to swim on the base of the waterfalls.

There is a memorial site at the entrace of the waterfalls to remember the tragic death of three members of Palau's athletic team on August 4, 2002. The victims were among the 20 some Palauan athletes and trainers on an afternoon excursion to the Twin Falls or the Liduduhniap Waterfalls in Nett Municipality, to continue their celebration of victory as the winners of the most medals in the recently completed 5th Micronesian Games.
At around 3 pm in the afternoon, the euphoria was interrupted by a sudden downpour of heavy rain followed almost simultaneously by a flashflood, feared and known by the locals as "Luwair," meaning the sneaky one."
The violent rush of water hit the group at the top of the first fall and dropped six people into the swirling pool of second fall. The group at the bottom had time to scramble to safety and with the assistance of the fast reacting residents, who had earlier forewarned the athletes of a flashflood, managed to rescue three out of the pool while the other three were swept away. Read full article here.


Maureen said...

Thanks for taking me on this tour! It looks so gorgeous there and I bet the fresh air are amazing. The pictures are beautiful! :D

BabyBeluga said...

Beautiful scenery.

Anonymous said...

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