Unbelievable sight, indescribable feeling – that’s the spell of majestic waterfalls. These natural wonders can be found in every province but often missed out on itineraries. Surely, it takes serious effort and strength to reach them via off the beaten tracks.
It feels great to experience the mighty cascade of waters from these hidden gems. I’m glad to have reached these waterfalls in my list so far. In Luzon, you can find the following:
Kabigan Falls in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte – Ditumabo or Mother Falls in Baler, Aurora – Bolinao Falls in Pangasinan – Tanawan Falls in Dingalan, Aurora – Vera Falls in Malinao, Albay – Bomod-ok Falls in Sagada – Tappiyah Falls in Batad, Ifugao – Tangadan Falls in San Gabriel, La Union 😉
How to get there???
There are different ways you can reach these gems. Typically, in a province there are multiple falls to choose from. I suggest you do enough online research to have an idea which can best fit your itinerary. But if you have the luxury of time, then go visit them all. 😉
a. Packaged Tours – by default tour operators nowadays will include at least 1 waterfall spot in the itinerary. No hassle in reaching the location since you will already be provided with a transport service and tour guide. Sometimes they will also provide the shortest or easiest path that can be taken so tourists will not have a hard time.
b. DIY – a favorite by adventurers like me hehe. Again, online research is your BFF since the info is just out there (thanks to fellow bloggers and LGU tourist friendly sites). The usual means are riding habal-habal (motorbike) or tricycle that’s easy on the pocket, while multi-cab, AUV or van is the option if you have enough budget and prefer comfort while traveling. Then prepare yourself for the trek, short or long (which me and my friends enjoy) either under the scorching heat of the sun or under gloomy rainy skies. 😀
Where is the nearest?
Did you know that only 2-3 hours from Manila, there’s a place where you can go waterfalling all you can? Where else but in Laguna! I was also surprised that these wonders are only a few hours away from the metro. Be warned though, the trail to Hulugan and Aliw Falls are not a piece of cake especially when it’s raining. Get ready to tread on extremely slippery muddy paths that even your footwear will give up. I can attest to this since I ended up walking barefoot half the route, so unforgettable! 😀
Here you can find the popular Pagsanjan falls, Hidden falls, Talay falls, Aliw falls and the mighty high Hulugan falls.
TIP: When in Pagsanjan, try the Shooting the Rapids activity. In a group of 3-5pax you will ride a canoe that will sail through a river with rapids along the way. No worries coz your skilled boatman knows how to maneuver the canoe against the raging waters and rocks. The endpoint of this route is Pagsanjan falls itself where you just get off the canoe to explore the falls after. Too bad we only saw the falls from afar since it was closed when we tried this. Anyway, this is still a must try!
Other amazing waterfalls are also in Visayas:
Tumalog falls in Oslob, Cebu – Pulang Bato falls in Valencia, Dumaguete – Cambugahay falls in Lazi, Siquijor – Casaroro falls also in Valencia, Dumaguete – Kawasan falls in Badian, Cebu 😉
More on the list…Mindanao waterfalls!
Tinago and Mimbalut falls in Iligan, Lanao del Norte – Tuasan and Katibawasan falls in Camiguin 😉
Trivia: Iligan City is also known as the City of Majestic Waterfalls since it has around 24 waterfalls in the city. That’s a waterfall haven indeed!
The MOST popular falls in Iligan is missing…that’s right, Maria Cristina Falls! We went there during our group’s trip back in Feb this year unfortunately it is closed due to Red Alert status issued in Mindanao 😦 I guess we have a good reason to come back and have this ticked off from the list!
Out of all these majestic falls, I can say that the one which left me breathless the most is….. Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Surigao del Sur!! 🙂 It is known as the Niagara falls of the Philippines with its size of 95m wide and 180ft high with four tiers of white water flow. 🙂 Its grand view was so awe inspiring. The 1.5hrs of habal-habal ride to get here from the town proper was so worth it! Here’s my pic enjoying the waters and the view from the 2nd tier of the falls. Love it! ❤
My fascination of waterfalls has pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me do things I never thought I could like riding habal-habal passing thru zigzag highways whether uphill or beside the coastline, rocky and very steep roads; loooooong treks under the hot sun or rainy weather with only trail food on hand (gummy bears, nuts, menthol candies to name a few), tread bushy and muddy trails, rice paddies at times and then dip in ice cold waters with perfect natural scenery as a reward for the effort. Free spa!! Adventures like this are priceless memories to cherish a lifetime. 🙂