SIQUIJOR – Lugnason falls
Siquijor is a small, but beautiful island with a variety of things to offer – one of them being some very pretty waterfalls. The island of so-called “black magic” counts three waterfalls in total, we visited two of them. Lugnason falls (which isn’t too far from the popular Coco Grove Beach resort) is the smallest, but certainly has its charm. I heard it can get pretty crowded during the day though, and considering there isn’t a lot of space to swim that isn’t too hard too imagine. When you go near the end of the day (which we did) or have the courage to get up early, it will definitely be more quiet and you’ll practically have this spot to yourself. There’s no entrance fee, a lot of mosquitoes and a bit of a rockier path to get to the falls (but nothing you couldn’t handle).
SIQUIJOR – Cambugahay falls
These are the most well-known of the three, and naturally the most popular. There are several “layers” (I’m sure there’s a correct term for this, but I guess you know what I mean) to this waterfall, and I thought everything about it was super pretty. The color of the water and surroundings are very tropical, but we felt a bit uneasy here – mainly because of two reasons. We met a Dutch couple on our trip who wanted to visit the falls a few days before, but they couldn’t because someone had just died there. Yup. Apparently, a local jumped into the water (which everyone is doing all the time here, by the way) and landed the wrong way on a rock. Of course, that didn’t make us feel super enthusiastic about swimming in the first place and it also got me a little worried about seeing all the other people jumping in the water when we were there. Other than that, there were several warning signs and people telling you about not letting your stuff unattended (supposedly there is some sort of organized child crime going on here, where they hide in trees and steal your stuff when you’re in the water). Another thing that kind of spoils the fun beforehand. Nothing bad happened when we were there, but I guess it did cause a bit of a strange feeling we couldn’t shake off.
We didn’t get a chance to see the Cangbangag falls on Siquijor, which are the biggest of the three, but judging from the pictures I would try to fit these in your itinerary if you have enough time! (These require a bit more effort to get to since they are located in the mountains between Larena and Maria town, which is one of the reasons why they’re the least visited).
BOHOL – Pangas falls
This island is a lot bigger, and there are a lot of waterfalls to see here – up to you to decide which ones fit your schedule best. I’m not sure how many there are in total, but we ended up only seeing one of them: Pangas falls. Even though they aren’t very high, it was a cool experience for us since we were the only ones there. And you know, it’s always nice to have a little piece of paradise all to yourself. Swimming here and enjoying the peacefulness of nature, almost made me feel like I was in a James Bond movie on some sort of deserted island. Getting here requires a bit of a rocky drive away from the main road, but I would certainly recommend to go check it out! There’s an entrance fee of 10 PHP here for adults.
Other falls in Bohol that were on my list, but we didn’t get to visit were the Mag-Aso and Can-umantad falls, of which I think the latter will be the most impressive but also the most difficult to get to.
note: For these pictures I used the Nikon D750 camera with a 58mm f/1.4 lens and the Nikon COOLPIX AW130 (underwater) camera, which I both borrowed from the brand.