From the initial list of 15 Beautiful Waterfalls in the Philippines, I decided to expand the list and create another page to showcase some of the favorite waterfalls of our favorite Pinoy travel bloggers. Heres the continuation…
Claire Madarang’s top pick is Malinamon Waterfalls in Camp Peralta, Jamindan, Capiz. Claire of Iamtravelinglight.com is a writer, traveler, and seeker who believes in traveling light, particularly in the inner journey. Her wanderlust and seeking takes her to adventures like backpacking for seven weeks and exploring remote islands and bustling cities alike.
I was rendered mute in awe the moment Malinamon Waterfalls came into view after a one-hour trek through forests and grasses. Below me, a few meters from me, and far ahead of me were frothy cascades falling to a clear green pool. Being on top of the falls, which form a semi-circle around the pool, did not make them any less majestic. Malinamon is one of the few falls whose beauty I was able to appreciate from many angles – from the top, below, and from both ends of the half-circle of cascades.
What also adds to Malinamon’s charm is its unspoiled beauty. My group and I were the only people there when we went. Capiz is not the usual tourist destination, and Camp Peralta in Jamindan has just recently been opened to the public. With five discovered waterfalls so far and possibly more unexplored ones, Camp Peralta is a dream come true for waterfalls aficionados.
Rafael Luis Flores of Liquid Druid chose Malatan-og Falls as his favorite.
Having a day job means I don’t get around as often as other travel bloggers, but I make a conscious effort to discover places that others might have overlooked. In my travels, I have seen a lot of waterfalls in this country that would certainly qualify as “beautiful” by any standard. Ultimately, I chose Malatan-og Falls to be the most beautiful one.
Malatano-og Falls is located in the little-known municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto in the province of Negros Occidental. Unlike most waterfalls that have long been discovered and “developed” for tourism, Malatan-og is one of those that can be described as literally pristine. Getting there involves a 30-40 minute hike down a thickly forested gorge, and at some point there is no longer any discernible trail. Then suddenly, this majestic 100-foot wonder comes into view. You stand speechless as the fine spray of the falls hits your face, and the thunderous rumble of the water crashing down the rocks just renders you numb from everything else. No other falls has had that effect on me. (read his preview about this waterfalls here)
Micaela Rodriquez of Senyorita.net shares her adventure trip in Siquijor including her memorable experience in Cambuhahay Falls.
One of the waterfalls in the Philippines that I enjoyed visiting is Cambugahay Falls in the mystical island of Siquijor. The vine-swinging opportunity is the highlight of every visit in this spot. Who wouldn’t be thrilled with the chance to be the King or Queen of the jungle for just a few seconds?
If you are adventurous enough to do more trekking within the area, you will discover that Cambugahay houses over three levels of waterfalls. (read her post about Cambugahay Falls)
Rolan Embuscado of TheTravelTeller.com loves Aliwagwag Falls not only because It is situated in his hometown but because it represents the natural beauty of Cateel where this gift of nature can be found! 🙂
The Aliwagwag Falls is a series of 84 cascading waterfalls located in Barangay Aliwagwag, about 30 minutes drive from the town’s Poblacion. It a unique waterfalls blessed with different rock formations, shapes and various heights. Each tier differs from another. It ranges from 6 to 110 feet. There is one measured at 72 feet and another is at 67. Overall, Aliwagwag Falls is 1,110 feet of cascading energy and 20 meters in width. Viewing it from afar, Aliwagwag Falls looks like a stairway to heaven. Not known to many,Aliwagwag Falls is considered by hydraulic engineers as the highest waterfalls in the Philippines and regarded as one of the most beautiful falls in Mindanao.
Olan in Aliwagwag Falls
When Typhoon Pablo hit Cateel, Aliwagwag Falls was not spared. Along with all the natural wonders we’ve preserved in our town, Aliwagwag Falls was massively battered by those demonic winds brought by Pablo destroying its vast rainforests and century old trees. The mossy forest was left balding. Wild flowers and orchids were gone. Waters overflowed. For barely three hours on that horrific morning of December 4, 2012, the majestic beauty of Aliwagwag Falls was tainted.
Today, 9 months after that devastating typhoon, Aliwagwag Falls along with other Wonders of Nature we have in town is slowly getting back to her shape – to her most stunning and breathtaking beauty! (read his post obout Aliwagwag Falls)
Ramil Delos Reyes of PinasMuna.com explored Basilan and discovered the beautiful Bulingan Falls in the hidden forest of Lamitan.
Bulingan Falls flow on a wall of rock colums that resemble a pipe organ. What it lacks in height is compensated by the gracefull cascade of water through steps of flat surfaced rocks, invoking a feeling of tranquility to its visitors.
Bulingan Falls is hidden in the forest of Lamitan, Basilan and is accessible by a short drive from the city center. But don’t let its location discourage you of visiting this hidden gem in the Yakan homeland. With peace and order in the province reestablished and a promising growth in the local economy, Lamitan is opening its doorsteps to visitors who wish to discover the concealed beauty of Basilan. (read his post about Bulingan Falls)
Romel Rafor Jaime of SanJosenyongGala picks Diguisit Falls in Baler Aurora Province.
This falls is the most famous falls of Baler, Aurora. It can be found just before reaching the famous Aniao Islands Cluster and Lukso-lukso beach. No tiring trekking is needed to reach this falls because it is located right at the side of the road and one just have to do an easy climb to reach it.
What’s fascinating about the falls is it’s multi-level drop : the waters dropping more than 5 levels, each level three to five times the height of an average man. It is very soothing to watch the water fall simultaneously in the different level while soaking one’s feet wet with it’s cool water. Taking a bath in one of the fall’s basin is an appealing option but one has to be careful not to slip and stumble down the road below… 🙂
Lisa Marie Mirasol of PinayTravelista.com started chasing more waterfalls in the country after falling in love with Tinago Falls.
Tinago Falls Iligan City
“Hidden deep in a ravine that one could not even take a glimpse through the canopy that hides it, Iligan City’s Tinago Falls is one treasure of beauty that sits and awaits it’s visitors with grace, and splendor.
My love to chase waterfalls was bore here — it was Tinago Falls that made me fall for the sounds of waters falling, waste time looking at it, and fell in love more when the sun playfully peeps through the ravine. My “magic hours” is between 9 – 10 AM, and 2 – 3 PM, but no matter what time of the day, Tinago Falls will take your breathe away.”
Edmar of Edmaration.com pics Pinsal Falls in Sta Maria Ilocos Sur as his favorite.
Pinsal Falls in Ilocos Sur
I would say Pinsal Falls is naturally nifty. If this is a fashion show, this waterfall will surely stand-out. Ceaseless drops of water pour down to two natural catch basins. It is a twin waterfalls actually. This natural wonder is like a fancy white curtain that spreads immensely – horizontally and vertically. Above this waterfall are numerous natural pools that will surely invite everyone to plunge and get wet.
It offers a grand show, exuberantly plentiful as always. If this is a movie, she will be the best picture. It is now very accessible. Thanks to the LGU for the great idea. Her wow-factor is profuse. You can’t contain it. During summer, the dropping water is reduced but there’s no need to worry, it will be everyone’s chance to explore the numerous deep natural pools above this waterfall without worrying of getting drifted by the plentiful spring rushing down the gorge during rainy days. It’s beauty comes in different packages, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. (read his post about Pinsal Falls)
Josiah Sicad of Lakas.com.ph shares another reason why you should visit Sibuyan Island in Romblon.
Dagubdob Falls in Sibuyan Island
Dagubdob Falls is a series of waterfalls with a lot of deep, clear water basins. Located in San Fernando, Sibuyan Island in the province of Romblon this waterfalls is accessible by renting a tricycle passing through scenic unpaved bumpy road.
Usually, I do not take a swim in bodies of water but even if I was not able to bring extra clothes the clear waters of Dagubdob Falls was so inviting that I had to go for a swim. Definitely, a must visit falls when visiting Sibuyan Island. (read his post about Dagubdob Falls)
Elal Jane Lasola of Elaljanelasola.com picks Tappiya because aside from it being grand and all, She loves the mysteries and stories about it. One rumor about Tappiya is how it is often found to be the rainbow’s end. (read her post about Tappiya Falls)
Tappiya Falls in Batad Ifugao
This majestic and giant Tappiya Falls is situated in Batad, Ifugao. After hours of trek passing through the 2000-year-old beauty of Batad Rice Terraces, you must walk through the ‘landslide zone’ pathways going to this falls. But it is all worth it. Because once you get to see it, you are greeted with this tall and spectacular beauty that will definitely take your breath away. Plus, its super cold water refreshes your tiresome trek.
Mai Flores of Budgetbiyahera.com picks Katibawasan Falls in Camiguin as her favorite waterfalls.
Katibawasan Falls in Camiguin
My first waterfall sighting in the Philippines would have to be the enchanting Katibawasan Falls in Camiguin, which is just 5KM SE from Mambajao. The waterfalls, which looks small from afar actually has a drop of about 250 meters. The water from the summit goes all the way down to a refreshing green lagoon, while surrounded with slippery boulders, lush ferns, vines and trees. It’s definitely a sight for sore eyes!
The rush and the strength of the water plummeting down the basin is literally a symphony to my ears. And both the breeze and the mist from the base of the waterfalls is cold yet rejuvenating. You can actually take a dip into the rocky pool or even go for a quick swim, if you can muster the icy feel of the water. (checkout her post about Katibawasan Falls)
Jona Bering of Backpackingwithabook.com published an article in Manila Bulletin about Kawasan Falls – her favorite waterfalls in Cebu.
Kawasan Falls in Camiguin
How can a river be so lively? Its water leaps, jumps, falls, somersaults, swirls, slips. It abandons itself to gravity, rushes forth, never looks back, is mindlessly mad. Kawasan is everything I cannot bring myself to be.
I often joke I would marry someone living near Kawasan or daydream that the semi-open thatched hut by the first bridge is my future library and writing corner. I surmise hearing the river’s unwavering, resonant voice every day is something to look up to, something that can prod me to wake up early, listen to its voice, find and strengthen my own, and write as effortlessly as the river’s flow. (checkout her post about Kawasan Falls)