Cambugahay Falls

Lazi, Siquijor

Cambugahay Falls
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Christa U.
4.0 Stars
8

When it comes to tourist destinations, or tourist spots, a lot can happen within a span of one year. Such is the case with Cambugahay Falls in Siquijor, which I was able to visit last March 2016, and twice in the last 3 months (latest was just this weekend).

At every visit, because of the popularity of the place and the supposed "natural-ness" of it, you see how slowly, it changes, as if being taken advantaged of. That's how I see the changes in Cambugahay.

Mind you, the waters are still pristine and blue - the kind of fresh water look and feel you see in places not very near developed towns and cities; but the feeling of being somewhat "one with nature" is quickly diminishing.

I was caught by surprise on my first visit of the year (Apr2017) to find that there are already "man-made" structures in the area. The locals built bamboo bridges for people to cross the river, and across they've built platforms where people can rest and hangout. They also added more Tarzan swings, and even put up a mini sari-sari store on the highest tier of the 3-level waterfall.

The bamboo structures struck me as being a bit invasive, as they ruin the natural look of the place. Of course, they allow more room for people to enjoy the place, and they also give the place some added recreational features, but at the same time I feel as if they also give people an avenue to mess up the place with their litter. It really annoys me when people visit such beautiful places, but they have no sense to throw their trash in the proper receptacles, or have the decency to at least bring it with them when they leave. A sari-sari store invites more trash, and makes it easier to buy things they can leave behind.

Rant aside, on our recent visit with our church group and we had delegates from across the country come to visit, it seems like they very much enjoyed the swim and the fresh cool waters of the falls.

At the end of the day, I still want to take advantage of this beautiful place, for as long as I can, and while it hasn't been ruined by too many structures and too many visitors. 128513

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EJ B.
5.0 Stars
5

Cambugahay Falls is one the tourist spot you shouldn't missed in your itinerary when you're in Siquijor Island.

Beautiful scenery you will see before reaching Cambugahay Falls. Upon arrival local tourist guide will approached you if you want some assistant. They will let you know which part is dangerous, prohibited and deepest part of the falls. The payment is not mandatory. They do not have standard amount if you want to pay your tourist guide. Cool right? (Pero mahihiya ka pag di ka nagbigay ng tip! Hahaha 128514)

More than 100 steps going down to the falls. The staircase is steep, watchout! extra careful is advisable.

I was fascinated when I saw the little falls with it's aqua blue water surrounding it. It's very enchanting.

I was asked by the local if I want to try "baging" (vine) jump, which I did! Hahaha 128514 and it's super awesome experience! 128588🏼 By the way, the local tourist guide who assisted me was there in the water waiting for my fall.

I want to stay longer but we need to hurry to finish our itinerary for that day. Overall, I really enjoyed Cambugahay Falls kaya lang medyo bitin... balik ako uli SOON!

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Jairus d.
5.0 Stars
5

One of the trips you shouldn't miss when you're in Siquijor!

TBH, I wasn't expecting much of Cambugahay Falls. I've already been to a couple of awesome falls in the country so I thought being mesmerized by another one is a bit far-fetched. Well I was wrong!

Cambugahay is a three-tiered waterfall and it's uber clean and blue! Easy to reach, you can swim, jump off the falls or use the tarzan swing for a quick adrenalin rush!

It became my favorite place in the mystic island so I made sure our group stayed in the fresh water for two hours. So much fun!

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Christa U.
5.0 Stars
5

I can't help but wonder how long paradise will stay a paradise, with the onslaught of travel and visitors to locations that were once hidden secrets. And for me, Cambugahay Falls is one such hidden paradise that I worry will be tainted by people who don't care about the environment.

But anyways, enough negativity. Cambugahay Falls is, or at least when I made a visit last April 2016, was as beautiful as how I remembered it from my 2010 visit. The difference between that trip and my 2016 trip though was that I finally got to swim in the falls!

From the highway, you have to make it down about 150 or steps before you get to the falls. No worries though as steps/stairs are already in place from the road to the falls, which means not having to hike through soil and roots to get in or out.

Cambugahay Falls is made of three levels.

The first level is like a basin. The water is deep enough to enjoy swimming in it. There's even a rope that you can swing from to jump into the pool. If you're not used to exercising like me, you may get a bit of a rope burn but the cool water when you jump in immediately contrasts with the slightly burned sensation.

The second level looks a little shallower but it has some portions that are shallow, and some that are deeper. The great thing about the deepness of the first level is that you can jump off the waterfall portion of the second level, and into the first.

You have to be careful though to jump out, because the space right under the falls is not as deep, plus there are cliff portions with rocks and bushes. There are two options for jumping: jumping off the falls (where the water falls to the first) - which is a little dangerous since the rocks where you jump off from can be slippery; or jumping off the cliff - easier than the first, but still hard as the uneven ground makes it a little difficult to make a running start.

The third level is also quite deep! There's even a portion that has a small cave you can swim under/into, though the water in that area and getting to it is much deeper so be careful. Sadly, the walls here have been slightly vandalised by visitors.

A lot has changed since 2010. One being that there a lot more people now than before. Second, there are "bantays" at the falls that make sure visitors are okay and are also taking care of the place. They're charged by the local government to watch over the place so they're here from when it opens to when it closes. They were a great help because they help with the rope swing, and other activities, and one of them followed our group to the third level to make sure we were okay!

Things to remember:
➡ There is no entrance fee to the falls, though you will have to pay for your parking spot.
➡ Be careful of your belongings. There are no tables, only a few logs to place your things. Bring your bags with you when you move levels. Place phones in a waterproof case/plastic for safe measure.
➡ There is also no bathroom area so make sure to do your business beforehand.
➡ Bring comfortable shoes/sandals with you that you dont mind getting wet. They'll be your friend when moving to go to the other levels because the soil can be slippery and the small rocks, painful.
➡ Bring a towel (pretty common sense), and some seat protection - tarp, plastic, etc (if you're bringing a car).

And lastly, go early and HAVE FUN! Our group was here by around 8-830am I think, which is when this place opens. There were only a few people at that time, which was awesome. By 9-ish, the place started getting a little full.

PS: All photos are unedited/no filter, even the one where the light streams beautifully into the shot. :) Was lucky I got a perfect shot during the few times I took my phone out!

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Herl C.
5.0 Stars
8

Siquijor is mystical as everyone says. When we visited this smallest province of our country, I had a doubt to go but my urge was stronger than any fear. So we decided to spare one day of our Visayas trip to the Island of Fire.

Part of our Siquijor tour was to visit the famous Cambugahay Falls in Lazi.

128205HOW TO GET THERE:
We rode a roro from Dumaguete Port to Siquijor Port. Travel time is two hours. When we reached the pier, we hired a tricycle driver/tour guide to explore us on the different tourist spots of the island. One of the tourist spots is the Cambugahay Falls.

128176BUDGET:
P100 - Roro fare per way
P1,000 - Whole day tour fee
P40 - Guide fee (but there's no fix rate)
P250 - Burger we bought near the pier

When we reached the entrance of Cambugahay Falls, our driver told us to follow the steps down. There was no initial fee but depends on whether we avail the tour guide or not.

The steps are steep. It was hard to go down because we had to hold the bushes and shrubs to avoid the slippery edges. After few minutes of going down, we finally reached the falls. All I could say was "Ang ganda, grabe!".

The falls are three cascading levels of bluish green hue. The sorroundings are clean and green. We didn't enjoy the lower level of the falls because there were lots of Koreans. We decided to go up for some enjoyment and photo sessions.

The water was cold and clean! The water falling is really majestic and beautiful. The guides opt everyone to try the 'Tarzan swing' which is very cool! Everyone loves the falling effect through the cold water. The experience was surreal.

Before we said goodbye to this beautiful creation, I promised myself to comeback and enjoy the place again. It was one of the beautiful places in Siquijor, indeed.

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Josette P.
5.0 Stars
4

The three layer Cambugahay Falls is a sure gem of Siquijor. For starters, it's a very easy climb. There's a concrete stairs to go down the first level of the falls and the rest is an easy trek. The stairs is less than 100 steps so it's fairly easy to go down but due to the big steps, it's challenging to go up.

The first level of the falls is where people usually do the Tarzan jump. Don't be afraid cause it's not deep. It's below 5 feet but near the falls it's actually deeper. There are kuya there who will guide you on how to properly hold and let go. The water is refreshing and cold. Unfortunately, when we went it rained the night before thus causing the water to be a mixed of brown and green. But it's refreshing as it is!

The second level is perfect if you wish to be near the actual falls itself. It's really shallow so you can stay near the falls and relax. There's a stone for you to sit down in case you wish to take a few more minutes there.

The third level is the deepest of the three. You still have an option here to do the tarzan swing. But the water flow is strong during the time we went so we did not bother jump again.

The place is a real gem. All the people who were there are nice and kind. Just give them some sort of donation for any amount cause they will assist and guide you. The place is also kept clean, and the scenery is plain perfection. This is the place you go to for some adrenaline but most importantly for peace and serenity.

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Patrick V.
5.0 Stars
3

Siquijor, dubbed as the Mystical Island, is a small island in the Visayas which was declared a marine reserve and tourist zone in 1978. It's the third smallest province in the country having a land area of only 343.5 square kilometers.

How to get to Siquijor:
From Dumaguete, where we spent the night after our day in Apo Island, you need to take a RoRo ferry or fastcraft. The RoRo takes almost two hours while the fastcraft takes about an hour. We opted for the RoRo since we were not in a hurry and it was cheaper. (Around P150)

We already contacted Kuya Loloy, a local tour guide in Siquijor, to pick us up at the port. We paid around P400 each for the whole day tour around Siquijor.

Cambugahay falls is my favorite part of the tour. It consists of cascading falls with clean blue waters which flows down at around three kilometers downstream until it reaches the Lazi bay.

The tarzan swing, you can use for free! I think I jumped three times. (Wag niyo na lang pansinin yung malaking tiyan ko)

I just love how the place seemed like paradise. The blue water was just enchanting! 10084

There were a lot of tourists and locals as well who were swimming but since there were three levels, there was enough space for everyone!

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Casey D.
5.0 Stars
5

Personally, this is my favorite tourist spot in Siquijor. This is really a blessing from above. Lucky are those from Siquijor as they can always see and appreciate this beautiful falls. 10084 They can easily go here to cool down from the scorching heat of the sun. 127774127774127774

This is 2nd to the last stop of our tour. I was really sooo excited to see this as I've seen many photos of it from the net. Manong driver felt my excitement as whenever he slows down I ask him if we already reached our destination. It took me almost 3 times asking him before we reached the place.

It was a sunny day during our visit. But I still enjoyed my habal-habal ride. The scenery while on the road was breathtaking. We can see the water surrounding this mysterious island. It was a smooth ride. I can really feel that the driver is professional and will take care of me and my friend.

Upon arrival in our destination, we paid 20php for the parking fee. Before reaching the falls, you still have to walk down more or less 130 steps. Before even reaching half of it you can already have a good view of the falls. This will excite and motivate you to walk faster!!! 128514128514 Yeah, for me it did. Hihi I was really exhausted that time..

There were many people swimming around. One of its edge from other falls is its man-made vine swing wherein you can swing "ala tarzan" then freely fall directly to the water basin. The water was clear with greenish/blue-ish hue. It was really inviting. I heard it whispered in my ear telling me to jump and enjoy the water. Hahaha The vine was a hit. Everyone was eager to try it. I was really tempted to go and plunge my self in the water but we cannot stay long as we still have 1 last stop and we need to catch the last ferry bound to Dumaguete.

There's also a buko vendor there. Perfect to quench everyone's thirst. Make sure to include this on your itinerary when you visit Siquijor. Siquijor already become one of my favorite island in the Philippines. Others say its full of mysteries, magic and what not. But see for yourself once you experience what magic can this small island give you.

It was love at first day tour. 10084100841008410084

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Rein M.
5.0 Stars

I personally like this among the spots in Siquijor (aside from Salagdoong beach). It is consisted of multi-layered cascading water falls. One can swing from the vines (baging) and jump directly on the cool, light blue green water

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Cheryl V.
4.0 Stars

Siquijor has always been associated with black magics and anything related to aswang and some sorts. Without even noticing haven't my friends reminded me of such a colleague has decided to explore the place to couple it in our Dumaguete itinerary. Seeing this 3-tiered falls is such a refreshing thing, the place is so quiet and not too overcrowded, probably because we went there too early cause we are on half day tour. We went there early in the morning but wasn't able to take a dip, though the turqouise color of water is such an invitation, but having a little skill in swimming with no life guards available we both decided not to take a dip. We just took pictures and decided to commune with the serenity of the place and how majestic the scenery is. Perfect for those who want some peace. #12days

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Reich T.
5.0 Stars

Isla Del Fuego.

Siquijor.  Enchanted,  majestic hence they call it Isla Del Fuego.

Siquijor is an island located in the Central Visayas Region of the Philippines.  It is tge third smallest in the country in terms of population and land area.

There are myriad of reasons why one should pack their bags and spend a couple of days at the Island of Fire.  Lemme awaken the sleeping wanderlust in you.

The island has a long-time reputation as a place for magic and sorcery.  Some are repulsed, some are curious.   Siquijor is an hour away from Dumaguete.  Travel via speedboat and gasp at the magnificence of the mystical island.

First thing you will notice is how clear the water is.  Yes,  clear as crystal and I am referring to the water surrounding the island from the port.  Yes,  the port!  No trash and it is as clear as Zhang Ziyi's eyes in Memoirs of a Geisha. 

Despite the rumors of witchcraft and sorcery,  95% of the island's population and the only city with the most number of churches.   And the locals will welcome you friendly smile. 

This review is long overdue since my visit to Isla Del Fuego was 3 years ago.  Hence i forgot the name of the resort we stayed at. 

First stop for our day tour,  the 100 year old Balete Tree.  If you grew up watching Magandang Gabi Bayan every November then you'll understand why I would describe this a eerie.  The tree is magnificent,  exudes confidence and strength.

Second stop.  Cambugahay Falls.  Awe-inspiring.  Crystal clear water,  lush vegetation.  If you're adventurous enough,  a dive from the cliff is a must.  Oh,  I cant swim,  so yeah,  I am perfectly happy staying on the shallow parts while I admire the view.  My first brush with the thing called waterfalls is one for the books.

Kagusuan Beach.  Secluded.  Pristine.  We had to walk a couple of steps and take the man-made stairs in order to reach paradise.  This the best beach I've visited (I've been to a couple).  I like em quiet and secluded.  Perfect for day dreaming and skinny dipping. 

Siquijor is a must-see for wanderlust driven homo sapiens.  If you are tired of the noise of Boracay,  try Isla Del Fuego.

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Chrisalyn T.
4.0 Stars

Definitely one of the nicest falls you could visit here in the Philippines. Going down the stairs to see the falls was easy, going back up though was pretty exhausting. That is why vendors are all waiting for you upstairs to sell you some bottled water.

We climbed our way up to see the 2nd level of the falls. The picture i took is actually the view i saw there. You could actually swim there with the fishes, but you won't feel them anyway since they are scared of us. They would actually swim away from us. haha As for the lower level of the falls, there are a lot more people who swims there because you could actually hang by a rope and swing your way down to the falls. It would have been more fun if u actually got to experienced it and actually took a photo of me hanging in there like Jane would. Sadly, there were a lot of men that time and me and my friends didn't want to swing anymore. Trying to avoid our bikini top from falling off, most probably from the impact of falling off to the water.

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Bianca F.
5.0 Stars

This place is just beautiful. 128525 Didn't have the guts to jump off the falls or use the rope swing ala Tarzan, though. All the more reason to come back! 128515

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Zia M.
5.0 Stars

Let your inner Tarzan and Jane go out with this exciting activity that they offer. 128005

Dive at their falls, swim through underneath the rocks, and swing too! 128077

Siquijor offers a lot of this, and glad that even though they attract a lot of tourists, they can still manage it.

Tip: Go hire a local guide for you to take pictures and help you go around the place. It's up to you how much you'll give to them. No fixed rate. 128513

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Justin J.
5.0 Stars

Definitely the highlight of our trip.

First time to experience legit waterfalls. I was so excited to swing and jump off of the vines like tarzan! 128514128514128514

I also jumped off of the top of the falls. Didnt look that far up, but i almost chickened out when I got there.

There are two more levels/storeys (i dont know how to call it) above which was a nice sight as well. We had some photo ops and all.

It was just sad that we couldn't stay longer though. I still couldnt get enough of the tarzan vine. Haha.

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Denise N.
5.0 Stars

A trip to Siquijor won't be complete without visiting this place. It's breathtakingly beautiful and you'll definitely appreciate nature more. It's like inception --waterfall edition. Numerous waterfalls in the area with clear, clean, and cold water. It's just so beautiful. Definitely another reason why it's more fun in the Philippines.

It's free and you'll probably have the area all to yourselves. Enjoy and take lots of pictures if you can. 10084

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Raisa R.
4.0 Stars

I recommend you to jump off the falls. It's liberating. Better than jumping off a cliff since you will jump out of fresh water which is quite refreshing. Must be part of your siquijor bucket list

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Tei A.
5.0 Stars

Beautiful! You will need to climb down 139 steps to reach the waterfalls. Climbing down is easy, the challenge is going back up! There are no hand rails but the stairs are made of stones & concrete so it is quite stable as compared to a trail. The water was not cold which really surprised me because the other falls I've been to were all icy cold (Mother Falls in Baler and the one in Batad Banaue).

Must visit when in Siquijor! 128077128522

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Rampelthels L.
5.0 Stars

Lazi Siquijor has a special place in my heart.

We have been traveling here since i was 8 years old. My grand father would take us here every summer since he travels back and forth every week as the Captain of the ship under Sweet lines.

Cambugahay Falls... This place is magical! The succession of falls are just so amazing. And the tarzan swing is so thrilling! No fee for that! All you need to do is muster up all your courage to jump.

The water is clear and cold. Truly unspoiled!

We always plan a summer break here with my siblings and cousins... Now with our kids to enjoy what we enjoyed before.

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Jonas R.
3.0 Stars

Rope vine swing like from a chandelier or a wrecking ball when you visit Cambugahay Falls in Siquijor. A unique activity found in Philippine waterfalls. This kid played around the natural vines in between his errands of fetching some water from the falls before going home.

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