Tangadan Falls

San Gabriel, La Union

Tangadan Falls
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Edison A.
4.0 Stars

Breathtaking... this, my friends is San Gabriel La Union's Tangadan Falls. (The largest I've seen so far).
We always think of Surfing when we hear La Union but you cant miss this majestic falls when visiting the place.

It's normally an hour trek from the main roads but lucky us, 2 thunderstorms are passing by when we went there. It took us more than 2 hours to reach the falls, we had to change routes multiple times because of the rain - slippery trails, strong river currents, etc.. We crossed the river twice with a single rope (and each other) to hold on to, the water can be very treacherous during the rainy season.


Wear proper hiking clothes - we encountered a lot of ants and mosquitoes. (+sunblock +insect repellant)

Wear sandals or hiking shoes - no no to your flip flops, it will stick like glue on the mud.

Bring biscuits and water - we were dehydrated and starved #instadiet

Rent a lifevest! Do not underestimate the current of this falls, it has taken lives before. (unless youre michael phelps or aquaman)

Never leave a buddy behind.

Take lots of pics

Zen yourself



Enjoy nature.


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Cristina D.
5.0 Stars

We've been to this amazing nature basing from the blogs. We are thankful for the information because we are able to follow the right direction. The following considerations is a must when you are planning to go there:
a. As you get to San Gabriel- be sure to register in the Tourism Office for you to have safe hiking because they will assigned a trained tour guide for you/ your group. ( If its first time its a must, for your safety.)
b. The tour guide is really a blessing for our group because we were well assisted (back-and-forth) and even in swimming, it seems that the group has own lifeguard. I recommend Kuya Freddie Sarmiento, you can ask him in the office. He also gave his mobile number for more inquiries-09959885951- p.s- He is a certified tour guide in San Gabriel, ask for his ID for verification.
c. You should change to your swimming suit as you arrive in the drop-off. Wear a nice flip flop as well. Bring plastic bags for bag protection and other stuffs.
d. Travel light as much as possible. It will be worth-it as you reach the Falls despite of long walk/hike or crossing-rivers.
e. As you get there, enjoy and feel the love of God by His given nature! :)

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Zai M.
5.0 Stars

Besides waves, sand and surfboards, the province of La Union has so much more to offer. It is also a foodie heaven, an adventure spot and it has a hidden falls that is worth visiting. 128512

As I have mentioned in one of my previous posts, my friends and I went to La Union to volunteer for Team Surf (a one day event for special kids). Two days before the event, we already went to Elyu so that we have more time to explore, surf and chill. Our first agenda on our first day was to visit the falls. We were not able to do this last year since we lacked time. We rode a tricycle from Ili Sur, San Juan going to San Gabriel. The ride was approximately 20-30 minutes and the four of us paid 200 pesos each. The tricycle driver knew a local, Kuya Jericho, l who became our tour guide going to the falls. He charged us 150 pesos each.

From the trike’s drop-off point, we went on a 1hr hike going to the falls. I commend our tour guide, Kuya Jericho. He was very informative and was telling jokes that made the hike more bearable 128517. Since all of us are girls, he helped us in going up on some parts of the hike. We went through rice fields, mini rivers and other rocky areas along the trail. Before reaching the falls, we stopped by a cliff diving area. Kuya told us that there are 3 diving spots (5ft, 10ft and 15ft). There is a mini sari-sari store near the cliff which also offered life vest rental (Php 20). I was afraid and I have never cliff-dived before. But since I was already there and all of my friends were ready to try, I also jumped. Talk about peer pressure! Lol. Thanks to the pressure because I enjoyed it and went for another jump from the 10ft cliff. :)) 128513 After jumping, taking pictures and re-applying sun block, we continued our hike.

When we finally reached the falls, we rented a bamboo raft so we can experience the water therapy thing that they recommended. We paid 150 (as a group) for the raft. The falls was beautiful! It was worth the sweat. The water therapy was a very nice experience! It was a free and all-natural massage from nature. Very therapeutic! We stayed under the falls for a while. After that, we took our snacks at the nearby sari-sari store and had another 1 hour hike going back.

Some tips:
1. Wear sturdy shoes. I wore aqua shoes and had no regrets
2. Bring water!! There are some stores along the trail but it’s better to have your own.
3. Sun-block. Super jinet, this is a must!
4. Don’t mind the long trek, the view at the end is worth it

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Nicole S.
5.0 Stars

I hate climbing mountains but I really love falls!

This place was 1 hour away by car from San Juan La Union.

There are two ways to get to the falls a 2 Hour trek or a 1 hour car ride + 20 min trek, of course we opted for the 20 min trek.

When you get to the parking area there is a little house where you can ask for a tour guide, there is no fixed rate and you pay him as you please from there you will pass through trees, fields, and pretty steep steps to get to falls.

There are 2 layers to the falls both of where you can jump off into the water. You can also rent a raft at P150 to take photos in the middle of the water. For people who cannot swim you may also rent life jackets P20 if I recall correctly.

Definitely try to visit it when you are in the area!

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Josette P.
5.0 Stars

Tangadan Falls is definitely one of the places one must visit when in La Union. It is located the next town after San Juan which is San Gabriel. The trek is around an hour to an hour and half depending on your pace. The trek is a series of rocky climbs, stream crossing and some steep ups and downs. It an be pretty dusty right now and for sure muddy on rainy season. Thirty minutes before reaching the falls you'll encounter the cliff area. The cliff area is where people can jump and jump all they want. One can choose to jump either from 5, 10 or 20ft. You can choose to rent a life vest at 50php. Your guide will assist you all the way. It will amaze you how the rock formations are in that area. The rocks are slanted, and of different forms. It is really an amazing work of nature. There are lots of sari-sari store around the area too and it's not really pricey compare to the other mountains or falls that is commonly trek by people. The halo-halo and ice candy are really good beat-that-summer-heat food. Ice candy is just Php 8 while the halo-halo is Php 20. The falls is majestic. We rode this balsa and paid Php 200 for it since we're 8, that is considerably cheap. Right beneath the falls will give you the ultimate experience. No need to jump, dive or anything. Just stay there, enjoy the cold water that will give you a nice water therapy massage. It sure feels good! Really great actually! You have to experience it. We were there for like 30-45 minutes and it was really fun. We had to trek back for another hour back to where we start.

Our guide is Kuya Jericho and he is the best you could dare to ask. He's funny, kind, and he has probably anything you might need. He has with him a first aid kit, and he even has tools to fix your slippers in case it broke down which happened to me. Thank God he's with us or else I probably bought another pair. He even helped me when I slipped accidentally and I almost fell down from a cliff. Imagine the rush from that. His number is, (0930) 184 9976. Had his permission to post his number. He's quite a good photographer too. So yeah, highly recommended!!

Breakdown of expense:
Php 300 per person for tricycle to San Gabriel (start point of trek - back and forth)
Php 75 per person tip to Kuya Jericho (our own initiative cause he's such a big help to us)
Php 25 per person for the balsa rental

Be sure to check this place when in La Union!

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Luisa E.
4.0 Stars

It was so nice here, a bit crowded but manageable. It's really deep and the water's nice and cool to be dipped in the really hot weather.

There are little bamboo hut stations for rent and floaters because it can be very exhausting to swim in due to the falls strong current.

Our jeep fr. San Juan to San Gabriel cost php10 but the jeep going back was php15. I think we were charged wrong the in the 1st trip.
Tricycle to the motor ride php30
Our motorcycle ride cost 300 back and forth and he also lead us to the falls.

It's so fun to ride the motorcycle in the province!
Pic -- © Patsy C

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Patsy C.
4.0 Stars

I have finally returned to Tangadan after almost 2 years.

Though I must admit, it was a challenge to commute here. From San Juan, we took a jeep to San Gabriel, this took about 20 mins and got off near the San Gabriel jeep terminal.

From there we asked a trike driver to take us to the start of the trail to Tangadan, instead he brought us to the terminal where the motor taxis were. He recommend that we take those instead to get to the easier trail.

We took his advice and Luisa E and I got on the motor. It was our first time to do habal habal, kaya adventure. Haha. Anyway the trip on the motor took about 20 mins.

Thankfully the driver was nice enough to be our guide to the falls. The trek only took 15 mins.

Tangadan is a far cry from when I last went here. There are now kubos you can rent out and well, now it is more accessible to the public.

The local tourism government doesn't charge anu environmental fee, so all you have to do is register.

Tangadan still looks so beautiful, I just hope that it continues to be taken care off.

How much did the transpo cost? (Per person)
Jeep to San Gabriel and back to San Juan- P15
Motor taxi-P200

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Roy T.
5.0 Stars

Our trip and experience at Tangadan falls is definitely one of the highlights of our short vacation in San Juan, La Union last October. 128077🏻

La Union is famous for its waves, thus many surfers and surfer wannabes, like us, come to visit the place for the experience. Because of this, many miss experiencing the so called La Union's best-kept-secret, the majestic view in Tangadan Falls.

The falls is around ~45 minutes jeepney ride and approximately an hour trek from the drop off point. You can choose to bring your car and leave it at that point. We got our guides from our hotel and paid 400 pesos for the whole tour package.

It was one fun adventure! You'll have to do some trekking, cross a river that has strong current, walk through ~2 meter wooden planks to cross the gap in a dam, balance your way through narrow passages well enough not to fall to the rocky river with fast current 128563128517, step your way through some muddy ground careful not to step on animal dung 128514, squeeze through twigs, branches, and bamboos to get to the other side of the forest, etc. they were all challenging but we enjoyed it (unlike our Daraitan experience haha!) halfway through the trek, you may do cliff diving at either 20 feet or 10 feet elevation. Sad we were not able to do so since we lacked time.

Just when our feet started to feel sore, we arrived and got awestruck by the beauty of Tangadan Falls!! 128557128525 it was discovered just late last year and not much tourist have been there since more spend all their time to surfing. It's a loss if you're in San Juan and you didn't visit this place!

When at the falls, after all the picture taking, you can rent a 'balsa' or bamboo boat to go near the falls. Some of my friends tried staying at the foot of the falls to feel the pressure from the water dropping straight on them. You can also dip your body on the clear, clean, cool water as long as you hold on the balsa because you may get carried by the current to far away places 🤐🤐

Our swimming (or water dipping) got cut short because we were running out of time. It was sun down already so we had to hurry. We started a bit late.. So we had to bid the view goodbye and started our trek back to the drop-off point.

And yes, inabot kami ng dilim. Something we never expected and added challenge to out trip times 100! 128555128514128514 to make the long story short, we took time, used teamwork to share lights from our phones (around 4 ONLY), and eventually reached our destination. whew! 128517128517

What a memorable experience with friends!!

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Ron M.
5.0 Stars

If you simply look at the photo you would just appreciate this for its picturesque view, taking a photo is effortless, getting there was ultimate challenge.

We travelled to La Union from 12mn til 6am, given a sleepless travel we still went straight to where the initial start of our hike together with some of the locals here, it took us two hours of exhaustion, pain, and fear, but despite all odds we were able to reach our destination and upon seeing the falls bad vibes were suddenly drained from us, this really made our trip a memorable one


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Angel S.
5.0 Stars

Instead of going to Pugad Adventure we ended up in the best-kept secret of La Union the "Tangadan Falls" in San Gabriel–a 30 minute ride plus an hour’s hike (from San Juan). Before heading to the mother falls, you can stop for a while into their cliff diving spot. You are "brave enough" to take the challenge.

Tangadan Falls is a majestic and unquestionably unvarnished by Mankind. Now I can say that La Union is definitely more than just a surfing spot.

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Jomar L.
4.0 Stars

The trek is about 2 hours. It was my first falls that i've visited in La Union. The view was nice and beautiful. The downside is that the place is starting to get crowded,due to mismanagement of the area. Hopefully I'll check it again early next year!! 128536

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Roegan T.
5.0 Stars

Located in San Gabriel, it's considered as one of La Union's best kept secret. Tourists often get excited about surfing in San Juan that they overlook the province's other tourist attractions. 128586

Tangadan Falls is about 45 min. away from San Juan. You have a choice of whether to rent a jeepney, ride a tricycle, or bring your own car. Given that it was our first time, we were too scared to bring our car because of the stuff that we saw on other people's blogs such as unpaved roads, etc.

We decided to rent 2 tricycles. We were charged 550 per tricycle. Pretty expensive but we had no other choice but to take it.

My smart self decided to ride behind the driver so my feet got tortured by the scorching sun for 45 min. 9728

And the things that other people say about its inaccessbility -- inaccurate. The road was paved. You can also leave your car in one of the jump-off sites and ask locals to keep an eye of your car. 128064 128665

Our tricycle driver then recommended a tour guide to us. The guide charged us P100 each and he looked capable so we said yes. 128104

We then walked inside the forest for about 30 min. Manong guide said it usually takes tourists an hour to get to Tangadan Falls. Together with my competitve friends, we almost did a trail run to get to the falls as fast as possible. Rest was for the dead. 128128

Getting there was actually pretty easy. It involves a couple of river-crossing (nothing to get worried about). However, I highly recommend wearing hiking sandals / or even trekking shoes. 128094

My smart self decided to wear flip flops that day. The result? My foot sliding in and out of the flip flops -- making it hard to walk/run faster. I got so pissed that in some parts of the trail, I decided to walk barefoot. 128099

After a couple of more barefoot walking, we finally reached the falls. Before going down to the tourist area, you'll be asked to sign in a logbook. Caretakers say it helps them keep track of the tourists. 128210

After signing, we went straight to the falls and looked for a rest spot. There were only 2 cottages so we decided to just sit on a big boulder. 127745

The water is about 25 ft. deep, making it perfect for cliff diving. However, the jump is about 40 ft. high (maybe even higher). I chickened out because I still wanted to live and enjoy at least 60 more years of my life. 128584

So we decided to jump from the boulder we were sitting on instead. 128514

But what really worries me about cliff diving here is that the cliff has a "belly". So you really have to run AND jump to avoid hitting the belly. But if you jump too far, you might hit one of the boulders at the bottom.

You can also rent a "balsa" to go to the foot of the waterfall. It costs 20 pesos for each person. It was worth it since we had a great time jumping in and out of the water and then climb up the balsa to save our assess from drowning. 128514

Make sure to include Tangadan Falls in your itinerary. You won't regret it! 128076

PS - there are stores in different rest stops. No need to carry lots of water with you when you go to the falls. 128077

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Mikmik S.
5.0 Stars

For adrenaline rush travelers! Cliff diving is a must! Be sure to bring lots of water if you want to trek here. There's a balsa rental on the falls for Php20 per head. Wear comfortable footwear.

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Lady L.
5.0 Stars

More than an hour of trekking, but this view is really worth it.

Aside from the falls, you could also cliff jump and sobrang solid yung feeling! 128588 Hahaha.
Must try when you're in La Union!

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Steffhanie S.
3.0 Stars

They say that hard work really pays off. After an hour or so of an almost deadly trekking, this sight shall welcome you.

Weekends are jampacked with loads of visitors so better go there early. 128075

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Patsy C.
5.0 Stars

This is one of the hidden treasures in La Union.

The Tangadan falls is located in the municipality of San Gabriel.

From the office of San Gabriel we took a 40 min. jeep ride to the starting point of the hike to the falls.

The ride was literally full of twists and turns, it was like we were going up to Baguio. After the jeep ride there will be a 30 min. hike.

The hike is not for the faint of heart as it is a bit muddy and very steep and i kind of got a bruise...ok not kind of, i got a big bruise because i was so clumsy. 128517

But walang sarap kung walang hirap diba? Lol.

Right when we got to the falls I instantly knew it was worth it.

The locals say it looks like a white veil covers the rocks and that's how it really looks like, a beautiful white veil flows over the the rocks.

You can get to swim as long as the current isn't strong and the water is sooo refreshing. Some parts are really dip so be careful.

The climb back up to the jeep was the tiring part, but i really did know that this whole hike was worth it.

If you guys are interested you can contact the tourism office of San Gabriel through facebook or landline. They will charge you per person, not sure how much. But that includes a guide, the jeep and food and drinks.

BTW the tourism office has a project wherein any visitor to San Gabriel from June 15-Oct 15 has to plant a tree127793127795

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Lea A.
5.0 Stars

If you ever get tired or bored of surfing in San Juan, Tangadan Falls is a nice place to go to. It's just 20 minutes away from San Juan via tricycle. Not too far right!? Only catch is you have to trek or walk or hike or run or crawl or whatever you wanna call it to reach this gem of a place. Lol! Don't worry if you're not athletic coz the trail is fairly easy, naka-tsinelas nga lang mga pumupunta dun! Just bring an umbrella when you can kasi ang inet! Wala masyado lilim sa daanan.

Aside from the main falls, there's this cliff where you can cliff jump. Of course we can not not jump. Sayang naman ang punta dun kung hindi tatalon di ba!? Ang tanong gano ako katagal bago tumalon? I can't even remember! Hahahaha! Muntik na ko abutan ng pasko dun eh! Chos! Eto na lang, kinailangan ako sabayan ni kuya guide sa pagtalon. Ganun ako kinabog nun araw na yun! I don't know why! 128575 Yung feeling na gusto ng utak ko pero yung katawan ko umaayaw pag nandun na. Ang wild! 128517128549

Malou T, my cousin who's less adventurous than me jumped 3 effin times tapos ako isa lang, may bodyguard pa! Baket!? Hahahaha! 128518128514

Okay, so from that cliff it'll just be another 15 minutes of walking to get to the big falls. Some hardcore daredevils did jump from there but we didn't chance upon any of them that day. Based on my estimate it was probably at least 4 floors high. Nakakaloka! Meron na daw na-tegi dun sabi ng guide. Lasing daw kasi 128555 Takutin ba kami!? Pero even without knowing that story, I still won't jump noh!

Aside from swimming you may also have a little picnic here. We saw some locals having lunch & inuman sessions. Eh kami hindi handa kaya nganga! Swimming na lang ang drama namin 127946

I'd like to go back here some time just to be able to jump off the cliff on my own. Wala ng isip-isip basta talon na lang! Ehehehehe!

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