Philippines is undoubtedly known for its serene and incomparablewhite sand beaches like the world famous seafronts of Boracay, Cebu, El Nido, Bohol, and countless more. However, this country of beautiful smiles and hospitable people has way more natural wonders to offer, as it is also rich in one of the most fascinating bodies of water—the waterfalls.
Visiting a waterfall is probably the most relaxing and, at the same time, fulfilling kind of nature tripping. The sound of the water, from above crashing down below, is not only the best takeaway in the entire experience but the visually stunning greens surrounding it as well.
Here are some of the Philippines’ best-kept secret waterfalls:
16 Waterfalls In The Philippines That Will Take Your Breath Away
1. Buruwisan Falls, Laguna
This almost vertically perfect waterfall in Siniloan, Laguna, standing 55-meters in height. Its walls are beautifully covered with vivid greens including jaw dropping vines, which you could probably hold onto to take you from one side to another. This could be the perfect family getaway to those who live in the metro as it is very accessible and cheap. The great spread of emerald-green waters at the foot of the waterfalls will also entice you for a quick dip.
2. Kawasan Falls, Cebu
A popular nature tripping stopover to most Cebuanos, Kawasan Falls is a couple-hour drive down south from the bustling city of Cebu. It might not be as wide and tall as the other waterfalls in the country, but it boasts its turquoise pool of water which is an amazing contrast to its background. It has multiple distinctly beautiful cascades with a maximum height of 40 meters. Family and barkadas can rent rafts to cruise across the pools or towards the cascades. Its undeniable beauty even landed on the pages of the “Travel + Leisure” magazine.
3. Balagbag Falls, Quezon
Balagbag Falls of Real, Quezon looks simple and humble. But what travelers love the most about this spot is the entire experience of getting there. Why? Well, it just happens to be located in the middle of a dense forest in which trekkers love to explore. It graces two tiers, with the highest drop of 15 meters. It has a shallow pool at the first level and a deeper one at the second level. Have you heard of the popular saying that goes, “At the end of the rainbow is a pot of gold?” Well, Balabag Falls is like a pot of gold waiting to be discovered by only those who genuinely seek an unparalleled adventure.
4. Can-Umantad Falls, Bohol
Are you on the process of finalizing your itinerary for your next Bohol trip? Then, you must not leave behind Can-Umantad Falls in your list. This three tiered waterfalls is about 45 meters high. It starts with a grandiose thick sheet of water crashing down to a deep ravine and a cliff. The second and third levels follow the trail of a stream. Bohol has more to offer than what most travel brochures could feature, so go ahead and visit the likes of Can-Umantad Falls!
5. Kaangrian Falls, Ilocos Norte
Kaangrian Falls in Burgos, Ilocos Norte is a divine sight, and truly one of the most eye-catching waterfalls in the archipelago. Its water flows over a number of naturally and delicately designed patches of big boulders. Its small multiple levels and shallow drops are something to gasp about. If you want to witness the finest sight of this intricate beauty, it is best to stop by from October to December.
6. Cambugahay Falls, Siquijor
Siquijor, the island of fire in the country, possesses a majestic waterfall tucked in the town of Lazi. It may not stand out in terms of width and height, but its beauty shines because of its deep pools and its trail’s astonish stretch. You can choose which of the numerous pools you could dip in. Shallow, deep, wide—you name it! The flow stretches to the lagoons and then the Lazi bay.
7. Dodiongan Falls, Lanao del Norte
If viewed from afar, you might think that the huge slab of rock, above the pool of water, has a natural clump of varied bright white streaks. Stare at it up close and you’ll be surprised that this archangel wings-like view is a waterfall. Standing valiantly with 20 meters of height, Dodiongan Falls in Iligan, Lanao del Norte is a sight to behold.
8. Casaroro Falls, Negros Oriental
The mountainous town of Valencia in Negros Oriental boasts a few grand sights, this include the ever majestic Casaroro Falls. Once you stand in the middle of Casaroro’s mouth, you’ll see an image of a singular powerful plunge of water in the center, semi-enclosed by what seems to be a wider ravine. The walls are thickly covered with green. The boulders below also add to the dramatic flow of the water. It is 30 meters tall.
9. Tumalog Falls, Cebu
Still found in the southern part of Cebu, Tumalog Falls graces a unique sight. At the edge what seems to be a part of a massif, thin sheets of water flow delicately through unusual rock formations which look like multiple umbrellas. That’s why when you go under these formations, you can’t help but reminisce the times when you were playing under the rain. This trip can be a good prelude or postlude to whale shark-watching which is still found in the same town of Cebu called Oslob.
10. Katibawasan Falls, Camiguin
The island of Camiguin is one of Northern Mindanao’s tourist hubs. It is mostly known for its active volcano, Mt. Hibok-Hibok. But at the foot of another famous mountain, Mt. Timpoong, stands the mesmerizing slim yet tall single powerful plunge of water which measures 76 meters in height. It is a locally-known tourist attraction, which is why trekkers, hikers, or any ordinary visitors can easily cook and eat meals in the area as it has cooking facilities on standby.
11. Maria Cristina Falls, Lanao del Norte
Aside from the uniqueness of Dodiongan Falls, another one-of-a-kind waterfall in Iligian, Lanao del Norte boasts a different power—a literal one. Although its cascades are divided into two, most of the time, it looks like a single drop of water because of its incredibly powerful force. That is why it is tapped with a hydroelectric plant to harness the fall’s power as an energy source. Once you hear the roaring sound of the surge of water, you cannot help but gasp in disbelief. Unfortunately, “with great power comes with great responsibility.” Travelers cannot come close or swim in its pool.
12. 7 Falls, South Cotabato
In Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, you will find not one, not two, but seven interconnected waterfalls in just a single trail. However, if you follow the trail by foot, you can only get to the first five of the waterfalls. Don’t worry, though. Since it has been a popular tourist spot in the region, you can still get the chance to view the remaining two by flying—using a zipline. You can choose to trek or fly but either way it is a fun-filled adventure.
13. Tinuy-an Falls, Surigao del Sur
Dubbed as the Niagara Falls of the Philippines, Tinuy-an’s three-tier cascade can instantly impel any nature-lover’s soul into a trance. The sight of it would just blur the noise and the people around you. Even the thought of dipping one’s toe in its waters would feel like a violation of its beauty. You can cruise around the pool, even up to the foot of the cascade, via a bamboo raft. They say when you successfully cruise under the biggest cascade and lift your head up high; the sight of a 95-meter wide water pouring down above you is probably the sight of heaven.
14. Asik-Asik Falls, North Cotabato
Asik-Asik Falls is one of those waterfalls and natural wonders you would want to write on your bucket list. It has that Avatar-esque atmosphere you wish you could not escape from. There is just so much beauty in the delicate-looking thin strings of water flowing through the vine-embellished rocky mountain walls. It spans up to 130 meters of width with a maximum cascade of 25 meters. Asik-Asik is speculated to have been created from the uprooted trees on the mountainside, which resulted to the cracks where the water now flows out.
15. Walang Langit Falls, Oriental Mindoro
“Walang Langit” literally means “no sky.” The reason behind this waterfall’s name is its location. You have to go through a deep and very narrow ravine before reaching the serene beauty of its humble waterfall. It almost looks like it is cave-enclosed with only a small opening at the ceiling, enough for an ample sunlight to pass through. One of the most underrated waterfalls in the Philippines, this mesmerizing natural wonder is definitely not your usual waterfall in the country.
16. Pagsanjan Falls, Laguna
Pagsanjan Falls is arguably the most prominent waterfall in the Philippines as it has the oldest written account, dating back to the Spanish Colonial Era. It is frequently visited by foreign and local tourists because of its National Park status in the region. It is mostly accessed through a boat ride which makes the journey of getting there even more unique. Its longest drop is 120 meters in height which flows through the equally famous Pagsanjan River.
Are you travelling somewhere near these majestic waterfalls? Don’t forget to drop by and witness the magic yourself. I’m sure you won’t regret it.