For today’s adventure, I’m going to introduce to you one of Balilihan’s premier attractions, the Camugao Falls. Read here to know more about the municipality of Balilihan.
The Camugao Falls is situated at Barangay San Isidro in the municipality of Balilihan, which is about 22 kilometers from Tagbilaran City. This hidden gem has a beautiful backdrop of green and lush vegetation with lots of ferns and other tropical plants. The water cascades into a basin forming a natural pool where people can bathe and refresh themselves. But before you see this wonderful gem, one has to go thru a very slippery, mossy and rocky trail which is a challenge for climbers and trekkers.
HOW TO REACH CAMUGAO FALLS?
- The first step is get to the Cogon Jeepney/Bus Terminal. If you’re not a local and you don’t know how to get there, it is advisable to ride a tricycle. Taxi isn’t that popular in Bohol, but a tricycle can perfectly bring you to your destination, which is actually cheaper with only Php8 per person.
- When you get there, you need to ride a jeepney that is bound to Balilihan. To make sure you are in the right jeepney, ask the driver or the jeepney conductor. The fare would be approximately Php20 (+-)
- You need to drop off at Balilihan’s market place and in there you need to ask some motorbike drivers if they can take you to Camugao Falls (If you’re lucky enough, they can also be your guide on trekking to the falls). The ride to Camugao Falls is approximately 30 minutes.
If you prefer to go to Camugao Falls via driving on a motorbike, you need to turn right at a curb leading to San Isidro Elementary School. As you can see on the image below, the sign leading to the said school is somewhat small so I recommend you to be alert. It’s a rough road that will greet you once you proceed to San Isidro so please drive slowly.
- If you commissioned a motorbike driver to take you to the Camugao Falls, then that’s perfect because he will drop you to the place where you will start to trek to reach the falls. (Make sure to commission the driver to fetch you back because there’s no available motorbike drivers in that place)
If you are driving a motorbike, you need to stop on a small bridge just after the San Isidro Elementary School. There’s a small nipa hut there that you can park your motorbike for free.
- The trail to the Camugao Falls is really tricky. Good thing when we get there, we we’re able to meet a local and guided us on how to get there. So for a first timer, I would also recommend that you ask some local for some guidance because if you get there yourself, I’m afraid you’ll be lost. It will take you 15-30 minutes trekking. Just a little advice, wear comfortable footwear because the trail isn’t as easy compared to Mag-aso Falls.
Camugao Falls is truly a hidden gem. It’s far from civilization that even the way to get there isn’t that easy and will really take a great effort. I hope in the near future, it will be developed and would be much accessible to other tourists.
See more of our photos through our Flickr account.
As a teaser, I’ve prepared a short video of the Camugao Falls below. Oh those soothing sound, it makes me wanna go back there.
- There are no cottages at the place so bringing a small mat or blanket with you would be ideal. Bringing umbrella would be perfect too, because when we get there, we almost burn to death because of the scorching hot weather, good thing the water is ice cool and refreshing.
- There’s also no food stalls nearby so if you are planning to stay there for quite a long time, I suggest you bring your own food.
- There’s also no CR or dressing room in there, so the only way you could change clothes is through the trees and thick shrubberies.
- And lastly, I really discourage going there during summer because as you can see above, the water falls isn’t that pouring a lot of water. You’ll appreciate it more during ber months or during January to February.
- Place: Camugao Falls
- Location: San Isidro, Balilihan, Bohol
- Guide fee: (if there’s any) Php50 (or you can decide how much to give)
- Date of trip: March, 2016