Cambugahay Falls is arguably the best waterfall on Siquijor Island that is most famous for its tiered levels, strikingly blue water, and freshwater cascades, all of which are surrounded by lush rainforest.
I have put together this complete guide to Cambugahay Falls Siquijor including how to get there, how much it costs, and what to expect when you arrive at this epic tourist spot.
Note: Unfortunately, when I visited these falls the water inside the natural pool was brown, dirty, and not that attractive due to heavy rains the night before. I apologize in advance for some of the images in this post that doesn’t show the true beauty of these falls but I give thanks to some friends of mine for providing some images of their own.
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WHERE IS CAMBUGAHAY FALLS?
Cambugahay Falls is located in Lazi on Siquijor Island.
From the main tourist area of San Juan, it’s approximately a 30-minute drive to reach the falls.
HOW TO GET HERE
There’s a couple of options when searching for how to get to Cambugahay Falls in Siquijor, and they are by scooter, habal habal, or tricycle.
You can rent a scooter in Siquijor for as little as 250 pesos per day and make your own way over to Cambugahay Waterfalls.
When you arrive in Siquijor by ferry, you’ll find that there are half a dozen scooter rental stores located at the ferry terminal which is super convenient. You can pick up a set of wheels for the time you plan to spend on Siquijor Island.
If you are not confident driving a scooter, the other option is to hail down a tricycle or habal habal (motorbike taxi) along the main road in Paliton and get a ride to the falls. The cost depends on how good your bartering skills are, though for a 30-minute drive you can expect to pay around 150-200 pesos.
Photos by: Jonas Hornehoj
CAMBUGAHAY FALLS ENTRANCE FEE
The entrance fee is 20 pesos and also a parking fee which is by donation only.
To use the rope swings and rubber tubes down at the falls, the cost is an additional 50 pesos.
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Bamboo bridges at the falls
ARRIVING AT THE FALLS
When you arrive at the Google maps pin location, you’ll see a small parking lot on the side of the road where you can safely park your scooter.
There is a small tour desk at the entrance to the falls where you’ll first have to pay the entrance fee and sign your name and nationality in a book before heading down the trailhead to this epic Siquijor waterfall.
From here, it takes no more than a two-minute walk down a set of concrete stairs to reach the lowest level of Cambugahay Waterfalls.
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The way down to the falls.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The first level of the falls features a large natural swimming hole and some man-made structures including rope swings, bamboo rafts, and a wide set of falls. It’s an adventurer’s playground!
Prior to visiting Siquijor, I had seen pictures of these falls on Instagram boasting turquoise blue waters and I have to say, I was a little disappointed when I didn’t get to experience its true beauty. But hey, that’s just mother nature.
On a nice day, it’s a great spot to hang out and go swimming under the falls to cool off. You can even rent a rubber ring for 50 pesos and go for a float around the natural pools.
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The falls on a nice day – Photo: A Break In A Journey
The falls on a not so nice day…
THINGS TO DO AT CAMBUGAHAY WATERFALL
Don’t end the adventure at the bottom pool as there are a few more levels of the falls to explore. Follow the jungle trail upstream to where you will find more freshwater swimming holes, flowing rock pools, and several cliff jumping spots.
You could easily spend a few hours at this section of the falls, jumping from pool to pool, and swinging from the tree swings.
Dozens of sheltered huts are available to rent around the perimeter of the cascades if you wish to set your belongings down away from the water’s edge. There are also some make-shift change rooms for visitors to use if need be.
If you have a drone, I highly recommend sending it up to capture the tiered cascades from above!
Photos by: Jonas Hornehoj
Natural swimming holes
WHERE TO STAY IN SIQUIJOR
Siquijor has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Aloha Seaside Resort
Aloha Seaside Resort is one of the best places to stay on the island which is located in the main tourist area of Paliton Beach, San Juan! Featuring a swimming pool, hot tub, restaurant, room service, tour desk, and free wifi. There are deluxe family rooms and deluxe bungalows available which are fitted with a flat-screen tv, free toiletries, private bathroom, sun terrace, seating area, large bed, and incredible ocean views! Continental, à la carte, English breakfast is included for all guests. Recommended place to stay for families, couples, and friends.
Mid Range: Glamping By The Beach
Glamping By The Beach is the most unique accommodation on the island! Epic tee-pee style tents situated under the palms on Paliton Beach is seriously hard to beat! Featuring free wifi, a bar, a garden, a private beach area, BBQ facilities, and a terrace. The luxury tents are fan-cooled and fitted with comfortable beds and power sockets. Simple but effective! Perfect place to stay for couples and friends.
Budget: JJS Backpackers Village
JJS Backpackers Village is the best budget accommodation on the island! Located on Paliton Beach in San Juan, this property features a restaurant, bar, shared lounge, gardens, and ocean views. There are twin rooms, double rooms, triple rooms, and dorms available which is suitable for solo travelers, couples, and friends. Continental breakfast is also available daily at this hostel.
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Another option for accommodation is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals.
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