Camugao Falls is one of the best waterfalls in Bohol boasting sheer size and irresistible rock pools!
I visited these falls in September during the rainy season and the flow of water was raging. This is also low season in Bohol so there were no other tourists in sight.
I have put together this complete guide to Camugao Falls Bohol including how to get there, how much it costs, and what to expect when you arrive.
WHERE IS CAMUGAO FALLS?
Camugao Falls can be found in Balilihan on Bohol Island in the Philippines.
From the main tourist area of Panglao, it’s a 42km drive that takes around 1 hour to reach these falls.
HOW TO GET HERE
The best way to get to Camugao Falls in Balilihan is to rent a scooter from one of the many scooter rental stores dotted around Panglao. Scooter rentals are around 300 – 350 pesos per day with a full tank of gas.
Currently, there are no Bohol tours that I know of which include these falls on the itinerary so you will have to find your own way to this location.
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ARRIVING AT CAMUGAO FALLS
The road leading out to Camugao is unsealed and very crumbly in some areas so take it slow on the scooter to ensure you arrive safely.
There is a parking lot and information desk at the trailhead to the falls and the entrance fee is 25 pesos. An additional 20 pesos must be paid for parking also.
It’s no more than a ten to fifteen-minute hike to reach the bottom of the cliffs and to where the jungle trail emerges at the base of the falls.
There’s an epic viewpoint right before you start descending down the stairs where you can get the first glimpse of Camugao Waterfall from a top-down perspective. Be sure to stop here for a quick photo along the way.
The rocky stairs down the cliff are quite steep but manageable with the aid of bamboo handrails. A common entrance structure to most waterfalls in South East Asia.
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT CAMUGAO FALLS
Camugao Waterfall is surrounded by a towering curved cliff face that makes you feel as though you’ve just stepped inside an enormous amphitheater. To add to the ambiance, lush green plants and vines surround the canyon.
First things first, when I arrived I set down my belongings on the edge of the swimming hole and dived right into the natural-made pool to cool off. The water is that classic vibrant blue color that the Philippines is famous for and it was even more refreshing than I expected.
A number of huts and rest areas can be found around the edge of the swimming hole beneath the falls where you can perch up and marvel at the beautiful surroundings.
There are no food and drink options at this tourist spot so best to pack your own snacks and drinking water if you plan to spend some time at this epic Bohol tourist spot.
CLIFF JUMPING AT THE FALLS
There is also a large rock on the right-hand side of the basin where you can enjoy some cliff jumping into the natural pool.
The highest jump-off point on the rock is around 3 meters so nothing too wild but still a lot of fun!
I always like to make sure the landing is clear of debris and large rocks before doing any cliff jumping so I recommend you do the same.
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WHERE TO STAY IN BOHOL
Panglao Island in Bohol has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay in Panglao to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Donatela Hotel
Donatela Hotel is the best luxury accommodation on Panglao Island. The hotel offers a private beach area, swimming pool, restaurant, and pool bar. There is a garden villa, pool villa, family villa, and honeymoon villa available at Donatela Hotel. The rooms are air-conditioned featuring a balcony, flat-screen tv, dining area, tea/coffee maker, mini-bar, private bathroom, bathtub, and plunge pool. They can also help you to organize scuba diving, snorkeling, and other activities. Great for families, friends, and couples.
Mid Range: Conrada’s Place Hotel & Resort
Conrada’s Place is located 450m from Alona Beach on Panglao Island and it’s close to shops, restaurants, and other nearby tourist attractions. The accommodation features an outdoor pool, restaurant, snorkeling activities, and wellness spa. There are double rooms, deluxe rooms, family rooms and suites which have air-conditioning, free wifi and breakfast is included for all guests.
Budget: Bohol Coco Farm
Coco Farm is rated the best budget accommodation for a solo traveler. Enjoy a rustic experience with modern luxuries of free wifi and a restaurant. Great location close to beaches and other tourist spots. The rooms and fan-cooled with shared bathrooms and towels are included. There’s also a shared lounge with free coffee and a tour desk.
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY, SEE MY COMPLETE GUIDE ON WHERE TO STAY IN BOHOL.
BOOK A BOHOL TOUR
Another great way to see all of the best Bohol tourist spots is to book a Bohol Countryside & Panglao Highlights Tour.
This particular tour is the most top-rated tour in Bohol with hundreds of great reviews and thousands of bookings. I can’t recommend this amazing tour enough, especially for first-timers to Bohol!
The Bohol Tour includes the following:
- Chocolate Hills Bohol
- Bilar Manmade Forest
- Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary
- Loboc River Cruise with lunch
- Hinagdanan Cave
- Panglao Watchtower
- & much more
WHAT TO PACK FOR THE PHILIPPINES
When visiting the Philippines, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;
- Sunscreen – the Philippines sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
- Quick-dry travel towel – the most compact and lightweight towel for traveling.
- Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
- Backpack – The Nomatic 30L Travel Pack is the ultimate backpack for everyday adventures.
If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;
- GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
- Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
- DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.
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