Katibawasan Falls is the tallest waterfall on Camiguin Island that stands at a whopping 70 meters tall. This is one waterfall you definitely want to add to your list of things to see in Camiguin!
I have put together this complete guide of Katibawasan Falls in Camiguin including how to get there, how much it costs, and what to expect when you arrive.
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WHERE IS KATIBAWASAN FALLS?
Katibawasan Falls is located in Mambajao on Camiguin Island.
From the main tourist area of Mambajao, it’s approximately a 20-minute drive to reach the falls.
HOW TO GET HERE
The best way to get here is to rent a scooter in Mambajao and make your way over to the stunning Katibawasan Waterfall.
I rented my scooter from Camiguin All In One for 350 pesos per day with a full tank of gas. They have many scooters to choose from and they can also help you to organize round the island tours in Camiguin.
Alternatively, there are tricycles and jeepney options available to get around Camiguin Island. A 10-minute tricycle ride from Mambajao to Catarman will cost around 100 pesos, whereas the jeepney is only 40-50 pesos.
Exploring Camiguin by scooter
KATIBAWASAN FALLS ENTRANCE FEE
The Katibawasan Falls entrance fee is 50 pesos.
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Katibawasan Falls Camiguin
ARRIVING AT KATIBAWASAN FALLS
At the jump-off point, you will find a small ticket office where you will have to pay the entrance fee of 50 pesos before trekking down to the waterfall.
I say the word ‘trek’ lightly as it’s more of a walk along a clearly marked trail and down a set of concrete steps to reach the base of the falls. It takes no more than 5 minutes to walk from the jump-off point to the falls.
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The way down to the falls
WHAT TO EXPECT
Katibawasan Falls Camiguin is fed from the nearby Mt. Timpoong and the falls itself feature a narrow stream of water that flows effortlessly down a monolithic cliff-face and into a large catch basin below.
The shallow lagoon at the base of the falls is the perfect opportunity to cool off in the fresh, crystalline waters while marveling at the lush jungle surrounds.
Some sections around the catch basin are man-made but they have done their best to preserve the natural ambiance at this popular waterfall.
Apart from swimming in the lagoon and exploring the area around the falls, there isn’t much else to do. I recommend spending 30 minutes to 1 hour at these falls before continuing on to explore the rest of Camiguin Island.
At the entrance to the falls, there are a few small shops selling souvenirs, snacks, and drinks. If you do have some small change to buy something here, the money goes a long way to support the local communities in the area.
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Exploring the falls
Catch basin beneath the falls
WHERE TO STAY IN CAMIGUIN
Camiguin Island has countless 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: Bintana Sa Paraiso
I personally stayed at Bintana Sa Paraiso and can’t recommend this place enough! They have 2 properties, one is on the beachfront in Mambajao and the other is high in the mountains in Binunsarun. It’s currently one of the best 5-star accommodations in Camiguin featuring a restaurant, swimming pools, sea views, and mountain views! The rooms are modern and spacious with private bathrooms, air conditioning, flat-screen tv, and kitchenette. Breakfast is also included for all guests.
Mid Range: Tongatok Cliff Resort
Tongatok Cliff Resort is your second best pick for accommodation in Camiguin. Located on the cliffs overlooking Tongatok Bay, the resort features a restaurant, room service, bar, garden, terrace, and free wifi. The units are fitted with air conditioning, flat-screen tv, a private bathroom, a large patio, and ocean views! Breakfast is also included for guests.
Budget: Pabua’s Cottages
Pabua’s Cottages is the best budget accommodation in Camiguin. Featuring beautiful gardens, a shared kitchen, free wifi, and room service. The units are basic but perfect for a few night’s stay, featuring a seating area, flat-screen tv, large bed, air conditioning, and a private bathroom. Recommended for solo travelers, couples, and friends.
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