Primarily one of the reasons why tourists go to Pagsanjan is because they simply want to visit the Pagsanjan Falls. I just recently learned that the renowned Pagsanjan Falls is actually located in Cavinti town and not really in Pagsanjan. There was quite a confusion when we got there but we just counted it as part of the experience.
Pagsanjan Falls is just one of the beautiful places in the Philippines. One can ride a boat that can take approximately in less than an hour in addition to riding a bamboo raft that can take you directly to the magnificent waterfalls which is undeniably one of the wonderful experiences one can simply get.
I had learned about Pagsanjan Falls since grade school because it’s being taught at school. Obviously, it was introduced to us during our Geography and Social Studies class, aside from the fact that it’s mentioned on our textbooks it was also part of our written and oral exams about landmarks and attractions in the Philippines. Since then, I had wished the stunning images of the Pagsanjan Falls which I only read on text books and postcards would eventually happen later on.
I previously read some blog articles about the joy of canoeing, a thrilling activity in the town of Cavinti which I thought was really interesting. I also learned that one of the best experiences here is “Shooting the Rapids” that means a river adventure experience [think about a roller coaster ride] in the water. The passengers will get to experience the different kind of high when their native canoes wind through boulders and screaming downstream speeding up like a bullet train.
ENROUTE TO PAGSANJAN FALLS
The tour started at Pueblo El Salvador Eco Park in Tibatib, Cavinti. The entrance fee costs Php270.00. Our journey to Pagsanjan Falls began with almost an hour of trek, an hour trek for us because obviously the path that leads you to Pagsanjan Falls includes an incredible and long arduous journey with more than 672 steel steps. Saya diba?
Pagsanjan Falls may not be the biggest waterfall I have come across with. It’s not the prettiest waterfall I have seen in the Philippines but I would like to think that it was gorgeous waterfall too. A lot of tourists gather around to take pictures so it’s a must to take advantage of any open space when there’s no one around.
One will definitely enjoy the Pagsanjan Waterfalls because I did. It may not have the grandeur of other popular waterfalls in the Philipines like Tinuy-an Falls in Surigao, Tinago Falls and Maria Cristina Falls in Iligan City and Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel in Davao Oriental but Pagsanjan Falls is still beautiful it its own right.
Another Waterfall I scored this year, an unexpectedly amazing adventure with fellow travel bloggers. One thing I must admit is we did take many pictures as we can like all other tourists.
You’ll hear the water before you see it; it’s an exhilarating sound. Although I love the exhilarating sound of it, the sound of the water falling the 300 meter high cliff was really nerve racking. A mixture of excitement, nervousness and surprises. All I can remember was the scream of the people on board then while I was screaming a huge volume of water hit me. Tama ba ko Pao?
[Photo Courtesy of Richard Ace De Leon] Standing from left to right: Ace, Jeffrey, Xhander, Chino and Glen. Sitting from left to right: Yaj and Pao.
Pagsanjan Falls is also known as Magdapio Falls — and is located in the hilly and mountainous town of Cavinti, not in Pagsanjan. On February 10, 2009, the proposal of the town of Cavinti was submitted to the Sangguniang Bayan (legislature of municipalities in the Philippines) to rename the falls to Cavinti Falls.
The water was indeed cold. I was having a difficult time breathing and seeing things with the water falling directly on us. Quite painful at some point nevertheless it was an experience to remember. We stayed under the Waterfalls for like 10 minutes and already had enough.
PAGSANJAN FALLS Budget and Itinerary
7:00AM – Assembly Time (McDonalds Buendia corner Taft)
7:30AM – ETD Manila – Sta. Cruz (Php140.00)
9:30AM – ETA Sta. Cruz then Jeep to Cavinti (45mins Php20.00)
10:15 – ETA Cavinti (El Salvador)
10:30AM – Lunch or Start Trek. Trek is 40-60mins
11:30PM – 1:00PM – Swim, pictures and a lot more
1:00PM – Ascend
2:00PM – Cavinti to Sta. Cruz (Php20.00)
2:30PM – Sta. Cruz – Manila (Php140.00)
5:00PM – ETA
Buendia – Sta. Cruz = Php140.00 via DLTB Bus
Sta. Cruz – Cavinti = Php20.00
Cavinti – Sta. Cruz = Php20.00
Sta. Cruz – Buendia = Php140.00
Entrance/Environmental Fee/TourismFee = Php270.00
Guide Fee= Php80.00
Food we bought from the city center (lunch) = Php100.00
TOTAL = Php770.00
PAGSANJAN SMART TIPS
1. Bring water bottles and snack.
2. Pack lite
3. Take a lot of pictures and share the experience.
4. Take a picture of the historic town gate which was built in 1878-1880 [Calle Arco]
5. Hire a canoe from any of the numerous resorts along the river to experience a different kind of high.
6. Visit Aleng Taleng’s Halo-halo [049-501-7861]
Note: There’s an issue between the local tourism office of Pagsanjan and Cavinti Town. We were never allowed to hire/take a boat ride because we took the other path ( Cavinti Route) How unfortunate could that be. Please contact Ramon R. Cabella, Cavinti City tourism staff at 09997445561 if you need assistance.