Siquijor was our favourite island in the Philippines. Besides the beautiful beaches and other tourist spots in Siquijor, my favourite thing to do on the island was visiting Cambugahay Falls. Cambugahay Falls are stunning lagoon-style tiered falls with beautiful turquoise water, tucked away in a tropical valley. You can easily spend a few hours there and if you’re into swinging off ropes and jumping into the water, then this will be a true paradise for you.
About Cambugahay Falls
The Philippines may boast with a serious amount of amazing waterfalls, but Cambugahay Falls really takes the cake. After a scenic drive from San Juan area (where the majority of tourists stay), and a short walk down the stairs to the falls, you’ll see stunning lagoon-style tiered falls with beautiful turquoise water.
The falls are set in a beautiful tropical valley and it’s perfect for adventure and photography enthusiasts. If swinging off a rope isn’t your thing, then don’t forget your travel photography gear here – you can get some nice shots from above as well as from the ground.
How To Get To Cambugahay Falls
Cambugahay Falls is easily reached from San Juan tourist area in about 30 minutes. The easiest way to get there is by renting a motorbike through your accommodation. The roads in Siquijor are in great condition and there is very little traffic on the island in general. Once you arrive at the falls you’ll see a parking area, where you can park your motorbike for $0.20 USD. We were there just as they opened and haven’t been charged for the parking fee, though.
Siquijor had by far the best road we’ve experienced in the Philippines. So, if you want to practice your motorbike skills, this is the best place to do it!
Cambugahay Falls Entrance Fee + Activities
The entrance fee to Cambugahay Falls is free. However they do charge 10 PHP ($0.20) for the parking, 50 PHP ($1) to swing from one rope (unlimited swings) and 50 PHP ($1) to use one bamboo float. If you will want to use a swing or a bamboo float in the second tier of the falls, then you’ll have to pay another 50 PHP ($1) each.
The waterfall is open to the public between 7 am and 5.30 pm. On Sunday’s it’s open all day, but bear in mind weekends tend to be packed with local visitors.
Best Time to Visit Cambugahay Falls
The best time to visit Cambugahay Falls is right at the opening time at 7 am. We were among the first three couples there and it only took 30 minutes until the crowds started rolling in. We prefer these locations to be as empty as possible, so we can take some nice pictures for my Instagram account, however, if you don’t mind crowds, then you can come any time. Just know that you’ll have to wait a little longer to swing and use the bamboo float.