About 20 minutes South West from San Juan tourist area, lie Lugnason Falls. A small, yet stunning waterfall in Siquijor, which is set in a deep forest with amazing turquoise water. Siquijor Island has some amazing tourist spots and as far as waterfalls go Cambugahay Falls may be my favourite on the island, but this one is slightly more mystical. Because besides the falls, you will also have a unique opportunity to bathe in the fountain of youth. I know, intriguing right? Read more about it below!
About Lugnason Falls
Lugnason Falls is the most famous waterfall of the 12 waterfalls in the same location, called the Zodiac Falls. Depending on when you make it to the area you’ll be able to either visit all the waterfalls for a more adventure-filled visit, or just walk down the ‘easy’ path to reach Lugnason Falls. We aren’t too big on rope swings and seeing 12 waterfalls in a day, so we decided to just visit the most famous one.
And it will not disappoint! Of course, there is something here even for you adventure junkies, but if you just want to freshen up in the water, then here is really the perfect opportunity.
How To Get To Lugnason Falls
Lugnason Falls are located about 15 minutes from the San Juan tourist area and the road there is very accessible. 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 10 PHP or $0.20 USD. We arrived there about an hour before sunset though, so the locals who collect the money for the parking have already gone home.
Lugnason Falls Entrance Fee
The entrance fee to Lugnason Falls is free. However, they do charge 10 PHP ($0.20) for the parking. We arrived at the parking an hour before sunset didn’t need to pay the fee since the locals who collect the money have already gone home.
The waterfall is open to the public any time, but just make sure you don’t go when it’s too dark. The waterfall is located in a jungle and could be very dark and a bit dangerous to be stuck there without light.
Fountain of Youth
The Fountain of Youth by Lugnason Falls is as mystical as the tales of Siquijor Island. You won’t see any signs for it and the best way to find it is just by following the path. Once you arrive down the path from the parking lot, you’ll have Lugnason Falls on the left and the Fountain of Youth to the right. It will only take you a couple of minutes to walk down the path on the right and to arrive at this mystical place.
We saw a small shed, no people and a cow down there. Quite peculiar, if you ask me! The fountain is otherwise used for soaking, but we seemed to have arrived after a wild day and it was filled with bottles and trash. Just as we were leaving some locals cleaned it up a bit though. All in all, an interesting extra place to see during your time in Siquijor!
Best Time to Visit Lugnason Falls
The best time to visit Lugnason Falls is an hour before sunset. The crowds would have gone home and the locals tend to only be there in the heat of the day. We had the falls completely to ourselves and it was a really nice, peaceful experience.
For those of you who are slightly more of adrenaline junkies, arrive any time before that. The locals will show you how to use swing from the rope into the waterfall!
IMPORTANT: These waterfalls can be totally dry during the dry season (November to May). February can be particularly dry, so check with the hotel if it’s worth making the trip there if you are in the Philippines during this time.