The Waterfalls of Laguna: Hulugan and Pagsanjan (Cavinti)

Outdoor Activities in Philippines
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Tour description

Hike through rainforests, rappel down a gorge and canoe through rapids to see some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Philippines. Private transportation from Manila included.

You get picked up at your hotel at 6AM and drive 3 hours to Luisiana, home of Hulugan Falls. From the trailhead it is a 30 minute hike to Talay Falls, the first of three waterfalls in the area. This is the smallest of the falls that you visit and has the calmest water, making it an ideal place to take a dip. Just above Talay is Hidden Falls and you do a 10 minute scramble up a steep route over rocks to find it. From Hidden Falls it is a 30 minute hike across streams and down steep trails to Hulugan Falls. When your eyes and hearts have had their fill you hike back to the trailhead, closing the loop in about 30 minutes. You then have lunch at a local eatery.After lunch you drive 30 minutes to the trailhead of Pagsanjan Falls in Cavinti. You walk about 10 minutes down a trail then arrive at a metal walkway suspended above the forest floor. Here you put on harnesses and use a rope to lower down a vertical section. You make your way down the gorge using the metal walkway and lower twice more with a rope. Getting to the falls at the bottom of the gorge takes about an hour.Pagsanjan Falls is about 30 meters (100 feet) away from shore and you get on a bamboo raft to approach it. You go behind the falling water into a recess in the rock wall where you can appreciate the power of the cascade up close and safely take a dip at the same time.After experiencing the falls you get on a dugout canoe and float downriver through the scenic gorge. This is a ride like no other, with your skillful boatmen navigating shallow sections and rapids by jumping out of the canoe and pushing off rocks with their feet.Your vehicle awaits at the end of the canoe ride and you get back to Manila at around 7PM.

What's included

  • Private transportation.
  • All fees associated with the specified activities.
  • Guiding service.
  • Group tour open to other travelers

What's not included

  • Meals. Your guide will bring you to places where you can have breakfast and lunch.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips to restaurant waiters, local guides, etc. are not expected but appreciated.