It’s home to the soft and fluffy Puto Biñan, deliciously adorned with grated cheese, shredded salted egg, and condensed milk. It’s also called the Resort Province of the Philippines, with over 700 hot spring resorts dotting the area. It should be probably be given the name of Bargain Shopping Central of the country too because of all the outlet stores you’ll find!
As if that doesn’t make Laguna sound great enough already, it’s also the perfect place to go chasing waterfalls. Here, you’ll find gigantic ones that tower over you and others that are meek and gentle. Some require great feats of strength and endurance to get to while others are a cakewalk.
To help you explore the mystical waterfalls of Laguna, we’ve put together a little guide that includes some interesting facts about each one and how to get to them (they’re all just three to four hours away from Metro Manila!)
When you do visit these eight waterfalls, be a responsible guest and remember to respect the local environment! Stay on the public footpaths, never leave litter behind, bring your own water bottle, and try to come in smaller groups!
1. Aliw Falls
Aliw Falls is usually included in Laguna itineraries merely as a side trip after visiting the majestic Hulugan Falls. It may be a lot shorter at just sixty five feet, but its unique beauty deserves more credit! Its rocks and jagged edges create multiple tiers for the water to cascade on, giving it its distinct look. You can choose to climb to the top of the falls and marvel at the view or cliff dive from the rocks on the side!
To get to Aliw Falls, ride a bus to Sta. Cruz and then take jeepney en route to Lusiana. From there, take a tricycle to San Salvador where the trek starts. If you’re going via your own ride, take the Calamba exit on SLEX. Pass by Los Banos, Sta. Cruz, and Pagsanjan before arriving at San Salvador.
The trail to the falls shouldn’t be too much too difficult even for beginner climbers, with majority of the way being flat. The only trying part is the final descend where it could get slippery. But overall, it’s an easy thirty-minute trek!
Aliw Falls can be found at Luisiana, Laguna.
2. Bukal Falls
Bukal Falls, both a natural spring and a waterfall, is well-loved for its untouched surroundings despite the many tourists it attracts. Its water is a stunning crystal blue (some say it’s a mini version of Surigao’s Enchanted RIver) and it is framed by big, moss-covered boulders. There are two basins to swim in–one is fourteen feet deep (perfect for those who want to cliff dive) while the other is only five feet deep (a safer pool for those who aren’t too confident about their swimming skills).
To get to Bukal Falls, ride a bus bound for Sta. Cruz and get off at Pagsawitan. From there, ride a jeepney headed to Majayjay and then take a tricycle to Barangay Bukal. If you’re bringing your own car, take the Rizal-Tanay-Laguna route. You can either start the trek at Liliw or cross the bridge to Majayjay and begin there.
If you want to sweat it out, take the Liliw trail to Bukal Falls. It’s an hour and half trek that’s made up of both cemented and muddy paths. It’s advisable to have a guide for this route because there are a lot of forks along the way. But if you want to go easy on yourself, opt for the Majayjay route. It’s a straightforward, cemented path that’ll take you to the falls in thirty to forty five minutes.
Bukal Falls can be found at Bukal, Majayjay, Laguna.
3. Bunga Twin Falls
Bunga Twin Falls may not be gifted with great height but its charm lies in its two identical falls. Because what are the chances that two waterfalls that are carbon copies of each other would form side by side?! After you’re done marveling at nature’s wonderful work of art, you can try cliff diving from the top of the falls. It’s a 49-foot drop with a 32-foot deep basin waiting below you. Definitely one for the risk takers!
To get to Bunga Twin Falls, board a bus that’ll take you Sta. Cruz, Laguna. You then ride a jeepney to the town of Liliw and then another one to Nagcarlan. From the Nagcarlan market, hire a tricycle that’ll take you to the jumping-off going for the trek. If you have your own transportation, you can take SLEX and exit at Calamba. You then follow the road to Nagcarlan until you see the Bunga Twin Falls sign.
The trek (if you can even call it that) to Bunga Twin Falls is easy, especially if you compare it to what you have to go through with all the other waterfalls on the list. All you have to do is follow the straightforward path and you’ll be at the basin in around five to ten minutes!
Bunga Twin Falls can be found at Nagcarlan, Laguna.
4. Buntot Palos Falls
Hiding within the thick greenery of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, the locals of the area originally dubbed this one the Hidden Falls of Laguna. But somewhere along the way, its name got changed and it’s now known as the Buntot Palos Falls (translated as eel’s tail)! But no matter what it’s called, it has always been one of the grandest waterfalls in the country. From a heart-stopping height of 262 feet, the water gushes down to splash onto the rocks underneath before flowing out into its deep basin.
To get to Buntot Palos Falls, ride a bus to Sta. Cruz and get off at the last terminal. From there, grab a jeepney that’s headed to Siniloan and get off at Barangay Balian Outpost where the registration is. For those with their own vehicle, you can take Sumulong Highway to Manila East Road to get to Pangil, Laguna.
You can choose to take either the Pangil Eco Park or the Barangay Balian trail. But whichever entry point you decide on, prepare yourself for a two to three hour trek that involves a lot of rocks. The trails can get very muddy come the rainy season too so be extra careful. When it gets too slippery, only horses are allowed to make the ascend!
Buntot Palos Falls can be found at Balian, Pangil, Laguna.
5. Buruwisan Falls
The water that cascades down the 180-foot tall Buruwisan Falls comes from the Siniloan RIver. There are several other falls that stem from this river but Buruwisan is the most popular one in the area because of its accessibility. Gazing at it from the ground is breathtaking enough as it is, but if that’s not enough of a thrill for you, you can always rappel down the falls!
To get to Buruwisan Falls, you can take a bus bound for Infanta, Quezon and ask the driver to drop you off at Siniloan. There you’ll find the jumping-off point at Mt. Romelo. You can also take a UV express van going to Tanay market and then ride a jeepney that’ll take you to Siniloan. If you’re bringing your own car, go through Sumulong Highway to get to Manila East Road and then to Famy, Laguna.
Good news for climbing noobs, the trek (albeit a little long) is a fairly easy one. Most of the path is shaded by trees and there are hardly any steep parts to worry about. But if you find yourself still out of breath, there are plenty of stops along the way where you can buy food and refreshments.
Buruwisan Falls can be found at Mt. Romelo, Siniloan, Laguna.
6. Hulugan Falls
Ever since Hulugan Falls was opened to the public in August last year, it’s been on every adventurer’s must-see list. Looming over its visitors at 235 feet, it’s a surreal experience to stand beneath its impressive stature and get drenched in its invigoratingly cold water. It has a deep catch basin though so make sure you’ve mastered your freestyle to a T before taking a dip. If you’re coming in the afternoon, keep a lookout for the mini rainbow that’s known to appear at the foot of the falls!
To get to Hulugan Falls, ride a bus that’ll bring you to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. From there, take a jeep to San Salvador, Lusiana. You then grab a tricycle to the Kapitan’s house to register and start your trek. If you’re bringing your own car, take SLEX and exit at Calamba. You’ll find Hulugan near Cavinti and Pagsanjan.
It’s quite a steep and slippery descend to the base of the falls so be sure you’ve got trusty sandals on. The trek down could take anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour, depending on how fast you can maneuver your way through the rocky and muddy terrain. As the final obstacle between you and the water, you’d have to go up and down huge boulders!
Hulugan Falls can be found at San Salvador, Luisiana, Laguna.
7. Pagsanjan Falls
Standing jaggedly tall at 298 feet, Pagsanjan is easily one the most popular destinations in Laguna (instead of finding it in the town of Pagsanjan like its name suggests however, it’s actually located in Cavinti). Once you’re there, you’re obviously going to want to swim a lot, but make sure you don’t miss out on the bamboo raft ride too! It’ll take you through the curtain of the falls and into the Devil’s Cave, an eerie little hideout behind the pouring water.
To get to Pagsanjan Falls, take a bus en route to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. From there, take a jeepney to Cavinti and then hire a tricycle to take you to Pueblo El Salvador Nature Park and Picnic Grove where the registration is. For those with their own ride, take SLEX and make an exit at Calamba.
Before you start the trek, know that you have two options. You can either take the Pagsanjan route, a 17-kilometer boat ride that passes through sixteen rapids and several minor waterfalls. Or you can go for the much cheaper Cavinti route, a vertical trek which involves rappelling over the gorges (this one’s for daredevils only!)
Pagsanjan Falls can be found at Pagsanjan, Laguna.
8. Talay Falls
You may not notice it at first but there are actually two layers to Talay Falls. The smaller tier is out in the open but the larger one is partially hidden behind trees and rocks. Nevertheless, it makes for a picturesque, slightly dramatic scene that’s worth the trip to Laguna. Also found in the town of Lusiana, you can bundle Talay Falls with Hulugan and Aliw and make it one big waterfalls excursion!
To get to Talay Falls, take the same route as you would to Hulugan or Aliw Falls. Ride a bus to Sta. Cruz, Laguna and then take a jeep to San Salvador. From there, take a tricycle to the Kapitan’s house. If you’re bringing your own car, take SLEX and exit at Calamba. You’ll find the jumping-off point near Cavinti and Pagsanjan.
The trek to Talay’s basin can get muddy and slippery especially during the rainy season so have your sandals ready if you don’t want to slip and slide. The trek could take anywhere from forty minutes to an hour, depending on how you fast you move. Also be warned that there are a couple of streams that need to be crossed before you get to Talay!
Talay Falls can be found at Luisiana, Laguna.
9. Taytay Falls
Swimming in Taytay Falls’ basin requires some serious nerves of steel because the water here is known to be extremely cold (be sure to dip a toe first before taking the full plunge!) But aside from wading in the freezing water, another popular activity here is to camp out. Pick a spot near the falls, rent a tent or pitch your own, and get lulled to sleep by the sound of cascading water. Food won’t be a problem during your stay here because there a lot of carinderias in the area serving up lutong-bahay specials.
To get to Taytay Falls, you can take a bus to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. You then ride a tricycle to the Sta. Cruz market. From there, take a jeepney to Majayjay and then another one to Taytay Falls. If you have your own ride, you can take SLEX and exit at Calamba. You’ll pass by the town of Magdalena before reaching Majayjay.
For those who aren’t into strenuous hikes, you’ll be glad to know that getting to the base of the falls is a walk in the park, literally. All you have to do is follow the paved way shaded by trees and you’ll find yourself at your destination in around ten minutes!
Taytay Falls can be found at Majayjay, Laguna.