Cambugahay Falls is arguably the best waterfall in Siquijor! Cambugahay Falls is most famous for its tiered levels and freshwater cascades that are surrounded by lush rainforest.
I have put together this adventure guide of Cambugahay Falls Siquijor including how to get there, how much it costs and what to expect!
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WHERE IS CAMBUGAHAY FALLS
Cambugahay Falls is located in Lazi on Siquijor Island.
From the main tourist area of San Juan, it’s approximately a 30-minute drive to reach Cambugahay Falls Siquijor.
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CAMBUGAHAY FALLS LOCATION ON THE MAP
Bamboo bridges at Cambugahay Fall
HOW TO GET TO CAMBUGAHAY FALLS
There’s a couple of options on how to get to Cambugahay Falls in Siquijor, and they are by scooter, habal habal or tricycle.
You can rent a scooter in Siquijor for as little as 250 pesos per day and make your own way over to Cambugahay falls.
When you arrive in Siquijor by ferry, you’ll find that there are half a dozen scooter rental stores located at the ferry terminal which is super convenient. You can pick up a set of wheels for the time you plan to spend on Siquijor Island.
If you are not confident driving a scooter, the other option is to hail down a tricycle or habal habal (motorbike taxi) along the main road in Paliton and get a ride to Siquijor Cambugahay Falls. The cost depends on how good your bartering skills are, though for a 30-minute drive you can expect to pay around 150-200 pesos.
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Exploring Siquijor Island by scooter
CAMBUGAHAY FALLS ENTRANCE FEE
The Cambugahay Falls entrance fee is 20 pesos and also a parking fee which is by donation only.
To use the rope swings and rubber tubes down at Cambugahay the cost is 50 pesos.
ARRIVING AT CAMBUGAHAY FALLS
When you arrive at the pin location of Cambugahay Falls, you’ll see a small parking lot on the side of the road where you can safely park your scooter.
There is a small tour desk at the entrance to Cambugahay Falls where you’ll first have to pay the entrance fee and sign your name and nationality in a book before heading down the trailhead to this epic Siquijor waterfall.
From here, it takes no more than a two-minute walk down a set of concrete stairs to reach the lowest level of Cambugahay Falls.
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Arriving at Cambugahay Falls Siquijor Island
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SIQUIJOR CAMBUGAHAY FALLS
The first level of Cambugahay Falls features a large natural swimming hole and some man-made structures including rope swings, bamboo rafts and a wide set of falls. It’s an adventurer’s playground!
Unfortunately, when I visited Cambugahay Falls the water inside the natural pool was brown, dirty and not that inviting due to heavy rains the night before.
Prior to visiting Siquijor, I had seen pictures of this waterfall on Instagram boasting turquoise blue waters and I have to say, I was a little disappointed when I didn’t get to experience its true beauty. But hey, that’s just mother nature.
On a nice day, it’s a great spot to hang out and go swimming under the falls to cool off. You can even rent a rubber ring for 50 pesos and go for a float around Cambugahay Falls.
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Cambugahay Falls on a nice day! – Photo: A Break In A Journey
Cambugahay Falls in Siquijor on a not so nice day…
THINGS TO DO AT CAMBUGAHAY FALLS
Don’t end the adventure here as there are a few more levels of Cambugahay Falls to explore. Follow the jungle trail upstream to where you will find more freshwater swimming holes, flowing rock pools and several cliff jumping spots.
You could easily spend a few hours here jumping from pool to pool and swinging from the tree swings and not get bored.
Dozens of sheltered huts are available to rent around the cascades if you wish to set your belongings down away from the water’s edge. There’s also some make-shift change rooms for visitors to use if need be.
If you have a drone, I highly recommend sending it up at Cambugahay Falls to capture the tiered cascades from above!
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Cascading swimming holes at Cambugahay Falls Siquijor
Cambughay Falls in Siquijor
WHERE TO STAY IN SIQUIJOR
Siquijor has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Siquijor to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Aloha Seaside Resort
Aloha Seaside Resort is one of the best places to stay in Siquijor which is located in the main tourist area of Paliton Beach, San Juan! Featuring a swimming pool, hot tub, restaurant, room service, tour desk and free wifi. There are deluxe family rooms and deluxe bungalows available which are fitted with a flat-screen tv, free toiletries, private bathroom, sun terrace, seating area, large bed and incredible ocean views! Continental, à la carte, English breakfast is included for all guests. Recommended place to stay for families, couples and friends.
Mid Range: Glamping Siquijor By The Beach
Glamping Siquior is the most unique accommodation on the island! Epic tee-pee style tents situated under the palms on Paliton Beach is seriously hard to beat! Glamping Siquijor features free wifi, a bar, a garden, a private beach area, BBQ facilities and a terrace. The luxury tents are fan-cooled and fitted with comfortable beds and power sockets. Simple but effective! Perfect place to stay for couples and friends.
Budget: JJS Backpackers Village
JJS Backpackers Village is the best budget accommodation in Siquijor! Located on Paliton Beach in San Juan, this property features a restaurant, bar, shared lounge, gardens and ocean views. There are twin rooms, double rooms, triple rooms and dorms available which is suitable for solo travelers, couples and friends. Continental breakfast is also available daily at this Siquijor hostel.
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Another option for accommodation in Siquijor is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Siquijor.
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I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about Cambugahay Falls in Siquijor, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
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