THE ULTIMATE SIQUIJOR FALLS GUIDE – TOP 3 WATERFALLS IN SIQUIJOR

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DISCOVER THE TOP 3 SIQUIJOR FALLS!

Siquijor Island is one of my favorite destinations in the Philippines offering loads of adventurous things to do such as beaches, caves, cliff jumps and of course waterfalls!

I spent 3 days on Siquijor Island and have put together this guide of the Top 3 Siquijor Falls including where to find them and what to expect!

I have also added some other useful information at the bottom of this Siquijor Falls post, including how to get around Siquijor, where to stay in Siquijor and a list of other Siquijor tourist spots worth visiting!

 

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THE TOP 3 SIQUIJOR FALLS

The 3 must-visit Siquijor Falls that you will find in this post are:

  1. Lugnason Falls
  2. Lagaan Falls
  3. Cambugahay Falls

All three of these Siquijor Waterfalls can be visited on a single day (if you wake up early enough) in the order that I have listed above.

So without further ado, here is my ultimate guide to the 3 best waterfalls in Siquijor!

 

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LUGNASON FALLS

Lugnason Falls, also known as Zodiac Falls, is one of the more popular Siquijor Falls that boasts vibrant blue water, cliff jumping and cold springs!

Lugnason Falls is located in San Juan on Siquijor Island. From the main tourist area of San Juan, it’s approximately a 15-minute drive to reach these Siquijor Falls and the entrance fee is FREE though you may be asked to pay a small parking fee of 10 pesos.

From the jump-off point, It takes around 15-minutes to walk along a dirt trail through the forest to reach Lugnason Falls.

Lugnason Falls features a 5 meter waterfall and a large spring filled with blue Gatorade colored water. It’s an adventurer’s playground and reminded me of the blue ass water that I found at Kawasan Falls in Cebu.

Lugnason Falls is a great spot to hang out and go swimming under the falls to cool off. For the thrill-seekers, jumping from the top of the falls into the catch basin below is a lot of fun too!

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Don’t end the adventure here as there are more unique spots to be found in the same valley as Lugnason Falls. Follow the jungle trail downstream to where you will find man-made aqua ducts and an epic cold spring perfect for swimming!

I have never seen anything like these concrete water chutes and it made for the perfect photo opportunity under the shade of the coconut palm trees.

Instead of heading back to the entrance the same way you came, you can find a set of steep wooden stairs near the cold spring that lead up and out of the valley to the main road. When you reach the top, turn right and this will take you back to where you parked your scooter.

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LAGAAN FALLS

Next on this list of Siquijor Falls is Lagaan Falls which is one of the best waterfalls in Siquijor and a must-visit during your travels around the island!

Swimming holes, rope swings, rock jumps and small caves are just some of the things you can expect to find at these epic Siquijor Falls!

Lagaan 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 Lagaan Falls Siquijor.

The Lagaan Falls entrance fee is 30 pesos and parking is free. At the entrance, local guides will offer to take you down to the falls but this is not necessary as the trail is clearly marked. However, I visited these falls on my own and decided to take a guide for good company and tipped him 50 pesos at the end. 

It takes around 15-minutes to walk along a dirt trail underneath a dense rainforest canopy to reach the first level of this Siquijor waterfall. Some of the features you will find here are a large swimming hole, rope swings, small caves, rock jumps and a wide set of falls. 

 

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Don’t forget to follow the jungle trail upstream to where you will find small freshwater rock pools and natural jacuzzis.

You could easily spend a few hours here jumping from pool to pool and swinging from the tree swings and not get bored.

There’s plenty of tables, hammocks and chill-out spaces around the edges of Lagaan Falls Siquijor to set down your belongings before going for a dip. There’s also a make-shift change room for visitors to use if need be.

The lush jungle that surrounds Lagaan Falls is what makes this place so tranquil and I highly recommend adding this spot to your list of must-see Siquijor waterfalls!

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CAMBUGAHAY FALLS

Last but not least is Cambugahay Falls which 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.

Cambugahay Falls is also located in Lazi on Siquijor Island. From the main tourist area of San Juan, it’s approximately a 35-minute drive to reach Cambugahay Falls Siquijor.

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 these Siquijor Falls the cost is 50 pesos.

From the jump-off point, it takes around 5-minutes to walk down a set of concrete steps to reach the first level of Cambugahay Falls. This epic Siquijor waterfall features a large natural swimming hole and some man-made structures including rope swings, bamboo rafts and a wide set of falls. 

Unfortunately, when I visited Cambugahay Falls the water inside the swimming holes 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.

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Besides the bottom swimming hole, there are a few more levels of these Siquijor falls to explore. Follow the trail upstream and across the bamboo bridges to where you will find more freshwater swimming holes, flowing rock pools and several cliff jumping spots.

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.

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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, luxury travelers and everyone in between.

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.

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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.

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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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GETTING AROUND SIQUIJOR

There’s a couple of options for getting around Siquijor Island Philippines, 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 around the island at your own pace. 

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 roads. The cost depends on how good your bartering skills are, though for a 30-minute drive you can expect to pay around 150-300 pesos.

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WHAT TO PACK FOR SIQUIJOR

 

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FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about Siquijor Falls, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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2 Comments

  1. April 2, 2020 / 5:35 am

    Checked out all Siquijor’s falls recently and had great time. Only Lugnason Falls has somehow mysteriously gone dry.

    • Jonny Melon
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      April 2, 2020 / 6:27 am

      That’s awesome! How good is Siquijor!

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