About 10 minutes away from the Patapat Viaduct southbound and our second destination for the day is the Kabigan Falls. (It is also 20 minutes away from Saud beach Pagudpud)
Kabigan Falls is the newest and definitely the favorite destination in Pagudpud, where cool fresh water falls 120 feet into a natural basin where visitors can enjoy a refreshing swim. Protected throughout the day by tall trees abundantly growing in one of the few remaining virgin rainforests in the Philippines, one can freely enjoy a whole day’s treat with Mother Nature’s best. (http://www.localphilippines.com/attractions/1213/kabigan-falls)
It was around 8 in the morning. The sun was already up and it was hot. According to our tour guide, it’s a 30-45 minute walk going to the falls and another 30-45 minutes going back. That depends on your walking. Others would also take an hour. (Approximately 1.8 km)
We had to register first and pay an Entrance fee of P30.00 each. As for the guide, they only do voluntary work so you can give any amount. A guide is required for you to go up into the falls. For us, we gave our guide about P200 I think. Well, the service was worth it and satisfying.
That’s me and our guide going to the falls. We were the first tourist climbers of the day! :)
For personal needs, they have comfort rooms available here.
I thought we would really climb up and down the slopes of the mountains but not really. First, we started our hiking experience by walking on a little rocky road along those plains and farm lands overviewing the mountains. For a better look, here are the photos of our long walk and hike. See for yourself.
Seeing this made us excited to see the big falls. This trail of the water is our guide to our way going to the falls where it comes from.
You can barely see it in the photo above but I was stepping on a wooden board that crosses the water that comes from the falls. We passed by two of them. I suggest you dip your feet into the water to feel the temperature of the water where you would plunge yourself later when you get to the falls. It’s really COLD!
After the flat surface walking, it’s time for a little hike. This is the start of the steepy and slopey part of the hike. Good thing they put steps here.
There are rocky roads like this so be sure to wear your most comfortable footwear.
On the way, there are a lot of plants and trees we saw. Some have their names and scientific names labeled on their trunks. I wasn’t able to take note what this was.
As we went deeper into the rainforest and higher up into the mountain, it got a little colder and darker.
The sound of the water flowing from the stream echos in the forest and it made us more excited to reach the falls.
We crossed about 3 of these wooden foot bridges. It was scary. Imagine crossing that and when you slip, you go straight into the rocks below. Am I scaring you? haha. Well we were fine so you’ll be fine also. Don’t worry :P
This was the other one. Seeing this other wooden footbridge, we already saw the falls from here. Whoohoo. Excited much!
Here, you can see that there’s are two falls. A long big falls and a mini falls below it.
That is the way going down and closer into the falls.
You see us there feeling super happy and excited to take some photos and plunge into the water of the falls. We were not even feeling tired of the 30 minute hike. You’ll feel the same when you get to see the falls. It’s like paradise. It was like the falls was ours for private use because there were no other people around.
Yey! We made it! Welcome to the ever so cold Kabigan Falls!
We were only allowed to swim on the shallow part on the middle just around that big trunk of wood there. That is the only shallow part and nowhere else. Near the falling water is already deep and once that falls on you, well good luck if you’d still rise out of the water.
A little warning: It’s slippery here especially the rocks so watch out. The bottom is full of rocks and a little sand. The water was blue greenish in color and it’s super freezing cold.
So there we are. The travelling unemployed nurses!
This is really a slippery rock. It was a challenge to pose sit here and have my photo taken.
The water was super cold. It was like we were swimming on ice water. You can see in the photo that it is blue which tells you that the temperature is really cold. Well, it’s inside the rainforest and a little up in the mountain. I was kinda hesitant first to go in and dip my whole body into the water because it’s super cold but once I finally did it, it felt better. I wasn’t that cold anymore.
We only stayed here for 15 minutes from 9:15 to 9:30AM. Those 15 minutes felt longer than it is. The little time we spent there was not comparable with the fun, exciting, happy and satisfying experience we had.
Although we wanted to stay longer, we couldn’t because we had to go back to our resort in Saud Beach Pagudpud and eat our breakfast. We had to be there before 10AM. *Sigh*
So long Kabigan Falls
It was a super satisfyingly refreshing swim at the Kabigan Falls with the clean, fresh, cold water. It’s definitely an experience you should never miss when you go to Ilocos, Norte.
We’ll be leaving but we’ll be going to back to the Boracay of the North, Saud Beach, Pagudpud.
Thanks to Bianca and Carol for the photos in this post! :)
Be updated with my next post with these white sand beach
Happy travelling ^_^