BUKAL FALLS: The Enchanted Spring Waterfalls of Luzon

January 2016:

PLEASE OBSERVE “LEAVE NO TRACE” ETIQUETTE. Let’s enjoy the Mother Nature without DESTROYING it! πŸ™‚Β 

Located at the foot of Mount Banahaw, 1709.3ft above sea level is a freezing spring waterfalls named Bukal Falls, some of the locals call it Kilangin Falls or Maimpis Falls. The falls may have several names but one thing is for sure, you will be enchanted byΒ its crystal clear and icy cold natural pool that is floored withΒ crimson-coloured giant rocks with abundance of green moss.

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Bukal Falls

Getting There

From Manila, ride a bus bound to Santa Cruz, Laguna and tell the driver to drop you off at Pagsawitan or at the Jeepney Terminal Station bound to Majayjay. The travel time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours and the fare is 140php.

Cubao Terminal
JAC Liner
Araneta Center Terminal, Cubao, QC
0922-8522904

JAM Liner
831 EDSA, Kamuning, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City
990-1289/ 0906-894-4758

HM Transport Bus Terminal
Immaculate Concepcion, Cubao, Quezon City

Buendia TerminalΒ 
JAC Liner
Donada st. cor Buendia, Pasay City
404-2073

JAM Liner
2124 Taft Avenue, Pasay City
831-8264/831-0465/ 0915-231-5443

Green Star Express Inc.
2160 Taft Avenue Brgy. 49, Pasay
831-3178

From Pagsawitan, you can either ride a jeep bound to Majayjay and get off at Barangay Bukal for a fare of 35 pesos or you can directly hire a tricycle and tell the driver you are headed to Barangay Bukal Hall (Registration Area). Make sure you are registered first as you will be needing a guide on your way to the falls. The travel time for the tricycle is approximately 1 hour and the fare is around 300-350 one way, depending on your haggling skills. It can accommodate up to 4-5persons so you just have to divide the amount among the number of members in your group. It is probably even better if you take a tricycle on your way back because the jeepneys are usually full of passengers in the afternoon. If you take the jeepney, it will only take you about 30-45 minutes to reach Brgy. Bukal. From there, just ride a tricycle going to the Barangay Hall for registration.

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I personally recommend Sir Anthony, our tricycle driver at that time. He also arranges tours to other nearby falls. You can contact him thru this number, +639777880144, if you are interested

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My friend, doing the YOGA pose!
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Hello from the other side πŸ™‚

Brgy Hall Information:

Registration fee: 20php/head
Tour Guide fee: 300/group
Operating hours: 8am to 2pm

If you have any queries just contact Ma’am Nelia, a Barangay Officer thru this number, +639282168279.

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Barangay Bukal Hall

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To Bukal Falls:

From the registration area, you need to hike a 45 minute to 1 hour trail before you reach the falls. For non-hikers, be extra cautious as the trail tends to be rocky and SLIPPERYΒ at times.

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Path to Bukal Falls
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My friends. Path to Bukal Falls
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My certified ‘Bundokera’ friend assisted by the two tour guides

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My friend πŸ™‚
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Catch basin of Bukal Falls

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Notes:

  • Camping is not allowed in bukal falls.
  • There are no restrooms and cottages available in the area. You can use the comfort room at the Barangay Hall.
  • There is no mobile signal near the falls.
  • Wear slippers, shoes or sandals that can be soaked in water
  • Bring food/snacks and water (at least 2L)
  • Bring extra clothing and towel.
  • The water is 15ft deep and VERY COLD
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Our tour guide swimming at Bukal Falls
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Bukal Falls
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GoPro shot of Bukal Falls
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GoPro shot of Bukal Falls
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Half underwater shot of Bukal Falls

Tips:

  • Convenient stores are available at Pagsawitan.
  • If you’re planning to visit other nearby falls in Sta. CruzΒ (Majajay Falls, Taytay Falls, Hinulugan Falls etc.), Hotels and Home-stays Inn are available at Pagsawitan.
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Me attempting a cliff jump at Bukal Waterfalls

Expenses:

Roundtrip bus fare (Manila-Laguna-Manila): 280php/head
Roundtrip tricycle transfer (Pagsawitan-Bukal-Pagsawitan): 600/4= 150php/head
Tour guide fee: 300/4= 75php/head
Registration fee: 20php/head
Total: 525php/head

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Iphone shot of Bukal Falls
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Iphone shot of Bukal Falls (from a far)
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Iphone shot of Bukal Falls
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Look-up!

Sample Itinerary

7:30AM Departure from Cubao Terminal
11:00AM Arrival at Pagsawitan (very traffic in Los BaΓ±os)
11:00 – 11:30AM Breakfast
11:30 – 12:30PM Arrival at Brgy Bukal Registration Area
12:30 – 1:30PM Trek and Hike to Bukal Falls
1:30 – 3:00PM Picnic/swimming/picture taking
3:00 – 4:00PM Trek back to Registration area
4:00 – 5:00PM Shower at Brgy Hall/ Log-out
5:00 – 6:00PM Pagsawiatan drop off point
6:00 – 7:00PM Dinner at Pagsawitan
7:00 – 9:00PM Arrival at Cubao Terminal
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The other side of Bukal Falls
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81 Comments

    1. Hi πŸ™‚ Random lang yung tour guide eh. Tatlo silang mga mga bata, ages 15-16 siguro. Pero may contact ako nung nagbigay sa amin ng tour guide (baranggay officer). Nanjan sa post πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

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  1. Correction po…

    JAC Liner and JAM Liner in Cubao is not offering routes to Sta Cruz anymore.. but DLTB is offering route from both Cubao and LRT Buendia

    JAC Liner via Greenstar is offering route to Sta Cruz from LRT Buendia

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    1. Hi Vhie. May part na malalim meron din namang hindi. πŸ™‚ 15ft yung lalim ng tubig. Pwede din po maligo sa baba ng bukal before umakyat, merong catch basin doon πŸ™‚

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  2. Hi! I’m going here next month, and I’m so excited!Extra excited because the pictures you took are so nice! Would you know tho if Hulugan Falls is near Bukal Falls? πŸ™‚ Thank you in advance !

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    1. Hi πŸ™‚ I’ve never been in Hulugan Falls but during our trip to Bukal Falls, the tricycle driver mentioned that it can be visited as a side trip πŸ™‚ Btw, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

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  3. Kilangin falls is also near and located in Liliw Laguna. You can go to Liliw Tourism council in municipal hall, they will help you and guide you. You can dropby to buy locally made shoes and sleepers readily made by liliwenios. Visit also St.John the Baptist church, old church also in Liliw. Dine and eat in Arabela restaurant…White house…or Chef mau. Enjoy and happy trip mga ka Berks.

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    1. Hi Ma’am. I guess they’re closing it if the weather is bad. You can contact Ma’am Nelia, a Barangay Officer thru this number, +639282168279 for the weather updates and any further queries. Thank you! πŸ™‚

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  4. Hi! When you go to the falls area, is it safe to leave your valuables in an area? How did you go about exploring the waters? πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi πŸ™‚ It depends on level of water, ma’am. If it’s raining hard and the water current is strong, you will not be allowed to cross to other side but you can still swim just beside the giant rocks. You can leave your valuables to your tour guide ma’am, just like what we did πŸ™‚

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  5. Mam,Sir. Gud Day po! Sir.Darlwyn Dave po kasamahan ko po si Sir.Anthony naghahatid rin po ako sa Bukal Falls…pagmay pasahero n po si Sir Anthony..hindi na po siya nakakapaghatid ng dalawang beses sa isang araw.hindi kasi kaya ng isang araw pagdalawa pasahero niya (back&port)kadalasan ay binibigay nya sa amin iba yang pasahero.pwde nyo po ako txt(091778372792 /09953622100)para po makapag pareserve n kayo ng service salamat po my FB account{darlwyn nadera dave}

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  6. Hays ang ganda ng place…kaso sobrang daming tao pag weekend parang refugee camp haha. Be back pag weekday naman.

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    1. Hi πŸ™‚ Feeling ko po hindi, kasi tinanong po kami nung kagawad sa barangay kung kailangan namin ng tour guide πŸ™‚ pero para safe kuha na po kayo πŸ˜‰ mejo nakkalito daan :!

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  7. Oh my god sa wakas may nag blog na rin ng mas updated na itinerary 😦 Anyway, Thank you so much for your blogpost! My question lang is, wala bang mas malapit sa vicinity lang ng barangay hall ang may stay inn or affordable accomodation?

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  8. HiπŸš“contact me paggusto nyo pumunta ng bukal falls naghhatid po aq from bus terminal to brgy.bukal..kung gsto nyo mag tricycle 700pesos 4 person,back and port n po un..sir.darlwyn po…09953622100…tanx…

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    1. Hi πŸ™‚ may dalawang spot for cliff jumping. yung isa sobrang taas, yung isa naman po mejo mababa lang 😁 Kaya naman po pag di malakas ang ulan or walang ulan, ang kalaban mo lang talaga ay yung LAMIG ng tubig. haha! Sobrang lamig! 😊

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  9. Hi, find your blog very interesting πŸ‘© i was only planning to go to hulugan falls next week but changed my mind when i visited here.infos are very helpful. Just wanna ask 1 question.,since its summer na, madami po kya tourist nagvivisit dun ngaun? I preferred kc kunti tau.,so we could enjoy the place.
    Thanks in advance for your response !
    Goodluck for your next adventures.! I’ll check it from time to time for better getawat idea 😸

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  10. i wud like to thank MR.PATRICK REYES and his friend for choosing me as their service last May 8,2016..going to BUKAL FALLS! i hope u like the place..anywyez, heres my #0995-3622100….for those who wanted to come and visit the place feel free to contact me as your service..tnx alot!!!

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  11. hi ung mga my gusto po magpunta ng bukal falls pls.contact me,,09754157961,09953622100,have a nice trip! God Bless po!!!…Darlwyn Dave…

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  12. tanx to miss.Marae of buendia & his beautiful friends 4 choosing me as their service last oct.18,2016…pagod much,lakad p more pero enjoy cla…God Bless Guyz…

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