Only a one hour ferry ride from Iloilo, 250p each way, as opposed to the 4-5 hour bus ride from Dumaguete. Then you can take a 70p local bus taking another hour to the falls. If you are late to catch the fastcraft back to Iloilo, there is another slow ferry from Dumangas, but then you’ll need to catch a tricycle taxi from there to get you the rest of the way.
Once you get to the falls there is an entrance fee of 50p, with the option to hire a local guide, donation voluntary.
A van can also be rented for around 3,500p/day total, cutting down the trips by half.
The cost of our guide is 1000p for the day, plus his transport costs and entrance fees, plus a $20 advance payment processing fee. You can combine with other tours, as will be explained in the booking process.
About the waterfalls
There are actually seven and getting to the top one can be quite the workout. We only made it to the third one because it was rainy and slippery that day (the steps are stone), and my friend was too tired, but I’ll make it back there on my own later.
Here is a video of the second falls where we played some traditional Filipino song:
In some sections along the trail they have ladders which can take you up into the trees, where there is a hanging walkway so that you could see what the forest looks like up top:
The falls make their way up an active volcano:
Back at the bottom, the resort (government owned, so you are free to wander) is also a nice stroll, and even has a hotspring.
About Mambukal Resort
At 1,200 metres above sea level, Mambukal Resort serves as a gateway to the vast and verdant Mt. Kanlaon National Park. It is one of the most popular mountain resorts in the country. The resort’s hotspring is referred to as the Warm Sulfur Dipping Pool and costs around 50p to get in. The hotspring is surrounded by big trees to give you a cozy jungle feel:
The jungle feeling is further enhanced by the perpetual sound of birds chirping and large bats flying up above:
But don’t worry about them, because they are fruit bats.
You can also rent kayaks and canoes of various sizes to cruise around the boating lagoon:
Then there is the butterfly garden:
There are many live ones too:
For a bit of adrenaline, you can also check out the zipline, taking you on a cruise through the jungle:
There is also a climbing wall:
For those on a budget, there is also a camping area (you can bring your own or rent theirs):
The camping area:
You can also go for a private bath at the Ishiwata Bath House. Built in 1927 by Japanese architect Kokichi Ishiwata, the Roman-and-Greek inspired bathhouse is one of the oldest structures in the resort, which was actually built around the bathhouse.
There are five bath cubicles through which naturally heated sulfur water flows.
Picnic cottages speckle the resort grounds:
Since it is government owned, their prices are quite reasonable:
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