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Friday, April 1, 2011

Hagimit Falls - Penaplata, Samal Island

best places in the philippines hagimit water falls

Waterfalls is one of the best places in the Philippines. Unlike other countries, Philippines is blessed to have numerous waterfalls all over in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. However since you can only find waterfalls inside the forest then you need to walk many kilometers before you can witness the beauty of waterfalls. For the first time mountain climbers, you can check out the trekking guide and tips to help you with.

best places in the philippines hagimit water falls

best places in the philippines hagimit water falls

In Mindanao region, there are lots of waterfalls you can find. The easiest one to reach is the Hagimit waterfalls located in Samal Island, Davao del Norte. It is a large cascading waterfalls that water continuously flows from the upper part of Hagimit. You can enjoy the lower portion of the waterfalls but if you want more adventure then you can climb the upper part to witness more falls. Hagimit is a fun experience and you must include this in your travel blogs. I can say that it is easy because you don't need to trek for a long hours. Hagimit falls isn't located in the middle of the forest, even young ones can get there without sweat.

best places in the philippines hagimit water falls

best places in the philippines hagimit water falls

When we got to Hagimit falls before, the place was not yet developed. We wanted to stay overnight at that time to enjoy more but we couldn't because there's no light, no care taker and we carried two children. Then we decided to go back to Hagimit after couple of months and we was surprised because the place is now different. I like undeveloped places but this new Hagimit waterfalls image is indeed cool.

best places in the philippines hagimit water falls

They build nipa cottages near the waterfalls and a little bridge to cross between two separated falls. It is helpful because young children and elder people are the one who usually visit Hagimit waterfalls. It could give safety and convenience to them.

To add adventure to your trip in Davao City, I highly recommend to write down Hagimit waterfalls in your Davao tourist spots itinerary and plus vising the unique Bat Cave in Samal Island is also good. Getting there isn't expensive as what you think. You can reach Samal Island through ferries and boats. If you have vehicle then you can ride in the barge. Docking station going to Samal Island is located in Sasa wharf Davao City. Upon reaching Igacos PeƱaplata in Samal Island, ride again a motorcycle to reach Hagimit. For vehicle owner, you can park your car when you see a thin road headed to the falls. You can start trek on that road. When you hear a running water sound that signifies that you are almost on your target place.

The entrance fee is PHP15.00 for adult and PHP10.00 for kids. You can get a cottage for PHP300.00. Oh, I forgot to mention, barge fare is PHP500.00 and below depending on the vehicle you carry and the number of people riding inside the vehicle. For ferries and small boats, single person will only pay less than PHP100.00. There is no terminal fee collected when you step the island.

Location: IGACOS, Samal Island, Davao del Norte
Budget: 1000-1500 per person

7 comments:

  1. It's nice to see that Hagimit falls was already developed. Nice blog!

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  2. naa bay overnyt pwede ba.. pila ang entrance and ang cottages...

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  3. Ang entrance fee is 15.00 (Adult) then sa Kids is 10.00 tapos yung cottage ranges from 100.00 to 300.00 lng po. Pwede mag-overnight kaya lng wala pa maxado ilaw at madaming lamok, Kaya bring na lng cguro tent and flash light. :)

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  4. ganu ka tagal from barge to penaplata??? im planning hiking kasi??

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