I have been to Bayokbok falls in Tuel, Tublay for a number of times already. It never ceases to allure me and fill my thirst for wander. Seeing the falls in its supreme cascade naturally dissipates my life’s worries and burdens.
Bayokbok falls emanates from the mountains of Tublay and Kapangan, both are municipalities of Benguet. Sustainably managing this natural spectacle could significantly boost the local economy while preserving the natural environment.
How to Get to Bayokbok Falls
It would be much more convenient to proceed to Bayokbok Falls if you have your own car. However, if you don’t, no worries. There are options you can take.
Primarily, you can ride one of the garages (public vehicle). These are stationed at Alapang Junction. If you are coming from Baguio city, ride a jeep bound to Camp Dangwa or Tomay and tell the driver to drop you off by the Junction. There is a waiting shade here to serve as your landmark. Just across the waiting shade is the garages’ station.
There are regular trip departures and you can hire one for 350 pesos all the way to Tuel. Just tell the driver to drop you by the registration booth of Bayokbok falls. Travel takes around 30-45 minutes.
Another garage station is in front of the Provincial Capitol at KM 6. I haven’t tried this yet. I will give you updates about the rates once I come back here.
Upon reaching the registration booth, just along the road, you will need to pay 100 pesos each. There will also be a brief orientation for safety purposes. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. A guide will also be assigned to lead you to the falls for free. But of course, you can offer the guide a tip if you want.
From the booth, walk for some 10-15 minutes before finally catching sight of Bayokbok falls.
When going back to La Trinidad, you may ride the same garage you hired earlier. That is why, don’t forget to get the number of the driver. Fare would be 100 pesos per person but if you are alone, you will need to pay 500 pesos. Another option is to walk for some 30 minutes towards a crossroad above the Asin Hot Spring and wait for passing garage. Fare is usually 30 pesos.
Manila to Baguio City. Ride buses particularly Victory Liner and North Genesis bound to Baguio. They have regular trip departures. Both also have stations at Pasay and along EDSA in Cubao. Fare is ranges from 450 to 490 pesos. The trip takes around five to six hours.
Get to Know Bayokbok Falls More
Bayokbok falls emanates from the mountains of Tublay and Kapangan, both are municipalities of Benguet. “Bayokbok” literally means fall/cascade in the Ibaloi language. Most of the inhabitants of Tuel, Tublay are Ibalois. So, that’s how the name of the falls came to be.
Bayokbok is a three-layered waterfall. Only the first drop, however, is visible once stepping on the site. To see the other two falls, one needs to climb over the first fall. Fortunately, the locals installed climbing ropes to help in the assault. Oh, how I’d loved soaking on the rejuvenating cascades at every stage of my rappel.
The first fall measures around 10 meters high. It cascades on a sliding platform sideward. It has a very long and deep pool. Even without dipping on the pool, one could somehow feel the sensation of what its like to wade on the fall’s invigorating waters.
Both the second and third falls have beautiful pools. From my observation, the third falls’ pool is the deepest. It has a small falls on the edge, measuring around 5 feet high. There is also an adjacent rock formation. It provides a good spot for jumping or diving. According to a local guide, there is another small waterfall with beautiful white rock formations upstream. Due to limited guides, however, access to this is yet to be realized.
By the way, there are available life vests for non-swimmers. During our visit, they gave these out for free. However, one of the guides mentioned that they will soon collect 20 pesos as a rent per life vest. There are also rafts per layer of Bayokbok falls. So you could also try boating/rafting.
Surprises when Visiting Bayokbok Falls
Visiting Bayokbok falls may often come with extra-surprises.
When trailing on the established path, one gets to walk on grassy and forested landscapes. On these forested landscapes, there are stunted yet massive trees with exposed roots as well as vines, casting a seemingly animated character. From time to time, one may get to witness endemic bird species. Oh, I consider myself superbly lucky to have chanced on colorful birds, hopping from tree to tree.
A thrilling part of the trail is the narrow and quite long hanging bridge. For first timer, this may trigger fascination and excitement. Of, how lovely it is swinging with the bridge while gazing on the bluish pool below.
During my previous visit with my siblings, we took a not-so-popular trail. From Asin Hot Spring, we followed the brook for some 20 minutes to Bayokbok Falls. This brook is definitely worth a thousand pictures. There are numerous pockets of deep pools and some mini-waterfalls. You can bet. We were lucky enough to have trekked along the brook on its grandiose and crystal-clear state.
For me, the brook leading to Bayokbok falls and beyond is a golden beauty. Simply take a look at the photos below and you will notice the gold stains of the rocks and boulders. I am not really sure why they appear that way. Perhaps, it is because one of the brooks sources is the Bengaongao cave, further upstream. From what I know, caves are usually sulfuric.
Add to our amazement, we were able to gaze on countless crabs as well as endemic fishes and aquatic insects. With that, I can say that Bayokbok falls is relatively healthy and clean.
Sustaining Bayokbok Falls
Just like to any other natural spectacles, unregulated and irresponsible tourism may bring harm to Bayokbok Falls. Thus, proper guidelines and practices need to be implemented and formalized. Fortunately, the barangay and municipal officials are doing exactly that.
Recently, Gina Lopez, former DENR Secretary, has been visiting the site to help in the ecotourism development. It is hoped then that the locals will actively participate, realizing that their role would mean the sustainable management of such beautiful resource.
Tips and Reminders:
- The best time to visit Bayokbok falls is during sunny days or summer months. This is when its waters are on their clearest state.
- Don’t ever litter. As much as possible, bring back your waste/garbage to where you got them. Let’s help in maintaining the pristine beauty of the falls and the area.
- Bring your own meals since the nearby stores could only offer snacks.
- In case you ran out of water to drink, there is a nearby spring. Just ask the local guides for direction.
- Bring zip locks to protect your gadgets from the waters.
- For a ride back to La Trinidad, you may contact the same garage you hired earlier. So don’t forget to get the driver’s number. Rate is 100 pesos per person. Another option is to wait for a garage coming from Bagong, Sablan or other sitios and barangays of Tublay. But for these, you’ll have to walk towards a crossroad for some 30 minutes and wait from there. Rate is 30 pesos per person.
- Be sensitive to local culture. This means, avoid actions or utterances that may be offensive to the community. Among these include public display of affection (PDA) or wearing of revealing clothes. Don’t ever use bikini here please!
- Don’t use shampoo or soaps when bathing on the pools. These could contaminate/pollute the waters and affect the fishes. Unless, your soap/shampoo is certified organic.
- If you are not used to swimming, make sure you are always visible by the local guides so they could immediately respond in case untoward incidents happen.
- For other needs or assistance, again, don’t hesitate to ask the local guides for help.
- Bayokbok falls closes by 4:00 pm.
- Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.
For your information needs:
If you want to know more about Bayokbok falls that may help in setting up your itinerary, do message Mr Marco Macay, one of the local guides, through his no: 09508621847. He can answer queries regarding transportation and meals. In addition, you may contact Mr Freddie Laron, Tourism Officer of Tublay, through his number: 09998802688.
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