Here is a complete DIY travel guide to help you set your itinerary to Bayokbok Falls, one of the emerging attractions that Tublay is known for.
I have been to Bayokbok falls a number of times already. It never ceases to allure me and fill my thirst for wonder. Seeing the falls in its supreme cascade naturally dissipates my life’s worries and burdens.
I was working in Manila then when one of my friends requested me to take him to Bayokbok Falls. Although I visited it a month earlier, I readily agreed because I too was desperate for a break and nature immersion.
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.
In this article, we’ll tell you how you can go there, tips, fees, and other nearby attractions to see. Read on.
- Location/Jump-off: Brgy Tuel, Tublay, Benguet
- Entrance/Registration Fee: Php 130 per person
- Garage Fare: Php 400 (one garage can accommodate 5 people)
- Cottage Fee: Php 400 (good for up to 12 persons)
- Operating Time: 8 AM to 4 PM
How to Go to Bayokbok Falls, Tublay?
How do you get to Bayokbok Falls? Here are the options you can take.
From Baguio City, ride a jeep bound for Camp Dangwa or Upper/Lower Tomay and drop by the Alapang Junction. There is a waiting shade there to serve as your landmark. Just across the waiting shade is the garages’ station.
Hire one of the garages for 400 pesos all the way to sitio Sayangan, Tuel. Tell the driver to drop you by the registration booth of Bayokbok falls. Travel takes around 20-30 minutes.
There is another garage station at KM 6 in front of Al’s Restaurant, adjacent to the Provincial Capitol. From Baguio City, ride a jeep bound for Camp Dangwa or Tomay. Don’t forget to tell the driver to drop you off in front of Als Restaurant.
The fare from here to Tuel is also 400 pesos.
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.
You can also inquire at the registration booth for available garages or vehicles in the area. The overall fare for one garage is also 400 pesos.
If you want to cut on transportation expenses, it’s best to go there by group.
What if you Have Your Own Car?
From Alapang Junction, follow the Trinidad-Alapang-Alno-Tuel. Do take extra caution because the road traverses steep and zigzag terrains.
Upon reaching the registration area, you will be led to a designated parking spot.
Manila to Baguio City
If you are coming from Manila, here is how you go to Bayokbok Falls.
Ride buses such as Victory Liner and North Genesis bound to Baguio. They have regular trip departures. Both also have stations at Pasay and along EDSA in Cubao. The trip takes around five to six hours.
Preliminaries and Fees
Upon reaching the registration booth at Sayangan, Tuel, pay an entrance/registration fee of 130 pesos each. This already covers the environmental fee, barangay fee, and the rent for a life vest.
There will also be a brief orientation for safety purposes. A guide will be assigned to lead you to the falls for free although you can give an additional tip if you want.
The trek to the falls takes 10-15 minutes.
Upon reaching Bayokbok falls, you will be given a number to present to the guides when it’s your turn to climb the waterfalls.
The locals organize the tour this way.
Once your number is called, you will ride a raft toward the base of the first falls. Don’t worry. There are guides to accompany you all along. Then, you will be climbing the first waterfall via a rope to get to the second fall and then, to the third fall. There is also a raft there which will be used to take you to the base of the third waterfall.
That is where it ends and you will be guided back to the first falls where you can splash on the pool all day long if you want.
Get to Know Bayokbok Falls More
“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.
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 in the pool, one could somehow feel the sensation of what it’s like to wade in 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 fall 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.
Tips and Reminders:
- The best time to visit Bayokbok falls is during sunny days or summer months. This is when its waters are in 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.
- In case you run out of water, there is a nearby spring. Just ask the local guides for directions.
- Bring zip locks to protect your gadgets from the water.
- Be sensitive to local culture. This means, avoiding 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 soap when bathing in the pools. These could contaminate/pollute the waters and affect the fish. Unless your soap/shampoo is certified organic.
- If you are not used to swimming, make sure you are always visible to 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.
Where to Eat near Bayokbok Falls?
There are locals offering budget meals, desserts, and snacks. Several sari-sari stores can also be found in the adjacent community. The local authorities are encouraging tourists/visitors to dine at the local establishments instead of buying from the outside. This is to help boost the local economy.
One of the few locals serving budget meals is Ms. Juliana Quindao-Mara. Among her servings are bulalo, pinapaitan, and other meat delicacies. Inclusive of rice, the price of each meal ranges from 70-85 pesos. She is also serving halo-halo for 30 pesos. You can order meals from her in advance when you plan to visit Bayokbok falls. Here is her number: 09467394184.
For your information:
If you want to know more about Bayokbok falls that may help in setting up your itinerary, you may contact the following:
- Mr. Marco Macay, one of the local guides: 09508621847
- Bayokbok Fall Management: 09385911650
- Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BayokboktTublay
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