Here is a complete DIY travel guide to help you set your itinerary to Bayokbok Falls Tublay.
I have been to Bayokbok falls 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.
In this article, I will detail the following:
- How to Go to Bayokbok Falls (Baguio to Bayokbok falls, Bayokbok falls direction)
- What you need to Know (Bayokbok falls entrance fee, etc.)
- Where to Eat
- Tips and Reminders
- Contact Information
How to Get to Bayokbok Falls
Here are two options you can take.
Option 1. From Baguio City, ride a jeep bound to 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.
Option 2. There is another garage station at KM 6 in front of the Als Restaurant, adjacent to the Provincial Capitol. If you are also coming from Baguio City, ride a jeep bound to 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.
Upon reaching the registration booth at Sayangan, Tuel, pay an entrance/registration fee of 120 pesos each. This already covers 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. 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.
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. Fare is also 400 pesos.
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. 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. Fare ranges from 475 to 490 pesos. The trip takes around five to six hours.
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.
Bayokbok is a three-layered waterfall. Only the first drop, however, is visible upon reaching the site. To see the other two falls, one needs to climb over the first fall. For that, the locals installed ropes to help in the assault. Oh, how I’d loved soaking in 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 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.
By the way, there are available life vests for non-swimmers. There is also a raft per layer of Bayokbok falls.
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 direction.
- Bring zip locks to protect your gadgets from the waters.
- 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.
Where to Eat?
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 on 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 needs:
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
- Mr. Freddie Laron, Tourism Officer of Tublay, – 09998802688
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