They say the forest hides wonders. One such wonder is the enchanting Kabigan Falls in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. Read on to find out more about this attraction and why you should visit.
During my birthday, I took my family on a road trip to this northern province and explore its various destinations. As much as we’ve wanted to bask on the beach for the longest time, we decided to explore more.
Adventurous as we are, we took the trail to one of the remote landscapes and witness the grandeur of what is called Kabigan Falls. It is now a famous ecotourism destination in Ilocos Norte due to its rustic environment.
- Location: Barangay Balaoi, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
- Entrance Fee: Php 40 per person
- Guide Fee: Voluntary/Donation
- Hiking Time: 15-30 minutes
How to Go to Kabigan Falls
Kabigan Falls is located in Barangay Balaoi, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. The waterfall is nestled deep in the forest, approximately 1.5 kilometers away from the nearest road. To get to the falls, visitors need to trek through a scenic trail that passes through the verdant forest and crosses a river and irrigation canal multiple times.
The trek to Kabigan Falls takes around 15 to 30 minutes, depending on one’s pace and level of stamina. The trail is relatively easy, but visitors should wear appropriate footwear and bring enough water and snacks for the journey. Visitors can also hire a guide to assist them during the trek, especially for those who are not familiar with the area.
The fee for the guide is voluntary, and it’s up to you how much you will give. Also, feel free to ask your guide stories about the place. You’ll learn a lot from the conservation.
The trail to the waterfall is well-maintained and I was told it used to be a logging road in the 1960s. Thanks to ecotourism, the locals are now trained to protect the forest.
So for us, it was a leisure walk, trailing alongside towering trees and lush vegetation. We even chanced on a giant flower and various colorful birds. Thanks to the shading of tall trees, we were protected from the simmering midday heat. Ah, nature truly caresses.
Our guide also told us that deer and wild pigs roam the remoter part of the area.
The Beauty of Kabigan Falls
Upon reaching Kabigan Falls, visitors are greeted by a stunning view of the waterfall, which stands approximately 87 feet tall. It’s one of the most endearing cascades I’ve seen especially with its pristine setting.
The waterfall is surrounded by towering trees and lush vegetation, creating a serene and relaxing atmosphere. The crystal clear waters of the falls cascade down into a natural pool, inviting visitors to take a refreshing dip.
The pool at the base of the waterfall is also a perfect spot for taking photos and capturing memories. Visitors can take a swim, bask in the sun, or simply relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The cool and refreshing water is perfect for a swim, especially on a hot day.
Of course. I could not help but immediately jumped into the pool and boy, I was so relieved! It felt like nature was embracing me and casting away my worries and fears.
Now why is it called Kabigan Falls?
Kabigan literally translates to a friend. The locals named it as such because the waterfall is a friend to a connecting river downstream.
Activities to Do in Kabigan Falls
Aside from swimming, there are other activities that visitors can enjoy at Kabigan Falls.
Visitors can explore the area around the waterfall, take a dip in the natural pool, or simply relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Some visitors also take the opportunity to have a picnic or enjoy a packed lunch amidst the tranquil surroundings.
For the more adventurous visitors, there are also opportunities for cliff diving and rock climbing. However, visitors should take caution when engaging in these activities and should have the necessary skills and equipment to ensure their safety.
You can also ask your guide to take you to the nearby forest and learn about the flora and fauna. Some critically-endangered hardwood tree species such as the white lauan still thrive here, thanks to local conservation efforts.
Preserving the Beauty of Kabigan Falls
Kabigan Falls is a natural wonder that is worth preserving. As such, visitors should observe abide by the rules and take care of the environment. Visitors should not leave any trash and refrain from using chemical soaps or lotions when swimming. Visitors should also avoid damaging any vegetation or wildlife in the area and should respect the local culture and traditions.
Indeed, Kabigan Falls is a hidden gem in the Philippines that is definitely worth a visit. With its stunning beauty and serene atmosphere, the falls offer a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Visitors can enjoy a refreshing swim, explore the area, or simply relax and take in the rustic environment. However, visitors should also ensure that they observe local guidelines and take care of the environment to preserve the beauty of Kabigan Falls for future generations to enjoy.