Saturday, June 22, 2013

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte: The Hike to Kabigan Falls

While Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte is known for its gorgeous beaches, it has one beautiful attraction which is far away from its sands and waves . Tucked inside a forested area in Barangay Baloi is Kabigan Falls. The falls has a drop of about 120-feet and and its base forms a natural pool making it ideal for a cool dip. And a cool dip is what you really need for getting here requires sweating it out through a trail hike of more than one kilometer.

After paying the entrance fee of Php 10.00 per person and a guide fee of P100.00, we started our hike to Kabigan Falls. Our guide is an old woman, probably in her early or mid 50s. There is an established trail in going to the falls and it could actually be reach even without a guide. But then, we also have to consider that tourism is a source of livelihood in this barangay and the entrance and guide fees are a big help to the local community.

We passed through some rice fields, river streams, open and shaded trails and wooden bridges. Since my wife and I are both into running, the hike was relatively easy. We even passed by some groups who went ahead of us. There was also a roadside vendor somewhere along the route, selling buko juice and softdrinks.


A few meters away from the entrance. This is the only paved part of the route.

 Rocky trail with mountains in the background

 Hilly part of the trail along the rice fields

 Tree-shaded portion of the trail

One of the three wooden bridges we crossed

After less than 30 minutes, we finally reached Kabigan Falls. It has a tall and gorgeous drop and is surrounded by a lush green forest. The water is simply too cool to resist so even without proper swimming attire, my wife and I jumped in for a reinvigorating swim. It was the perfect way to cool down after a sweaty hike.






How to Get There:

1. Kabigan Falls is part of the North Tour package offered by tricycle drivers in Pagudpud. For 600 pesos (good for 2 persons), we were able to visit Paraiso ni Anton, Agua Grande, Patapat ViaductTimmangtang Rock, Bantay Abot Cave, Blue Lagoon, Kabigan Falls and Saud Beach.    

2. You need to hike a trail of more than one kilometer to reach Kabigan Falls. Don't forget to bring water and light snacks as you may get thirsty and hungry along the way. As there are open portion of the trail, it would also be wise to bring umbrella or sarong to shield you from the heat of the sun.

3. For your tour guide, I recommend Mr. Arnel Aguila. He can provide you with a tricycle or van, depending on your preference. Contact him in these numbers:  09069388308, 09186890723 and 09265880666. And don't forget to tell him he was recommended by the couple backpackers from Bukidnon. : )

10 comments :

  1. Ilocos is one of my fave place to visit because it offers diverse treats to everyone. I have been to this falls and truly enjoyed it.

    My first time in your blog, will definitely go back. Awesome :)

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    2. Thanks Atty. Oman. Agree ako dyan. Ilocos Norte is one of the most beautiful provinces I've ever been to.

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  2. Ilocos Norte is really beautiful. It is blessed with many tourist attractions.

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  3. ganda talga ng ilocos nadaanan ko ang ilocos norte and sur pero di pa ako nag stay jan ng matagal para ma visit ang mga tourist destination nila...

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  4. It's a nice place. I am a traveler and I would like to visit countries and places like this. Which has a great history and tradition.

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  5. Wow…. The surrounding looks really amazing, hope you’ll had a great time..

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  6. hi! can I ask how many hours it took your north tour package? is it possible for a half day only? tnx!

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    1. It is possible if you start the tour early. But I recommend that you make it one day for you to fully enjoy the sights.

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