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Pagsanjan Falls

Written by Patrick

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OVERVIEW

One of the Cavinti waterfalls

Caption: One of the Cavinti waterfalls

Pagsanjan Falls is a three-tiered waterfall located in Cavinti, Laguna, hence the other name Cavinti Falls.  It is one of the most popular waterfalls in the Philippines and one of the major tourist attractions in the province of Laguna.  The waterfall can be reached by navigating the river using a dugout originating from the town of Pagsanjan.  The boat ride, now called Shooting the Rapids, has been practiced since the Spanish era.  The boat ride provides tourists the amazing views of the river lined with boulders and rocks where lush greenery thrives.  Upon reaching the main falls, you can ride a bamboo raft across the natural pool to get behind the falls.

While the ride to the falls seems like a leisurely ride, the return is a different story as you will go through 14 rapids of the Bumbungan River therefore making the entire experience all the more thrilling and memorable.

Fast Facts

Attraction:
Pagsanjan Falls
Type of Attraction:
Waterfalls
Address:
Cavinti, Laguna, Philippines
Website:
Phone:
(049)-808-4057
Hours:
Monday-Sunday 8:00-15:00
Closed:
Weather-dependent
Best Time to Visit:
November to June
Food & Drink:
NO
FREE WiFi:
NO
Cost:
Cost per Person: $6-10
Payment Type:
Cash
Fees:
P1,250 – P1,500 ($25 – $30 USD) – Tour package (includes round-trip boat ride, use of life vests, entrance fees)

Via Cavinti
P350 – Trekking fee (per person)
P750 – Trekking to the falls and canoe ride going back (per person)
P1000 – Round trip canoe ride (per person)

Via Pagsanjan
P1250 – Canoe for two persons
Notes:
Wear appropriate clothing and footwear to protect your body and prevent injuries.
Bring extra clothing.
Use a waterproof bag to secure your valuables such as money, phone, and camera.

MAP

This attraction  is located on Luzon in Cavinti town, Laguna.

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NEED TO KNOW

How to Get to Pagsanjan Falls?

By Bus from PITX via Cavinti

  1. Bus companies such as HM Transport, Jac Liner, and LLI have buses plying the route PITX-Sta. Cruz, Laguna and vice versa.  A bus leaves almost every 30 minutes from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  Travel time is around two hours but may take longer depending on road traffic conditions.  Fare is P175 to P212 per person.
  2. Upon arrival in Sta. Cruz, take a jeep to Cavinti.  Alternatively, you can also take a jeep bound for Lumban as it passes through Caviniti.  Just remember to inform the driver that your destination is Cavinti.
  3. From the town proper, take a tricycle to Pueblo El Salvador Nature Park, the jumpoff point to the waterfalls.  From the park, there are two options to get to the falls:
    • Trekking which involves hiking the 600-meter trail, 589-step metal ladder, and vertical rappelling.  The trek to the waterfalls takes about one hour and longer going back.
    • Canoe ride which involves a 30-minute hike.

By Bus from PITX via Pagsanjan

  1. Bus companies such as HM Transport, Jac Liner, and LLI have buses plying the route PITX-Sta. Cruz, Laguna and vice versa.  A bus leaves almost every 30 minutes from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  Travel time is around two hours but may take longer depending on the road traffic condition.  Fare is P175 to P212 per person.
  2. Upon arrival in Sta. Cruz, take a jeepney to Pagsanjan Tourism Office where you will register and arrange your canoe ride.
  3. From the boat ride station, take a canoe to the waterfalls.  The ride is about one hour.

By Bus from Buendia via Cavinti

  1. From the terminal in Buendia, you can take a bus via DLTB, Jac Liner, and LLI to Sta.Cruz, Laguna from 3:00 AM to 12 MN.  The fare per person is P212 and the travel time is about two hours but may take longer depending on the road traffic condition.
  2. Upon arrival in Sta. Cruz, take a jeep to Cavinti.  Alternatively, you can also take a jeep bound for Lumban as it passes through Caviniti.  Just remember to inform the driver that your destination is Cavinti.
  3. From the town proper, take a tricycle to Pueblo El Salvador Nature Park, the jumpoff point to the waterfalls.  From the park, there are two options to get to the falls:
    • Trekking which involves hiking the 600-meter trail, 589-step metal ladder, and vertical rappelling.  The trek to the waterfalls takes about one hour and longer going back.
    • Canoe ride which involves a 30-minute hike.

By Bus from Buendia via Pagsanjan

  1. From the terminal in Buendia, you can take a bus via DLTB, Jac Liner, and LLI to Sta.Cruz, Laguna from 3:00 AM to 12 MN.  The fare per person is P212 and the travel time is about two hours but may take longer depending on the road traffic condition.
  2. Upon arrival in Sta. Cruz, take a jeepney to Pagsanjan Tourism Office where you will register and arrange your canoe ride.
  3. From the boat ride station, take a canoe to the waterfalls.  The ride is about one hour.

Airport closest to Pagsanjan Falls

Ninoy Aquino Airport (IATA: MLA) is the airport closest to Pagsanjan Falls.  It is located a little over 100 kilometers away from the waterfalls and about a three-hour car ride from Pueblo El Salvador Cavinti Nature’s Park.

Alcohol

Consuming alcohol is not allowed at this attraction.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this attraction to avoid crowds is early in the morning usually before 10:00 AM.

Closures

This attraction is closed when the weather is bad.

Fees

Fees require payment in cash.  Credit cards are not accepted at this attraction. 

Food & Drink

Food and drinks from outside the attraction are allowed at this attraction.

Pets

Pets are not allowed at this attraction.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.

Trash

Please dispose of your trash properly or take it with you.  Don’t Trash the Philippines!  

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TIPS & HACKS

The following are recommended items for this experience: 

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CamelPack

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UV Shirt

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Snorkel Gear

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Photos

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Videos

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NEARBY

The following are other points of interest nearby:

  • Talahib Falls
  • Pagsanjan Gorge Tourist Zone 
  • Pueblo El  Salvador Eco-Park and Picnic Grove 
  • Naculo Falls 
  • Bumbungan Eco-park

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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