How to get to Cambugahay Falls in Siquijor
The easiest way to get around Siquijor in general, and to find Cambugahay Falls is to rent a moped. The roads in Siquijor are fairly simple and easy to drive (it’s a small island with one main ring road).
Moped rental costs around 300 pesos a day (if you rent for longer you can usually score a great deal). We rented ours directly from our accommodation which saved a lot of hassle on holding passports/deposits etc.
If you don’t want to go via moped, then you can go via tricycle. You can ask your accommodation to arrange someone for you, or you can find someone on the street and negotiate a good price. If you want them to wait for a couple of hours then drive you back, then factor this into your overall cost. Be reasonable!
If you’re coming from Dumaguete (the other island closest to Siquijor), you can get a day tour and guide to take you there! Check it out here.
Entrance cost to Cambugahay Falls
So the actual entrance fee into Cambugahay Falls is free! (as of 2019). But you do pay 10 pesos for parking your moped. If you want to swing on the awesome swings, then you pay 50 pesos per swing, but you can swing unlimited times on that swing! So if you plan on spending a while there, it’s worth paying for a couple of swings.
You can swing in the water for free and float if you have your own floating device, or you can rent out wooden platforms and rubber tyres to float in too if you wish. I don’t actually know how much they are as I didn’t rent any myself, but I doubt they are very expensive.
Cambugahay Falls Opening hours
Cambugahay Falls is open from 7 am to 5 pm, but these opening times have been “set” by locals, so you can arrive earlier, but it’s a case of whether they’ll moan at you for going earlier etc. But, if you want the place to yourself, then you’ll want to go early.
What to expect at Cambugahay Falls
A lot of fun! There are a couple of levels of falls, but the main level at the bottom is where all the really cool rope swings are located. On the various levels you can also swim and relax and it’s just a really cool place to enjoy a fun day.
You access the waterfall via a number of steps, which is fine going down, but may put you out of breath on the way back up!
You can buy soft drinks/water and snacks in the forms of noodle pots, meats on the bbq and rice at the waterfall. 2 lovely locals were running the stall last time and they were super sweet!
I would head here in the morning as your first waterfall stop, and spend 2 hours at least relaxing, having fun and grabbing a bite to eat.
You can check out our guide on the best things to do in Siquijor for more inspiration on planning the rest of your Siquijor itinerary.
When is the best time to visit Cambugahay Falls?
The good thing about visiting Cambugahay falls is that it’s got water all year around, this can’t be said for other waterfalls in the area, which dry up in the dry season (such as Lugnason Falls). So really, you can visit Cambugahay Falls in Siquijor all year round. But the “best” time to visit will coincide with the best time to visit Siquijor in general which is November to May time.
We visited in May and it was perfect! I don’t think we experienced any rain during our 4 days on Siquijor island.
Cambugahay Falls is getting more and more popular, so it will only get more overcrowded, so if you want to have the falls to yourself, then you need to be there at 7 am. We arrived around 7.30-8 and it already had about 5-6 people there.
- Invest in a pair of water shoes for The Philippines. Since it’s just a water-based country, water shoes will protect your feet.
- Bring water. If you don’t want to pay for water (which isn’t expensive), but it’s a good idea to bring your own water...perhaps in a reusable bottle? :)
- Wear sunscreen. Yes if you’re jumping in and out of water it will reduce its effectiveness, but the sun is strong and you need to protect your skin.
- Bring your drone. The Philippines is a very drone friendly country, which is awesome and Cambugahay Falls is a beautiful area to drone with amazing views. Oh, and a go-pro will be perfect for those jumping action shots.
Where to stay in Siquijor
Siquijor is still a “quiet” island in The Philippines, but this will all change as more and more people discover it’s beauty….
However, there is a good range of accommodation on offer. We actually wrote a whole guide on where to stay in Siquijor, you can check that out here for some inspiration.
So there you go, I hope you’ve found this guide on visiting Cambugahay Falls in Siquijor useful and hopefully you’ll have a fuss free and fun day.
Remember if you’re staying in Dumaguete and want to visit on a day trip, then this tour is a great value option.
If you’ve got any questions or comments, then simply pop a comment below!