What better way to clean our sweaty and stinky bodies than a rushing stream of water? Out from our 2-day extreme adventure in Langun – Gobingob Cave Exploration, we decided to refresh our selves. Instead of the normal indoor shower, we took it to another level. Sir Joni decided to take us to Lulugayan Falls which is also in Calbiga, Samar.
Well, it was a surprise. I honestly thought that our adventure for the day has come to a conclusion. But no, and I was really excited. My feet were frolicking.
To another adventure
The trip heading to Lulugayan falls usually takes around 45 minutes of habal-habal ride. It was still early afternoon and the sun was still high up. But the heat was negligible for my eyes were filled with dreamy landscapes and frames of rural communities the entire trip. Long winding roads with green hills and fruit plantations on the side. Then after several moments, a glimpse of the Lulugayan falls presented right through our eyes. It made me a bit more excited that I can’t wait to get to the waterfall right away.
Before reaching the waterfall, one must log-in at the registration area. There are plenty of local guides waiting at the registration area waiting for guests and visitors. You still have to walk for about 15 minutes before reaching the main waterfall. The sound of the rushing stream of water will definitely tease you while you get nearer and nearer.
Lulugayan Falls is quite famous already in Calbiga. It may be the go-to place for family bonding and get-together by most of the locals in Samar. There are huts and tables for rent at the side of the waterfall. These may be the explanation of why trash can be seen floating on some areas of its waters.
Nevertheless, Lulugayan Falls still is a beauty to behold. It somehow resembles a small version of Niagara Falls in New York. The water current can really be crazy. That is why they installed a rope for people to hold on when crossing to the other side. The water is not as crystal clear as I expected it to be, but it still has the blue-greenish tinge.
Right when we arrived at the waterfall, we took several photos first before enjoying the waters. We managed to get to the upper level of the waterfall where we cleaned and refreshed ourselves. Extra care must be observed though as the water current is quite strong and the rocks are slippery. For the brave souls, we can’t let the chance pass to cross to the other side where the fun happens. There we swung with the tree vines and climbed up to the upper level of the waterfall.
We did not stay that long for we are racing against time to be able to catch the bus heading to Calbayog where we will be spending our night before heading out to another adventure the next day.
Special thanks to Sir Joni Bonifacio
Sir Joni Bonifacio is a cave master in Samar. He is one of the few people with the drive to explore and promote the caves and other natural attractions on the island. Sir Joni Bonifacio is a man of adventure with a vision. He sees Samar’s tourism on the pedestal some day. His aim to promote the tourism of the island and his effort to achieve this is beyond compare.
My sincere thanks to Sir Joni for letting us experience this wonderful and different kind of adventure. It was truly a memorable and mind-opening experience. I experienced so many new things during the entire adventure.
HOW TO GET TO LULUGAYAN FALLS
- From Calbiga town proper, you can charter a habal-habal to get you to the waterfall
- Trip takes around 30-45 minutes
- Fare would be around 100 PHP per person per way
- Register at the registration area and get a guide
- Guide rate is around 500 PHP per 10 people.
NOTES and REMINDERS
- Entrance, environmental, and guide fees are collected at the registration area.
- There are cottages and tables for rent on the area.
- Please observe proper waste disposal. (LNT – Leave No Trace)
- In can get crowded especially during weekends and holidays.
- Be extra careful when crossing to the other side
- Rocks can be slippery and the water current is quite strong
- Lastly, enjoy and appreciate the world inside the cave
- Don’t forget your souvenir pictures.