Bolinao Falls – You don’t expect to see waterfalls in an area like this. When you think of falls you picture mountainous terrain with water cascading down from streams to rivers. The surrounding area of Bolinao is generally flat and considered mostly farmland, yet there is not one, but three waterfalls to be seen – Bolinao Falls 1, 2 & 3.
Bolinao Falls 1, 2 & 3
You don’t expect to see waterfalls in an area like Bolinao. When you think of falls you picture mountainous terrain with water cascading down from streams to rivers. The surrounding area of Bolinao is generally flat and considered mostly farmland, yet there is not one, but three waterfalls to be seen – Bolinao Falls 1, 2 & 3. Another hidden gem of this region…
The main road to get to the falls is currently under construction so most of the way you will be driving on a rough, unpaved dirt road. Locals advised us to hire a tricycle (costing P300!) as was no other way to get to the falls due to the road conditions. Don’t believe it,there is… Sure, it is a bumpy ride and I would not like to do it in a car (we had a 4WD) but it is able to be done. If you are not driving you can organize with your hotel for a driver or hire a tricycle in Poblacion and discuss the fare with the driver. Approximately 20 Kms out of town you find Bolinao Falls 1.
Bolinao Falls 1, 2 & 3 – Are They Worth It?
After 10 – 15 minutes of driving you should come to a fork in the road. One way leads you to Balinao Falls 1 and the other takes you down to the second falls, Balinao Falls 2. For those wanting life vests, they can be rented for P50 each at the falls.
There was also a P20 environmental fee (per person) and a P40 parking fee.
Balinao Falls 1
From the drop-off / car park area you descend to the falls via concrete steps. These stairs can be steep so those suffering asthma, back pains, leg cramps or heart conditions should take precautions. This is the highest of the three falls and is great for the adrenaline junkies because you can dive off the top of the falls into the deep areas of the pool below.
We asked a few people where the best jump points were before we tried it. Apparently there is a guide / lifeguard there in peak season but we didn’t see any (we were there just after peak). You can also rent bamboo floats at a small cost. But more on costs and fees below…
Change Room Cost
Be sure to bring a change of clothes if you are planning to take a dip. Change rooms cost P5 when we were there.
There was a little algae and moss growing on some rocks in the pool but overall it was a great time…
The water is cool and the feel of the place is relaxing. There is a “Balinao Falls 1” sign on the right side of the pool near the water line but it is not seen in this picture.
We didn’t stay here too long as we wanted to get to Falls 2 early before all the cottages were taken.
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Bolinao Falls 2
I like these falls better than Falls 1. It is more leisurely and laid back. The falls are not as high as the first, actually it is more like a group of mountain springs than a waterfall but it has a good feel to the place. There are more covered areas to sit and relax, walking trails and bridges to explore. But, ne careful, some of the rocks can be a little sharp so make sure to wear proper footwear (sneakers).
From the parking area (parking fee P50) it is a 10-15 minute walk (depending on your pace) to get down to the falls. Just follow the bamboo pathway and you will get there. Entrance fee P50, cottage P200 and life vest P50. Be extra careful when going down to the water, it can be very slippery. even though the falls are not that high you can still have fun jumping off the top into the pool. Locals told us the pool is 18 feet deep in parts. There are also shallow areas where kids can swim. If you are a nature lover, then you will love the place.
The only thing I don’t like about it is it doesn’t have a decent restroom or shower area. You have to pay P5 to shower and the area where you can change clothes is covered in blue tarpaulin… Anyone can take a peak if they wanted to.
We also noticed garbage building up in some areas. I hope they do their maintenance better.
Oh.. and don’t forget to have some halo halo before going back on the road.
Bolinao Falls 3
A friend of mine went to Falls 3 and took this video. As yet, I have not been here so any reviews or feedback would be greatly appreciated.