Chasing Waterfalls Guide : La Union

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La Union is the last place I would thought to be a good place for some waterfall chasing adventure but boy! was I wrong. A few weeks ago a friend brought to my attention of what looks like a breathtaking waterfall in La Union featured in the movie Flotsam with the ever seductive temptress in local scene Solenn Heussaff. That moment builds my curiosity of La Union and as I go along with my research I've found 11 waterfalls and counting. Waterfall ranging from stunning to an okay with a difficulty that would make me question my safety chasing that waterfall to a walk in the park scenario. As I was getting excited for my trip in that province next weekend I've collated all the waterfalls in this post and credited the photos & blogs that would make anyone want to go there. Without further ado, here are the waterfalls in La Union I could find, their locations and how to get there.

UPDATE: The master waterfall chaser himself Angel Lakwatsero shared his researched lists of waterfalls in La Union to me. I highlighted those I featured in the post below.

1) Tangadan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union
2) Tag-Ed Balakay Falls ( Nakapandagan Falls ), San Gabriel, La Union
3) Siwsiwan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union
4) Kilat Falls, San Gabriel, La Union
5) Bimmanyo Falls, San Gabriel, La Union
6) Immarbis Falls, San Gabriel, La Union
7) Palpalaidan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union
8) Dupagan Falls, San Gabriel, La Union
9) Limmungon Falls, San Gabriel, La Union
10) Sarep Falls, San Gabriel, La Union
11) Tuddingan Falls, Naguilian, La Union
12) Occalong Falls, Luna, La Union
13) Luzong Falls, Bangar, La Union
14) Duplas Falls, San Fernando, La Union
15) Disoor Falls, San Fernando, La Union
16) Kibkibulan Falls, San Fernando, La Union
17) Sibuan-otong Falls, San Fernando, La Union
18) Ken Badol Falls, Sudipen, La Union
19) Calibus Falls, Sudipen, La Union
20) Kinmadilyan Falls, Sudipen, La Union
21) Bubon Aso Falls, Sudipen, La Union
22) Tekdag-aso Falls, Bacnotan, La Union
23) Zim-Sim-Ug Falls, Bacnotan, La Union
24) Pad-tok Falls, Bacnotan, La Union
25) Guinabang Falls, Bacnotan, La Union
26) Sapilang Falls, Bacnotan, La Union
27) Budahaw Falls, Burgos, La Union
28) Burgos Cascades, Burgos, La Union
29) Tiliti Nuang Falls, Bagulin, La Union
30) Loslosi Falls ( Nangalisan Falls), Bagulin, La Union
31) Tapuakan Falls, Pugo, La Union
32) Macabato Falls, Aringay, La Union
33) Siminublan Falls, Santol, La Union
34) Balay Anito Falls, Santol, La Union
35) Sangbay Falls, San Fernando

1) Tuddingan Falls in Naguilian

Tuddingan Falls © No Juan Is An Island
Location : Baranggay Tuddingan, Naguilian

How to get there: 
 
From Manila take any bus going to any of these north-western Luzon places namely: Laoag City, Vigan City, Candon City, Abra and La Union. Inform the driver/conductor that you be dropped at the Bauang town plaza.


Then, ride a jeepney or mini-bus at the waiting shed some few meters away eastwards near the public Library. At Naguilian Town proper, take a tricycle or jeepney bound for the town of Bagulin, which is about 6 Kilometers away from the town proper of Naguilian. The jump-off point is at Barangay Tuddingan (just after a bridge) and from there, walk your way to the falls.

TRAVEL GUIDE : 

2)  Tangadan Falls in San Gabriel

Tangadan Falls © www.visitlaunion.wordpress.com
Location : Sitio Kilat, Barangay Amontoc, San Gabriel

How to get there: 

1. From surfing areas in San Juan take a jeep going North to San Gabriel (has a sign in front says going to San Gabriel). For around 20 minutes.

2. Hire a motorcycle taxi to take you to the falls area. Usually there are drivers waiting in San Gabriel town. The roads are steep so tricycles usually can't take you further up. Arrange time when they would pick you up. Price range from 200php up per head for this 30 minute ride.

3. They will drop you off at a waiting shed and from there you start walking downhill, follow the road until it turns into a muddy track, then smaller track going to the rice fields. 

4. Follow the tracks to the pilapil (middle of rice fields), then once you see the irrigation water follow it further until you get to a dam, then from the dam, you cross the river then just follow the stream of river to get to the falls.


TRAVEL GUIDE : 

3)  Occalong Falls in Luna

Occalong Falls © www.manonglakwatsero.wordpress.com
 Location : Barangay Cabalitocan, Luna

 How to get there: 

From San Fernando City, La Union, take a jeepney bound to Luna, La Union. Fare is Php 50 and travel time is around 45 minutes. 

From San Juan, wait for ordinary/air-conditioned buses bound for Vigan, Candon or Laoag. Tell the bus attendant that you will be going to Luna and will drop at Balaoan (fare is Php 30). Tricycles going to Luna are available near 7Eleven, fare is Php 10.


Occalong Falls located in the lush nature of Barangay Cabalitocan. From the plaza, I chartered a tricycle going to the falls at Php 200 for the roundtrip fare and waiting time. The falls is 20 minutes away from the town proper. Locals also flock the falls to cool down the summer heat. An entrance fee of Php 10 is being collected.

Travel Guide :  

4)  Balay Anito Falls in Santol 


Balay Anito Falls © www.tupanggala.com

Location : Barangay Lettac Sur, Santol

How to get there:

From Balaoan Town Proper, ride a jeep bound to Santol. Then from its town proper, hire a tricycle going to the entrance of Balay-Anito. Get ready to hike from the entrance down to the falls. Just follow the downstream and you won’t get lost.

Good thing, there’s no entrance fee, but make sure to spend some for food and drinks to town before you go to the falls.

TRAVEL GUIDE : 

5)  Zim-Sim-Ug Falls in Bacnotan


Zim-Sim-Ug Falls in Bacnotan © www.pagnapagna.com

Location : Arosip Ecotrail, Barangay Arosip, Bacnotan

Arosip Ecotrail : 45-minute descending trek where three waterfalls await.

How to get there:

From Manila take a bus bound for any of these Nortwest Luzon places : Laoag City (Ilocos Norte), Bangued (Abra), Vigan City (Ilocos Sur) and Candon City (Ilocos Sur).

You have to get down at the Bus stop near the Public Supermarket of Bacnotan, La Union. 


At Bacnotan, La Union you may:


1- wait for the jeeps bound for Barangay Sapilang and get down at the road going to barangay Arosip in Barangay Casiaman.


2- ride a passenger tricycle going to Barangay Casiaman and get down at the road going to Barangay Arosip.


After going through either one of the steps 1 and 2 , hike your way up on the road going to Barangay Arosip Proper (where the Barangay Auditorium is located).


At the Barangay Arosip Proper, visit their Barangay Hall or ask for the house of the Barangay Captain where you may request for a "guide".


With the "guide" you may now hike your way to the falls. 


TRAVEL GUIDE :   

6) Pad-tok Falls in Bacnotan
Pad-tok Falls © www.pagnapagna.com


Location : Arosip Ecotrail, Barangay Arosip, Bacnotan


7) Tekdag-aso Falls in Bacnotan

Tekdag-aso Falls © www.pagnapagna.com

Location : Arosip Ecotrail, Barangay Arosip, Bacnotan

How to get there: 

From Manila take a bus bound for any of these Nortwest Luzon places : Laoag City (Ilocos Norte), Bangued (Abra), Vigan City (Ilocos Sur) and Candon City (Ilocos Sur).
You have to get down at the Bus stop near the Public Supermarket of Bacnotan, La Union.

At Bacnotan, La Union you may:
1- wait for the jeeps bound for Barangay Sapilang and get down at the road going to barangay Arosip in Barangay Casiaman.
2- ride a passenger tricycle going to Barangay Casiaman and get down at the road going to Barangay Arosip.

After going through either one of the steps 1 and 2 , hike your way up on the road going to Barangay Arosip Proper (where the Barangay Auditorium is located).

At the Barangay Arosip Proper, visit their Barangay Hall or ask for the house of the Barangay Captain where you may request for a "guide".
With the "guide" you may now hike your way to the falls.

 
TRAVEL GUIDE :  
 
8) Sapilang Falls  in Bacnotan

Sapilang Falls © www.pagnapagna.com

Location : Barangay Sapilang, Bacnotan

How to get there:

If you are coming from Manila, you can take a bus going to any of  these Northwestern Luzon places: Laoag City, Vigan City, Candon City and Abra. You have to get down at Bacnotan, La Union. 

At Bacnotan look for the jeep bound for SAPILANG (they usually stop at the bus stop some few meters away after the Cemetery to get passengers) with about 10 pesos or 12 pesos fare. Just tell the driver that you are going to Sapilang waterfalls. At Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University – North La Union Campus (DMMMSU NLUC) ask permission and walk your way to the waterfalls.

TRAVEL GUIDE : 


9) Guinabang Falls in Bacnotan


Guinabang Falls © www.launion.gov.ph

Location : Barangay Guinabang, Bacnotan


Visiting the Guinabang Falls found located at Barangay Guinabang is worthwhile for a weekend escapade.
Tourists will find adventure by walking along rice fields for about 30 minutes from the barangay hall, crossing at a hanging bridge and passing through a small river before they reach Guinabang Falls. 

Carbonnel, however, cautioned visitors to be careful as they approach the falls. 

“They must be careful walking along the stream because stones and riverbed were slippery,” he said. 

At the falls, one can swim into the waters and could catch some small shrimps and cray fish.
Meanwhile, Carbonnel said that their locality is pleased that both domestic and foreign tourists have started to discover the falls and recognize their beauty.

10) Sangbay Falls in San Fernando

Sangbay Falls © The Quest Boi

Location : Guging Sur, Naguilan

How to get there: 

Driving up north from the town proper as the point of origin via public utility vehicles such as tricycles, jeepneys and private cars, we reached Gusing Sur after passing through Barangay Ortiz,  Lioac Sur and Lioac Norte respectively in a thirty-minute ride. In Barangay Gusing Sur we drove right of the Aspiras waiting shed to Sitio Tawi-tawi for about five to seven minutes in an asphalted and cemented road. 

At the end of the cemented road is a trail that leads to the base of the mountains of Gusing Sur. The sweet and warm smiles of the local residents are heart warming, so we waved and smiled back. After a five minutes walk, we arrived at the base of the mountain where we found a swimming lagoon called Pit-il the water of which comes from the top of the mountain where we latter saw another magnificent wonder, the Sangbay Falls.


TRAVEL GUIDE :   

11) Tapukan (Pugo) Falls in Pugo



Location : Tapuakan River, Pugo
Source: www.pixoto.com


   

Christian Vincent Literatus

Travel Blogger

Chris just loves to travel, and for a long time now has been drifting from place to place around the Philippines. With his combined passion for travel and photography, he’s managed to find himself in the middle of some magical moments and mind blowing scenery. The Bisdak Explorer is Chris’s way of sharing his experiences with you, and showcasing not just his travel photography, but the moments and stories behind those photos.

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