Bohol is mostly known for The Chocolate Hills and white sand beaches. But as a local, I think people shouldn’t also miss going to the different waterfalls.
They are scattered around the province but there are several places that are closer to Panglao and Tagbilaran city.
One of those is Camugao Falls – one of my favorite waterfalls in the province.
When I want to go on a quick “nature” getaway, Camugao Falls is one of my favorite places to go.
It’s just 30 – 40 minutes from Tagbilaran City.
And what I love about the place is it has a wide area for swimming and is perfect for picnics on the sides.
It’s been a long time since I visited the place though. was happy to be back, although the changes brought by the typhoon were obvious.
Here are the things you should know before going to Camugao Falls:
If it’s your first time, ask for a local guide at the nearby houses. The trail can be confusing and challenging so it’s best to have a guide. Of course, don’t forget to give a tip!
The trek is around 15-20 minutes depending on the trail condition and if you are in good physical condition.
During our latest visit, the old trail got ruined by landslides from the recent typhoon. There’s a newer and more challenging trail so it’s advisable to wear durable footwear. It can be very slippery and muddy too since the trail goes through a rice field.
There’s no entrance fee (so far).
There are also no facilities like cottages or comfort rooms, so it’s better to bring your necessities like food and a scarf or towel to cover yourself while changing. A picnic blanket will be handy too.
The natural pool is very wide and deep although there are shallow parts safe for non-swimmers.
How to get there
The place is available on Google Maps however, it can be confusing when you get there since there are no markers. Don’t be shy to ask locals along the way!
- The ride is less than 40 mins via car or motorcycle. There are parking spaces available above the waterfall area.
- If you will be commuting, by bus is the best option. The fare from Tagbilaran City to Balilihan Town center is around Php 35 each. Then you can ride a habal-habal or tricycle to the waterfalls. The fare is Php 150 for one way and Php 200 from the waterfalls if you ask the driver to fetch you a few hours after. An ideal choice since there’s no public transport that will pass by the area.