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Pulangbato Falls


This is not really a highlight of my trip to Dumaguette, but it is worthy of a post. The journey was much more interesting than the destination on this trip, as it is on most. I posted on my motor bike trip to the falls here:


As I mentioned before on the previous post, I arrived here by accident. I set out for Terra Alta but I got on the wrong road. The scenery on the drive was so nice, I didn't realize I was on the wrong road for some time. Not that it really mattered, I was just out for an adventure and this was as good of one as I could have hoped with the scenic drive. The falls at the end was just a bonus.


There was a small entrance fee for the falls but it was so small I don't recall the amount. Certainly less than $2 USD or 100 pesos. But before I paid that I had to park my bike. Since there were only a couple other people at the falls I thought nothing of driving my bike right up to the ticket booth. Wrong! The guy came out excitedly to inform me of my unacceptable behavior. He pointed to a small parking area at the side, so that's where I went.


After parking, apologizing, and ticket buying, I was off to the falls. Next to the bridge that leads to the falls is a small snack bar. The waitress was doing nothing so I asked her to snap a photo for me by the sign. She was happy I tipped her 50 pesos for her effort, but I think Filipinos expect tips from Americans as a matter of habit.



From here I snapped a few shots of the falls from my aerial position:



Certainly not an overly impressive falls, but it made up for it by its serene setting. Not being overcrowded this was a very calming area.







After taking a few photos, I was off to cross the bridge This is a suspension bridge which shook a lot as you walked across. There was a couple coming towards me at the time, so out of courtesy, I waited until they crossed. I didn't think they would like me to rock the bridge as they were coming.




I took more photos as I crossed the bridge:





When I made it to the Falls, I was the only one there, as the only other couple had already exited. I took the opportunity to take off my shoes and roll up my pants to walk in the water. It was certainly cool, especially for the Philippines. But I was in an elevated area in the mountains, where it is cooler than most of the country.



I spent only about 10 minutes in this area and then I walked back across the bridge



A few more photos and videos as I walked back across the bridge.






That was really it. I did stop at the snack shop and drank a mango shake before I left, but I didn't really enjoy it. The place was swarming with flies, and they were landing on my head, nose, lips, drink, everything. It took all the enjoyment out of the delicious mango shake.

Then it was on my bike and back to Dumaguette. It rained on the return journey as it often does in the mountains. I had no rain gear, so I was totally soaked by the time I made it back into town. But that was OK. I really didn't mind as it was quite warm in town anyway..


That was the end of this adventure.



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Roger Wells
Roger Wells
Apr 19
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Definitely worth checking it out. I know you have seen and shared a lot bigger waterfalls but these are definitely worth seeing. 👍

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Kirk
Apr 19
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Mike Wells
Mike Wells
Apr 07
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

The mountain area has a lot of greenery and with the waterfall in the middle of it all makes quite peaceful. The bridge across would not be a trip everyone would want cross. Thanks for sharing

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Kirk
Kirk
Apr 07
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Yeah, that’s a lot of greenery in that area because it’s located in the rainforest. As for that suspension bridge, that’s one that I know my mother would never go across.

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