Katibawasan Falls

January 12, 2011

Katibawasan Falls is a waterfalls settled five kilometers southeast of Mambajao at the foot of Mt. Timpoong in the island of Camiguin. It measures about 250 feet w/c cascades to a rock pool embedded by ground orchids, wild ferns, trees and boulders. Ice cold water provides an ideal summer splash to bathers and picnickers. The falls tumble down into a green pool, ideal for a refreshing swim. Giant ferns decorate the surrounding land, carpeting for space with huge trees & dropping vines. Rock picnic tables, seats & cookout facilities are available for use. Considered as one of the treasured gifts nature has bestowed Camiguin, the falls is maintained by the province & visitors are expected to pay a minimal entrance fee.

If you have already rented a vehicle in Camiguin Island, you will have no problem finding this famous spot as the driver ala tour guide will eventually take you there. Please take note that it is advisable not to rent a tricycle or a two wheeled roofed cart attached to a motorcycle the locals call “Rela”. There is a certain portion along the sealed road that is so steep, the Rela may not have a problem going up without passengers, but going down is a dangerous when the cart is fully loaded as the motorcycle’s disc brake is not designed to hold the extra capacity. Tricycles and Relas are now out to climb up past the bridge. If you brought along your vehicle with you, the falls is really very accessible. If our reference starting point is the town proper of Mambajao, take your way along Camiguin’s national highway going south. Not so far from the town, you will see a sign board to your right pointing the way to the Provincial Building and Katibawasan Falls (direction going up the mountain). As you move up, you will pass by the Provincial building. Another junction will take you to Camiguin Highlands Resort, turn right to continue your way to the Falls. You will reach a bridge w/c will signal that the ascent is already steep. When you reached the deflection point leveling the road, the pave road will also end. the wide fire (rough) road will take you to the entrance gate of Katibawasan Falls.

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