Ready to go chasing waterfalls? Come and visit the Southern part of the Philippines. There are numerous beautiful cascades scattered throughout the island of Mindanao. There are a lot of waterfalls on the list but what I’m going to introduce to you is the pride of my hometown Jasaan, the Sagpulon Falls.
Jasaan’s Hidden Gem
Jasaan is making a sound in its neighboring towns as it’s known for its rich water resources. A quite number of beaches, spring resorts, and pools are situated in this municipality. And one of the most visited tourist spots in the province is the Sagpulon Falls.
Sagpulon Falls is particularly located in Brgy. San Isidro, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. The falls is 7 kilometers away from the national highway and can be accessible by both private and public transport. It measures about 150 feet in height with a huge nature-made lagoon where you can have a plunge to freshen up. Its walls are covered with moss which filters the falling waters gushing from its sides. There are two man-made mini pools inside which are ideal for children to swim as it’s quite shallow for them to relish. If you want to go nearer the waterfalls, you may need to rent a life vest for safety purposes. There are concrete cottages for rent and picnic tables around where you can enjoy your meal while gazing at the beauty of nature.
How to get to there:
The nearest airport to the municipality of Jasaan is Laguindingan Airport. From the airport, you can hail a taxi or ride a van going to downtown Cagayan de Oro City. Jasaan is 31 kilometers east of the City of Golden Friendship. Go to Agora Terminal and take a jeepney or a bus (Balingoan or Butuan bound) heading to Jasaan. The jeepney fare is Php30 and bus fare ranges from Php25-Php65 (airconditioned/non-airconditioned) plus a terminal fee of Php3 as of this writing.
The travel time going to Jasaan is around 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the traffic condition. Ask the driver or conductor to drop you off at the crossing of Upper Solana or Spring View Resort. From there you can ride a motorcycle, which is also known as habal-habal (fare is Php50/person) to take you to the falls. But when we went there one random Sunday afternoon, we opt to ride a tricycle or what is known by the locals as “bao-bao” or “dulog”. We paid Php100 which is already good for 3 passengers. For us, this is already a good deal. You can try to haggle hard if you wish to lessen the price. Best of luck!
Once you get to the falls entrance, you will need to pay for the entrance fee which only costs Php20 for adults and can even be lowered for kids or if you’re a senior citizen. Cheap isn’t it?
But wait! It doesn’t stop there. From the entrance, you need to have a short adventure trek before you’ll finally get to see its grandeur.
Things to remember:
- Spring View Resort is a good landmark as it’s just located along the highway and it’s the nearest trailhead going to the falls.
- Prefer to go there on a sunny day because the water becomes less appealing when it’s raining.
- Please practice LNT, always remember to leave no trace behind. It’s important to take good care of our mother nature. Be responsible for your own trash.
- There are no restaurants inside so I’d suggest you bring your own food/snacks and drinks.
- Visitors are only allowed to stay until 5PM.
- Early mornings and during weekdays are the best times to visit to avoid the crowds.