Huffing and puffing, I made my way towards the 100-foot apex of Jawili Falls in Tangalan. Its numerous basins came into full view as I reached its highest elevation; I counted and reached up to seven. I mounted a camera on my tripod and heaved a sigh of relief; I finally reached one of the not-so-famous waterfalls of Aklan.
Coming from a four-day tour of Capiz, it was just a few hours since I arrived in Aklan. After quickly dropping my bag at the La Esperanza Hotel in Kalibo, I boarded a bus again; this time to the quiet town of Tangalan.
Aklan is known for two things, the world famous Island of Boracay and Kalibo’s Ati-Atihan Festival. Other than that, I haven’t heard anything else about the province. Since I still have two days before my flight back to Manila, I decided to check out places not usually found on the tourist map.
It was already past four in the afternoon when I arrived at the town of Tangalan. From its town center, I boarded a tricycle, asking to be dropped at the falls in Barangay Jawili. The rain poured as I arrived at the foot of the waterfall. Good thing there’s a resort nearby where I was able to take shelter.
From my vantage, I can already see the Jawili Falls, its basin steaming from the falling rain.
A rainbow appeared as the rain tapered off. Quickly gathering my stuff, I headed towards the waterfall.
Jawili Falls is not that impressive upon first view but definitely one of the most unique. Made from rough limestone, its dark natural pools cascade like gigantic steps carved from a mountainside. Gush of water pour from each basin, creating numerous waterfalls along its wake.
The wet stones making up the waterfalls were slippery but once I saw a concrete steps that led towards the upper levels of Jawili Falls, I decided to risk walking along its surface. Taking my time, the basins of Jawili Falls came to view as my legs led me higher.
From the apex of Jawili Falls, I saw a stream that led deeper into the mountain. The view is both beautiful and mysterious. I so wanted to follow the trail and see where it would lead but the day was already nearing its end. I spent a few minutes of solitude just watching the silent stream before going back down.
I was curious to know how deep Jawili’s natural pools were but it was too inconvenient to swim since I was wearing shoes and have no extra clothes with me. Good thing I spotted a group of teens wading along one of the larger basins of the falls. A quick hello revealed that the pools reach as deep as ten feet on some parts.
That explains the cliff jumping kids I saw earlier.
Before leaving, I descended a rocky slope and checked out the base of Jawili Falls; from its highest level, down to its lowest one. The sun started to dip and I decided to head on. I have two more stops in the sleepy town of Tangalan before the day ends.
Address: Brgy. Jawili, Tangalan, Aklan
Entrance Fee: Php10.00
Parking Fee: Php50.00 to Php100.00
GPS Coordinates: +11° 47' 23.02", +122° 13' 18.25"
How to Get There: From Kalibo Bus Station, ride a bus that will pass by Tangalan. From its town center, ride a tricycle and ask to be dropped by Jawili Falls.