SIQUIJOR | Lugnason Falls, that other Waterfall in Siquijor | Lakad Pilipinas

Lugnason Falls Siquijor

I wasn’t really aware that Siquijor has more than one waterfalls gushing down along its land. There’s the famous three-tiered Cambugahay Falls at the town of Lazi, and then there’s Lugnason Falls; a lesser known attraction located at Barangay Napo in San Juan.

Lugnason Falls Siquijor
LUGNASON FALLS DETAIL

There are a couple of reasons why this particular waterfall is relatively unknown to tourists visiting Siquijor. First, I heard it closed down sometime ago due to its spring source drying up; we’ve been told by our guide that it has only been recently reopened.

Lugnason Falls Siquijor
LUGNASON FROM THE VIEWING AREA

Second, the road leading to Lugnason Falls is more of a dirt track rather than a real one. Going up to the jump-off point is quite tasking to tricycles touring visitors around the island. I reckon most tour guides don’t really recommend this place to their guests.

Lugnason Falls Siquijor
RUNOFF BARRIER DETAILS

Third. To be quite honest, it really pales in comparison to Cambugahay Falls. Lugnason has none of that grandeur that Cambugahay exudes.

Lugnason Falls Siquijor
SWIMMING AT LUGNASON FALLS

But none of these matters if you’re like us who’ve previously been to Siquijor. We, of course, wanted to see something new during our second time in the province, and Lugnason Falls fits our needs just fine.

Lugnason Falls Siquijor Trail
MUDDY PATH TO THE WATERFALLS

So one drizzly morning, we were fetched by Dennis, our guide through our three-day trip around town, at Siquijor’s Port Beach and off we went putt-putting to the uphill rough road to Lugnason. At the jump-off, we paid the requisite guide fee before descending on a slippery mud trail to the falls.

Lugnason Falls Siquijor
LUGNASON FALLS, IN ALL ITS CHUNKY GLORY

It wasn’t really much of a hike, in five minutes, we were at the entrance to Lugnasan, snapping our cameras and looking on with a bit of disappointment; it really was no Cambugahay. By my estimate, Lugnason Waterfalls rises to a squat height of 18 feet and is composed of lumpy chunks of malformed limestone rocks. Well, the good thing about it being unpopular was that we have the whole place to ourselves.

Lugnason Falls Siquijor
WATER BASIN BARRIER

Stripping down, we jumped on its light blue-green waters, an effect when limestone mixes with H2O. The water basin is about 6 feet deep and very, very cold! I noticed that the run-off has been dammed by a concrete barrier to keep the water in, which I found it to be a bit of an eyesore, if I were to be asked.

Lugnason Falls Siquijor
LUGNASON FALLS FROM THE HUT DOWNRIVER

We saw a couple of benches and huts across the falls, I guess for picnickers in the area, but the weather was quite uncooperative at the time and we quickly left after swimming. I read somewhere that there are a series of smaller cascades about an hour’s rough hike from Lugnason, but I guess we’ll reserved that for next time. One new waterfalls at a time for us.


Lugnason Falls
Address: Brgy. Napo, San Juan, Siquijor
Entrance Fee: None
Guide Fee: PHP40.00
Whole Day Siquijor Tour: 
    Dennis Caspes (0947) 789-8337 | (0936) 110-7863
    Tricycle (3pax) ~ PHP1,000.00
    Van (10pax) ~ PHP2,000.00
GPS Coordinates Map: 9.150258, 123.535808


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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Sunday, June 12, 2016

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  2. I don't even know where to begin with your review of this place. Maybe learn a little about what you are talking about before you complain so much in regards to something you have no idea about.
    You should have seen the place before it was improved. you complain about so many things about this place, but understand before the volunteers cleaned it there was no trail there for you to even walk down, there was no way to get down to the pool to even swim. Nor could you swim in the shallow muddy water filled with coconut leafs and logs.
    This place is beautiful, but if you can not enjoy it and would rather go to Cambugahy then go but why try to compare two places that are completely different? Take it for what it is.

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