When visiting the province of Laguna, people would often head straight to the City of Seven Lakes, San Pablo; from the vast Sampaloc lake to the twin lakes of Yambo and Pandin. Only a few people know of this perfect side-trip destination just a few minutes away from Lake Yambo, the Bunga twin waterfalls in Nagcarlan; very affordable, easy to reach and definitely a treat for the thrill seekers.
By Private Transportation: Head to South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) exit at Calamba. From Calamba, head straight to San Pablo and follow the road going to Nagcarlan until you reach a sign pointing to Bunga Falls. If you’re already on the road to Nagcarlan, it’s best to ask a local where Bunga Falls is. (The falls is located in Brgy. Bunga, Nagcarlan, Laguna)
By Public Transportation: Board a bus directly to San Pablo City, Laguna. You can also take Lucena bound buses and drop off at San Pablo. Make sure to ask if the Lucena-bound bus will pass by San Pablo, it usually does. From San Pablo City, ride a jeep going to Nagcarlan town proper. From there, you can hire a tricycle to bring you to the waterfalls.
WHERE TO STAY
There are no hotels or inns in Bunga Falls. There are only cottages which you could rent for the day. We are not sure if you can stay the night but we recommend not to. There are no proper lighting in the area and representatives from the barangay also leave before dark.
- 0800 Depart for Bunga Falls
- 1100 Arrival at Bunga Falls
- 1130 Lunch
- 1300 Free time. Cliff dive. Swim.
- 1500 Depart for Manila
- 1800 Arrival at Manila
Bunga falls is a perfect weekend destination near Manila. We recommend bringing your own car since it’s just a 2-3 hour trip. It’s also easier to sidetrip to other places like Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery, Yambo Lake, Pandin Lake, etc. if you have a car. Don’t forget to ask for directions when you’re already en route to Nagcarlan. The sign to Bunga Falls is not that noticeable. There are designated parking area for a minimal fee. The falls is just 5 minutes away from the parking lot; no long hike needed.
In Bunga, it’s best to rent a cottage so you could have a place for your things. Some cottages also have tables so you could take your lunch there. Bring packed lunch, since there are no stores in the area to buy meals. You can rent salbabidas or water tubes and swim at the base of the falls. If you have valuables, just leave them in your car just to be safe as the place could get crowded during lunch hours. A lot of locals also visit the place during weekends.
The twin falls is approximately 15-meter high. Cliff-diving is possible but be extra careful on your way up. From the cottages, head up to the flight of stairs leading to the parking lot. You will notice a trail on your left. Take caution as the trail is not that established and can get really slippery. Remember to keep your arms tight to the body when jumping.
We heard some stories from our friends that they were not allowed to jump because they’re girls. However, during our trip, we saw a couple of girls who took the leap from the top of the falls; we’re guessing it’s not really an official policy.
- Fees: P5 Entrance fee per person, P200 Cottage rental (We were only charged P50 since we arrived late in the afternoon), P30 Parking fee per vehicle, P40 Water tube rental
- There are restrooms and shower rooms in the area.
- Signal is good for all networks.
- We recommend visiting in the afternoon to avoid the crowd. You can visit other places first before heading to Bunga falls. (Yambo Lake, Pandin Lake, Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery, etc.) The nearest one is Yambo Lake.
- There is a small sari-sari store selling refreshments and snacks in case you get hungry.