Katibawasan Falls - The Most Popular Tourist Spot on Camiguin Island, Philippines
Katibawasan Falls is a stunning waterfall on Camiguin island in the Philippines. Surrounded with mountains, the massive Katibawasan cascade is fed by streams of water that make their way along Mount Timpoong, the highest peak on Camiguin.
A 70 meter cascade plunges down into a pool wrapped in dense jungle and leafy trees. The sheer size of this fall and the surrounding landscape made us feel so small as we stood staring in awe. We would easily say that Katibawasan is one of the best waterfalls in the Philippines. So if this has enticed you, then you definitely want this fall added to your Camiguin list of things to do.
I have put together this guide of Katibawasan Falls adding all the information you will need:
- Accommodation and where to stay in Camiguin
- Where is Katibawasan Falls
- How to get to the Falls
- Entrance fee
- Our experience at Katibawasan Falls
Accommodation and Where To Stay in Camiguin
All around Camiguin there are accommodation which is mostly by the sea or just a short walk away. The main tourist area is in the North in a Municipality named Mambajao. I would suggest you stay in Mambajao if you want restaurants, bars and even boat tours within a short distance.
However, keep in mind that Mambajao is a large area and if you want all amenities within walking distance you will need to stay close to the White Island Ferry Terminal. The rest of the island isn’t really catered to tourists so just keep that in mind while planning your trip to Camiguin.
We stayed in Mambajao at a guesthouse just across the street from the ocean and a 5 minute walk to the boats heading to White Island.
Where are the Falls
Katibawasan falls is located in Mambajao. However, the fall isn’t located along the main ring road that circulates the island. Instead, you will need to make your way further inland and up into the mountains. From the main tourist area in Mambajao, it will take around 20 minute scooter ride.
How to get to Katibawasan Falls
The best way to get to Katibawasan Falls and around Camiguin island is to rent your own scooter. Scooters cost 350 Pesos (€6.38) a day or less depending on your bargaining skills and rental duration. There are few rental shops around the area or ask at your accommodation. We rented our scooter from a tricycle driver who took us to our hotel on the night we arrived in Camiguin.
It is also possible to rent a tricycle or scooter with driver for the day. A scooter with driver will cost 1000 Pesos (€18.24) while a tricycle costs 2000 Pesos (€36.48) for the day. These are both great options to get around at your own pace.
Tours are also a great way to explore Camiguin island. Online their are quite a few reliable tour operators which will help you get the most out of your trip. Although island tours and tour guides are the most expensive option, it is the best option if you don’t have too much time to spend planning.
Katibawasan Entrance Fee
The entrance fee to Katibawasan Fall is 50 Pesos (€0.91). You will need to pay the fee at the booth outside the waterfall area.
Our Experience at Katibawasan Falls
We had already been 4 days on Camiguin. We had rented a scooter all along and our accommodation was just 20 minutes away from Katibawasan Falls. But for some reason we had yet to see this waterfall which is no doubt the island’s most popular.
On the 5th day, just before sunset we were finally on our way to Katibawasan Falls. The journey to the fall is along Camiguin’s highlands. Cruising along small villagers’ houses and dense jungle as the air got chilly, was no doubt a highlight. We arrived at Katibawasan as the sun had started to set and a few souvenir shops were closing. I guess we couldn’t have come at a better time since it seemed the fall would be to ourselves.
Outside is a ticket booth where we paid our 50 Pesos entrance fee. From the booth we walked a couple of steps and through the foliage could already see the sheer height of this fall. Enticed, we hiked down the few stairs and were facing a big clear pool with a cascade plunging from 70 meters above and jungle wrapping all the way around.
No doubt the setting was inviting and it didn’t take long for us to jump into the pool which has mostly shallow water. Well the water up here will most likely be quite chilly year round. But I am sure, that like us you don’t mind getting a few shivers to take a dip while surrounded in nature and a stunning fall. After all we spent most of our time here, which was just over an hour, having fun in the pool. Even though we visited the Fall beginning of March which is the end of winter.