Katibawasan Falls is a stunning waterfall on Camiguin island in the Philippines. Surrounded by 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 most beautiful 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:
- Where is Katibawasan Falls
- How to get to the Falls
- Entrance fee
- Our experience at Katibawasan Falls
- Accommodation and where to stay in Camiguin
Katibawasan Falls Location
Katibawasan Falls is located on Camiguin in the municipality of 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 a 20-minute ride to reach the fall.
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Katibawasan Falls in Camiguin on Map
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How to get to Katibawasan Falls
One way to get to Katibawasan Falls is to rent a scooter.
Scooters cost 350 Pesos ($7.22) a day or less depending on your bargaining skills and rental duration. There are a few rental shops around the main tourist area in Mambajao or ask at your accommodation.
We rented our scooter from a tricycle driver who took us from the multi-cab drop-off to our hotel on the night we arrived in Camiguin.
It is also possible to rent a tricycle or scooter with a driver for the day.
A scooter with a driver will cost 1000 Pesos ($20.63) while a tricycle costs 2000 Pesos ($41.25) for the day. These are both great options to get around at your own pace.
Another option is to pre-book transport (only) online and create your own island tour by following our 3-day Camiguin itinerary and our guide to the best things to do on the island. This option is hassle-free since you don’t have to worry about organising transport but at the same time, you will still explore the island at your own pace.
Katibawasan Falls Entrance Fee
The entrance fee to Katibawasan is 50 Pesos ($1.03). 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. 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 by 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.
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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.
These are our favourite hand-picked accommodations on Camiguin.
This property provides basic and affordable cottage style accommodation very close to White Island ferry terminal and restaurants. Located in a quiet area, the cottages include a/c but not cold water.
C SIDE INN
If you’re after an affordable clean room, C-side Inn is for you. Located by the sea, this property is one of the most value for money option on Camiguin. Just keep in mind that, it does not have an on site restaurant and wifi connection is poor.
Budget / Mid-Range
This property features a lounging area by the beach, rooms with beach view and scores very well for cleanliness. Restaurants are located about 10 minutes away from this property. If you’re looking for a nice and clean place to stay on Camiguin, Marianita’s Cottage is perfect.
Mid-Range / Budget
BINTANA SA PARAISO BINUNSARAN
If you’re looking for a special place where to stay on Camiguin, look no further. Located in the jungle with ocean views, Bintana Sa Paraiso has fantastic views and out of this world sunsets. Rooms are mostly made of bamboo and the onsite restaurant serves very good food.
NOUVEAU RESORT MAHINOG
Newly built in 2020, this beachfront resort features an outdoor and indoor swimming pool and 4 restaurants. Nouveau Resort is the perfect option for families and couples who favour a luxurious relaxing stay but at the same time have different options for things to do both on and off site.
Other Camiguin Travel Guides
- Those chasing waterfalls read this guide for Tuasan Falls which is another waterfall in Camiguin .
- And if you’re wandering how to get to this lovely small island, read this guide for how to get to Camiguin from other islands in the Philippines.
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