Lugnason Falls, Siquijor The Waterfall Without Water
Lugnason Falls in Siquijor is one of the island’s favourite waterfalls and a must tourist spot to add on your Siquijor itinerary. Hidden away in tropical jungle, Lugnason Falls is an adventurous spot to explore while in Siquijor. A tarzan swing hangs from the trees above and you can actually cliff jump from on the cascade into a deep milky blue pool.
And what makes Lugnason Falls more interesting is that you just have to be here at the right time since it isn’t a year round tourist spot.
Where is Lugnason Falls Siquijor
Lugnason Falls is located in San Juan in the south-west part of Siquijor. As it happens, San Juan is Siquijor’s main tourist area and Lugnason Falls is only a 15-minute ride further inland from the tourist strip where most resorts, hotels and guesthouses are located.
To reach Lugnason Falls you will need to trek for about 10 minutes. The trek is well marked and easy enough, although you may want to avoid flip flops. There are a few rough patches along the way but nothing to worry about.
Point A is San Juan town centre. B is Lugnason Falls exact location.
Best Time to Visit Lugnason Falls
The best time to visit the Philippines is between the months of November and April.
During these months it is dry season. You can expect mostly sunny days and all round good weather.
However for Lugnason Falls it is hard to know when is the best time.
The water that flows into Lugnason Falls also feeds the surrounding rice fields and farmland.
Therefore during dry season the water may be redirected to the farmers to feed their crops.
We have read reviews that there was no water even in November which is just after the rainy season.
In fact, we were in Siquijor during the last week of January and Lugnason Falls seemed to have been long dried up.
How To Get To Lugnason Falls Siquijor
While you are in Siquijor there are various ways of getting to Lugnason falls, other tourist attractions and around the island. Either by taxi/hire car with driver, tricycle (similar to tuktuk), habal habal (an extended motorcycle taxi) or freely and simply hire a scooter.
You can rent a scooter when you arrive by ferry. A number of rental stores are near the terminal and you are bound for a scooter rental. A scooter will cost around 250 pesos ($5) a day.
If you are not confident riding a scooter, you can always hail down a tricycle or habal habal on the main tourist strip in San Juan. Usually a tricycle or habal habal ride that can take up to 3 or 4 passengers will cost around 150 pesos ($3) for a 15-minute ride. However, the cost you pay will widely depend on your negotiation skills.
Lugnason Falls is located a short ride from San Juan tourist area. Although the point on Google.Maps is correct, we found it confusing to get to the exact point of entry. Eventually we didn’t find the official entry, but a local offered us to pass through his backyard which was an alternative.
⇨ Consider adding a few other tourist spots along with Lugnason falls. Lazi, a town next to San Juan is loaded with waterfalls, Locong Falls, Kawasan Falls and Cambugahay Falls are our favourite. And on the North-Eastern tip of Siquijor is Salagdoong beach one of the island’s best beaches with crystal clear water and cliff jumping spots.
There is no fee to enter Lugnason Falls. However, you may be asked to pay a small parking fee of 10 pesos ($0.20) or a donation. A guide may be offered which isn’t really necessary.
Lugnason Falls Siquijor
It only took us 15 minutes to cruise from our accommodation that was midway between San Juan and Siquijor port and reach Lugnason Falls. We got here so early that no one was around.
However, we got confused where the entry point is or at least the official jumping off point was.
Google.Maps points the exact location of Lugnason Falls which is somewhere a few metres off the road into the jungle. We didn’t find any path leading through the jungle so we asked a local who told us we could reach the fall from his backyard where he had chickens running freely and a couple of small piglets.
It seems the actual entry leads to Lugnason Falls, but we came in from the back end. This is where a man made water system is located and feeds the nearby local farm land.
The water system is a network of small concrete canals and a large round pool with clear water. And the surrounding landscape is amazing. Mostly the landscape is made up of a cluster of long coconut trees and tropical vegetation.
Lugnason Falls is a seasonal waterfall, and when we came the fall had no water. During the dry season the water is directed to the farmland, so we didn’t have another option but to imagine the scene before the water dries out.
Here’s how Lugnason looks when there’s water flowing through the fall.
Where to Stay in Siquijor
Siquijor isn’t such a big island. You could easily stay anywhere and not be that far from all the best tourist spots and waterfalls in Siquijor.
However, most of the island isn’t catered for tourists and you won’t find much to do or places to hang out during the day.
The best place for tourists to stay in Siquijor is in San Juan on the island’s southwest coast. This is where most tourists stay and is where the largest concentration of Resorts, Hostels, Guesthouses and most of the western restaurants are located.
How to Get to Siquijor
Getting to Siquijor is straightforward since it is close to Cebu and Bohol. Both Bohol and Cebu are popular islands. So if you are already on one of those islands, you can easily get to Siquijor via ferry or bus + ferry, depending on where you are.