Tuasan Falls on Camiguin Island Philippines
Tuasan Falls isn’t the tallest fall on the island of Camiguin in the Philippines but even so, I was impressed by its powerful water flow.
Tuasan Falls on Camiguin is one of three waterfalls on the island.
Surprisingly, we came across Tuasan by chance while we were cruising along the highlands of Camiguin.
Tuasan Falls is located in the middle of the mountains. And just a few steps away from the parking area. Basically, this fall can be easily accessed by anyone.
I have put together this complete guide to Tuasan Falls for you to have an idea of what to expect, cost and how to get there.
This complete guide to Tuasan Falls will provide you with an idea of what to expect, cost and how to get there including:
- Accommodation and where to stay in Camiguin
- Where is Tuasan Falls
- How to get to Tuasan Falls
- Entrance fee
- Our experience
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. From the ferry terminal to Tuasan Fall the drive is of about 30 minutes.
The rest of the island isn’t really catered for 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 short walk to the boats heading to White Island.
Where are Tuasan Falls
Tuasan Falls is located close to Mount Tres Marias in the Municipality of Catarman.
There is just one road that makes its way across the island and Tuasan is located along this road right after a small bumpy patch.
When you see a big crumbling cliff, look out for a big Tuasan Falls sign in a parking area. This is where you will need to park and a two minute walk will get you straight to the fall.
How to Get To Tuasan Falls
The best way to get to Tuasan Falls, and around Camiguin island is to rent your own scooter. Scooters cost 350 Pesos (€6.33) 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 the tricycle driver who took us from the multi-cab drop off point to our accommodation 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 driver will cost 1000 Pesos (€18.10) while a tricycle costs 2000 Pesos (€36.19) 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 there 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’s the best if you don’t have too much time to plan.
A ticket booth is located in the parking area. This is where you will need to pay a 50 Pesos (€0.90) entrance fee.
Once you have paid the fee, it will take roughly 2 minutes walk along paved paths and you will be facing this powerful fall as it cascades into the pool beneath.
Our Experience at Tuasan Falls
We were in Camiguin for a week and almost every day we would cruise around the island and simply explore. Tuasan was a reward we got along the way. Although we knew of Tuasan and had actually listed it on our things to do in Camiguin, we just came across the fall by chance.
Instead of cruising all the way along the coast we decided to make a turn and make our way into the highlands. Without a doubt this was an interesting ride. Our scooter was up to the challenge of getting us high in the mountains. Mountains, volcanos and houses in the jungle were all along the way. At some point we reached the peak of a steep road and stopped for a coffee and biscuits at a small shack on the side of the road. From up here we could see part of a parking. Since we knew roughly where Tuasan was located, we were pretty sure this was it.
Back on the road after a short coffee and biscuit break. This time we were going downhill along a drop off point into the jungle to our left. A deviation lead us onto a rough patch and right behind the next corner was a big Tuasan Falls sign. So well we just came here by chance. After all Camiguin island is rather small.
Tuasan Falls is right behind a bend after a short walk from the parking area. So we could only hear the crashing water but didn’t see Tuasan until the very end.
First thing we noticed was the 20 metres fall plunging into a crystaline pool below. Jungle landscape with loads of species of plants surround the fall and two pools.
And for everyone’s safety, lifeguards have their own spot high up in a wooden lookout tower. Although I would say it is safe to swim here since the water is mostly shallow with only some parts being deepish. And the fall itself has a safety rope signal not to go beyond a certain point.
There are two pools at Tuasan falls. The cascade first plunges into a large pool and creates currents making their way to a second smaller pool. We actually slowly drifted towards the second pool that has been partly closed off with big rocks to hold the water. The second pool is quite small and is more like an oversize jacuzzi with cold water. In fact, we spent just over an hour at the Falls and mostly we stayed right in between the pools where a small cascade offered us a natural back massage.
Although all around is covered in tropical jungle and species of fauna and flora, the area isn’t enclosed. The warm sun was definitely welcoming after our swim in the chilly waters. Keep in mind the pools are fed by streams of water that make their way from mountains nearby. Therefore will be chilly year round.
If you want to get the place to yourself, I would say come in the morning. But consider the fact it will be much cooler during the morning. However, you will get the best light of day and most likely there won’t be a sole apart from the lifeguards.