Can-Umantad Falls: Visiting The Iconic Natural Scenery Of Candijay, Bohol


After fully enjoying the unassuming beauty of Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, we keep on our journey going to the Can-umantad Falls. The road leading to the falls is really jouncy, we even go down from the motorcycle because the road has an uneven surface. Some parts of the road owned a small flume, which has been created because of the stream since it was raining a day before our sojourn. But, some part of the road are also concreted, especially the road that used to be unpaved and most of the visitors really have to walk downwards to the Falls. But during our visit, it was already concreted up to the parking area.

But just before we almost got to the Falls, the beauty of Can-Umantad Falls is flaunting like as if trying to entice us from afar. It is located just below the Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, which has been recognized as the most iconic natural attractions in Candijay, Bohol. This waterfall was also distinguished as the tallest waterfalls in the entire Island of Bohol. Proudly standing at the height of 60 feet and looks majestic at its own time when the rain pour. The water that flows to the Can-Umantad Falls is coming from Cadapdapan River that provides irrigation to the rice terraces nested above the falls before flowing downstream.

During our visit, the waterfall really looks majestic because it was raining a day before our sojourn. We were lucky enough during our visit as the waterfalls can really appear like a tiny waterfall during summer, especially if it’s not raining at all. Right after we parked the motorcycle, our driver helps us to come close to the waterfalls. We trek down until we got to the waterfalls. There was a newly built bridge that help us cross to the other side and went straight to the waterfalls. I can really feel the sturdy water coming from above as it reaches the catching basin with a thundering sound.

The cooling mist that peacefully arriving on my surface has rendered me a refreshing feeling. It brought back my colorful childhood memories, where I used to dance and play while the rain pours. I can’t seem to stop gazing at its beauty from its slender brink where the water started to go down and how it was naturally becoming wide before reaching the catching basin.

Seeing the waterfalls from above, It actually drops down first to the natural elevated structure, then sturdily flows down to the catching basin. I was straining to get closer to the waterfalls, as I have seen people do it, but I wasn’t in the mood of dousing myself in the water that time. Probably because the water was not coming out like a rich blue-green that time since it was raining hard a day before our visit.

I actually went closer to the waterfalls, but only standing on the viewing deck. I was trying to take good photos of the waterfalls, but the struggle that time was real because of the cooling mist that keep touching my surface, which makes me really wet, although, I didn’t get down to swim. There were also cottages around the waterfalls, which earns it a perfect place to have a picnic by the waterfalls.

Truly, Can-Umantad Falls is something that Bohol can really be proud of aside from their famous Chocolate Hills and Adorable Tarsier. Right after we got good photos, we decided to depart and went straight to another natural Gem of Candijay, Bohol, which is the magical beauty of Canawa Cold Spring.

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HOW TO GET TO CAN-UMANTAD FALLS

From Tagbilaran City

Once you arrive at Tagbilaran City Sea Port or Tagbilaran City airport, you can hire a tricycle to take you to Dao Terminal. From Dao Terminal ride a Bus or Van bound for Ubay and ask the Bus conductor to drop you off at the crossing Lungsod-Daan. The travel time is around 1-2 hours. From the crossing, hire a Motorcycle or Habal-Habal that will take you to Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Can-umantad Falls and Canawa Cold Spring. I highly recommend Kuya Edwin Balahay, kindly contact him at +63 912 405 9855.

From Tubigon

Apart from fare is cheaper from Cebu to Tubigon, travel time is only more than an hour via Fast Cat or other Fast Craft bound for Tubigon. From Tubigon, ride a Bus bound for Carmen, travel time is less than an hour. From Carmen, ride a bus bound for Ubay, and ask the Bus conductor to drop you off at the crossing Lungsod-Daan. The travel time is less than an hour. From the crossing, hire a Motorcycle or Habal-Habal that will take you to Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Can-umantad Falls and Canawa Cold Spring. I highly recommend Kuya Edwin Balahay, kindly contact him at +63 912 405 9855.

From Ubay, Bohol

Coming from Cebu City, you can take J&N Roro bound for Ubay, Bohol. Remark that, buying the boat ticket is only open from 3:00 PM onwards at the Marine Bldg. Pier 1. J&N RoRo will depart by 9:30 PM from Cebu City, Pier 1 and will arrive in Ubay, Bohol by 2:00 AM. From Ubay Bohol, ride a Bus bound for Candijay, and ask the Bus conductor to drop you off at the crossing Lungsod-Daan. The travel time is less than an hour. From the crossing, hire a Motorcycle or Habal-Habal that will take you to Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Can-umantad Falls and Canawa Cold Spring. I highly recommend Kuya Edwin Balahay, kindly contact him at +63 912 405 9855.

 

ITINERARY FOR THE WHOLE TRIP
(Birthday Backpacking: Cebu-Tubigon-Carmen-Alicia-Candijay-Anda-Dimiao-Tagbilaran-Napo-Tubigon-Cebu)

 

DAY 1 (Binabaje Hills, Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Can-umantad Falls, Canawa Spring & Anda Beach)

02:30 AM Depart for Tubigon from Cebu
05:00 AM ETA Tubigon
05:30 AM Depart for Carmen
06:30 AM ETA Carmen
07:00 AM Depart for Alicia
08:00 AM ETA Alicia
08:10 AM Breakfast & Registration for Binabaje Hills
08:40 AM Depart for Binabaje Jump Off Area
09:00 AM Assault Trek to Binabaje Hills Peak
09:50 AM ETA Binabaje Hills summit
10:00 AM Rest and Picture taking
10:45 AM Trek down to Jump Off area
11:20 AM ETA Jump off area
11:30 AM Depart for Alicia Proper
11:40 AM Depart for Lungsod-daan, Candijay
12:05 PM ETA Lungsod-daan Proper
12:10 PM Lunch
12:40 PM Depart for Cadapdapan Rice Terraces
01:10 PM Cadapdapan Rice Terraces
01:15 PM Depart for Can-umantad Falls
01:40 PM ETA Can-umantad Falls and Picture taking
02:10 PM Depart for Canawa Spring
02:30 PM ETA Canawa Spring (Swimming & Picture taking)
03:00 PM Depart For Highway
03:30 PM Depart for Guinhulman
03:55 PM ETA Guinhulman (Waiting for Van bound for Anda)
04:20 PM Depart for Anda
04:40 PM ETA Anda (Strolling around the white beach and look for cheap accommodation)
05:30 PM Check Inn at Kims Garden Inn
06:00 PM Early rest (Take a nap)
08:30 PM Dinner at the food place near the marker
09:30 PM Lights Off (Sleep)

DAY 2 (Anda Beach Sunrise, Cabagnow Cave Pool, Combento Cave Pool, Ingkumhan Falls, Pahangog Twin Falls)

05:30 AM Wake Up Call
05:45 AM Waiting for sunrise at the white beach
06:00 AM Sunrise viewing and Picture taking
07:00 AM Breakfast
07:30 AM Preparation for Cave Pool Adventure
08:00 AM Check Out in Kims Garden Inn
08:30 AM Depart for Cabagnow Cave Pool
08:40 AM ETA Jump Off Area and trek to Cabagnow
08:50 AM ETA Cabagnow
09:00 AM Swimming & Picture taking
10:20 AM Depart for Combento Cave Pool
10:30 AM ETA Combento Cave Pool (Swimming & Picture Taking)
11:30 AM Depart for Guindulman
11:40 AM ETA Guindulman
12:05 PM Lunch
12:20 PM Depart for Dimiao
01:30 PM ETA Dimiao
01:35 PM Depart for Ingkumhan Falls
02:00 PM ETA Ingkumhan Falls (Swimming & Picture taking)
02:40 PM Depart for Pahangog Twin Falls
03:00 PM ETA Jump off area
03:05 PM Trek to Pahangog Twin Falls
03:30 PM ETA Pahangog Twin Falls (Swimming & Picture taking)
04:30 PM Depart for Dimiao Proper
05:00 PM ETA Dimiao Proper
05:20 PM Depart for Tagbilaran
06:30 PM ETA Tagbilaran
07:30 PM Depart for Napo, Loon
08:20 PM ETA Napo, Loon
08:30 PM Dinner
11:30 PM Lights off (sleep)

DAY 3 (Napo Beach)

07:00 AM Wake up call
07:30 AM Coffe Time
09:00 AM Napo, Beach
09:30 AM Breakfast
10:30 AM Swimming & Picture taking
12:10 PM Sleep before heading back to Tubigon
02:00 PM Late Lunch
03:30 PM Depart for Tubigon
04:30 PM ETA Tubigon
05:30 PM Depart for Cebu
06:50 PM ETA Cebu
08:00 PM Going Home
10:00 PM Lights off (Sleep)

EXPENSES FOR THE WHOLE TRIP (Cebu-Tubigon-Carmen-Alicia-Candijay-Anda-Dimiao-Tagbilaran-Napo-Tubigon-Cebu)

  • Cebu Tubigon Fast Cat – Php 300.00
  • Terminal Fee – Php 25.00
  • Tubigon to Carmen Motorcycle – Php 150.00
  • Carmen to Alicia – Php 40.00
  • Tour guide fee Binabaje hills – 300.00
  • Fare motorcycle – Php 200.00
  • Motorcycle (Can-umantad, Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Canawa spring) – Php 300.00
  • Can-umantad Entrance Fee – Php 20.00
  • Canawa spring – Php 20.00
  • Lungsod-Daan to Guindulman Jeepney – Php 15.00
  • Guindulman to Anda – Php 30.00
  • Accommodation (Kims Garden Inn) – Php 499.00
  • Cabagnow Cave & Combento Cave Tricycle – Php 120.00
  • Cabagnow Cave pool Entrance – Php 50.00
  • Combento Cave pool Entrance – Php 20.00
  • Anda to Guindulman – Php 25.00
  • Guindulman to Dimiao – Php 160.00
  • Pahangog Twin Falls & Ingkumhan Falls motorcycle – Php 300.00
  • Dimiao to Tagbilaran – Php 80.00
  • Tagbilaran to Napo Loon – Php 31.00
  • Loon to Tubigon Php 28.00
  • Tubigon to Cebu Weesam – Php 250.00
  • Terminal fee & ticket – Php 25.00
  • Food (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks) – Php 750.00

TOTAL – Php 3,738.00

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55 comments

  1. I’m a huge fan of waterfalls and try to find them wherever I travel. This one is definitely worth traveling for. Even the hike sounds beautiful! And to know they are not far away from the rice terraces as well would make this a great itinerary!

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  2. Wow, it looks so incredibly beautiful! I love that you have given such detailed instructions on how to get there. Transport is always what gives me the biggest headaches when travelling. It makes it a lot easier if you know what to expect. – I’m definitely going to put this on my bucket list of places to visit!

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  3. I really love waterfalls and if I ever have the chance to visit Can-Umantad, I will use it. It is simply amazing. It is a pity that you did not swim. But you made great photos. Lucky you! 🙂

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  4. I’ve always loved waterfalls! Too bad you didn’t get to go in the water, but perhaps some other time? Also, that price for that much nature is SO worth it. As usual, lovely shots! How was the inn you stayed at for this trip?

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  5. What a mesmerizing scene! The setting in the greens is really magical. My problem would be how to tear myself apart from the place if I ever visit. The break up is really helpful.

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  6. it’s really difficult for me to take waterfalls photos because of the mist.. this waterfall is worth all the try!!! as always, kudos to making this post very informative, i and other readers can easily get to this spot because of your tips and guide! the next time i visit bohol, i’d make it a point to trek to this beauty!

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  7. I have been to Bohol a couple of times but this is the first time I have heard about Candijay. We would love to include this in our itinerary during our next visit to Bohol. Thank you for sharing the trip option. We will try the Cebu-Tubigon route next time.

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  8. We were in the Philippines last month but didn’t make it to Bohol. Really wish we had having read this and seen your pics! The waterfall looks amazing. It’s good to remember that the Philippines isn’t just about beaches and island hopping – so much beauty to see inland as well.

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  9. I’ve been following your little trip since the Binabaje Hills and each new post makes me want to go to Bohol even more. The waterfall looks amazing, and as always the information to get there is really useful. Nice silky water effect in your photo by the way!

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  10. Thanks for going to very details, including schedules and expenses. Many bloggers (including me) share their feelings about a place, but missing the practical side. Maybe I should add an appendix with expences to some of my posts.

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  11. Great itinerary! I wasn’t aware that Bohol had such wonderful falls. I’m a big fan of waterfalls myself, so it’s nice to know that our country has this gem 🙂 I’ll definitely pay a visit next time I go there!

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  12. That second picture reminds me of the waterfall from Up!!! So beautiful and lush and green! Thanks for the share – I will have to visit one day!

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  13. There’s something with waterfalls that both attracts me and soothes me every time I see them. Even if I haven’t seen one personally, reading your posts make me feel that I was there already. This waterfalls is very intriguing as if it was taken from a movie and brought to life. When I get the chance to travel, I’ll return to this very informative post of yours!

    Always keep us amazed and hope you’ll get in the waterfalls next time!

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  14. I love your photos of the waterfalls. You are right to say that it can be tough to take good pictures of falls because of the mist. You always have such interesting adventures. I look forward to seeing what natural wonder you will explore next.

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  15. Although I spent one week in Bohol last year, unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to visit this incredible waterfall. Each time I wanted to go, something else came up. But it’s nice to know that you can actually enjoy a picnic next to the falls.

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  16. That Falls look really beautiful! I would love to see a fall like up close. I have only been to Niagara Falls which is on whole another level. But this kind of falls always make me want to visit those!! Still haven’t such luck.

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  17. I’ve always wanted to visit Bohol but never get the chance to do so. Hopefully, in one of our vacations we could jump into one of those Fast Cat. Ah the beauty of Visayas!

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  18. I knew there were a lot of beautiful places to see in Bohol aside from the usual tourist spots included in the usual country tour so this is such a lovely list of places I need to see when I visit again. The falls does look lovely. Good thing the weather was great when you visited.

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  19. Another waterfall chased down huh! This looks like a great place to unwind, with a beer in hand and misty spray of the falls for company. I enjoyed the photographs quite a bit.

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  20. I like the way you started with the blog and break down every single detail. Also I loved how you experimented with long exposure and results were incredible.

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  21. I did not know that Bohol has this treasure hidden in Candijay! We have a house in Bohol and I have visited the place many times. But I did not have the chance to see this place. I would love to see this! It is so beautiful! I suddenly miss the waterfalls in Iligan City!

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  22. Hi, let me congratulate you for taking so much pain to assemble the itinerary and expenses for this destination. I hope that more travelers start booking their trips after consulting your website. This kind of dedication is rare actually and I wish you all the luck in the world.

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  23. Wow! Another paradise that is yet to be discovered by so many including me. I have a thing for waterfalls. They seems to be very magical and mysterious. How i wish i could travel like you into places like that. Superb!

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  24. The Can-Umantad Falls is beautiful. The amount of water going over the falls is impressive so I guess the recent rains were good. I like the way the narrow water stream from the top cascades over the base. If I get to the Philippines, I will have to get to Bohol to see this wonder.

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  25. Waterfalls are always magical. But when it has rained and the falls are brimming the visual treat is really on a divine plane. That is the case with Can-umantad Falls. It looks absolutely breathtaking. Another thing that you mentioned is about the mist raised by the spray of the water. This gives a whole mystical look to the falls.

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  26. I absolutely love chasing waterfalls as they are so mesmerizing and beautiful. I can imagine the mist from the waterfall making it difficult to snap photos. I hope it didn’t get your lens wet! I would also love to picnic and relax in one of the cottages around the waterfalls 🙂

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  27. Such beautiful waterfalls, I especially love big waterfalls with a big pool at the end. It is so cool.I have heard so much about Bohol, would love to visit and check out all of the waterfalls you have posted about 😀

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  28. Breathtaking view. Always a pleasure to go through your travel posts. Detailed and informative with beautiful pictures to get a sneak peek of the location. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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  29. wow.. these is kinda cheap for a magnificent place to visit. just looking at the pictures makes me wanna go there.. hpe io get the chance to visit it someday soon.. 🙂

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  30. I’ve never seen a falls up-close and I am very sure it will be such a treat to see one, such as this, some day. Imagine that beautiful scenery and I can almost feel its relaxing effect, as well as the soothing sound of the water rushing down. It was unfortunate that we did not have enough time to explore around when we visited Bohol. I sure hope we can go back and check the majestic attractions.

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  31. Bohol has really become a top of the list destination for me. The moment I saw the terraces, I have decided I will visit Bohol this year. Now, I see this post of yours and it has affirmed my itch for Bohol even more. Truly, Bihol.has a lot of things to offer asode from the typical attractions.

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  32. I went to chocolate hills in Bohol but didn’t have the chance to go Waterfalls. maybe next time, thanks for bringing to my attention

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  33. Outstanding. It’s another little known location “unlocked” by Lai. The photos are superb my friend. Thanks for including an detailed itinerary too. Will surely be useul for my future adventures there.

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  34. I’m like wow, that is one hell of a waterfall. I mean look at it, it’s so beautiful. I love that photo that you took from afar where the falls are surrounded by the trees. Were there other people around when you went there? It’s sad that you didn’t go swimming, I think I would because it looks so inviting. Ah what a beauty, I think I make an effort to see it should I find myself back in Bohol.

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  35. I love a good waterfall! I find them so majestic and truly nature at its best. So you can actually go down there for a swim? That sounds like something I would love to do. And your itinerary looks so full on! Jam packed with activities that’s for sure!

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  36. Beautiful photographs! And such a helpful post, I love that you’ve included the full itinerary and pricing – you’ve made it so easy to plan the trip! I’d love to visit the falls and the Cadapdapan Rice Terraces 🙂

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  37. The waterfall looks stunning. Would love to visit one day. Thanks for sharing such an informative post. Great pictures also.

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  38. You’re lucky to get to visit the waterfalls at its majestic state, a day after the rain. I keep wanting to do the same near where I live, though it’s only a water spill, but it hasn’t happen until today.

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