I remember one my friends who happen to have the courage to ask me about the places I’ve been to. He asked me if I’d ever felt like I’ve left a piece of me in places that I have visited. He caught me smiling while telling him that – I’ve had a lot of places that have caught me speechless the moment I traipsed my feet along its beautiful, innate state. But, only a few places that I felt like I’ve left a part of me. Perchance, because of the good memories and the whole package of an amazing experience I’ve had.
The moment I knew, I’d had a chance to visit the beautiful Mag-Aso falls in Antequera, Bohol, I was grinning from ear to ear. And so, the memories I had during my first visit 5 years ago quickly appears in my head. Truly, it was a great travel journey as It happens to be my first backpacking trip in the year 2013, exploring the beautiful Island of Bohol, and Mag-Aso Falls happened to be included in my itinerary that time. I can definitely see what kind of traveler I was that time comparing it at present. And as a traveler, I’m proud to say that I’m more responsible now.
Shortly after truly enjoying the innate beauty of Mandahunog Spring And Cave, which is also located in Antequera, Bohol. My friends and I decided to go to Mag-Aso Falls, which would be my second visit on the said waterfall. During my first visit in 2013, Mag-Aso Falls has actually owned a beautiful twin cascade with an estimated elevation of about 25 feet, dropping down to a cool and deep catching basin, which creates a natural pool to swim. And since that time, there were natural calamities like the Earthquake that struck Bohol last 2013 just a few months after my first visit, which have changed the innate features of the waterfall making It looks smaller. Another natural calamity that has tried to destroy the innate beauty of Mag-Aso Falls are the previous typhoons that have completely changed the innate beauty of Mag-Aso Falls. Though, at some point, Mag-Aso Falls has lost its glorious natural beauty, but still, I find it pretty amazing and just beautiful as it is. And because of what Mag-Aso Falls have gone through, I must suppose, that Mag-Aso Falls is truly Indestructible by sturdy floods and unshakable by an Earthquake.
Shortly after the enjoyable motorcycle ride, we made it at the entrance of Mag-Aso Falls that says, welcome to Mag-Aso Falls. I was grinning from ear to ear, cause I can’t wait to eventually see the new look of Antequera’s beautiful waterfalls after my first visit 5 years ago. We pay PHP 20 for the entrance fee, which is really a great thing. And before we could finally experience the sensational beauty of Mag-Aso Falls, we need to take the challenge of a quite steep descent, which has almost 200 steps with metal handrails leading towards the falls. You’ll be seeing grown trees that makes the trail beautiful and the fresh air will definitely make the trek easier to manage.
Truly, a few minutes after our trek, we were able to reach the beautiful Mag-aso Falls. It is alleged that the Mag-also came from the local word or a Bisaya term “Aso”, which means “smoke”. It is because, the strong drop of the water from the lush green forest as a backdrop has created drizzles that resemble smoke. Snuggled in the forested area of Barangay Can-omay, Antequera, Bohol and being maintained by the Antequera Local Government Unit (LGU). If you love an exciting adventure, this is the place for you, since the rough and challenging terrain before getting close to the waterfalls will definitely awaken your adventurous spirit.
Candidly, I got shocked when I saw the new look of Mag-Aso Falls while comparing what it looks like 5 years ago. I still remember the beautiful twin cascades of it with a beautiful backdrop of well grown trees. I also still remember during my visit that there’s a big trunk of a tree that horizontally trapped in the catching basin of Mag-also falls, which seemed to have long been in that place for a long period of time. And seeing Mag-also falls with its new look, I feel happy since I got the chance to see its beauty before and now. Presently, Mag-aso falls has now own a wide catching basin, which looks like a big ravine with a natural pool. The falls may look smaller now, but Its beauty is still worth seeing and its natural pond is truly tempting that you’ll definitely love to take a dip in its cold water.
I couldn’t just stand there and reminisce my beautiful memories, hence, my friends and I decided to take a plunge and get closer to the waterfall. Getting close to the waterfall is quite challenging though, one must have to be very careful since its quite slippery, and you also need to swim. Thus, for those who don’t know how to swim, I guess bringing a lifebuoy would be a great idea. Upon reaching near the channel where the water flows, or the bottom of the stream; one should be sturdy enough to carry its body to get to upper side of the base where the stream finishes its descent. From there, you’ll get to experience the natural massage of the flowing water for free, which we truly enjoyed. And since it wasn’t crowded during our visit, we seemed to own the waterfall exclusively for us. There’s also a natural Jacuzzi to enjoy and seems to be a perfect backdrop of your photo.
The sun was about to rest below the horizon, and being surrounded by the natural landscape at that time, we truly forget about the time. We seemed to be enthralled with the idea of immersing ourselves in the middle of the beautiful jungle while being pacified by the gushing cold water and dousing in the natural pool. I wouldn’t want to leave actually, but since we don’t want to get caught in the midriff of the night on our way back to Napo, Loon, Bohol, we decided to leave Mag-Aso Falls before dark. On our way back to the Parking area, which is in the Entrance of Mag-Aso falls, we again get to walk on a concrete stairs, which happened to be more challenging since it was a steep ascent. Merely, after almost 25 minutes of a tiring trek, we were able to get back to Parking area and went straight to Napo, Loon, Bohol where our friend’s house is located.
Mag-Aso Falls Entrance Fee And Parking Fee
- Entrance fee (Adult) – PHP 20
- Parking Fees:
Bicycle / Self-Driven Motorcycle – PHP 10
Motorcycle w/ 2 or more passengers – PHP 15
Automobile/Private Jeep/Taxi – PHP 20
Public Utility Jeep/Multicab/Van – PHP 30
Mini Bus/Ordinary Public Utility Bus – PHP 50
Tour Bus – PHP 100
HOW TO GET TO MAG-ASO FALLS
The main entry point to the beautiful Island of Bohol is in Tagbilaran City (Tagbilaran City Airport), which is just a one hour-and-15-minute flight from Manila and 20 minutes from Cebu.
The most convenient way to go to Bohol from the neighbouring islands is by fast ferry. Fast ferries offer a high-speed passenger service, which means that getting to the Island of Bohol would not take you that long. If you’re from Cebu, there are the daily schedules of boat and fast craft trip from Cebu bound for Tagbilaran that would only take you approximately 2 hours.
It takes an hour from the City proper of Tagbilaran to get to the town of Antequera, Bohol. If you like to travel on your own, you may head to Cogon Terminal, or Dao Terminal, and catch a Bus/Jeepney bound for Antequera. Ask the Bus Conductor to drop you off at the Antequera Public Marketat or at the Antequera Holy Rosary Parish Church. The fare is around PHP 25-30. and from there, you can hire a Motorcycle or locally known as Habal-Habal to get to the Mag-aso Falls. The fare from the Public Market to Mag-aso Falls is ranging from PHP 30 to PHP 50.
You can as well choose to hire a motorcycle at downtown Antequera for P200 to take you to Mag-aso Falls, Mandahunog Spring and Cave, Inambacan Cave Spring and back to downtown.
- It is not that touristy compared to other Bohol tourist spots, there is a big chance that you can enjoy Mag-Aso Falls all to yourself if you go there on a weekday.
- Make sure to go there when it’s not raining since there are already reported incident of flash floods.
- Be ready for the steep descent since you need to walk down 197 concrete steps before reaching the main area of the falls.
- Bring your spare clothes if you want to take a dip in the enticing natural Pool of Mag-aso Falls.
- There’s a Comfort Room where you can change your wet clothes near the entrance of Mag-Aso Falls for free.
- Always be kind with local people there, and you can constantly ask them for anything if you wish to know them.
- Always be responsible with your garbage and never leave any garbage anywhere.
- Please, just enjoy what nature has to offer and always take good care of them. Always remember to practice LEAVE NO TRACE Principle (LNT).
SAMPLE ITINERARY FOR THE WHOLE DAY TRIP IN ANTEQUERA, BOHOL ( Visiting Mandahunog Cave And Spring, and Mag-Aso Falls)
- 9:00 AM ETA Tagbilaran City
- 09:30 AM Depart for Antequera10:50 AM ETA Antequera Public Market
- 11:00 AM Depart for Mandahunog Cave And Spring
- 11:30 AM ETA Mandahunog Cave And Spring
- 11:50 AM LUNCH
- 01:00 PM Enjoying the refreshing water of Mandahunog Cave And Spring
- 02:00 PM Depart for Mag-Aso Falls
- 02:30 PM ETA Mag-Aso Falls
- 03:00 PM Enjoying the innate beauty of Mag-Aso Falls
- 04:30 PM Depart for Antequera Town Proper
- 05:00 PM Depart for Tagbilaran City
- 06:30 PM ETA Tagbilran City