It was already late in the afternoon when my friend and I got here. Our road trip was actually started in the City of good life – Oroquieta City, and decided to travel to the secluded Baobawon Island in the town of Plaridel. Then, we went straight to the Municipality of Baliangao to visit the stunning Bless Amare Sunrise Resort. And, the last place wBaobawoe visited during that day was in the Municipality of Sapang Dalaga to visit one of their beautiful waterfalls.
The Municipality of Sapang Dalaga is located in the Northern Part of Misamis Occidental and this coastal town might be so placid, but it has so much to offer. In fact, a day trip to this town may not be enough to enjoy all what it has to proffer. It is a town known for being rich in mineral resources, stunning waterfalls, clean rivers, beaches, and panoramic mountains. Well, just to give you a reason of putting Sapang Dalaga on your bucket list, these are some of the stunning tourist spots and exciting activities that Sapang Dalaga has to offer; hiking in their panoramic mountains in Mount Dasa and Mount Pedoluan reside, chasing waterfalls, enjoying the Dioyo River Cruise, and experience the 360 – view of the twin bays of Casul and Murcielagos when you go to the Caluya Shrine Pilgrimage. And, enjoying the nature while having your luscious food at the Floating Cottage Lunch and so much more.
I didn’t have a leisure time during my sojourn, so instead of exploring this town and all its beautiful tourist spots, I was only blessed to visit one of their beautiful waterfalls, which is “Sapang Dalaga Falls” or formerly called as “Baga Falls”. Sapang Dalaga Falls is proudly standing at the height of 60 feet with its not so wide brink, and the water freely falls into its catching basin. It is located in Sitio Celso Velez, Barangay Poblacion, Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental. Additionally, it is very accessible from the town proper. It holds an estimated distance of more than 1 kilometer from Sapang Dalaga town proper. Perhaps the accessibility of this waterfall can be compared to Mimbalot Falls in Iligan City, Lanao, Del Norte.
Going to Sapang Dalaga Falls has given us an opportunity to see the beauty of towering coconut trees along the way while enjoying the mountain breeze. Actually, my friend and I were both not familiar about the road to Sapang Dalaga Falls, but since it is very accessible, we were able to get to the Falls without any struggle.
As we almost get to the falls, we first notice the cottages along the road, precisely before we see the falls in its full glory. This perhaps the favorite place for locals to have a picnic with family, friends and colleagues.
So, upon getting closer to the waterfall, I was struck with surprise when I saw that the whole place was already developed and they completely transformed it into a small park. Merely, I have nothing against the transformation of the place, since they want to embellish the place into something unique, stunning and eye catching to the visitors. But, I would be happier if I’d experience the falls in its innate state before it became a man-made small park.
Simply, despite of how this waterfall looks at present, Sapang Dalaga Falls is still really enticing and beautiful in its own way. One has to enjoy swimming in the wide catching basin, that now looks like a swimming pool. And with its cold water, deep man-made basin, and perfectly framed in the lush setting, this will certainly be a sight to behold. Moreover, you can as well enjoy taking picture with a perfect backdrop of their statue of maiden, their mini footbridge and small grotto of Virgin Mary which is peacefully situated on the hilltop beside the falls, and of course, the towering 60 feet height of Sapang Dalaga Falls. You would definitely enjoy this place!
I would love to take a plunge in its cold water at that time. But since I didn’t bring any extra shirt, I decided not to, except for my friend who is overly eager to experience taking a dip in the man-made pool of Sapang Dalaga Falls. Hence, ending our motorcycle road trip in the Municipality Sapang Dalaga was truly a great way to cap off our day.
Actually, we were planning to visit Guiban Falls, which is situated in the Municipality of Concepcion at that time. But since one of the locals we’d had a chance to ask about Guiban Falls, he told us that it is quite far, also we didn’t own a leisure time as well, hence we decided not to go there. Hopefully, on our next visit in Misamis Occidental, we can explore other tourist spots that we haven’t been to.
How To Get To Sapang Dalaga Falls
Sapang Dalaga Falls is located in the Municipality of Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental. And by saying that – getting here is just a walk in a park, since it is very accessible by Air, Sea and Land via Ozamiz City, Oroquieta City, and Dipolog City.
From Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental
Ride a Bus (Rural Transit), or Van from Ozamiz bound for Dipolog and get down in the Municipality of Sapang Dalaga. The travel time is around 3 hours, and the fare is less than PHP 180.00. From Sapang Dalaga town proper, take a motorcycle to Sapang Dalaga Falls, travel time is only 10 to 15 minutes, and the fare is around PHP 20.00 to PHP 30.00. The distance from Ozamiz City to the Municipality of Sapang Dalaga is about 96 kilometers.
From Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental
Ride a Bus (Rural Transit), or Van from Oroquieta City bound for Dipolog and get down in the Municipality of Sapang Dalaga. The travel time is around 2 hours and 30 minutes, and the fare is less than PHP 100.00. From Sapang Dalaga town proper, take a motorcycle to Sapang Dalaga Falls, travel time is only 10 to 15 minutes, and the fare is around PHP 20.00 to PHP 30.00. The distance from Oroquieta City to the Municipality of Sapang Dalaga is about 54 kilometers.
From Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte
Ride a Bus (Rural Transit), or Van from Dipolog City bound for Ozamiz City and get down in the Municipality of Sapang Dalaga. The travel time is around 1 hour, and the fare is sround PHP 60.00. From Sapang Dalaga town proper, take a motorcycle to Sapang Dalaga Falls, travel time is only 10 to 15 minutes, and the fare is around PHP 20.00 to PHP 30.00. The distance from Dipolog City to the Municipality of Sapang Dalaga is about 50 kilometers.
Sapang Dalaga Falls Travel Tips
- If you reach in the Municipality of Sapang Dalaga, the best thing to do is ask the locals around. I’m sure, they’ll be happy to help you.
- There are a lot of must-visit places in the town of Sapang Dalaga and they are located just a few kilometers from the town proper, such as Caluya Shrine Pilgrimage, Caluya Floating Cottages, and Sapang Dalaga Falls. And by saying that, it is better to just rent a motorcycle to bring you to these tourist spots. The motorcycle rental is ranging from PHP 350.00 to PHP 400.00, and the driver will be your tour guide as well.
- If you want to swim in its enticing cold man-made basin, don’t forget to bring your extra clothes.
- Mobile signal of the major networks are not that stable.
- Please remember to practice Leave No Trace (LNT) behind. Take good care of our mother nature. Just enjoy and be responsible enough.