I grew up studying about Pagsanjan Falls never knowing that one day I will get the opportunity to visit this beautiful falls in Laguna. I have been to several places in the Philippines but never have I considered going on a trip to this place until a friend of mine invited me. And boy was I glad I took the trip because Pagsanjan Falls is truly a sight to see.
We started our trip to Pagsanjan on a sunny Saturday morning. While on the road my friend, along with a few office friends of hers, swapped stories to keep us entertained throughout the 2 and a half hour ride to Laguna. While looking out the window of the van, you can already see yourself leaving the crowded streets of Metro Manila and venturing into new territory where trees are abundant and tall skyscrapers are being replaced by old style houses.
As we were nearing our meet up point, we were greeted by tourist guides hawking their services. They were even riding their motorbike alongside our van just to offer their services. It was impressive but dangerous at the same time seeing them dodging oncoming traffic. Fortunately, they know when visitors are not interested so they backed off and we went on our way.
We arrived at the church where we met the other party along with our guide. We thought we had to travel again but we were surprised when we were directed to an office near the church. This was our tour guide and we were informed that the boat was already waiting for us. After paying at the counter, we were fitted with life jackets and helmets and we were soon off to find our boat ride.
My friend and I took the second boat. I was sitting at the front and I could already feel the glare of the sun beating down on us. Luckily, we were able to buy straw hats from a lady at the church so we had some sort of shade to beat the sun. And we were off!
We had two boatmen accompanying us on our boat ride and they had been working as guides for several years now. They were a father and son team and they were happy enough to answer our questions about the place. During the boat ride, we took some photos of our surrounding and one particular sight stood out for me which is this amazing looking tree.
This photo doesn’t do justice to the magnificence of this tree but it was so amazing that I had to take another shot.
Again, I didn’t give the tree’s beauty enough justice. And besides, I was blinded by the glare of the sun so you have to forgive me for this shot. 😀
After passing this gorgeous tree (yes, gorgeous), I was eager to see more interesting sights before reaching our final destination which was Pagsanjan Falls.
I forgot what this sign was saying but I think it’s something like welcome to Pagsanjan Falls. 😀
This couple is really cool. 😀 Sir Rex and his wife were the ones we met up with at the church.
These were the guys we were with in the van. Abhi, Core and Vijhay were fun to talk to because they had plenty of stories to share. 🙂
This was the first fall that we saw going to Pagsanjan. I was already anticipating the next surprise on our boat ride.
The boatman at the head. He was the one guiding us along the river. Those are part of two separate mountains and we were right smack in the middle.
Another beautiful fall to greet us. Again, it’s hard to take pictures when the sun is at its peak.
We had to navigate around these large rocks as we moved forward. We were now venturing to the rapids.
After dealing with the rocks, our boatmen had to take a few moments to catch their breath and also to take our photo. 😀
And onwards we went. Entering the rapids again. 😀
Our second stop over. The boatmen called this place Jollibee and we were wondering why but later found out that it was because of the damn big roasted chickens on sticks for sale!
Isn’t it gorgeous?
This is the rapids. Our boatmen already moved our boat to the other side but we definitely passed this one on our way back.
According to our boatmen we were almost near our destination. So, more photos!
What lies yonder?
Is that what I think it is?
This is what it’s all about. Pagsanjan Falls!
We took a raft to the falls and on to the Devil’s cave behind it. I wasn’t able to take pictures there because I need to have an underwater camera. Nevertheless, the experience was well worth it!
Going back we shoot the rapids. This is just a taste of what’s yet to come.
These rocks are really huge! But our boatmen managed to navigate them with ease. 🙂
Rocks or should I say boulders?
The rapids on the left side.
The rapids on the right side.
The final leg of our trip.
We had buffet for lunch but I wasn’t really hungry because of the experience that we just had. After we finished our lunch we took another boat ride back to the head office so we can pick up our van and head home.
All in all I’d say going to Pagsanjan Falls is worth it. I’m thinking of more adventures on the road. Maybe hiking next time. 🙂