HOW TO GET THERE
Check for the first and last schedules of Kalibo-San Jose and Caticlan-San Jose (vice versa) vehicle trips before leading to Igpasungaw Falls. Request the driver to drop you in a crossing near to the Town Hall or Public Market of Sebaste (or in front of Palawan Pawnshop). Fare is about 100 pesos and above depending in the bus type and ob course on your location.
Then, take a 15-minute tricycle ride from the highway up to the location where trekking will start. Single motorcycle is the other option and price depends on your negotiation. Twenty (Php. 20) pesos is the standard rate according a local that we’ve met.
Hiking will take 40 minutes to 1 hour before reaching the waterfalls depending on your speed. Fifty (50) Philippine Peso is being paid as the Environmental Fee per head except if you are a local of Sebaste. Moreover, Tour-guide fee is 200 Pesos (we refused to hire a tour guide and just follow the trail which is fortunately easy).
On my first visit in 2016, we are unlucky to secure a vehicle going back to town proper and we don’t have a choice but to walk another hour. The two good things are: First we save another expense, just considering the failure as additional adventure. Second, we met good friends which are locals of Sebaste on our way. Upon reaching the Highway, we wait until the Ordinary Ceres Bus leading to Caticlan arrived and dropped in Nabas, Aklan. We were so hungry after the expedition and decided to eat in a Food Restaurant – where a Giant Burger is being served; but that is another story.
Meanwhile, during my second visit in 2017, we added Igpasungaw Falls in our itinerary; Malalison Island in Culasi, Antique as our target destination. We followed the same tips i have mentioned and it’s still relevant.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
Trek the three (3) kilometers easy trail for about 1 hour and enjoy the path which is shaded by trees. Be watchful for you might encounter a rare Amorphophallus Carnivorous Plant known as the Tallest Bloom Flower in the World.
CHASING THE WATERFALLS
Igpasungaw Falls features a water curtain with series of waterfalls that looks like a Grand Staircase, making it a small version of Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Surigao Del Sur.
SWIMMING, CLIFF JUMPING AND WATER SLIDING
Dips your bodies in the cold water of its natural swimming pools, and then take some groupies as souvenir. If you are brave enough, Cliff Jumping and Water Sliding in the last 3 highest tiers are good to try but not an obligatory one.
VISIT THE ST. BLAISE CHURCH
For Catholics, it’s worth to include Sebaste Chruch. It’s just a walking distance from the highway. A Pilgrimage site where countless devotees flock every 3rd of February. Meanwhile, Try it’s sugar-made sweet local delicacies escpecially “Bandi”.
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