Monday, September 22, 2008

Capalayan Falls

This has been one of my escapes during summer time when i need some place to cool down. Although beach is a good option, i just cant stand the salty feeling of the seas under the sun. Thus, taking refuge in the free-flowing water of the mountains.

Capalayan Falls is located in Barangay Capalayan some 12.75 kilometers off the city of Surigao. A very far estimate if you'll look at the numerical figure of the distance. But once you're on the road traveling the coastal strip with so much vistas along the way, you will just hope you're not any closer for a stop in Capalayan.

Getting to the falls. There were no signs installed as of the moment that provides direction to the location of the falls. An inquiry from some of the locals who will amiably entertain and assist you with the landmark leading to the area will do. And that landmark, a field with a deep cut like the photo below, is not even recognizable by a glance. Again, you can carry one local for a guide.

Taking the trail after this 7 feet cut in the ground will lead you to a drained irrigation canal which you have to follow in proceeding to the falls.

Once you reached the drained mini dam, a cute display of little stages of waterflows channeling in the sediment bedrocks is a sign that you're closer to the spot.

A cross in dam and a little climb in the mountain following the trail will finally lead you to the 20+ feet Capalayan Falls.

...just like what everybody usually do.. a pictorial will follow.

...then the most soothing experience, feeling the rush of the water over you. A wonderful feeling beyond the usual bathe.

Reminder: Bring some light snacks but do not leave the trashes there. No one maintained the place.

27 comments:

Allan Barredo said...

great outdoor destination bro! parang ang sarap maligo sa falls na yan

Paulette said...

coool!!! ganda naman dyan!

Ishna Probinsyana said...

Woooow! Topless!!! Yeeeaaboooy. Hahaha. =))

the donG said...

parang mambukal sa bacolod.

caryn said...

wow, those falls are lovely and the surrounding terrain is so lush! ;-)

salingPUSA said...

hanep ang posing a, para lang mowdel ng waterfalls.kkk.peace.

Lawstude said...

i love waterfalls. lalo na pag mahirap puntahan kasi napakarewarding pag napuntahan. great job bro.

olan said...

waterfalls trekking has always been my favorite adventure. bben to few beautiful beautiful falls in our region. the highest one is in our town. the latest i've been to was at Maragusan. this waterfalls is cool too. great adventure dude. pag nagawi ka ng Davao, gumala ka rin ng ibat ibang falls dito. :)

Nanaybelen said...

wow! ang ganda naman pero masyado naman yatang maliblib kaya hindi masyadong abot ng mga tao. pero ok lang kasi dyan yata ang pinanggagalingan ng patubig ng mga farmers. God is really good.
Bilib din ako sa tyaga ninyo. Grabe. Hanga ako.

the spool artist said...

does it get more water than that during rainy season? waterfalls destinations here in cambodia drastically change depending on seasons. when did you go there?

The Islander said...

@allan.. sobrang sarap. lalo na't summer time. masarap na escape from humidity. it is far from our place but i did not mind about it. the ride going there is very rewarding anyway. so everything's an enjoyable experience.

The Islander said...

@paui.. haha! sana nagstay ka pa ng konti when you go to siargao so you have visited the place din sana. anyways, may time pa naman. balik ka ulit next time.



@ishna.. to ang hilig sa topless. haha. minsanan nga lang ako magkalakas ng loob e kinakantyawan mo pa. hehehe

The Islander said...

@dong.. parang nakita ko din yun somewhere. di ko lang matandaan kung kaninong blog ko nakita. maganda nga sya pero parang mas remote ng konti yung mambukal. ito e mga ilang metro lang na lakaran from the road.



@caryn.. thank you po maam for appreciating the place. i bet we both love the greeneries of nature. hehe cheers!

The Islander said...

@tonyo.. hahaha. maghintay ka. makakabawi din ako. sayang nga lang at nagtimpi pa ko ng hirit dun sa mga poses mo dati. nyahaha!



@lawstude.. right. the more na pinaghirapang puntahan, the more rewarding is the feeling. sayang nga lang at medyo di ko naexpound ang narratives. medyo dinugo na ko. kinapos ng english. haha! at walang draft yan, type lang nang type. aside sa kapos sa english, kapos din sa oras. hehe

The Islander said...

@olan.. you are in davao oriental noh? cge pag nagawi ako sa bandang jan, ill try to explore everything you have posted in your blog.

one time, magpang-abot tayo sa dubbed niagara falls of surigao del sur.. dun sa tinuy-an falls in bislig. saw it in the mag, maganda! enticing. at mahirap din daw puntahan.

The Islander said...

@nay belen.. thank you po nay. as we've said, mas rewarding po ang feeling pag mahirap puntahan ang isang place. kaya ok lang ho kami. hehehe.

btw, sorry if medyo di na ko napapagawi sa blog mo. yaan nyo po, tatambay ako dun pag pwede nang tumambay. salamat ng sobra sa dalaw...

The Islander said...

@spool artist.. that was last summer, loven. sometime in april or may.

yup, it gets more water during rainy season. and more exciting at that. because the rush of waterflow is swifter when heavy.

neens said...

Didn't realize how beautiful pinas really is until I started reading your blogs...

I've only been back to the Philippines twice and didn't really get to explore...

Mukhang masarap mag swimming sa falls. It's gorgeous!


posted 5/05/2008 11:30 PM

mnel said...

it's rather small but it's very picturesque. ^_^


posted 5/06/2008 11:56 PM

Ar-wee-der-yet said...

Ang ganda ng falls at pwede pang tumayo sa gilid, how cool is that? Ang sarap maligo. I bet malamig ang tubig na yan.

.::. Vanny .:. said...

wow macho! hahahaha

salingPUSA said...

yang last picture mo---lagyan mo na ng copyright baka ariin yan at ilagay sa mga magazine. \Baka makita namin yan sa tiktik cge ka.kekeke

dazedblu* said...

ahem, anu ba yung nasa last pic, nahilo ako.. ok na san yung view from prior to tht one, hehe XD

Nice adventures.. XD

dodong flores said...

This place is heaven here on earth. I am wondering why I am confined in the four corners of my cubicle here in Manila when there are lots of beautiful places to explore out there (spots most particularly very near to my hometown). I'm glad you post this. I should note down this place for my future travel and adventures...

A side note: I hope this falls will be left at its current state for purist nature-lover to appreciate. I remember having came across some online forums about oldies who were talking about how beautiful Boracay was before its commercialization.
During my college days (about two decades ago), Katibawasan Falls in Camiguin were only accessible by locals and there were no tourist facilities whatsoever. Now, I learned there were already buildings constructed providing rest and recreation facilities for vacationers - which is good in general
Capalayan Falls is simply just one of uncorrupted nature's treasure. Commercialization doesn't necessarily ruin a place but a purist like me simply despise artificial improvement.


Maayo unta kung virgin pa ni nga lugar sa panahon nga maka-visit ko diri (maybe during sa akong retirement, Hehehe)

The Islander said...

October 2008 pa man diay ni imong comment sir. hehe.

bitaw, unta commercialization has its limit. we cannot prevent developments especially if it benefits the local economy but there should be some limitations. like to remain some aesthetics as it is. mas nindot lakwon ang usa ka place to reach than shortcuts. pero naanad man gud ta ron sa instant.

Anonymous said...

huh surigao city is very nice,,,living here was a good thing..

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