Hagimit Falls is located in Penaplata, Samal Island. Contrary to what many expect from a waterfall, Hagimit Falls is a multi-tiered water fall or a collection of small waterfalls that empties to a pool that acts as a catch basin. It got its name from the surrounding trees that act as cover from the sun.
The water from the falls is icy cold and is clean. The water coming from the cave supplies the neighboring districts that act as their primary source of water. Visitors are not allowed to go near the area or swim in the area where the water comes from.
Activities in Hagimit Falls
Activities in Hagimit Falls include camping, swimming and nature-tripping. For campers, an area near the falls is designated where they can put up their tents.
The catch-basin of the falls is perfect for swimming with its aquamarine clear water where tourists can enjoy a dive from the top of the falls.
The area is surrounded by trees and provides a good place for people who want to meditate, commune with nature and simply relax.
Due to the influx of tourists wanting to experience the icy cool water of the falls, developers are starting to create additional cottages catering to the visitors. Constructions are on-going in the area. A mini-bridge is also being constructed to take tourists to the mouth of the cave where the water comes from.
The place is just a small area unable to keep up with a quite large number of tourists visiting the area making the place feel a bit crowded especially during the peak seasons of summer.
The entrance fee to the park is Php 40.00 for adults and kids alike. Cottages are also available for rent. An Open Cottage can be rented for Php 500.00 while a Close Cottage is for Php 1000.00. There are also tables and chairs for Php 300.00.
How to get there
There are a number of ways on how to get to Hagimit Falls.
You can take a jeepney from the airport and ask to be dropped off in front of the Bureau of Fire Protection where you can wait for a bus that can take you directly to Samal. Fare for the bus includes the barge fee. Upon arriving in Poblacion Penaplata, ride a habal-habal that can take you directly to Hagimit Falls. From that drop off point, motorcycles are also available for hire for a higher price. It takes at least 10 minutes until you reach the entrance of the falls.
If you decide to take the taxi, ask the taxi to drop you off at the Sasa Wharf. From there, ride the barge that will bring you to then in Babak, ride a bus going to the city proper of Samal. And when you arrive at the city proper, you can now rent a habal – habal or a motorcycle that can take you to Hagimit Falls.
While in Samal, visit other attractions that contributed for the island to be called Island Garden City of Samal.