While La Union is best known for surfing, you also shouldn’t miss a perfect side trip to Tangadan Falls which is now becoming popular. The massive limestone surrounding the falls proves to be impressive which makes it worth the visit. This waterfall, situated in the small town of San Gabriel, is just an hour away from San Juan.
Hike to the 2nd tier to have different angle of the falls. You can also unleash the little daredevil within you and jump this 10-ft cliff.
How to get there:
- Take a bus bound for Vigan or Ilocos that passes by San Juan, La Union (Bus like Partas in Cubao/Pasay). Just tell the conductor to drop you off at People’s Park in San Juan. This will take you 5-6 hour travel time. For bus schedule, refer to this link http://www.phbus.com/partas-bus/
- From there, ride a jeepney to San Gabriel for 30-min and alight in the Municipal Hall to register and hire a guide (guide is now mandatory)
- From the Municipal Hall, you may ride a tricycle or habal-habal going to Tangadan Falls jump-off for another 30-min.
There are two jump-offs you can choose from. If you’re commuting via tricycle, the driver will take you to the jump off which is longer but easier and requires an hour trek. This trail involves river crossing in Baroro river and you will also encounter smaller falls which are perfect for cliff jumping. This is a longer route but more scenic than the shorter one.
If you’re commuting via habal-habal or you have your own car, you can opt to choose the shorter route which only requires 20-30 minute hike down the Tangadan falls. It’s basically a downhill from the jump-off but don’t be happy just yet because a flight of stairs awaits you on your way back. Take note though that small cars aren’t advisable to drive up the easier jump-off since the road gets very steep in some parts, SUV’s are more preferable.
Rafts can be rented to get closer to the falls for a fee but I’d say don’t waste your money and just swim out there. The water can get freezing cold too.
For licensed guides, contact Kuya Joshua Miranda at 099272940367 or Kuya Froilan at 09273843761. One guide is good for 6 persons max.
- Bring snacks with you since no stores are available nearby the falls.
- Best to avoid visit on rainy days since river crossing may be challenging due to strong water currents.
- Rent life vest at the site if you’re not a good swimmer for just 50php.
- Always hire a licensed guide from the Municipal Hall.