Pagsanjan, Laguna Philippines

Pagsanjan was an unplanned trip.

We returned from Tagaytay a few days after my birthday.  We washed our clothes, refilled our suitcases, cleaned the apartment and slept a night or two in Makati before we decided to go for it!

We needed some place close (we only had a few days to spare before our flight to Singapore on November 16) but an experience we’d never done before.  We found Pagsanjan during a search on Google for a last minute side trip.  In addition, I booked a night at Pagsanjan Falls Lodge and Summer Resort via hotels.com

The town of Pagsanjan lies at the confluence of two rivers, the Balanac River and the Bumbungan River (also known as the Pagsanjan River).  Pagsanhan Laguna is about two hours away from Makati City.  We caught a bus from the terminal in Pasay City.  We arrived in the early afternoon so we decided to grab a bite to eat in their restaurant while we watched the Pacquiao-Marquez fight on tv.

Sizzling Pork Sisig (Pagsanjan Falls Lodge and Summer Resort) 2011

Lechon Kawali (Deep-fried roasted pork)

It was great to be amongst fellow Pinoys, enjoying good food and watching Pacquiao kick butt in the ring.  After Pacquiao won, we sat in the open veranda while rain threatened to ruin our well intentioned impulse tour of the falls.  Unfortunately, because of the rise of water rapids tours are cancelled if the weather’s bad.  So, thank heavens the rains stopped around 2 p.m and we were cleared for our tour, the last of the day.  Lucky!

Pagsanjan Falls also known as Magdapio Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in the Philippines.  Despite the name, Pagsanjan Falls the actual falls are located in the city of Cavinti.  It is one of the major tourist attractions in the region.  The falls can be reached either by bangka (canoe) or hike to the falls from the town of Cavinti.  I’m definitely not a hiker so by shooting rapids we go!

Safety first, so we suit up in life vests, colorful hard hats and wrap up the dslr in a plastic bag to protect it from the water,   There are two manongs (uncles) who guide and navigate your bangka through the rapids.  The only thing you need to do is keep all extremities inside the boat at all times and move your body either left or right when manong tells you to and you’ll be okay.

Here we are all suited and seated for our Pagsanjan Falls experience.  Oh, and don’t forget the lipstick!

After an hour of touring the river and braving the gushing rapids, success!  We reach the falls and bear witness to its majestic beauty.

10 thoughts on “Pagsanjan, Laguna Philippines

  1. Snow Ortega says:

    Hi! Me and my boyfriend is planning to go there this coming July. Can you give me details about the said hotel? They only have one picture of their room in their website. I want to know if it is clean, etc. Thanks for writing this post it is very helpful! Will wait for your reply or email. God bless!

    • lorenelivinglifelavishly says:

      Hi Snow!

      Thank you for your message. My husband & I stayed for only one night. I booked last minute via hotels.com. The room was very basic. Two twin beds, TV, small TV stand, bathroom just everything you really need. It was clean enough I don’t remember dealing with pests, etc. Luxury it is not but I liked the convenience of setting up our trip to the falls at the front desk. Their food on site was reasonable. I especially liked their mango shake. Plus it rained while we were there and the canopy above the restaurant helped keep us dry and still able to enjoy the view of the river, people watching and the Pacquiao fight. They also have a large pool in the middle of the property which we used that night after our tour. I hope you enjoy your trip. Try to experience the area, too. I understand there are a few good eateries in town as well. Enjoy!

  2. Snow Ortega says:

    Thank you for your reply. Yes I saw a lot of blogs also featuring the food around the area. What month did you go there? Do you think it is necessary to make a reservation to the hotel, does it get crowded? And lastly, are there any hotels near the pagsanjan falls lodge? We are only commuting so It concerns me if we have to go around looking for another hotel, for it may be time consuming.

    • lorenelivinglifelavishly says:

      Hi Snow. We were there Nov. 13, 2011. I don’t think it would be necessary although it was the rainy season when we went. Would July be busy? I think school would have started by then so maybe not. There were a lot of people at the restaurant and plenty of people taking the falls tour. There may be other hotels because canoes would pass by already packed with tourists. We didn’t look around for other hotels kc our room was booked in advance. We also commuted by bus from Cubao (I think) and took the tricycle to the hotel. This was a one night impulse trip so we were lucky we got the last trip of the day to the falls (5 p.m weather permitting) I hope this helps.

  3. Snow Ortega says:

    Hello, thank you for being so helpful. :) school started this june so I don’t think it will be too crowded. My only concern was the rooms, I wanted an affordable yet comfortable room. We are not picky, but cleanliness is always a big concern to all of us I guess. You said it was clean enough so it encouraged me to really take this trip. I hope we will have a great time like you and your husband did. Thank you again for posting your trip and for replying to me. More power to you and your blog! God bless you!

    • lorenelivinglifelavishly says:

      You’re welcome! Thank you for visiting my blog, though it’s been awhile since I last updated. It’s funny I’m working on organizing receipts from our travels and came upon the receipt for our Pagsanjan Falls Trip. FYI- our total cost for the falls cost P2,500 this includes the boat ride, cushions, life vests, helmets & kayak guide for two persons. Of course, from 2011. Dunno if prices have gone up since then. Also, keep small bills in hand to tip the guides. I hope you enjoy your trip!

  4. Snow Ortega says:

    Wow! Just 2,500? How much was the boat ride? I think I saw in one blog that some are offering 1,250php per head for a boat ride! I hope I read it wrong. Haha! I hope it reallly is much cheaper because 1,250 I think is too steep for a boat ride. And per head pa yun mind you.

    • lorenelivinglifelavishly says:

      Really? P1250 per head. That’s a lot. Yung sa min the boat ride was P1250 for two persons. The other costs in the P2500 included the gear rental & guide for two din. The only extra expense was tip, of course. Kaso 2011 pa yun prices ko but it couldn’t have gone up that much since then unless its become more popular.

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