Hiking to Binangawan Falls Camiguin, Philippines
Binangawan Falls is a waterfall found inland of Camiguin Island in the Philippines. It is north of the coastal town of Sagay.
Since I had hiked to Katibawasan Falls the day before I had no intention of hiking to Binangawan Falls. I was riding along and saw the sign so I decided it would be a nice break from sitting on the bike. It turned out to be a bit of an adventure.
I got lost and made some friends. Then we all got lost and made some more friends. We found it eventually. The second half of this article will tell you how to get to Binangawan falls. Hopefully, you won’t get as lost as we did.
Entry to Binangawan Falls is free. If you want a guide it will cost around 600php. You don’t need one, but it would have saved us about an hours hike if we had one.
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Hiking to Binangawan Falls Camiguin
While riding towards Binangawan Falls I followed the road all the way to the end where it stops… literally the end of the road. Seems that they were building a road all the way to the falls, but then UNESCO came in and said its a heritage site. I’m not sure how true this is. Some local told me.
Luckily there where two guys there that pointed me in the right direction of where to go. I ended up on the wrong path, but along the way ran into a trio of Germans, who were on the same (wrong) path as me. Together we went to try to find the real path.
We ended up going the wrong way another 2 or 3 times.
After a while, we came across another group (also German), who had taken a different wrong path. Their hotel staff told them to follow the power lines, so we did.
About an hour later of jungle trekking we got to Bingangawan Falls. It was worth the hike.
Bingangawan waterfall is set in a surreal location. Little birds flying around, very refreshing water trickling off the vegetation, etc.
After a little dip, we did the one hour hike back and then went our separate ways.
Getting to Binangawan Falls in Camiguin
Finding the correct path to Binangawan Falls took a little time. Once we were on it, it was pretty straightforward.
Park your bike at the end of the bridge then look behind you. There is a path that leads up the side of the hill.
Go up the path and take the first trail right, so you go along the ridge of the hill. It follows some black pipe for a little while but then forks off. Follow the power lines!
You will go over the hill. I remember thinking a few times, “Why are we moving up?” Also, you can hear water below. I’m pretty sure this is a smaller, but closer, waterfall.
In any case, to get to Binangawan Falls keep following underneath the power lines. Once the powerlines stop there will not be any confusion about which track to take.
You will go over and under stuff. Don’t worry, you are on the right path.
Be careful. Some of it is pretty close to the edge and a misplaced foot could see you falling off!
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Hiking to Binangawan Falls was an unexpected adventure, but I enjoyed it a lot. Usually, I prefer to not trek in a group, but I am glad I ran into the Germans. I doubt I would have found Binangawan waterfall without them. Also, it is always good to have some others around in a wilderness setting in case something goes wrong.
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