Malabsay Falls Review, Camarines Sur, Philippines
This post is a Malabsay Falls review. Malabsay Falls is a waterfall found in Mt Isarog National Park.
Mt Isarog National Park.is about 20km east of Naga City in Camarines Sur on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.
This Malabsay Falls review includes personal opinions and useful information including directions, pictures, costs, etc.
Cost(s): 10php for local tourists, 50php for non-Filipino’s.
Address: Mt Isarog National Park, Near the Barangay of Panicuasan.
Malabsay Falls Review, Camarines Sur
I was a bit disappointed in Malabsay Falls. The actual waterfall itself was nice, but I was hoping for a bit of a “jungle trek” on the way in, but that was shattered in the name of “eco-tourism.”
It seems that they have decided to build a road pretty much all the way up to the falls. I’m not sure how this is eco-friendly. Also, a sign I saw said the project was due to finish in 2015, and I think still have a fair bit to go.
My original plan was to also go to the hot springs, but I decided against it because from the looks of the sign they have turned it into a bit of an “adventure park”, which I am sure will appeal to many, but not I.
There was a sign to another spring (closer to the waterfall than the hot spring) which was 60php per adult, but I didn’t go in there either.
As you enter the falls you turn right to get to Malasbay Falls. Apparently there is another waterfall to the left, about a 25 minute walk, but the guy said I would need a guide. I beg to differ, and if I ever come back I will try my luck with it, as well as checking out the spring, hot spring and maybe even climb the volcano.
Malabsy Falls itself was pretty nice though. Some local tourists were about. The water is very… invigorating, and there is a small set of stairs which you can climb up and jump into the water.
Getting to Malabsy Falls in Camarines Sur
I read in a number of places on the internet to catch a Jeepney (from Naga City) to the town of Panicuasan and ask to be dropped off at the Girl Guides. From the girl guides it is a short walk (10 minutes or so) to the entrance. It didn’t quite work out that way for me.
First I messed up by going to the Bus Depot, where there are jeepneys but none of them going to Panicuasan. Then I realised I should be at the central market. On the way I saw the Jeepney marked Panicuasan so I jumped on.
Some local tourists on the Jeepney where also going to the Malabsy Falls so I figured I was all good, and after a quick push start we were on our way.
The jeepney stopped at the the intersection of Carolina and Panicuasan roads, which is not exactly at the Girl Scouts building (a couple of kilometers from it). It was about a 45 to 60 minute walk to get to the gate from where I was dropped off. You could take a motorbike which will take you there, wait for you, and then take you back. I walked (cause I love it) but I reckon the motorbike service will set you back about 50php. I wouldn’t pay more than that.
On the walk back I did see jeepneys coming up the road, so there is ones that come all the way up. Funnily enough, none of them had Panicuasan written on them. Unfortunately I did not note what they did have written on them.
The jeepney from Naga City was 20php.
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