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“Beautiful Place!”
Review of Tukuran Falls

Tukuran Falls
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Smithville, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Beautiful Place!”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

Had a great time swimming in the lagoon here and the vendors although nice were a bit pushy about selling their wares at times but I understand they're just trying to make a living, all in all had a great time there!

Visited September 2013
Thank Wes S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Has potential...but is ruined by greedy vendors”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

Got married in the Philippines recently. Only had a couple weeks to accomplish that, so everything was hurry hurry and I couldn't really "plan" anything in advance. I'd heard about puerto galera though, and thought it might be fun to visit for a couple of days. Arrived in PG not really prepared as I usually would be. Local motel owner suggested a guided tour of a few attractions, including a couple of waterfalls. It sounded like a good idea...a whole day of entertainment for about 60 bucks, including transportation.
The highlight of the day was supposed to be something called "Hidden Paradise" (Tukuran Falls, now that I've been there)
When we arrived, we had to pay for a ride on a ox cart (what I'd call it) although the animal was called carabow or something like that by the locals. Very bumpy ride.
At the beginning of the ride, I should have known we were in trouble. As soon as the cart started moving, about a half-dozen young filipina ladies with "vendor" IDs started walking behind us. One of them struck up a conversation with us along the way.
The falls were pretty, but we were constantly hassled by the vendors. They tried to pull about every scam imaginable on us. Telling us they only came out to the falls for US, telling us they couldn't eat if we didn't buy from "my" table (like all the tables are not from the same company...give me a break) I got a very good workout that day just from telling girls over and over and over again that I was definitely NOT interested.
This place might be OK for the local filipinos. But if you look Western at all, this is a place to AVOID. It is essentially just a tourist trap. It could be enjoyable if the vendors were required to stay at least 300 meters away from the actual falls, maybe...
But the presence of the very pushy, dishonest vendors really ruins this particular attraction.

Visited October 2013
4 Thank David C
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Entrance fee?”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

There were a bunch of teenage boys all running madly around. The locals charged us an "Entrance Fee" of 20 each.

Visited August 2013
3 Thank Kraminator60
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Northern Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2013

Done this as a trip from Big La Laguna Beach, was amazing! Bit of a walk to get to the falls but well worth it! Lunch was included and we ate it off the big massive leaves, no plates required which was also a great experience. Our guides stopped a few time and we got to taste the cocoa beans (not the beans itself but the outer layer of them, don't know what it's called), was really sweet and so refreshing in the heat. Would recommend doing this trip if anywhere in this vicinity.

Visited September 2012
4 Thank Luscious029
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A little piece of paradise”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

This place is a bit off the beaten track. No public transport goes near it so you'll need to rent your own transport or drive yourself. Around an hour from the beach areas in Puerto Galera, it's a bumpy ride along some narrow roads to get to the small visitor centre. From there you need to pay to rent a Carabao (Water Buffalo) drawn cart to go the falls itself. We had a guide also (a local teenage girl who was very friendly).
The ride takes about 30 minutes and it's a bumpy ride with lots of river crossings so make sure you hold on to the side! You pass some small coconut farms and another falls on the way. Once you get there you can clamber around on the rocks to get a better view of the various small waterfalls. It's not particularly difficult and you can do it in flip flops. There's a few places to swim there but the main pool at the bottom is the best. It's really beautiful there. Just ask the guide where is safe to jump off the rocks if you want to dive in.
We went there on a Sunday and spent about an hour and a half at the falls. It was very relaxing and the guide or cart driver didn't put any pressure on us to go back. During that whole time only 1 other group (an Aussie couple) were there so it's not a tourist trap! There are some huts there if you want to bring a picnic and spend longer there (a good idea). There's a small souvenir shop and a tiny store selling beer and water. On the way back we stopped at another falls with a man made pool which was nice but not no good for swimming or exploring around. We spotted a monitor lizard (Bayawak) in the bushes which was an added bonus! Met a few groups on the way back who were walking with a guide.
If you have a large group and then it's probably cheaper to walk with the guide rather than renting the cart. Just be ready to walk through some rivers. Either way, you have to pay a guide to be brought there.
On the way back to Puerto Galera make sure you stop off at 1 of the small beaches when you come down from the mountains.
Tip: If the Carabao stops in the middle of the river and lifts its tail, duck for cover to avoid splashback!

Visited July 2013
3 Thank Richard K
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