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“Too Expensive for Local Tourists”
Review of Pagsanjan Falls

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Reviewed February 15, 2013

My wife, my daughter, and I went to Pagsanjan just to experience the thrill of shooting the rapids. Since we do not know anybody there, we took a barangay tanod as our guide and advisor. We did not know that you have to go to one of the small inns or hotels accredited by the local government in order to ride the boat to the the falls. We thought we heard that it was going to cost us 250 pesos per person for the boat ride which we thought was reasonable.

Upon reaching one the inns which the tanod recommended, we were asked to wait for the boat that will take us to the falls. The owner of the inn explained the rate. It is going to be 1250 pesos per head! He broke it down to the rental of the life jacket (50), plastic helmet (50) toll fees, use of the raft (250) near the falls, banca rental, etc.. Since we were already there wearing those life vests and helmets, we could not back out anymore. We just thought that since this will be a once in a lifetime experience, so be it..just pay.

The boat ride was thrilling but we don't think it is that death defying for the boatmen. We were more scared of the slim banca tipping over since it does not have outriggers. We were also irked by the boatmen's constant reminder about tipping, that they trained hard for the job, etc. We also did not want to take the raft ride very near the falls. We were also there on a day when we could not reach the main falls! They told us it was dangerous because the river level is high because of a recent rainfall.

In summary, I would not recommend this to an average Pinoy family. It is evident that this overpricing is driving local tourist from away from the falls. We saw mostly Korean tourists who could easily afford the 1250 per person rate. Besides, why should I pay for the raft ride near the falls if do not want it in the first place? It is built in to the 1250 package rate. Also, the whole experience lasted less than 90 minutes.

5  Thank Renato I
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

If you want to explore the Pagsanjan not only by boat but also exercise your feet through trekking and rappelling, this is the best choice for you. We started early taking the jeepney from Sta. Cruz going to Lamut, along the way we passed by beautiful scenery including the wonderful and clean lake of Caliraya. Upon arrival we logged in and was surprised that we only had to pay 540 php ($13) for the two of us, which means I just had to split and paid 270php.
We had to walk the paved way passing through different wild plants, and taking the long stairs down plus rappelled our way to the falls. When we reached the falls, we were welcomed by the raftmen who took us inside the cave. Be prepared to take a shower and feel the cool fresh water coming from the falls. If you're lucky (like us), some boatmen will agree to bring you to the lunch area where you have to ride the narrow boat and be prepared for an overwhelming experience. At first we thought of giving our boatmen 100 peso tip but after we saw their hard work maneuvering the boat like, paddle, used their feet to move the boat, pull it down through the rocks, and paddled again, we decided to give them 250php (which I think still a minimal amount compared to what they did!) We reached the lunch area where we had chicken barbeque plus rice at 70 pesos each (fair enough). After lunch, we went back to the falls, took more photos and gathered strength to climb the stairs all the way up. It was a good and a cheap way to lose some calories and of course experience the majestic Pagsanjan Falls!
1. The path could be slippery so make sure you wear non-slippery footwear, rubber slipper is a good choice.
2. Bring some plastics for your valuables because for sure you'll be wet while rafting.
3. Sunscreen protection of course and a wide brimmed hat if you don't wanna burn.
4. Be prepared for the rain because it might, anytime.
My cost for the tour:
Jeepney from Sta Cruz to Lamut: 37php
El Pueblo National Park: 270
Lunch: 70
Tip to Boatmen: 125
Total: 502 php ($12-13)

4  Thank blehblehbleh82
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

I find Pagsanjan Falls to be an overrated tourist trap. The views going to the falls are quite magnificent and awe inspiring. However, in the middle of the rapids, you'll find hurdles of pipes that will give you a bit of a fright while passing over them.

There are plenty of smaller falls along the way. There is also a small eatery along the way but is quite dirty.

What I don't like most are the "bankeros" who butter you up on how little money they have and would like to have a tip.

Thank Anonymous-Itchy-Feet
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Yes sure, it was like being to the places seen in avatar movie. The fluorescent lights in the flying butterflies and birds, unimaginable beauty, and don’t have more words to say now. It is a truly heavenly place on earth. U need to be there to feel it and believe what I am saying. Been there on 25th September 2012, and it was raining heavily the day back, but it was a clear sky on that day. September must be rainy days there, hence the water was not as clear as it should be in the river, but as u go forward to reach the waterfall it gets clearer and clearer. Its unimaginable to be standing beneath the water fall and experience the force of the nature. Please don’t miss it if u got the Philippines.

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

My brother lives in Manila and he suggested we do the falls for a day trip. There are a lot of signs along the town road stating the price of the trip up and down as obviously there have been a lot of people ripped off in the past.

The journey was a lot of fun and the boats quite stable (although it does feel like they could tip).

I know most if the money for the fee goes to the organiser and they would do much better for tips if they stopped being so pushy.

3  Thank Andrew L
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