Engkanto Falls

Be enchanted with Engkanto Falls

Water everywhere! Engkanto Falls in Libmanan, Camarines Sur surely enchants!

Water everywhere! Engkanto Falls in Libmanan, Camarines Sur surely enchants!

It was already afternoon when we arrived in Barangay Bikal in Libmanan, Camarines Sur embarking to explore a waterfall that has intrigued me ever since a friend, Wyne, of Naga Excursions, our host, told me about this one. Engkanto Falls, said to be stunning and beautiful that it has stoked my curiosity and really made me travel all the way to Naga City from Makati.

The trail was manageable, walking past a well trodden path, muddy at some points but when we did arrive at the first level of Engkanto Falls, I was stunned! Stunned because it was not your usual waterfall. If you’ve been to Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel, it has some resemblance. But think of it as a waterfall with several levels passing mineralized rocks and trees!

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Our guide motioned that we will trek against the waterfall, still several levels above. I was a bit hesitant but when I learned that the rock, even when wet wasn’t slippery, the same ones inside Sumaging Cave in Sagada, I got confident. With my camera gear and tripod, it would have been difficult.

The water was fast and strong but I was able to go to around the seventh level. My lower body was already wet but I still managed to protect my camera gear. But we didn’t go up to the source, said to be a cave that is still 1.5 hours up of trekking. The water was just strong and it was already late afternoon.

I was just entranced at the beauty of this waterfall. Not the usual steep drop and water was just everywhere. It was also a different kind of trek as we had to go against the flow which made the adventure more interesting.

I was told that the waterfall has around five levels that are taller than fifteen feet and around twenty plus that are just around five feet high. It’s really interesting, easy to reach and great adventure. After the trek, I just have to dip into the cool flowing water and enjoyed a fresh buko juice and meat as well as Libmanan’s best product, the toasted siopao.

The multilevel Engkanto Falls is just stunning!

The multilevel Engkanto Falls is just stunning!

We stopped going up because of the strong water but there were still cascades above said to be emanating from a cave

We stopped going up because of the strong water but there were still cascades above said to be emanating from a cave

We had to go up against the water with stone that is not slippery

We had to go up against the water with stone that is not slippery

Just one of the many levels of the waterfall

Just one of the many levels of the waterfall

Looking down at one level

Looking down at one level

Still another...

Still another…

This is the longest cascade which marks the first fall

This is the longest cascade which marks the first fall

The first level with its shallow basin

The first level with its shallow basin

GETTING THERE: Engkanto Falls is found in Barangay Bikal, around 15 kilometers from Libmanan town proper. I suggest to coordinate with the Tourism Office at the Municipal Hall for proper guidance.

Thanx to Arts, Culture and Tourism Office (ACTO) of Naga City for the invitation and arranging this trip. Check their website Naga X or Like their Facebook page.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

11 Comments

  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    February 16, 2015 @ 21:24

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    February 18, 2015 @ 18:03

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  3. Naga Excursions (@nagaexcursions)
    February 18, 2015 @ 18:34

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  4. @thomasrodinel
    February 19, 2015 @ 15:55

    I have lived a couple of years in Libmanan but never did I know that such a great waterfall exist near our place! http://t.co/M2kq3hY9P1

  5. tupe diaz
    March 4, 2015 @ 15:33

    truly enchanting. a must-visit spot in bicol. it’s now in the list of my dream trek…
    thanks for sharing.

  6. john chester
    June 18, 2016 @ 15:25

    maganda talaga sa engkanto falls,hindi lang yung lugar pati mga tao mababait din.

  7. estan
    June 18, 2016 @ 18:20

    John Chester, I love that place! Lots of waterfalls!

  8. john chester
    June 21, 2016 @ 12:49

    hello! sa mga pinsan ko,mama at papa ko sa bikal libmanan.mabuhay mga naval at damiano.

  9. john chester
    July 1, 2016 @ 12:40

    i really miss the place…I hope on the next summer we can visit the falls.

  10. anonymous
    October 20, 2016 @ 16:38

    how much will it cost to get there?

  11. See the Enchanting Multi-Tiered Engkanto Falls Part 2 | Travel to the Philippines
    July 10, 2017 @ 9:24

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