Nalalata Falls

Rappelling down Nalalata Falls, funfilled adventure

Stunning Nalalata Falls dwarfing a visitor

Stunning Nalalata Falls dwarfing a visitor

I have experienced rappelling before but that was when I was in college, about twenty years ago. And there I was, excited at my second try atop the flow portion of Nalalata Falls. I was third in line and when the second person was called, my heart was already beating.

You can make! Jojo Villareal of Kaddlagan Tours, our rappel provider called out, trying to convince me that it’s not really that dangerous, or difficult. For one who has slight acrophobia, I was torn between heading down or calling it off. I was already in full gear. I was already roped and safety harness already strapped. It was just one more step, the act of loosening my grip and heading down that was sorely being awaited.

i tried but fear gripped me. At one point, I wanted to give up but they cajoled. With a little bit of persuasion, I relented. I loosened my grip. I put one foot behind me. with my barefeet, I felt the roughness of the stone as water flowed through it. I again loosened my grip, moving my hand a little farther down the rope, my other foot, a little lower than before. And I slowly slid down.

Everything just flowed from there but I didn’t mind what my companions were shouting at me, persuading perhaps? Cheering? Until in a few minutes, I was down there. Relieved. But at the same time, fulfilled. I made it. I rappelled down. It was an achievement. I was thankful. While I had trepidations, my companions, other bloggers really enjoyed it with Chino doing some acrobatics.

Nalalata Falls in Bula, Camarines Sur is one of those waterfalls that is not so high, just an hour from Naga City. The hike is quite easy with a steady but slow descent. And once you get there? Wow! There are basins within the rocks where the water flows and one can just cool off, like what I did while waiting for my companions to finish.

Blogger Chino while rappelling down the flow

Blogger Chino while rappelling down the flow

Nalalata Falls as seen from the lower basin

Nalalata Falls as seen from the lower basin

Cool and refreshing water basins as natural pools

Cool and refreshing water basins as natural pools

A peek at what's in store when visitors arrive at the Nalalata Falls area

A peek at what’s in store when visitors arrive at the Nalalata Falls area

The trail is an easy hike with this portion a slow descent punctuated with bamboo foliage

The trail is an easy hike with this portion a slow descent punctuated with bamboo foliage

Thanx to the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office of Naga City for making this possible. Check http://nagax.com/ for tours and packages. Also check Kaddlagan out for the waterfall rappelling and other adventure activities.

Nalalata Falls
Brgy. Lubgan
Bula, Camarines Sur

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.

3 Comments

  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    March 28, 2015 @ 17:23

    Rappelling down Nalalata Falls, funfilled adventure: Stunning Nalalata Falls dwarfing a visitor
    I have experie… http://t.co/agP2I4tujB

  2. Manong Unyol
    March 30, 2015 @ 7:00

    Napaka astig ng falls, ang sarap magrappelling 🙂 kainggit to

  3. Uptourist
    April 16, 2015 @ 14:58

    I have always been in love with rappelling. There is something about going down a high place and descending successfully while feeling the air in your face.

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