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8 waterfalls in 1 hour! Waterfalling adventure in Pili

Our party of travel bloggers and adventurers doing the river trek

Our party of travel bloggers and adventurers doing the river trek

The Caririga River in Pili, Camarines Sur is quite interesting for waterfall lovers. Flowing down the slopes of Mt. Isarog, an hour’s hike, or depending on your gait, it’s possible to see eight waterfalls! Just imagine, eight cascades of different sizes and height and you get to enjoy one of Bicol’s wild areas! Best of all, its just close to Naga City.

The trail leads you to one of the undisturbed areas of Mt. Isarog, in Barangay Curry that is also historic in terms of events that happened in World War 2 with a commemorative marker. You start trekking at an elevated part of the barangay and when you do get to the edge of the forest, large stands of dipterocarps already mark the dirt path. You cross clear streams overshadowed by trees and vegetation that are perched on rocks. 

The first waterfalls that you encounter is aptly called, Primera Falls, well, the first one, followed by Pandua, then Pantulo and so forth. Not really imaginative, hahaha, but these are small cascades with pools of cool waters fit for a swim. 

Because of time constraint, we only swam in three: Primera, Slide and Balang Falls, with the last, the highest which were really great with the icy cold waters relieving tired legs and sweaty bodies. Along the trail, we encountered blood leeches, some river shrimps and even a small crab!

The trail is not that technical, except some parts after Primera and the opposite trail that goes down where the inclination is 70 to almost 90 degrees! But I loved it! It was part of an adventure that I purposely want! We did river trekking as well as climbing over boulders till we got to the last falls. 

NOTE: Not shown below is Pan-lima Falls

Primera Falls is low but has a not so deep pool perfecdt for swimming

Primera Falls is low but has a not so deep pool perfecdt for swimming

Pandua Falls with its shorter drop

Pandua Falls with its shorter drop

Pantulo Falls has a longer but inclined drop with a good pool below

Pantulo Falls has a longer but inclined drop with a good pool below

The twin cascades of Pan-apat Falls

The twin cascades of Pan-apat Falls

Pang-anum Falls as seen from the runoff of Slide Falls

Pang-anum Falls as seen from the runoff of Slide Falls

Slide Falls with really cool waters. Kaddlagan offers waterfall rappelling here.

Slide Falls with really cool waters. Kaddlagan offers waterfall rappelling here.

A small mountain river crab

A small mountain river crab

Balang Falls popularly known also as Shower Falls

Balang Falls popularly known also as Shower Falls

A small cavity near the pool of Balang Falls. Our tall and hunky guide gives scale to the size of the waterfalls

A small cavity near the pool of Balang Falls. Our tall and hunky guide gives scale to the size of the waterfalls

Thanx to ACTO/Naga Excursions for making this trip possible. Check their website out for contact details and tour packages.

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.

17 Comments

  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    May 30, 2015 @ 19:02

    8 waterfalls in 1 hour! Waterfalling adventure in Pili: Our party of travel bloggers and adventurers doing the… http://t.co/pk347Zp01S

  2. labsjam
    April 20, 2016 @ 11:26

    hi, ask ko lang po kong paano pumunta diyan from Naga City pahingi din po ITI. TIA

  3. estan
    May 7, 2016 @ 8:26

    Head to the barangay mentioned in the article

  4. Sonny
    June 27, 2016 @ 12:35

    Hello! Did you need a guide to get the 8 waterfalls? Can you describe the trail, please. Thanks!

  5. estan
    June 27, 2016 @ 19:19

    Sonny, a guide from Kaddlagan led us through the trail. It’s secondary forest trail with a few very steep portions

  6. Emilio
    July 1, 2016 @ 11:35

    Hi estan. Thank you for the helpful blog!
    By the way, where can we get a guide?
    Thanks!
    Emil

  7. estan
    July 1, 2016 @ 17:42

    Emilio, the info is in the post, via ACTO.

  8. andy ledesma
    August 28, 2016 @ 21:43

    taga baba sana ko dai ko yan naabot.sa La Purisima maagui yan ,Del Rosario then Curry na

  9. cindy
    August 29, 2016 @ 21:36

    the 8 falls of isarog in curry is part of my childhood memories every summer.hiking,swimming and foodtrip sa taas kang slide falls..

  10. melly
    November 14, 2016 @ 18:32

    Ask ko lang po paano makarating Jan as 8 waterfalls ? Please reply I have guest from Uk gusto nya pro pumunta as lugar na yan ….thanks

  11. estan
    November 14, 2016 @ 20:36

    Please coordinate with the Tourism office of either Pili or go to the ACTO website of Naga City (http://nagax.com)

  12. @madamEpol
    March 7, 2017 @ 15:35

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  13. freya
    May 14, 2017 @ 2:08

    yay! well-illustrated! I did the trip in a group – it was really not comfortable to climb up at the rainy day but fantanstic to reach the balang falls at the end.

  14. estan
    May 17, 2017 @ 9:05

    Yup, not that easy but rewarding 🙂

  15. Christine Bolalin
    February 20, 2018 @ 15:20

    Hi Sir? I know that place po, actually dyan po ako nakatira. need some tourguide? free po ako:)

  16. Christine Bolalin
    February 20, 2018 @ 15:23

    tska advice ko lang po wag po kayo pupunta dun ng umuulan delikado po kasi madulas ang daanan maputik po masyadong risky pero enjoy po tlga puntahan. marami kasing nagsisilabasan dun ng alimatok pag naulan kaya delikado po bka mapasukankayo sa tenga o anu man.

  17. estan
    February 20, 2018 @ 17:03

    Thnx!

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