Niludhan Falls - Guide to Negros Oriental's Underrated Waterfalls

Niludhan Falls Bayawan City
The grandeur of Niludhan Falls
Exploring waterfalls is one of the best ways to get close to nature when visiting Negros Oriental in Central Visayas. On my couchsurfing (stay temporarily in other people's homes, making use of improvised sleeping arrangements) experience on this island, I had the chance to visit three waterfalls - the Palaypay Falls, Punong Punong Falls and Niludhan Falls, all situated off the beaten track in the midst of coconut and sugarcane plantations on the island.

In Pictures: Mt. Pimmayong - San Marcelino, Zambales

Mt. Pimmayong San Marcelino Zambales
Overlooking Mt. Bagang, Sto. Tomas River, and Lake Mapanuepe

I found myself with a group of hikers at a convenience store buying one liter of water in San Marcelino, Zambales. At four thirty in the morning, the town was still asleep. We were actually thirty minutes late on our planned schedule to Mt. Pimmayong day hike.

Visiting the Pride of Pamplona: Palaypay Falls

Pamplona's Pride in Negros Oriental
Pamplona's Palaypay Falls

The sleeping town of Pamplona boasts the highest waterfall in Negros Oriental named by the locals as Punong Punong Falls in Barangay San Isidro. Thirty kilometers from this towering waterfall is 'the Pride' of Pamplona, Palaypay Falls in Barangay Abante.

Punong Punong Falls: The Tallest Waterfall of Negros Oriental in Pamplona

The Tallest Waterfall in Negros Oriental
The highest waterfall in Negros Oriental

Amongst the waterfalls in Negros Oriental, Punong Punong Falls is the least visited and explored. It is a hidden waterfall waiting to be discovered by adventurers, hikers, and waterfall chasers. This waterfall dwarfs Casaroro Falls, Niludhan Falls, and Lourdes Falls.

Mayantoc Tarlac - Trekking Adventure to Kiti Calao Falls

Coined as the Summer Capital of Tarlac, Mayantoc town is a haven for the outdoorsy. Its land area, particularly the mountainous part, is still covered by lush forest. Mayantoc town was once the biggest barangay in Camiling Tarlac until January 17, 1917. The abundance of Yantoc (rattan) in the area made up its official name. Several outdoor activities such as camping, mountaineering, biking, swimming, and rafting are available in this town.

Kalao Falls Mayantoc Tarlac
Calao Falls

Mauban Falls or Batis Falls - One of the Wonders of Morong Bataan

Once again, Morong town in Bataan amazed us with its diverse natural attractions with its nice beaches, rock formations, thick forest, clean rivers, and waterfalls; Morong is a perfect getaway for the weekend. Let's wander the forested part of Barangay Nagbalayong and visit one of its hidden waterfalls - the Mauban Falls.

Mauban Falls Morong Bataan
The Mauban Falls

Pitas Island - Sidetrip to Silangin Cove Adventure

Silanguin Cove in Zambales is the farthest cove to explore from Subic-Olongapo, and Barangay Pundaquit in San Antonio, Zambales' jump off. Others prefer to go by land, climbing Mt. Cinco Picos traverse to Silanguin. Whichever you prefer, both have nice scenic views to feed your hungry eyes. 

Pitas Island Silanguin Cove
Pitas Island Zambales