Capistrano Falls - The Twin Waterfalls of Olongapo City


It was a good yet special Sunday when my friends and I decided to do something aggressive, vigorous and fun, then all of a sudden we talked about Christian's hike at Talisayin Cove and Larry's trip to some waterfalls around our locale. Of course, I have had my own journey but not as exciting as they have had. Then we finally decided to go to one of the most hidden waterfalls in Olongapo City, probably five to seven kilometers away from the city proper.

Waterfalls in Olongapo City
Capistrano Falls in Olongapo City


We had our trip at exactly 1:00 in the afternoon and then started to walk and follow the trail as we went on our way. While walking and heading to the summit of the mountain where Capistrano Farm is situated, we took some funny shots and we played music that lightened up our faces to forget how tiring it was. We climbed up and down while walking on straight and curved trails with tall grasses; crawled and jumped and it was really fun. We trekked and hiked for two hours before reaching the waterfalls. By then, I was mesmerized how wonderful it was. It is approximately 120 feet tall; a ten story building high, pouring water down so vividly loud!

Olongapo City Hiking
Subic Bay in the background
Then we started to take pictures of the wonderful and relaxing gift of nature. The crystal clear water is magnificently refreshing and every single moment is priceless. All of the hard work paid off. Capistrano Falls is a piece of paradise on a patch of earth.

Hiking in Zambales
Mt. Sta. Rita (Radar) on the left and the summit of Mt. Natib in Bataan are visible


How to Get to Capistrano Falls


From Jollibee Rizal Triangle, we took a beige Jeep bound to Gordon Heights all the way to Block 27. Block 27 is the jump off to Capistrano Falls. We then asked the locals about the place and they instructed us to take the newly cemented road to the left before the road ends. After fifteen minutes of walking, we crossed a river at the foot of a hill. This was the start of a one and a half hour hiking on a trail with tall grasses and intricate trails that lead to Capistrano Farm.

Capistrano Falls Olongapo City
The Gated Farm of Capistrano
Capistrano Farm is a private property owned by ex Captain Capistrano of West Bajac-Bajac. The caretaker together with his wife greeted us with a smile and asked where we are headed. The couple then gave us instructions and warned us about Makahiya and other shrubs with thorns along the way.

Livestock of Capistrano Farm in Olongapo City
Livestock of Capistrano Farm

Trekkers of Capistrano Falls
Photo opp when we were close to Capistrano Falls

Waterfalls in Zambales
Capistrano Falls

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Story by Ron Gaton

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