Crystal Beach San Narciso, Zambales

Crystal Beach in Barangay La Paz San Narciso, Zambales has been a favorite place for weekenders who want to get away from the busy and noisy city life. It is famous as a camping site under its vast stretch of Agoho trees, swimming in its waters, and of course - surfing on its steady waves!

A beach with a wooden bench in Zambales Philippines
A lady relaxing at the beach

Sampaloc Cove: A Hidden Paradise of Zambales

Sampaloc Cove is not well known compared to its neighboring coves such as Silanguin, Anawangin, Talisayin, and Nagsasa due to its remoteness when traveling by boat from Barangay Pundaquit in San Antonio Zambales. From Subic Bay, Sampaloc Point can also be reached by boat in almost the same travel time from Pundaquit. Often, it really depends on the speed of the Banca.

Sampaloc Cove Redondo Peninsula
Nice view overlooking West Philippine Sea

Hiking in Timmanguyob Falls

Timangguyob Falls or Timmanguyob Falls hiking in San Clemente Tarlac was the farthest and most daring experience we've ever had. It is located in Sitio Dueg Barangay Maasin. It was an 11 km hike through shrubs and grassy trail; slippery too during the rainy season or when it rains like the day when we did our hiking. There were steep slopes where no trees to hold on to due to kaingin (clearing).
Timangguyob Falls
The Timangguyob Falls

A Visit to Balon Falls - Subic Zambales

Balon Falls is one of the two waterfalls in Subic town in Zambales. It was the shortest trek we've ever had so if you are looking for a nature trip that requires a short walk, this is the right one. It is located in Barangay Aningway Sacatihan, approximately twenty five minutes away by bus from Olongapo City.

Balon Falls Plunge Pool
watching the water fall

Guide to Lubong Nangoloan Falls (Anghalo Falls Update)

This updated guide to Anghalo Falls came into mind when "playing tourist" recently visited the waterfalls as a side trip of Sitio Liwliwa in San Felipe Zambales day tour.

Because we've been to these waterfalls several times since it was introduced by a friend six years ago (2010), we decided to have a visit while our other friends stayed at Liwliwa. We only brought our snacks and our fare for the tricycle back and forth which is two hundred pesos. While traveling to the jump off the driver started talking and he mentioned the change of route to the waterfalls. He also told us that there is an "Entrance Fee" imposed by the local government of San Felipe. We got worried because we only had two hundred pesos with us for the fare which meant we would not be able to see the waterfalls.  The entrance fee was Php 30.000 for adult and Php 20.00 for people of 17 years old and below. We were four in the group so that was P120 pesos.  There are also benches to rent for Php 100, the driver said.

Cabaroan Falls
The Famous Waterfalls of Nangoloan (Anghalo)

Daddy Ed's Restaurant - Olongapo City

After a hectic day, my friend suggested that we would not cook this evening but go out for dinner instead. Always wondering where he will take me I was a bit surprised when we stopped at Daddy Ed’s place. The restaurant is located at the side of Olongapo Floodgate at East Bajac Bajac. Years ago it was situated at Subic Bay Freeport Zone and I guess the new location is better. Not too many people walking around and the sight of the river and the houses on the other side is pretty cool.
Upon entering the restaurant I noticed we would be the only guests and I remembered the first time we went there it was exactly the same. Coming from the road you enter a big garden first before approaching the restaurant. Frankly, it looks more like a huge canteen. In the middle, there’s a big space, separated by glass walls and my guess is that this can be used for conferences or private parties. We took seats in the far right corner. My friend picked the Sinigang Hipon (Shrimps in sour tamarind sauce) and I had eyes for the Ampalaya Bitter gourd with beef. I must say that it tasted very good, not bitter at all. My friend said his dish was acceptable but the Sinigang na Beef he ordered before was much better. 
Daddy Eds Restaurant
Daddy Eds Restaurant's Entrance
Daddy Ed's Restaurant
Not so enticing
Daddy Eds Restaurant
Inside Daddy Eds
Daddy Ed’s serves good food for affordable prices. If this is all you are looking for and you do not mind about a less cozy atmosphere I can definitely recommend it.  Oh, by the way, they have WiFi but the servers told us that their Boss has the password but he wasn't around that night.  How funny isn't it?

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The Mabanban Falls in San Antonio, Zambales

Waterfalls in San Antonio Zambales? You probably keyed in these words on Google Search, Yahoo, or Bing to look for possibilities for hiking and at the same time a swimming destination in this town. Well, I also did and came up with several hits like Pundaquit Falls, the Angeles or Capalngan, Mabanban, the waterfalls of Nagsasa and Silanguin, and the newly explored but unnamed waterfall by a blogger friend (you can check his website here). I picked the Mabanban Falls.

San Antonio's waterfalls
The Mabanban Falls

Guide to Sagpat Falls | Maloma Falls - San Felipe Zambales

When it comes to waterfall sightseeing and swimming, Anghalo Falls is the most renowned and most visited falls in San Felipe or say, of entire Zambales. It is a three-tiered waterfall.

I will share our experience visiting a waterfall located in the same town where Anghalo Falls, Paite Falls, and Ubbog Falls lie. It is in a nearby barangay called Maloma - the northernmost barangay of San Felipe. I learned about Sagpat Falls from a friend on Facebook who lived in this town a few years ago before she moved to Manila.

To Sitio Sagpat Falls
Barangay Maloma
Jump off to Sagpat Falls or Maloma Falls
The Cavalry Chapel is the jump off to Sagpat Falls

I did some research on google on how to get there the night before the trekking but to no avail. Most sites were just photo blog but oh well,  as usual, we would just have to ask direction. From Victory Liner in Olongapo City, the ordinary bus left at 11:30 in the morning.  We told the conductor to drop us at Barangay Maloma, San Felipe. The fare was Php. 69.00 each.  At 12:25 we were already at the covered court across a school where tricycles are waiting for passengers.  We asked the driver how much would be the fare and he said it is Php 20.00 per person.  We reached the jump-off to Sagpat Falls after a 25-minute ride.  We then trekked for about 45 minutes on a muddy road. We passed six small creeks so we had the chance to get the mud off our feet. These creeks probably have waters only during the rainy season.

Maloma Falls Trek
One of the many creeks we passed
Maloma Falls Carabao
I would love to ride on his back. lol
Sagpat Falls
We rested for a while under this tree overlooking the waterfalls
There were locals swimming and having picnics when we arrived.  A guy from the group smiled at us and told us to rest for a while because he would show us the second and third tier of the waterfalls.  He said it will be a short climb but a steep one.

Sagpat Falls
So here we are!
Sitio Sagpat Waterfalls
The Majestic Sagpat Falls
From above the view was magnificent.  The climb was worth it because you can see the lush mountains from afar.  Looking down is a bit creepy because the people down the waterfalls look like ants. Not to mention my fear of heights. We spent half an hour taking pictures before we decided to go back. There was no deep plunge pool at the second and third tier anyway.

Sagpat Falls Second Level
The second level of Sagpat Falls in the background
Maloma From Above
Overlooking the Sagpat Falls' Plunge Pool from above

Camping is also possible here. The locals said they sometimes spend the night here to embrace mother nature. We left at 5 PM with the group. We had the chance to get to know each other and one of them offered to go out fishing when we come back so he can give us fresh fish if we ever return for camping.

It was a nice experience to see another waterfall in Zambales. 

Canding Falls or Kanding Falls - San Clemente Tarlac

On my last post, we were late to discover that there was a waterfall in Barangay Maasin. Now, let me share you our experience going to this waterfall the day after our swim at Canding River. The adventure started at 9:00 o'clock in the morning, an hour earlier than Canding River visit due to the fact that we had to trek. We also didn't have any idea on which path to take. The kid who informed us that there's a waterfall in Canding lives close to the river so we would just have to ask direction from there.

Waterfalls in Tarlac
The Canding Falls

Playing Tourist at Canding River | Kanding River - San Clemente, Tarlac

It was summer when we visited our friend in Camiling, Tarlac. We got bored and asked Kuya Willie if there's a river where we can swim and have a picnic. He said he heard about Canding River before but not sure of its location. His cousin heard our conversation and exclaimed: "I know about Canding River." We looked at him and asked different questions at the same time!

Canding River in Tarlac
Canding River

Cafenderia Waterlily (Cafenderya Waterlily) - Olongapo City

Our friend Dorothy was visiting and I was told she would be the one going to cook. Knowing she cooks fine I could not object. There was a nice chat alternated with the common looks on mobile devices and PC but nobody seemed to make a move to the kitchen. Then it turned out nobody felt like cooking and it was decided to go out for lunch. I was surprised to see that the tricycle did not go into the town proper but stayed rather close to a house instead. We stopped in front of a green gate, partially open. There was a sign saying “open” and above the gate, a signage – Cafenderya (Cafenderia) Waterlily.

Cafenderya Waterlily
Dorothy and Frans

Paite Falls - San Felipe, Zambales

Waterfalls in Zambales
The curtain-like torrent of Paite Falls

Nature trip? It was Paul, our tour guide on our Anghalo Falls visits a year ago who opened up about a private waterfall of Barangay Paite in San Felipe, Zambales.  It is situated in a private property of Sabangan Family who lives from a nearby barangay - Balingcaguing.  Since it is a private property we have to ask permission from the owner before visiting the place.  Fortunately, the owner's son is a friend of Paul so we got the clearance without a long wait.

How to Get to Banca Bancaan or Bangka Bangkaan Falls - Gordon Heights, Olongapo City

Banca Bancaan Falls or Bangka-Bangkaan Waterfalls is a nice place to go if you want to consider trekking and nature sightseeing in Olongapo City.  The location is Gordon Heights but I've heard some say it is a part of Balic-Balic, Barangay Sta. Rita.  It will be an hour trek from Blk 27 at Gordon Heights (starting point) to Banca-Bancaan.  

Now here's how to get to Banca Bancaan Falls

  1. From Olongapo City Public Market, go to Jollibee Triangle and ride a cream colored Jeep going to Gordon Heights Blk 27.  The fare is P9.00 Pesos.
  2. Upon reaching Blk 27 (starting point) ask the locals about the route to Banca-Bancaan. Easy!

Banca Bancaan Falls landmark
Katherine and her Farm - lol
Trek to Banca Bancaan Falls
No Fishing!
Bangca Bancaan Falls Aeta Community
Resting at the Aeta Community
Banca Bancaan Falls trail
Eroded path close to Banca Bancaan
Bangka Bangkaan Falls
The plunge pool of Banca-Bancaan 

You might want to visit these waterfalls in Olongapo - Zambales area:

Here's a link of another Banca-Bancaan trekking from an expat living in the Philippines.

Treasure Island, Olongapo City

Treasure Island Hotel and Restaurant
Treasure Island as seen from the road
Along the road that follows Baloy Beach in Barangay Barretto, Olongapo City lies Treasure Island. An ample parking lot is all you’ll see at first but when walking it you will find the resort on your right. A majestic weeping fig (or Benjamin's fig or Ficus tree) at the entry looks fresh and, in a way inviting. The outside area looks quite big and yet it is not overwhelming. The first thing I noticed was a large, nice shaped swimming pool and a huge bar. Good looking tables and comfortable chairs are inviting as well. So, the first impression was a good one. And we didn’t get disappointed. We started with just 2 refreshments while waiting for our friend D. who ordered breakfast. Since it was still relatively early in the morning there were no people in the pool and we decided to have a swim. The pool is very well maintained and has clear fresh water. And not only the pool was well maintained; the whole area was. A janitor goes around all the time checking if all is neat and proper, sweeping away the fallen leaves and small dead fruits from the Ficus tree. 

Playing Tourist at Limutan Falls - Bagac Bataan

This time we trekked at Limutan Falls in Barangay Binukawan Bagac, Bataan. It took us almost two hours before reaching these impressive waterfalls through rough terrain and scorching heat.  We had to stop twice to rest and cool down under tree shades along the way.  There are fruit bearing trees like guava and cashew that we picked and ate beside the road. 

Ambon Ambon Falls
The road is rough and dusty
Ambon Ambon and Limutan Falls
Francis picking Cashew
Limutan Falls Bataan
Paul and his Guava
When we reached the waterfalls it was already past 11 AM.  We rested a bit before having our lunch and took the plunge in the icy water.  The fall is about 20 meters high and 6 feet deep but when we visited the place there was a big log at the plunge pool.  Our guide told us that the water of this fall comes from Mount Natib in Barangay Tala Orani, Bataan.

Ambon Ambon Falls water source
Limutan Falls
As a side trip, we went downstream to visit a small waterfall with a nice pool where we continued our swim and to see the Ambon-Ambon Falls from the top.  This small waterfall is between the Limutan Falls and Ambon-Ambon Falls.  

Ambon Ambon Falls
Enjoying the small waterfall with a nice pool about 6 feet deep.
Before we started our trek we paid P50 pesos for the Entrance Fee and P100 pesos for the guide.  We stopped at DENR Office for the orientation of Binukawan Bicol Marketing Cooperative headed by Mr. Carlito Cruz.  For more info about their packages, you can contact him at +639106516218.

Blog Topics:

  • How to Get to Limutan Falls
  • Location of Limutan Falls
  • Ambon Ambon Falls
  • Limutan Falls - Ambon Ambon Falls Contact Person
  • Waterfalls of Bataan