Kairukan Falls - A Day Hike in Morong Bataan


One of the wonders of Morong Bataan is the majestic Kairukan Falls located in Sitio Kanawan in Barangay Binaritan. Its waters flow from Mt. Silangan, part of Bataan National Park, a forest reserve established in 1945. Hiking to the heart of Mt. Kairukan is a jaw-dropping experience because of its dense trees and undergrowth. Its diverse flora and fauna are similar to the trekking experience to Pasukulan Falls in Mt. Natib on the northeastern part of Bataan’s National Park.

Waterfalls of Bataan
The Kairukan Falls in Morong Bataan


Kairukan Falls is approximately 150 meters in height and has a satisfying torrent even during the dry season. I just can’t imagine how strong the full-fledged waterfall Kairukan is in the rainy season. The plunge pool is 30 meters in diameter and its depth is about 1.5 meters (5 feet); expect a deeper plunge pool during the wet season.

Waterfalls in Bataan
Manong's usual back-fie on our adventure trips.

Day Hike to Kairukan Falls


A friend visited this place a few months ago and I was inspired by the pictures he posted on his blog. You might want to check his adventure blog too! Just click this link - lakwatserongrex.


Waterfall Massage
Anyone can have a waterfall massage
I was impatient to find out what the waterfall has to offer so I invited my coworkers who are into an outdoor fun. We were four in the group; two from the province of Pampanga and the rest were from Olongapo City. Since the location of Kairukan Falls is in Morong Bataan, the closest for us to get there is to meet at Harbor Point Ayala in Subic Bay. (Jeepneys and minibus terminal bound for Morong are only available at the Harbor Point.)


Binaritan Kanawan Hanging Bridge
Kanawan Hanging Bridge (source - creative commons)
Traveling from Subic Bay Freeport Zone's jeepney terminal to Morong took us almost an hour. From Morong town, we then hired a tricycle to Barangay Binaritan and took UN Avenue passing Bataan Technology Park and the gated Morong Special Economic Zone. We reached the famous hanging bridge that connects Binaritan and Sitio Kanawan in 20 minutes. The Kanawan hanging bridge is the fastest access the Aeta Community when going to Morong town.

The Magbukun Tribe of Bataan


Crossing the bridge led us to a narrow cemented path only for motorcycles. Walking through that road for 30 minutes, we reached the Magbukun Tribe where we asked for a guide.


Kanawan School for Aeta
The Kanawan School
The tribe's chieftain is Rudy Tamundog. He assigned his son Rico to accompany us on our hike to the waterfalls. A registration fee was paid by the group before the hiking started.

Magbukon Tribe Multi Purpose Hall
We passed the multi-purpose hall to the Chieftain's house
Rico was a bit shy the first hour of the trek, but eventually, he got used to us when we started making jokes and asked questions about the place and his past experiences guiding hikers. We learned from him that the Magbukun tribe consists of 135 families and 300 voters. Their means of livelihood are basically modernized farming as they have received advanced agricultural training from the local government. Wild bee hive hunting for honey and guiding tourists generate income for the tribe.

Kairukan Falls Trek
These type of bamboo marked the start of our trek


Trek to Kairukan Falls
Kairukan Mountains from afar


Bataan Hiking
The trail excites us!


Trekking Mt Natib mountain range
The easy trail fuels their dreams to see the waterfall


Kairukan Falls Tree
Rico told us that this tree is so slippery even monkeys can't climb on its trunk.
Rico became our photographer on our trek, he told us he loves photography and was happy to experience to take pictures using a bulky camera. We finally reached the waterfall after two hours and twenty minutes of ascending and descending to our goal. Our effort was paid off upon gazing at the magnificent tourist attraction of Morong, Bataan.


Forest in Bataan
A huge and tall tree along the way

Bataan Waterfalls
Relaxing...
There were also nature lovers in the area. They're cooking their lunch and had already pitched their tents for an overnight stay.


Waterfall Photoshoot
A candid shot of these two ladies on top of a rock boulder.
We had our lunch with the sound of rushing water from the falls in the background. After filling our stomachs I had to take a nap because of an extreme headache. Good thing Francis, one of my co-workers, has his medical kit with medicines. Francis is an experienced mountaineer in the group.

Our hearts were heavy when we left the waterfalls at 2:00 PM and felt envious to those who pitched their tents for the night. Surely there will be another time when we visit this place for a real backpacking adventure.


Horse at Kairukan Falls
The horse with no name hehe


Hiking Kairukan falls
Teth struck the pose and nailed it!
Magbukun Guide
Rico - the best guide ever!
There were surprises on our way back to Sitio Kanawan. We passed by a horse along the trail and the two ladies were scared to proceed. Rico spoke in a humorous way and advised them to walk in front of the horse to avoid being kicked. Successfully overcoming the horse hurdle, we maintained our pace in preparation for the ascends. We reached Kanawan Bridge before 5:00 PM.


Bataan Waterfalls photo shoot
Photo opp while resting.
Stopping at the Chieftain's house to wash up, Francis had the chance to ask for Honey for his relatives but unfortunately, they already took it to the market. I also asked for cashew nuts and luckily, there are cashew seeds available but still needed to be roasted. I bought two kilos for 80 pesos then I watched them roasting.


It was getting late when the roasting finished and they still needed to remove the burnt shells. I decided to do it myself at home so we can catch the bus or jeep bound to Olongapo. The last trip is usually at 7:00 PM.


The result of roasting turned out to be like little black kidneys.


Our Itinerary to Kairukan Falls



07:00 AM - Meetup at Harbor Point Subic Bay
07:20 AM - Travel by jeepney to Morong Bataan
08:10 AM - Arrive in Morong Bataan
08:15 AM - Travel by tricycle to Kanawan Bridge
08:35 AM - Kanawan Bridge Pictorial
08:45 AM - Trek to Magbukun Tribe in Sitio Kanawan
09:15 AM - Arrive at Sitio Kanawan and ask for a guide
09:30 AM - Start of Trek
12:00 Noon - Arrive at Kairukan Falls

12:10 PM - Lunch
12:40 PM - Exploring/Swimming/Photoshoot

02:00 PM - Trekking back to Sitio Kanawan
04:30 PM - Arrive at Sitio Kanawan (Here we paid the Guide Fee)
05:00 PM - Travel back to Kanawan Bridge by motorcycle for free c/o Rico and his friends.
05:10 PM - Ride a tricycle to Morong Town.
05:30 PM - Bus ride to Subic Bay Freeport Zone

Note that Adjustments of time will vary when traveling from Manila.



Map of Kairukan Falls






Blog Topics:

  • Kairukan Falls Day Hike
  • How to Get to Kairukan Falls
  • Sample Itinerary to Kairukan Falls Morong Bataan
  • Bataan Tourist Attraction
  • Magbukun Tribe
  • Pictures of Kairukan Falls and Trails

Have fun hiking and enjoy the beauty of Bataan! Oh, by the way, Mr. Rudy Tamundog's contact number is 09283172815.

4 comments:

  1. What a nice article! This is very helpful, thanks!

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  2. Nice pictures of Kairukan Falls trekking. Very informative too. When is the best time of the year to visit the waterfalls? Is there any other trail to take other than sitio Binaritan in Magbukun Tribe?

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  3. Mas maganda pumunta pag summer Ms. Dorothy dahil hindi madulas ang trail. There is another way to get there jump off sa Morong town proper but mas malayo na lakaran.

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