Pagsanjan Falls: Exploring Laguna’s Most Popular Waterfall

Pagsanjan Falls

If there’s one waterfall in the Philippines that’s usually on top of every Filipino’s mind, there’s no doubt that it is Pagsanjan Falls in the province of Laguna. The reason is, this wonder of nature is a staple in every Filipino history book so it’s fairly easy to recognize this popular waterfall.

In this blog, we will discuss not only the Pagsanjan Falls facts and history but also the most important details like how to reach it and the latest tourism guidelines that will help you plan your trip accordingly.

About Pagsanjan Falls

kids at pagsanjan falls laguna

Pagsanjan Falls image source: Wikimedia Commons

Also known as Magdapio Falls, Pagsanjan Falls stands approximately 300 ft. It is one of the major Laguna attractions that weekend travelers usually visit. To get to this three-tiered waterfall, you’ll either have to take the thrilling indigenous dugout canoe ride or enjoy a hike. This tourist spot in Pagsanjan Laguna is surely a perfect place to release your stress.

When you reach the falls, there are no food stalls so bring your lunch or buy food from the restaurant which you will pass by on the boat ride. There are also no toilets or showers in the falls, so just wash up when you get back to the jump-off point.

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Pagsanjan Falls history

tourists at pagsanjan falls laguna

Pagsanjan Falls picture credits to Jose Nicdao via Flickr

If you’ve studied Sibika at Kultura during your elementary days, then you’ve probably been familiar with the story of this attraction in Laguna as the Pagsanjan Falls picture is in every Philippine history book along with its story and other important Pagsanjan Falls facts. And just like many other falls in the Philippines, Pagsanjan Falls has its own share of history and legends. 

According to folklore, Pagsanjan waterfalls didn’t exist back then as there were only forests over the highlands, the twin rivers of Bumbungan and Balanac, and the land where the town of Pagsanjan was built. At the eastern bank of the Bumbungan River, two brothers named Balubad and Magdapio lived simply and peacefully until a calamity hit their land. There were no rainfalls for months so they experienced a terrible drought. Their land became so shriveled, the rivers and springs dried up, the flowers and crops withered and died, and the animals disappeared from sight.

The brothers suffered and prayed to the gods for rain but not a single drop came. The older Balubad, who was weaker of the two, died of thirst. Madapio buried him on the slope of the mountain and called it “Balubad.” Distressed over his brother’s death, Madapio trekked to the rocky cliffs of the upper region. There he cursed the gods for their bitter fate and hurled down his cane on the rocks. After he did that, a spring sprouted off the spot where he stuck his cane. The spring grew bigger and bigger, fresh water gushed down the canyon walls and became a waterfall. Magdapio fell on his knees and thanked the gods for the great blessing. 


Pagsanjan Falls location

Pagsanjan Waterfalls is located at Cavinti Bridge I, Cavinti, 4013 Laguna, Philippines. Check out this Pagsanjan Falls map to be guided. 


How to get there

There are two options to get there: Through the Pagsanjan Route where you can experience shooting the rapids in Pagsanjan Falls, and the Cavinti route which is a challenging way that involves hiking and rappelling.

Pagsanjan route
From Cubao or Buendia, ride a bus bound for Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Upon arrival in Sta. Cruz, you can either take a jeepney to Pagsanjan or a tricycle to take you directly to the Tourism Office. It’s important to drop by the tourism office to know all the Pagsanjan Falls information for your Pagsanjan Falls tour.

Cavinti route
From Cubao or Buendia, ride a bus bound for Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Upon arrival in Sta. Cruz, ride a jeepney going to Cavinti, then a tricycle to Pueblo El Salvador Nature Park and Picnic Grove in Brgy Tibatib where you’ll start your Pagsanjan Falls tour.

If you want a more relaxed journey, there are also Pagsanjan Falls tour packages available at several travel agencies in Manila, both serving either of the two different routes.


Rates and other information

tourists at the other side of pagsanjan falls laguna

Pagsanjan Falls image credits to Joshua Bousel via Flickr

Entrance fee: Seeing the waterfall is FREE, but if you want to access other areas of Pagsanjan park proper, there’s a fee ranging from PHP 20 – PHP 300

Shooting the rapids in Pagsanjan Falls: PHP 1,250/person (rate includes round-trip boat ride, entrance fees, and use of life vests)


Other tourist spots in Laguna

If you’re done visiting the Pagsanjan Falls location, here are other tourist attractions in Laguna you should explore:

  1. Seven Lakes – A great paradise
  2. Bato Springs – Perfect for unwinding
  3. Dampalit Falls – Has a relaxing vibe that will cool you down
  4. Enchanted Kingdom – An amusement park for the kids and kids at heart
  5. Nuvali Park – Best for families

For the full list of attractions in Laguna, read this blog: Top 17 Laguna Tourist Spots to Visit if You Want An Ultimate Relaxation


Laguna Tourism Guidelines 2021 | COVID-19 Updates

For those planning their Pagsanjan Falls activities already, make sure to check with the Laguna tourism office first to confirm if you can enter the province. Because currently, Laguna is part of the NCR Plus bubble that is under MECQ until May 14 which means leisure travel is not yet allowed. Only al fresco dining in these areas is allowed.

For Laguna tourism updates and information, check out their Facebook page.


Frequently Asked Questions About Pagsanjan Falls

Q: What is the Pagsanjan Falls tagalog description?
A: There is actually no definite Pagsanjan Falls description tagalog but Pagsanjan Falls is also called Magdapio Falls and Cavinti Falls.

Q: How to get to Pagsanjan Falls from Manila?
A: From Cubao or Buendia, ride a bus bound for Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Upon arrival in Sta. Cruz, you can either take a jeepney to Pagsanjan or a tricycle to take you directly to the Tourism Office. It’s important to drop by the tourism office to know all the Pagsanjan Falls information for your Pagsanjan Falls tour.

Q: Where is the Pagsanjan Falls location?
A: Pagsanjan Waterfalls is located at Cavinti Bridge I, Cavinti, 4013 Laguna, Philippines. 

Q: How much is the boat ride in Pagsanjan Falls?
A: Shooting the rapids in Pagsanjan Falls starts at PHP 1,250/person. The rate includes round-trip boat ride, entrance fees, and use of life vests.

Q: Is Laguna open for tourists?
A: No. Laguna is part of the NCR Plus bubble that is under MECQ until May 14 which means leisure travel is not yet allowed. Only al fresco dining in these areas is allowed.

For Laguna tourism updates and Pagsanjan Falls information, check out their Facebook page.

Q: Where can I go in Laguna?
A: If you’re done with your Pagsanjan Falls tour, here are other tourist attractions in Laguna you should explore:

  1. Seven Lakes
  2. Bato Springs
  3. Pagsanjan Falls
  4. Dampalit Falls
  5. Enchanted Kingdom
  6. Nuvali Park
  7. Rizal Shrine
  8. Hidden Valley Springs
  9. Mt. Makiling
  10. Hulugan Falls
  11. Makiling Botanical Gardens
  12. Republic Wakepark

For the full list of attractions in Laguna, read this blog: Top 17 Laguna Tourist Spots to Visit if You Want An Ultimate Relaxation

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