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Pagsanjan Falls

Pagsanjan Falls

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The Basics

Pagsanjan town licenses boatmen (bangcero) to operate the small canoes that ride upriver through the gorge to the waterfall, and prices are set centrally, per head. Fees reflect the effort involved in navigating a small boat upstream—this is not a cheap trip.

Unless you’re exploring the Mt. Banahaw region, you’ll likely visit Pagsanjan Falls from Manila. Rather than getting up at the crack of dawn to make the drive and then arranging boats on arrival, most visitors opt for the convenience of a tour. Most Pagsanjan Falls tours include hotel pickup and drop-off, lunch, a canoe ride, and a bamboo raft ride. A few budget Pagsanjan tours omit the rapids in favor of hiking or swimming and looking at the waterfall.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Manila

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Pagsanjan Falls
gabibutler2018, Jul 2018
Pagsanjan Falls Adventure from Manila
Rick and Grayline were excellent! We enjoyed every minute of our trip from Manila to Pagsanjan Falls.
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Experience was brilliant although be...
Kas, Oct 2018
Pagsanjan Falls Adventure from Manila
Experience was brilliant although be prepared to get majorly wet and ensure you have amply tip money as the locals can be a bity pushy!
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I would highly recommend taking this...
Jacob, Feb 2018
Pagsanjan Falls Adventure from Manila
I would highly recommend taking this tour while visiting this area of the Philippines. The boat ride to Pagsanjan Falls was awesome and the scenery was beautiful. The boatmen do a hell of a job getting you to the falls and back. Kudos to them.
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Even though it rained this was a...
kedwards01, Jan 2017
Pagsanjan Falls Adventure from Manila
Even though it rained this was a very fun trip down the river to see the Pagsanjan Falls. The lunch that was included was very authentic and delicious as well.
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It was so good to get out of Manila...
KcjK, Mar 2018
Pagsanjan Falls Adventure from Manila
It was so good to get out of Manila and see some green! The Falls are tremendous and the roar as you approach them is amazing. Make sure you wear old clothes and old trainers as you will get very wet! The meal afterward was beautiful too!
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I went on this tour as a typhoon was...
Jody S, Oct 2016
Pagsanjan Falls Adventure from Manila
I went on this tour as a typhoon was moving in, and I would still recommend it. The views as you go up river are stunning, and so much fun to go under the falls.
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The entire trip was really good...
Lincoln L, Jan 2017
Pagsanjan Falls Adventure from Manila
The entire trip was really good. However, the price is too expensive as the locals says with this price, you can pay for 2. Not forgetting you need to pay for the boat driver tip of about 10USD each.
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The drive to the falls takes about...
Sylva, Nov 2015
Pagsanjan Falls Adventure from Manila
The drive to the falls takes about 2-2.5 hours. The guide will talk the whole way be prepared. The trip up and back on the river takes about 2 hours and is fantastic. You will get wet. Take a towel, change of clothes and shoes. Suggest lunch after the boat trip so have a big breakfast.
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it was different. It was very nice...
Cecelia V, Feb 2016
Pagsanjan Falls Adventure from Manila
it was different. It was very nice and relaxing and enjoying. Can cross it off the bucket list.
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THAT WAS PERFECT! I even...
Julie B, Jan 2015
Pagsanjan Falls Adventure from Manila
THAT WAS PERFECT! I even tried Balut.. and they show you around Laguna We also got to try Lambanog! Definetly 5 *****!!!
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Our guide was very knowledgeable...
Jessica G, Dec 2014
Pagsanjan Falls Adventure from Manila
Our guide was very knowledgeable about all the different areas we went to on our way to the falls and the falls were amazing. Definitely recommend making a visit to them if in the area.
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Fantastic trip away from the hectic...
Bing, Aug 2014
Pagsanjan Falls Adventure from Manila
Fantastic trip away from the hectic Manila! The falls are very beautiful! Don't miss out the chance to boat in the back of the falls:) On the way to the falls, we also stopped at some local vendors and tried out some local sweets, as well as the notorious balut! ohhh I had such a blast!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Pagsanjan Falls are a must for thrill-seekers and movie fans.

  • Babies and children under 7 are not allowed to ride the boats to the falls.

  • You’ll get wet. Bring a plastic bag or waterproof case for your phone and/or camera if they’re not waterproof.

  • Your bangcero will expect a tip: 100 pesos is the standard amount.

  • There is no disabled access to Pagsanjan Falls. People who seem frail, including older people, will not be allowed to ride.

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How to Get There

One of the Philippines’ favorite waterfalls, Pagsanjan Falls are around 60 miles (97 kilometers) from Manila. Even leaving early and in a private vehicle, the drive takes over two hours. If you’d prefer a day trip rather than spending the night in the unremarkable town of Pagsanjan, your only options are tour, taxi, or drive. Most find a tour more convenient than driving through gridlock and arranging your own boat.

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When to Get There

Also known as Magdapio Falls, the Pagsanjan Falls are one of Manila’s most popular weekend trips: on Saturdays, Sundays, and over the Easter period they can be insanely crowded. In terms of timing, look to balance high water, which creates rapids and makes the waterfall dramatic, with low water, which allows boatmen to navigate the river. Early in the wet season, between August and October, is the best time to visit.

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Apocalypse Now in Pagsanjan

Widely considered one of the greatest movies ever made,Apocalypse Now explores sanity and insanity against the background of the Vietnam War. Americans were unwelcome in Vietnam during the ’70s, so director Francis Ford Coppola chose the Philippines to shoot his movie. The culminating sacrifice scenes were filmed on the river that runs up to Pagsanjan Falls.

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