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FALLS in Love with Tangadan Falls in La Union


Getting ready for a cold dip! | Tangadan Falls

Been seeing a lot of posts recently on Instagram and Facebook of this extremely photogenic waterfalls. I actually first saw it on Luke Landrigan's Instagram Stories where he did a heart-stopping jump on this super high waterfalls. I later on found out that this gem is located in the town of San Gabriel, province of La Union.

I quickly googled for tours and packages catering to Tangadan Falls and luckily found a good one (KG Travel and Tours - average tour rate is P1,500/head, all in). I normally travel with a group of friends so we rarely avail of packages because in reality, you save a lot when you do DIY tours in big groups. But this time, we were short on head count so we just joined a tour package -- small group joining a big group -- that's a lot of savings.

The tour itinerary, aside from the main event (Tangadan Falls), included quite a number of intersting tourist destinations in La Union. Check out the list:

PINDANGAN RUINS

If you are a fan of historical and heritage sites, Pindangan Church Ruins is a must-visit. This age-old religious structure narrates rich stories of the past through its stone walls built in the 1700s.


MA-CHO TEMPLE

It is tagged as the world's largest Taoist Temple outside China. It really is massive from the inside. The place is serene and well maintained. Perfect for a nice peace and quiet moment before kicking off our Tangadan adventures.


We also droppped by Bahay na Bato / Pebble Beach but there's nothing to see in there really but model houses made from stones.

GRAPES FARM

There are lots of grape vineyards in this side of La Union. We went to Bauang Grapes Farm. And just like any other vineyards, you get to pick grapes right from the farm. There are also various grapes products being offered like a refreshing grape shake, wine, and more!



TANGADAN FALLS

And of course, the star of this tour - San Gabriel's pride, Tangadan Falls. La Union is mostly known for its surfer-friendly beaches but recently, it's also making big waves to daredevils and trek/cliff junkies because of this 50-foot waterfalls nestled in the forests of San Gabriel.


The towering trees and cliff walls as you take the trail are beyond captivating. Look at that view! The trek to the falls will take about an hour. Pretty easy!


Before reaching the falls, you will pass through different river stops where you can do mini cliff jumps that are 15-20 feet high.



Beautiful indeed! The photos don't do justice, to be honest.


Photos below credit to our tour mates. :)


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Detailed Itinerary:

0200 ETD Manila / Buy breakfast
0800 ETA La Union
0800 - 0900 Grapes Farm
0900 - 0930 Pindangan Ruins
0930 - 1000 Ma-Cho Temple
1000 - 1100 Bahay na Bato
1100 - 1200 Lunch and preparation for Tangadan Trek
1200 - Start trek
1330 - ETA Tangadan Falls
1530 - 1630 Trek down
1700 ETA San Juan Beach to freshen up, snacks, etc.
1800 ETD Manila
0000 ETA Manila

Things to bring:
1. Extra clothes for swimming/cliff jumping
2. Rashguard/Sunblock/Cap
3. Light snack during trekking
4. Drinking water/water container
5. Trekking sandal/shoes/slippers
6. Towel
7. Toiletries





Short but Sweet Escape: Kalanggaman and Sambawan Islands | Leyte + Biliran


The breathtaking view of Sambawan Island in Biliran

It was a short 3 days and 2 nights vacation in the provinces of Leyte and Biliran but it's one of the best trips I've had this year. I was able to experience 2 of the most beautiful islands and a majestic waterfall in this region in a short but well-planned vacation, thanks to my friends who stitched everything altogether and made sure no fun part was missed.

Don't worry, you'll find at the end of this post our itinerary, including a budget breakdown so you too can maximize your stay if you plan on visiting these islands soon.

Okay, let me get through one by one the highlights of this trip.

KALANGGAMAN ISLAND

Probably one of the best sandbars I've been to, Kalanggaman Island in Leyte features a long stretch of beautiful sandbar with a majestic view where the sky and the white sand beach meet. 



The fun part of my stay was the overnight camp. Although we've experienced a not-so friendly weather during the night, the bonding as one group -- take turns in preparing meals, stories over alcohol, group games -- all of these made up our memorable stay in the island.



Shout out to our squad, y'all! Check them out on Facebook, they have a group called Heliopaths. :)



Me, being one with nature at the famous sandbar of Kalanggaman Island.


The beautiful sunset on the rocky side of the island.



Getting there: From Tacloban City, land travel takes about 3 hours going to Palompon, Leyte. And about an hour boat ride from Polompon to this beautiful island. Remember that the island is uninhabitated so don't expect hotels, restaurants or even electricity. It's all camping in here.

Don't worry, the island offers basic facilities such as bathroom and toilet, tents and cottages for rent and a couple of mini sari sari stores where you can buy alcoholic drinks, soda, chips, toiletries, etc. There are tourism police on duty 24/7, by the way!


SAMBAWAN ISLAND

Roughly about 6 hours from Kalanggaman Island is another chunk of paradise with a million dollar view. Sambawan Island in Biliran boasts of its mountainous coastline with an easy trail going up the view deck.


On the other side of the island you will see a gentle giant - a dormant volcano called Mount Maripipi. 

How can you not fall in love with this view?


ULAN ULAN FALLS

On our last day, we did a side trip to Biliran's Ulan Ulan Falls. It has quite a challenging trail going to the waterfall but who gives a shit when at the end of this all is a rewarding cold dip and a jaw-dropping view of Biliran's Ulan Ulan Falls?





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Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 0
1800 Arrival in Tacloban from Manila

1900 Check in Welcome Home Pensione

DAY 1
0500 Check out
0800 ETA Palompon Leyte - buy supplies, etc
0900 Palompon Eco Tourism Offic for registration

1000 ETA Kalanggaman Island
1100 onwards - Enjoy the beautiful Kalanggaman Island

DAY 2
1000 Kalanggaman to Palompon
1100 Early lunch at Palompon Market
1700 ETA Naval Port (Buffer time while waiting for the boat)
2000 ETD Naval Port to Sambawan Island
2100 ETA Sambawan Island
2130 Set up tent, socials, etc.

DAY 3
0600 Start trek to Sambawan view deck
0900 Prepare to leave island
1300 ETD Palompon to Tacloban Airport
1600 ETA Tacloban Airport

BUDGET BREAKDOWN PER HEAD (19 pax Total)

Day 0
Welcome Home Pensione (P6,650 for 19 pax) = P350/head
Grocery - P514/head
Day 1 Total = P864/head

Day 2
Boat (P3,500)- P185/head
Bus (Palompon to Tacloban) - P150/head
Bus (Tacloban to Palompon) - P150/head
Day 2 Total = P485/head

Day 3
Coaster  (P12,000)- P632/head
Entrance Fee - P100/head
Boat (P3,000) - 158/head
Guide Fee (P300 for a group of 19) - P16/head
Day 3 Total = P905/head

TOTAL BUDGET: P2,254 (Excluding airfare and Manila transport)






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- Jaypee