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 (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:


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.


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.


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!


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:

Where to stay in San Juan La Union Surf District (Urbiztondo):
- Veronica's Lodge (near Vessel Hostel & Olas Banditos)
- Look for Ate Belen: 09218436827

Tangadan Falls Registered Tour Guide:
- Kuya Bernard: 09062425255 or 09215085306
- Rate: P500 guide fee for a group of 7pax or below. 

Tangadan Travel Tour Package:
- K&G Travel and Tours (look for them on Facebook)
- Look for Kit or Genevieve

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