Sunday, September 30, 2007

Bunga Falls

BUNGA FALLS (TWIN FALLS)
Nagcarlan, Laguna
Height: 15 meters
Jump-off point: Brgy. Bunga, Nagcarlan, Laguna
Trail length: 5-10 minutes
Entrance fee: P30.00

Although not as high as the first two waterfalls, the unique charm of Bunga Falls is the fact that it is a ‘twin falls’: two waterfalls, almost identical, descending side by side. Named after the Bunga (betel nut) palms that used to grow on the area, this waterfall is just 600 meters away from the jump-off point, and is also near the famed Underground Cemetery of Nagcarlan.

In keeping with the richness of Tagalog culture, Bunga Falls is steeped in the tradition of the locals of Nagcarlan. It used to be a ‘test of manliness’ for boys to jump from the falls down the deep basin. Also, local folklore has it that there is a creature that dwells in the pool of Bunga Falls, snatching unsuspecting dayo (outsiders) into the deep waters. Other locals would swear that they have felt the hand tugging their feet down. Perhaps these tales were inspired by the depth of the pool, said to be around 10 meters. As long as you know how to swim, however, there is no reason not take advantage of the large catchbasin of this waterfall. One resident of Nagcarlan explains that the perception of “being pulled” may be explained by the sudden plunge of the catchbasin into a deep pool.

The town of Nagcarlan is a jeepney ride from either Sta. Cruz or San Pablo in Laguna. There is a Sta. Cruz bus from Buendia or Cubao; The Lucena buses pass by San Pablo. Fares range from P20-30, with a travel time of less than one hour. From the town proper of Nagcarlan, you can hire tricycle/s to take you to the jump-off. Mountaineers visit Nagcarlan to take the alternate routes to Mt. Cristobal (traverse to Dolores, Quezon) and Mt. Kalisungang (traverse to Calauan, Laguna)

Part 1: The waterfalls of Laguna
Part 2: Pagsanjan (Magdapio) Falls
Part 3: Buntot Palos (Hidden) Falls
Part 5: Taytay (Imelda) Falls

24 comments:

tochs said...

Bunga Falls makes a good back-to-back activity with Mt. Nacarlan de Calauan. Thanks for detailing the itinerary.

http://tochs.blogspot.com/search?q=nagcarlan

gideon said...

sir tochs, thanks for the comment. is mt. nagcarlan de calauan the same as mt. kalisungan/mt. lamot? i only know the IT for mountain via brgy. lamot in victoria/calauan...

tochs said...

My early handy book reference, Let's Hike A Guide to Taal, Makiling and Banahaw authored by Michael Dingkuhn with maps by Rebecca de Villa referred to a mountain with two peaks, Mt. Nagcarlan 629 MASL and Mt. Atimbia 654 MASL. Mt. Nagcarlan also known as Mt. Calauan is at the Westside while Mt. Atimbia also known as Mt. Lumot is at the Northeast side. Some refer to Lumot also as Lamot. Book was published still in 1992 by Devcon IP In.c. We will keep track of whatever updates you have.

Miguel said...

if i may ask, is this place already very public? I just want to know if there are many people going to this place. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

sir torch meron din ako nyan 1995 nabili ko sa nationalbookstore, sa ngayun wala na...ilan lang meron nyan...galing ng freehand drawing ni sir michael sa banahaw,cristobal lalo na yung makulot :D

noli

Anonymous said...

Hi Sir Ask ko lang kung ok po sa Bunga falls mag overnyt may ksma kc kmi 4 year old kid.tnx

Anonymous said...

hahaha! nice to see that you've featured this! we went here when we're having our community duty in Nagcarlan as part of our training in nursing! iv been here too! and unfortunately, i never went back... the people warned us very much about people who died here... most of them, outsiders... the feeling of touching the water scared me a lot. i saw torn clothes underwater... nice view though! =)
Jocel

Anonymous said...

See Bunga Falls today in Laguna Times Vol.1 No.1 to be circulated all over Laguna soon.

Anonymous said...

may campsite ba sa bunga falls?

nerry said...

yes my cottage na rin ,napakaganda ny ...at 5 pesos lang ang entrance lage kami d2...i feel calmness here pag my problema ako malapit 2 sa men sa calauan nilalakad lang ng tropa...

Anonymous said...

wow.. we've been to Mt. Kalisungan and Dampalit falls. Try namin yang Bunga falls.. pwd pong pakipost kung pano pumunta sa Bunga falls pag galing kami sa Calamba City? pati na rin po expenses (transpo/ entrance fees).. salamat po..

-Cory

Anonymous said...

from calamba po..sakay kayo papuntang sta.cruz thin from sta cruz sakay kayo to nagcarlan,fare is 30.00 pag nasa nagcarlan na kayo..sakay ulit kayo ng trecycle,pahatid kayo sa brgy.bunga kung saan nandoon ang bunga falls.pamasahe 12.50 entrance is 5.00 ang lastrip po ng jeep papuntang sta.cruz ay 6pm.ang sakayan po ay sa me palingke.pamasahi naman po ng bus cubao to sta.cruz via jam ay 149 po.

Anonymous said...

@ anonymous
salamat po ng marami Sir/ Ma'am sa update.. :)

-Cory

Anonymous said...

gud day! ask ko lang po kung pede mag overnight dito? may campsite po ba? thanks!

Anonymous said...

Mga sir.. okay po ba ang tubig sa falls ngayung summber? balak namin kasi mag outing sa majayjay at bunga falls..Thanks.

Anonymous said...

good day!!!

balak po kasi naming mag-side trip sa underground cemetery at bunga falls. Manggagaling po kami ng Tayak Hill sa Rizal Laguna.

Ask ko lang po kung papaano ang daan namin from Tayak Hill to Undergroung Cemetery sa Nagcarlan then to Bunga Falls. Lakinng tulong din po kung merong updates regarding fare prices at kung may oras ang byahe.

thanks po ng marami...

Oyet (BRMS)

Anonymous said...

Is the JOP bunga falls is same to JOP TO MT.ATIMBIA ANOTHER ONE where is this traverse of MT KALISUNGAN where is exit point traverse of MT KALISUNGAN

Anonymous said...

Is the JOP bunga falls is same to JOP TO MT.ATIMBIA ANOTHER ONE where is this traverse of MT KALISUNGAN where is exit point traverse of MT KALISUNGAN

Anonymous said...

sir/mam san po ba ito JOP ng MT.NAGCARLAN AT MT ATIMBIA parehas lang ba ito sa JOP ng BUNGA FALLS dun din ba daan nito JOP isa lang ba JOP

Anonymous said...

SIR gid mejo po nakaklito bundok d2 sa laguna and daming pangalan can u kindly made each IT of Mt atimbia,Mt Nagcarlan ALSO the traverse of MT Kalisungan-Nagcarlan if ever meron po travs to kalisungan-nagcarlan

Anonymous said...

Surrounding mountains of Nagcarlan are Mt Mabilog (428MASL), Mt. Nagcarlan (629MASL), Mt. Malauban (318MASL), Mt. Lansay (319MASL), Mt. Bayaquitos (316MASL), Mt. Atimbia (651MASL) and Mt. Kalisungan (760+)..you can do the traverse of Mt. Atimbia - Mt. Kalisungan via JOP at Brgy. Manaol (Nagcarlan) exit Brgy. Lamot (Calauan). Hope this helps your quest..Thanx

Unknown said...

Pede po Bang mag tanung 5-10 mins lng po ba ang trial ng bunga falls?

Sherwin Tan said...

Sir may parking ba sa bunga falls? or malapit?

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to write here to inform the girls who'll be visiting in this place to be careful changing sa cr nila doon. May mga locals po na nangboboso doon and sila pa ang galit. I was with my students pa naman. Nakakainis, share ko lang.

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