Mag-aso Falls (Bohol, PH)
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. – John Burroughs
Visitors who make their way to the island province of Bohol would often visit the ever-famous Chocolate Hills, the stunning man-made forest of Bilar, experience the cruise along Loboc River or just bum around the pristine beaches of Panglao. But for a travel dopehead who likes exploring the off-beaten path, Mag-Aso Waterfalls is some place he/she wants to tick off his/her list.
Mag-Aso Falls in the town of Antequera, Bohol, is a natural spot that isn’t usually part of a typical Bohol itinerary. This twin falls, with a height of about 25 feet, is charming against a backdrop of high trees, wild plants, and deep chasm. The rocks at its base, gnarled through the years, form a large catchbasin creating a natural pool.
Trekking your way to the falls is made easy though the concrete steps (around 200) made by the local government of Antequera (this may be disappointing to some nature seekers though). Nonetheless, it was believed essential for those who do not have the ability to pass through slippery track. Shelters were also built for people who would like to take a rest or take refuge in case it rains.
If one looks up in to the forest, you will see a smoke like mist. This was where the name Mag-Aso coined as the term “aso”, in the local dialect means “smoke”.
How to Reach Mag-Aso Falls:
Take a flight to Tagbilaran City, the capital of Bohol. Once in the city, there are passenger jeepneys and buses going to Antequera. If you’re in the city center, hail a tricycle and ask the driver to take you to the terminal of jeepneys going to Antequera. Travel time from Tagbilaran to Antequera is just about 30 minutes.
Once you reach the town proper of Antequera, look for habal-habal motorcycle or even a tricycle which can take you to Mag-aso Falls. The falls is located in Barangay Can-omay roughly 2 kilometers away from the town proper. You may ask the habal-habal driver to wait for you while you are in the falls or you may ask for his cellphone number so yo can contact him once you are ready to leave the place. Entrance fee is at Php30.00 (this was wayback 2012 when I got the chance to visit the place).
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