Hulugan Falls – Luisiana, Laguna (Travel Guide)

Hulugan Falls, Laguna

MAJESTIC – the best word to describe Hulugan Falls.

Instead of climbing Mt. Batulao (Our original plan from the very start, but there’s this force that won’t let us :P), we decided to visit Hulugan Falls. A recently opened destination for adventurers and nature lovers. It is located in Barangay San Salvador, Luisiana, Laguna.

GOING THERE

Hulugan Falls - Luisiana, Laguna
Jeepney ride going to San Salvador, Luisiana

We rode a JAC Liner bus in Buendia going to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. We left late and got stuck in the traffic. We dropped at SunStar Mall in Sta. Cruz and bought groceries. Just on the left side of the mall, there’s a jeepney terminal. We rode a jeepney bound to Lucena and told the driver to drop us at Barangay San Salvador. We register at the registration area as soon as we arrived at the barangay. They’ve introduced us to our guide and rode a trike going to the Barangay Captain’s home where we register again and paid the fee (registration or environmental) of 10 pesos. After registration, we rode the trike again and stopped at the jump-off point.

Hulugan Falls - Luisiana, Laguna

Hulugan Falls - Luisiana, Laguna
Trek going to Hulugan

We started our trek around noon. The trail was muddy and rocky. It took us 30 minutes to tread the trail. As we are descending, we can hear the loud splash of the falls and just a few more steps, we saw Hulugan Falls.

Hulugan Falls - Luisiana, Laguna
Trail down to Hulugan

MAJESTIC HULUGAN FALLS

Hulugan Falls - Luisiana, Laguna
Hulugan Falls

It was MAJESTIC! The flow was very strong as it rained days before. Mists were created and spread throughout the area. We can hear the loud flow of water which is music to the ears. It’s 200+ ft high and we raised our head in awe. The color of the water resulted from the eroded soil caused by the rain. According to our guide, the water can be as clear as a drinking water.

Hulugan Falls - Luisiana, Laguna

Our guide told us to visit the cave near the base of the falls, but the current of the water was too strong to make a good footing. So, we decided not to go, safety first. Instead, we went to the middle to take pictures.

Hulugan Falls - Luisiana, LagunaHulugan Falls - Luisiana, Laguna

Hulugan Falls - Luisiana, Laguna

We stayed at the middle but we can’t swim, the current was really strong. All we can do was appreciate the falls’ beauty and it was worth it.  After taking pictures, we tried to eat our lunch but the mists were everywhere. We cook our food and ate behind a huge boulder, but the rain came. Everything is wet but that’s okay, we’re with nature and it was fun.

Hulugan Falls - Luisiana, Laguna

Hulugan Falls - Luisiana, Laguna

Hulugan Falls - Luisiana, Laguna
Team Hulugan
Hulugan Falls - Luisiana, Laguna
Squad at Hulugan Falls

Hulugan Falls - Luisiana, Laguna

Hulugan Falls - Luisiana, Laguna

Before leaving, I closed my eyes, listened to the rushing waters, felt the mists and took deep breaths. I can’t describe the feeling but I was very happy being here even if I got injured. We were in awe and it was hard to leave, but it was time to go. We took our last glance of the falls and thought of returning again someday.

Hulugan Falls - Luisiana, Laguna

ITINERARY

TIME
ACTIVITY
                                  7:30 AM
Departure from DLTB Buendia to Sta. Cruz, Laguna
                      10:00 AM- 10:30 AM
Arrived at SunStar Mall, Bought Groceries
                       10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Took a jeepney going to Brgy. San Salvador
                       11:15 AM – 11:45 AM
Registration and took a trike to the Jump-off point
                       11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Start Trek
                       12:15 PM – 3:00 PM
Hulugan Falls, Lunch
                        3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Trek back to Barangay Captain’s House
                        3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Wash-up
                        4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Jeep to Pagsanjan, Rode bus back to Manila
                                  7:30 PM
Back in Manila

 

EXPENSES

Bus from Buendia to Sta. Cruz, Laguna
140 Pesos
Jeepney from Sta. Cruz to Brgy. San Salvador
30 Pesos
Trike going to Barangay Captain’s house and jump-off point
20 Pesos
Guide Fee (400 Pesos/3 persons)
133 Pesos
Shower
15 Pesos
Bibingka
33 Pesos
Trike back to Highway
20 Pesos
Jeepney to Pagsanjan
25 Pesos
Bus back to Manila
132 Pesos
Food and Necessities
300 Pesos (Personal)

Total: 848.00 Pesos per head

 


 

REMINDERS/GUIDES/TIPS

How to get there:

  • Take a bus (DLTB) from Buendia Bus Terminal bound to Sta. Cruz. Drop off at SunStar Mall. (Fare = P140, Travel time = 2 Hours and 30 Minutes)
  • Take a jeep at the terminal beside SunStar going to San Salvador. (Fare = P30, Travel time = 45 Minutes)
  • Ride a trike from highway (San Salvador) going to Barangay Captain’s house/Jump-off (Fare = P20, Travel time = 30 Minutes)

 

Fees:

  • Guide Fee  = no specific amount (Depends on how much you will give the guide.)
  • Wash up Fee = P15

 

Power pack:

  • Sandals/Slippers/Outdoor shoes
  • Dry Bag
  • Snacks
  • Extra Clothes
  • Swimwear
  • First Aid Kit

 

Notes:

  • Wear outdoor shoes or sandals that hold your feet firmly, the trail is muddy and rocky. I wore slippers and it was easily filled with mud. It snapped just at the beginning of the trail and I end up walking on barefoot. I even slipped and injured my foot.
  • There is no specific amount of how much to pay the guide. According to other tourists, they paid 300 pesos. We paid 400 pesos, the 100 being a tip (We’re good kids ;P).
  • Waterproof your stuff. Strong mists come from the strong rush of the falls which can really wet anything.
  • Don’t litter. Leave No Trace. We were lucky to see the place still untouched and it was pleasing to see.
  • Contact Person: Kap Ramon – 0928 975 9752 (Barangay Captain)

 

TRAVEL DATE: NOVEMBER 2016

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