CHASING WATERFALLS ON BOHOL ISLAND
My favorite day on Bohol, Philippines was spent hanging out at the most incredible waterfall I’ve ever experienced. It was all thanks to Jammy, a beautiful local girl who claims to be the unofficial princess of Bohol. I met Jammy on Instagram and she promised to show me around when I came to Bohol and can’t thank her enough for this amazing day.
Normally I share location names and directions with you but when the Princess of Bohol gives you orders you follow them!
We drove an hour on the moped and met Jammy at the markets. We followed behind her as she drove away on a habal-habal through the winding mountains. After many twists and turns we parked the moped in the middle of the jungle at the end of a road. Down the path we walked for several minutes until the blue water of the stream caught my eye. We had arrived in paradise.
Not a soul in sight. Just a large pool of remarkably still, turquoise water. Stalactites hung dramatically, blissfully dripping water into the warm water below. A huge waterfall pouring into the pool was the soundtrack of the day.
We had entered our playground for the day. There was a raft we could use to paddle around the pool and a rope swing hanging from the tallest branch. Almost 12 feet deep, the pool was perfect for cliff jumping, even the waterfall could be climbed. We spent the first 2 hours non-stop exploring, jumping, swinging and just being huge kids as Jammy watched on probably wondering why we are so crazy. We did convince her to jump from a 20 footer so she was in on it too.
This is the kind of place you treasure and come to everyday as a kid. As did several school boys who were skipping class. They turned rope swinging into a sport with some amazing moves making me feel terribly uncoordinated.
When I think of a place I want to be for the day there isn’t anything I could add to this location to make it better.
We made our final jumps, swung our final swings and took in the view one last time before making the short journey to the next waterfall. Twin Falls was a short drive away followed by a 15 minute trek. We passed through small communities of people drying rice on the roads. Kids played in the yards and giggled at us as we walked past.
Wow! Twin Falls was massive but also a little crowded. About 20 people were hanging out at the falls. Two different streams flow down from about 70 feet into a shallow pool. The pool does deepen in some parts making it safe enough to jump in. My favorite part about twin falls is actually the view in the opposite direction of the falls. It looks like a jungle wonderland, with makeshift tree bridges, floating coconuts and a backdrop of coconut trees and a setting sun.
The walk back up is pretty grueling with hundreds of stairs but well worth it. If you are on Bohol, I would meet a local, sell your soul or do whatever you have to do be shown some awesome waterfalls. There are lots of different falls all over the island but we only had time to visit two. Enjoy, be safe and always leave a place cleaner than when you arrived.