From Where the River Flows "Ambon Ambon Falls" - Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108

Last time I took you to an introduction to a placed called Panguil River Eco Park. We were charmed by the relaxing cottages nested by the river and a perfect place to enjoy a family meal. We were told that our visit would not be complete unless we trekked to see the enchanting falls hidden away. Our challenge was to have someone watch over our belongings as we embark on our journey, but was settled by the staff in the park. Everything was set and we are ready for the trek. Join me today as I take you every step of the way and see a hidden gem here in Pangil Laguna, Philippines.


Ambon Ambon Falls

We left our things at our cottage and two students from the municipality were assigned to look after out belongings. We were assured by the staff that here students were trustworthy and there is nothing we need to worry about.

Let me just share with you some steps and information regarding the trek to the site.

  • You cannot go on your own to Ambon Ambon Falls and must be accompanied by a guide
  • Pay the fee of 75 pesos ($1.44 USD) per person
  • Minimum group trip is 5 persons and if your group is below 5. The fee is 400 pesos ($7.66 USD).
  • Make sure to secure your electronic gadgets with waterproof bags. There are waterproof phone pouches for sale at the counter. Price is at 100 pesos or around $1.90 USD
  • Do not bring a lot of stuff with you on the trek. (One of our mistakes)
  • Do not wear shoes unless they are aqua shoes
  • No need to bring a big container for water or just completely forget about the drinking water. (You would later see why).
  • Do not leave garbage behind during the trek.
  • Before leaving make sure you relieve yourself at the nearest lavatory.
  • After the trip make sure you provide the guide with a good tip.

Some of the tour guides here are composed to local students who does part time work here at the park. We were assigned a guide named Atong who is a student. Atong has a pleasant personality and with a good sense of humor. It takes skill to keep people interested and entertained during a trip. He made sure everyone was ready and after the few reminders we began our journey. He also mentioned that the trip would take around 30 minutes which is not that bad.

The path has signs posted on trees that are reminders to protect our environment.

Here we still see cottages and people. As we go further up the river, there would be not much people anymore.

On our first stop is a rock formation called Barkong Bato which is Stone Ship in english translation.

It looks like a huge boulder that resembles the bow of a ship.

We are now entering the restricted area. You are not allowed to enter without a guide for safety reasons.

The pathway is guided with bamboo pole railings. Something to hold on to when you get weary. As seen signs are still visible as a constant reminder to protect our natural resources.

We passed by a small bridge called Lambingan bridge. Lambingan is a local word which means affection. A good place to take a photo with your sweetheart.

The trail is long and the plant growth are getting thicker as we move along.

The side of the trail are protected by bars and wires. This protects people from falling debris in this part.

The stairs are made from rocks and cement which are steep, but manageable.

On our second stop features, a very old tree called Balete. Here in our country it is known that this tree is home for spirits, dwarves and fairies. There are a lot of stories of sightings of ghosts in Balete trees.

Our guide told us that this tree has embraced another tree. It has grown around an existing tree which is very fascinating.


As you could see here, the Balete tree has wrapped itself on another tree. Locked in embrace for centuries now, with no plans of letting go.

We left Balete Peak and reached our third stop. This place is called Biak na Bato which translates Cracked Rock.

A beautiful place that showcases water pouring out from the crack of a big boulder.

I wanted to approach the rock, but the stones below the river are very slippery. I wouldn't want to slip and get my camera wet. Since my camera is not weather sealed I must tread carefully in every step. But I just decided to move along our trek.

Here we would be crossing the other side of the river. A makeshift bamboo bridge has been made to make crossing easier for everyone.

Thirst are one of the struggles while trekking. Here fresh water is no problem and there is no need to bring drinking water with you. Maybe a small water bottle for refills would be sufficient.

A bamboo pole planted on the rock provides fresh spring water for all those who are in need of rejuvenation.

A beautiful gift of nature that should never be taken for granted.

I was a bit thirsty and weary. The water has refreshed my body to continue on with the journey.

We passed another bamboo bridge and came across other trekkers who are on their way back. They passed their life jackets for us to use as everyone is required to put one on. I had a feeling that the trail is starting to be more extreme from this point.

Just a shot down crossing the small bridge for you to have an idea.

We were still a long way ahead, but the beauty of the place will keep you from being tired.

Clear water and the gentle sound of the river gives you peace of mind. Makes you forget about the chaos around us.

The challenge here is crossing a deep part of the river. They made it easier by tying up a rope on both ends to hold on to. Still you need to be carefully as the rocks below are slippery. As for my camera, best protection I have is a ziploc plastic bag and hope it works.

After crossing the deep river we squeezed thru some rocks. Atong our guide told us that we are nearing our first bamboo raft ride.


Seeing that bamboo raft enhanced the feeling of adventure in our trip. We felt like adventure on a quest to find a hidden treasure.


Atong made sure everyone were seated and the raft was well balanced. He even offered to take the photo of our group.

There was a rope that he pulled to get us across this part.

It was a short raft ride but it was fun.

I couldn't help taking photos as beauty is everywhere. Everything seems untouched to let nature take its course on its own.

We have encountered another group on their way back to the park. Everyone looks so satisfied with the trip.

Our guide jokingly asked the other group if they still left some water for us at the falls. In response, they jokingly replied, "Just enough for one bath".

The second raft ride is a shorter ride from the previous one. Atong did a very good job in assisting everyone. I'm sure he already knows every step of the way. Pointing out all the slippery steps and telling us where the foot holds are.

Another group photo before we proceed as we are almost there.

The ropes are a great idea to get you across faster. Paddling across would take too much effort.


My father in law was staring at the rushing water. He maybe thinking if the current is strong enough to carry you away in this part.

We had to do some more climbing and this time no more cemented steps. We were guided in every step to make sure everyone is safe.

Everywhere you turn the scenery is so peaceful. It would be really hard not to take a lot of photos.

Finally, we have reached the last bamboo raft ride. This ride will take us to the entrance of the enchanting falls.

Plant growth on the sides of the rocks gives a little shade in this section.

The shade from the plants give a soothing lighting effect. I could almost hear an adventurous music playing in my head.

My son was captivated by such a gorgeous sight. We were all very excited to see and experience Ambon Ambon falls in person.

Our raft moved slowly as if making our arrival very dramatic. We saw other people already there, but they didn't matter for what we are about to see.

With streams of light coming from above. The enchanting Ambon Ambon falls finally came into view.

The scene was almost like from a fantasy movie. It was like a gigantic rock fell from above and split the river into two.

Nature creating a unique twin falls is one of the most amazing things I have seen in our country.

My father with arms raised showing his triumph in conquering this trek.

Of course it would not be complete if I didn't have a photo.

The word Ambon means little rain or shower. Here if feels that it is always raining as the water bounces all over the place. Thus the name Ambon Ambon was given.


Here are some of the closer shots of the falls. I hope you enjoy them.




Like everyone else, we were only allowed 30 minutes to stay here. This is to give way to other visitors. Atong told me to come back during off season as they would allow us to stay longer. During summer there are a lot of visitors.

With the time we have left here. The kids swam around and enjoyed the cool, fresh water from the falls. It was a magical experience and my daughter wants to come back already. She wanted to swim longer in this area.

All things comes to an end and it was time for us to go back. As we took the raft, Atong told the kids that they could swim across if they wished. The kids immediately jumped off the raft reaching the other side before us.

We were safely guided back to the trail filled with memories of a magical place.

We greeted the next batch of visitors with a smile. Letting them know without saying a word that the journey is all worth it.

As we took off the life jackets to pass on to the next trekkers. A mix of sadness and joy fills our hearts.

Experienceing nature is something everyone may do. Getting in touch with nature and shutting off technology even for just a short time.

I've let everyone get ahead of me as I wanted to be alone for a moment to reminisce. Thinking about life and what the future holds.


Life is like a river a takes us thru a journey. There are paths that are difficult, but along the way there is beauty. We just need to stop for awhile and look closely. If we move too fast you just might miss it.

Thank you for joining our trip to this amazing place. I do hope I was able to immerse you with our experience. If ever you visit Laguna Philippines, this place should not be missed.

This concludes the second part of our visit to Panguil Eco Park. Please join me again for the final part of this adventure. See magical pools on our exploration up the river, plus a discovery of a fascinating little creature. Until then, hope you have a wonderful #beautifulsunday .

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Wow! You surely know how to make a great time! I love coming along with you, there is always so much to see and do!

What an exciting life you show your kids! What an awesome dad!


Hey how is it going? I do my best to make sure the kids would enjoy in our trips. At the same time be aware about the environment.

That is an absolutely beautiful place to stop for a soak!

Cold water from the river, songs of the birds around you and absolutely no worries lol.

Such an amazing exotic trip that is a celebration of nature and the preservation of it. So well put together in the post to share with us too.

The world is wonderful. Thanks for taking us along with you!

Thank you my friend. The world is filled with beautiful places and it would be impossible to see them all. I'm glad I was able to share a small part of it.

Wonderful place! Would love to visit. :)

Let me know if you do and I would point you to the right direction.

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Thanks for the support.

Whenever I look at different tourist spots in our country, it makes me disheartened to think that some of them might not be managed properly. I hope that this natural wonder stays the same for many more generations to enjoy.

I am glad they did a very good job in maintaining the place. So many hidden gems we just need to take a closer look.

a closer look yeah. But also, to take really good care of them in case they get exploited underway.

The terrain looks quite rough though I won't follow the advice of not wearing shoes. I'll probably go with a waterproof hiking boots but still bring aqua shoes.

I wore slippers but best to use aqua shoes as you would be soaked most of the time. Thanks @ace108

you're welcome.

What an amazing place, @watersnake101 :O I love all the photos * ___ * The nature looks absolutely lush and beautiful * ___ *

I love that people are looking after this place so much :) All that signs about trees and how we need to look after them is very heart-warming <3

That drink from the bamboo shoot looks very rejuvenating, also :D

What a beautiful post ! Really amazing * ___ *

People from here are very aware about taking care of the environment. I am very glad you loved the photos. It was a bit difficult taking much care to keep my camera feom getting wet. The water from the bamboo.............. The best water I've had. Thanks my friend.


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You guys are the best. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Wow, great post. Thank you so much that I was able to participate in your tour in spirit.

My pleasure to take you with me on this journey.

Very beautiful path, indeed! I like bamboo and the lighting of the place.

Lighting from mother nature is hard to replicate. The path was a bit difficult but all worth it.

Wow @watersnake101

What an epic journey. A brilliant account of you time there. You were right about the waterfalls. They are beautiful. Great job.


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Thanks for joining in. I kept wondering how the place was discovered as I didn't get any information. I'm sure they had the same feeling that I had the moment I saw it.

You have brought us to a great adventure again @watersnake101! Thank you!

I'm glad that you were able to join. Thank you.

Thank you too!

I wish I was there
Quite a few heart stoppers like that teenie tiny bridge hahaha
It’s gorgeous though
Glad you had a free hand to take all those amazing pics 😊

The tiny bridges looks a bit scary but it was actually very sturdy. It was hard taking photos putting it in a tiny ziploc bag when we need to get in the water. My heart would be crushed if it got wet and for sure would ruin my day.

I can imagine
Well thank you for braving it so you can take us with you 🥰

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Seem a really fantastic place and your group might have fun to discover the hidden waterfall in the jungle.

A constructive point I want to bring is you can reduce the number of pictures. ;)

I have to admit those were a lot lol. Sometimes I get carried away. Thank you very much for pointing it out.

My pleasure and have a great day ahead. :)

Beautiful; reminds me of a place I went to in Bali long ago

Your Bali trip must have been a great adventure. Hope you could explore once again.

What an AMAZING place!!! It looks like something out of a fantasy movie!!! And what an experience - something you will no doubt treasure forever!!!

Hello our fearless leader lol. I was really breathtaken the moment the falls came into view. The only thing that was missing are fairies floating around. There are many falls in this area and I plan to visit them all once we get a chance.

aaaah you lucky FISH!!! And as for the fairies... no doubt they were there... you aren't supposed to see them ;)

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Another amazing tour, my Friend! Your photos and descriptions are awesome! Good for you for taking your family on this adventure!

Oh I could never go out on a trip without the family. I am very happy that you liked my photos. Thank you my friend.

I feel like I just took an actual trip to Pangil Laguna! Thanks so much for the vicarious vacation, @watersnake101!

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Haha if I could only share the fresh cool water I drank I would lol. Thank you very much the rally upvote is an honor. Love the PHC family.

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What a wonderful place to visit, pity about time constraints it looks like a place one could spend a lot more time taking in nature. Totally agree with your comment...

We just need to stop for awhile and look closely. If we move too fast you just might miss it.

Have a wonderful new week after a wonderful weekend out with family enjoying time in our wonderful world.

30 minutes was not enough at the falls. But it is the only way to control the people for the site not to be crowded. That is why our guide advised us to come back again during off season. Have a beautiful week aswell thank you.

Nice one @watersnake, you were in your element. This is fire goat with a nice upvote.

Yes I always want to be near water it makes me feel complete. Thank you for the fiery upvote.

So beautiful! I love this: "Life is like a river a takes us thru a journey. There are paths that are difficult, but along the way there is beauty. We just need to stop for awhile and look closely. If we move too fast you just might miss it." Thank you for sharing a piece of your journey ♥

I made that up from the heart. I am glad you loved it. Maybe it was an effect from the beautiful place.

Ambon Ambon Falls is surely a beatiful place, those pictures say it all! Hope you had a great time brother!

Hello king of the north even though it did not happen lol. We had a fantastic adventure looking forward to visit the other hidden falls in the area. That is if we could find again time and funds lol. Maybe a loan from the iron bank lol.

Once again you took some great photos @watersnake101, I really enjoy your posts. 👍👍

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Wow, wow and wow again! This place and your journey was absolutely fantastic to experience my friend!
My spirit walked along with you guys and it was terrific.

I felt like Indiana Jones searching for the lost artifact. It is the first waterfalls I have visited up close.

Beautiful pictures, thanks for taking us on this adventure with you! This is exactly the type of activity that I love best!

I am glad to have brought you along the adventure. I wasn't so difficult compared to the volcano climb that we made about two years ago. That was a real challenge.

@watersnake101 wow, I'll get it was a challenge, I don't know how steep you are talking about, but I know the footing had to be treacherous regardless.

This is the old post about it Into the mouth of a volcano just to give you an idea how it went. It was long and very tiring aside from the slippery mud along the way.

@watersnake101@watersnake101 Thanks for the link to that post. That was a very interesting trip too. I wasn't expecting there to be a lake in the volcano.

Amazing scenes, place... everything...great post

Thank you my friend. I appreciate you checking it out.

Love the bamboo bridge and the handrailings along the steps. Easy to see why most people on this trek would need the presence and knowledge of a guide to feel totally comfortable ~ Like when wading into the river and then rafting along the river.

Looks like it was a VERY full day and wonderful adventure for all, while at the same time allowing everyone to feel perfectly relaxed. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

The guide is a definite must as they know all the steps and you could easily slip if you make a wrong turn or step. Our guide was a funny guy and cracked jokes all the time which made the trek very pleasant. Next time we visit we will ask for him again. Thank you very much for dropping by the river lol.

Great photos and storytelling as usual, idol! I wonder if there are other falls higher up.

The rope is good idea. Are you not allowed to swim though?

It would be interesting to see how the place is during the early rainy seasons when the water is stronger, hopefully still safe :)

Hey thanks a lot bro. You are definitely allowed to swim in crossing the river. In Laguna there are a lot of hidden falls. I think the tallest one is called Buntot Palos which we are yet to conquer once we go back. Rainy seasons I am not sure how strong the current is.

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