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Splashing at Magkawas Falls in Lanuza, Surigao del Sur May 16, 2013

Splashing at Magkawas Falls in Lanuza, Surigao del Sur

GPS waypoint: N9 14.995 E126 06.936
Location: Sitio Cagmino, Brgy. Badjang, Municipality of Lanuza, Province of Surigao del Sur

Magkawas Falls
Magkawas Falls is one of many local gems in Lanuza tucked a kilometer into the forest from the main highway. The falls is about 40 feet high with a plunge pool that goes deeper than 7 feet - I didn't reach the bottom and I didn't bring my dive mask. Surounding the plunge pool is a constructed rip-raf that somehow dams the water to create that depth. The water then cascades over the rip-raf and into the stream. The water is both cold and refreshing!

map location Magkawas Falls


The Lanuza Marine Sanctuary is just across the highway from the Magkawas Falls junction. It's best to see both in one go. Snorkel and swim at the Sanctuary and then rinse it off at Magkawas Falls! Many thanks to the Lanuza Tourism Office for arranging this for me. Thank you Albert!

--- TheLoneRider

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How to Get to Magkawas Falls from Lanuza Town Proper

  1. you can make arrangements with the local tourism office, or if you want to do it yourself, take a jeep or bus bound for Tandag (south) and ask to be dropped off the bridge for Magkawas Falls, P10, 20 mins
  2. from the junction, there is a path towards the mountain that takes you to the falls. It's about 1 km away, just follow the river upstream. No fees.

Tour Package for Magkawas Falls and Sanctuary Nature Trip: (optional)

  1. Contact: Ms. Glenda Joy DC. Felix, the Tourism Operations Officer at 0939.916.9512 or email at lgu.lanuza@yahoo.com
  2. 8:30 - 8:45am assembly time at municipal building lobby
  3. 8:45 - 8:50 ETA Magkawas Falls
  4. 8:50 - 9:10 briefing
  5. 9:10 - 10:30 nature trip with welcome drink
  6. 11:45 - 12:00pm ETA Sanctuary
  7. 12:00 - 1:00pm lunch at Sanctuary
  8. 1:15 - 4:00pm briefing and snorkeling
  9. 4:30 - 5:00pm free time and shopping at Agsam Pasalubong
  10. 5:00 - end of tour
  11. package includes guide, snorkeling gear, lunch and users' fee

Travel Tip:

  1. bring lotsa cash. There is no bank here. Others had to go to the next big city (no joking matter) just to replenish on cash
  2. fyi, internet is slow and only 3 commercial establishments have wifi - Priz Cafe, Surf Camp and 'Tagalog'

How to Get to Lanuza

  1. from Tandag - at the Balilahan Terminal in Tandag, board any jeep or bus bound for Surigao or Cantilan. Get off at Lanuza (market), P50 jeep, 1 hour 20 mins.
  2. from Surigao City - take any Bachelor Bus going to Tandag, vans can go straight to Lanuza
  3. from Butuan City - go to the bus terminal and board any bus bound for Tandag. From Butuan airport, there is a van going to Lanuza
  4. from Davao City - take a bus going to Tandag and from Tandag, take bus or jeep going to Cantilan (or Surigao) but get off at Lanuza

Attractions in Lanuza and nearby area

  1. surfing - beach break, reef breaks, great for hard core surfers, great for beginners too, surf competition mid-November
  2. Campamento Cave and Silop Spring (N9 13.033 E126 02.756)* - N9 12.978 E126 02.743, stalactites and interesting rock formation, P500/3pax tour package
  3. Magkawas Falls and Green Paradise* - N9 14.995 E126 06.936, great for taking a dip, photo op and just communing with nature, P450/pax, max of 5 pax for guided tour
  4. River Cruise and Firefly Watching* - P650/4 pax, includes boat, guide and dinner
  5. Lanuza Marine Park and Sanctuary - N 09 15.279 E 126 06.753, fish spawning area, view deck overlooking Lanuza Bay, coffee at the Sanctuary Cafe
  6. Mangrove Forest - protected habitat for fish breeding
  7. Lanuza Ancestral Home - built in 1898, the structure is well preserved and still functional
  8. Lanuza Boulevard - take a stroll at sundown and catch the breathtaking sunset
  9. Punta Beach - taller waves for more experienced surfers
  10. Hubason River - located in Carmen, but only 15 mins away from Lanuza

* contact Ms. Glenda Joy DC. Felix, the Tourism Operations Officer at 0939.916.9512 or email at lgu.lanuza@yahoo.com

Homestay Sites in Lanuza
(in May 23, 2013, a request has been made to Ms. Glenda Joy DC. Felix, the Tourism Operations Officer, for the individual telephone numbers of these homestays)

  • Babac Bungalows - accommodation, surfing and yoga
  • Mami's Surf Haus - N9 13.932 E126 03.475, aka Avelina Rosil, P200/pax dormitory, 0919.923.9007
  • Ma. Karissa Julve - N9 14.004 E126 03.492
  • Offshore - fronting beach
  • Valspeak - fronting beach
  • Bamboo Homestay -
  • Twain Homestay - N9 14.009 E126 03.468
  • Elizalde Homestay -
  • Raymond Cubero -
  • Susa Orozco -
  • Fedila Ariate -
  • Poktoy Palm Haven -
  • Lanuza Pastoral Center -
  • Inday Dina - N9 13.954 E126 03.541, cell 0949.673.2121
  • 3E Lodge -
  • Priz Babak Beach Resort -
  • Surf Lanuza Training -
  • Surf Camp - N9 14.126 E126 03.674, fronting beach, P150/pax non a/c, P1200/room/2pax a/c
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Joni Gualvez VillamilJoni Gualvez Villamil
(May 22, 2013) My mom's from there! I haven't been back since 1982. Thanks for the write-up. All the more reason for me to plan a visit real soon! Glad you like the place! Fyi, Lanuza is also where the annual surfboard competition is held. I think they have it every November.

Jove BenosaJove Benosa
(May 22, 2013) Surveyed this in 2009!

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