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Visiting Igpasungaw Waterfalls Dec 3-4, 2016

Visiting Igpasungaw Waterfalls

GPS waypoint: 11°35'36.6"N, 122°07'39.43"E
Location: Sebaste (municipality), Antique (province), Philippines

The Batchoy Conversation
In Culasi, while having batchoy, I came upon a spontaneous conversation with Connie, a resident of Sebaste. She talked about the Igpasungaw Waterfalls in her hometown. The die was cast after that. After Malalison Island, I boarded the Ceres bus bound for Sebaste, a municipality north of Culasi.

Inland Resort
After a 30-minute ride, I arrived at Sebaste. I proceeded to the municipal building for information. It was raining and going to the waterfalls wasn't that appealing. I decided to stay overnight at the one and only one lodging in Sebaste - Inland Resort, a municipal-owned recreation center with rooms and a spring-fed swimming pool. Overnight lodging was P300/room up to 2pax. The plan was to go to the falls the following day, weather permitting.

Visiting Igpasungaw Waterfalls
the falls had a torrential current following yesterday's rain

Sebaste
I took a walk around town. Sebaste town center is small - smaller than Tibiao. It had very few commercial establishments - not even the ubiquitous Tibiao Bakery. It is flanked by the sea and the mountain. There was really nothing to do in town. The townsfolk go to Culasi for their urban needs.

Connie
Connie seems to be popular in Sebaste. When I told a local that I came to Sebaste after meeting a "Connie", I was pointed out to her house. We met shortly at Inland and were joined by other guests for more travel talk.

The Hike
My guide was Jonel, a chain-smoking guy who met me at Inland to start the hike. We walked a mild incline along a meter-wide dirt trail for 90 minutes until we reached the falls. We didn't spend too much time on pictures and our pace was brisk. En route, we passed by 2 water sources and a few confluence on the river marked by other waterfalls. What I found daunting was crossing deep parts with a strong current over unsecured narrow bamboo with no hand rail. A fall into the water would have been catasthropic. Your footwear will get wet as there are water crossings.

Garbage
Finally we arrived. The area was littered by plastic garbage left there by the local visitors. The guide would tell me the foreign visitors would be the ones to pick up the garbage at times - really embarrassing. Even dogs don't shit in their backyard. Since visitors have to register with the municipality, there should be an orientation to everyone about leaving no trace. The guides should also be strict about the no-garbage implementation. What's the Environment Fee for if they can't even enforce a no-garbage policy?

The Falls
The falls has 4 low levels in that section, with plunge pools. Following yesterday's rain, the water level was high and the current was very strong. I didn't even attempt to cross the other side to get to the higher levels as there was no rope or anything dry to step on. My guide crossed it, but even he, struggled. The plunge pool was inviting but again, the water's pull was too strong, I just kept by the sideline.

Spring-Fed Swimming Pool
After another long hike back, it was refreshing taking a dip at the spring-fed swimming pool at Inland Resort. The water was cold and refreshing. There were also picnic tables to use, and yes, a karaoke machine.

Ending Thoughts
There are 3 things going for Igpasungaw Falls - the spring-water swimming pool, the 90-minute nature hike and the falls itself.

--- TheLoneRider

Next stop: Malumpati Spring, Pandan, Antique

arriving Sebaste Municipality at my P300 room at Inland Resort meeting Connie at Inland Resort walking around Sebaste
to the west, Sebaste faces the sea they put up a sea wall to protect beachfront houses facing East, Sebaste has the mountains black fine sand at Sebaste
like Tibiao, Sebaste has rice terraces too chic nipa house with glass windows the dirt trail was one meter wide and meandered up river hydrating on the first water source
second water source along the trail crossing the wooden foot bridge through the leaves, a minor waterfall comes into the main river more wooden bridge crossings
we passed by minor falls shoes get wet here...no other choice this is the scariest foot bridge crossing...narrow and unstable bamboo with no handrail. The water is chest deep with strong current garbage everywhere at the waterfalls
first full view of the falls taking a dip water flow was very strong water was refeshing
Jonel crosses to the other side, defying the strong current when the sun hit the falls, it lit up like a Christmas tree last hurrah before heading out the 4th level could partially be seen
stopping for coffee on the way back a dip in the spring-fed swimming pool upon arriving from the long hike...refreshing    
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Tips

  • on the hike, use shoes and not flip-flops. The rocky sections can be slippery. But bring flip-flops too
  • bring food, there are no stores in the Falls area
  • at Inland Resort, the mosquitos will pepper you. Bring a mosquito coil or mosquito repellant

Fees

  • Environmental Fee - P50 upon registration
  • Guide - P250/5 pax
  • Inland Resort Room - P300/room up to 2 pax, includes use of spring-fed pool

Suggested itinerary on the WEST coast of Panay Island from Boracay going south

  1. Boracay - most popular beach in the Philippines
  2. Malay - Nabaoy River, Pangihan Cave, Nagata Falls, Agnaga Falls, Naasug Point, Malay Ecological Park, Motag Living Museum
  3. Nabas - wind tubines, Hurom-Hurom Cold Springs
  4. Pandan - Malumpati Spring
  5. Libertad - Maanghit Cave, Ati Cave and Bungan-Bungan Spring
  6. Sebaste - Igpasungaw Waterfall
  7. Culasi - Malalison Island
  8. Tibiao - hot kawa-bath, white water river rafting, Bugtong Bato Waterfall, rice terraces, Tibiao Bakery, pottery, fish spa
  9. Anini-y - Nogas Island, scuba diving

Suggested itinerary on the EAST coast of Panay Island from Boracay going south

  1. Boracay - most popular beach in the Philippines
  2. Malay - Nabaoy River, Pangihan Cave, Nagata Falls, Agnaga Falls, Naasug Point, Malay Ecological Park, Motag Living Museum
  3. Nabas - wind tubines, Hurom-Hurom Cold Springs
  4. Kalibo - Bakhawan Eco-Park, Tigayon Hill
  5. Tambak - oysters
  6. Capiz - Roxas City
  7. Carles | Estancia - Gigantes Island Boat Tour, Lighthouse of Gigantes Island and Bakwitan Cave of Gigantes Island
  8. Iloilo - Batchoy Indulgence
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