After visiting the Ruins in Talisay, my friends and I went nature tripping at Mag-aso Falls the following day.
In my opinion, Mag-aso Falls is one of the hidden gems of Negros Occidental. Though it’s quite far from Bacolod, it is still one of the must-see places for nature lovers like me. Situated in Sitio Dug-anon, Barangay Oringao, Kabankalan City, Mag-aso Falls is a 2 to 3-hour bus+tricycle ride away from Bacolod.
How to go to Mag-aso Falls
From Bacolod, take the Ceres Tours bus with the signage Dumaguete-Mabinay. Inform the ticketing officer to drop you off at wet market in Barangay Oringao. After that, take a tricycle or a motorbike going to Mag-aso Falls. This 15-minute ride will be quite bumpy as some parts of the road aren’t fixed yet. And it honestly feels like a mini roller coaster ride with all its steep slopes.
Entrance fee to the Mag-aso Leisure Camp is at P50 each and small cottages are available at P200. Ours was P300 since it was a bit bigger and was separated from the other visitors. If you want to stay overnight, they have rooms at P1000 good for as many people as you can fit inside. Awesome for group outings, right? ^_^
When you get inside the camp, the first thing that will greet you is the very inviting swimming pool. But don’t jump in yet. Change into your swimming attire and follow the trail to the falls first. It was a breathtaking view. The water current when we went there was quite strong and the smoke-like effect that the water creates as it hits the natural pool below was beautiful. The water was cool and turquoise. The weather clear. It was a perfect day.
After more than an hour of must-have photo shoots and playing in the water, we went back to our cottage, relaxed for a bit, ate snacks and played in the pool. The water there also came from the falls. At around 4:00 PM, we decided it was time to pack our things and go back to reality.
- Make sure to bring everything you need, especially water, when you go there. There is only one store at the entrance of the camp and there really isn’t much there.
- Signal is not stable… which is good. I think.
- Using the comfort room is at P2… even if you’re only going to change your clothes. Be sure to keep the ticket they will give you though. You can just show it to them next time nature hollers at you.
Going back to Bacolod
There are tricycles waiting for passengers at the entrance of the leisure camp so you never have to worry about having to walk the entire way back to Oringao wet market. From there, you can wait for any bus going back to Bacolod.