Adrenaline Rush: Cliff Jumping Adventure
Tangadan Falls in San Gabriel was once considered a “hidden gem” only known to locals and some visitors, but today it is a major tourist attraction and a side trip to those going to San Juan, La Union to surf. Getting guide is not required but you can hire one if it’s your first time or if you’re travelling alone. My Guide Samuel is well prepared he has first aid kit and a life buoy just in case you don’t know how to swim. I asked the rate but he just informed that it’s up to me … so I decide to just base it on the price I’ve read on other blogs ( 100-200 php per guide), I wanted to give a tip but I’m on a tight budget .
OK! So I’m afraid of heights but my guide Samuel was so persistent that he convinced me to jump off a cliff, not once but thrice. The first jump was just a practice, it was about 10 feet in height so it was not that scary. Since I survived, I leveled up and jumped off the second cliff at a height of 20 ft. At first I was really scared but I’m glad I did it. It was exhilarating and an experience that I won’t soon forget. I didn’t attempt to jump at the main falls because it is estimated to be 40 ft high, I’m not that brave. Since I can’t jump, my guide volunteered to jump for me (my very own stunt double).
While I was enjoying myself swimming the guides, local officials, and business owners met to discuss the issue of safety and cleanliness of the area. Due to the influx of tourist garbage has become a problem. After meeting, they started a cleanup drive and collected trash thrown everywhere. Hopefully they can do this regularly, but we all should do our part by throwing our trash properly and maintain the cleanliness of the area.
How to get to Tangadan Falls San Gabriel, La Union:
If you are coming from Manila you can ride a Partas Bus going to Vigan/Laoag and get down to San Juan or San Fernando. From San Juan/San Fernando, you can ride a jeepney heading to San Fernando-San Gabriel route (15 Php). From San Gabriel, La Union hire a tricycle to bring you to Duplas. Inform the tricycle driver that you are going to the Drop-off point to Tangadan (50 phph). Alternatively you can hire a tricycle from San Juan to take you directly to the drop off point. The fare usually cost 250 Php (special trip).
From the Drop off point get ready for a long trek. It takes 45 min to an hour, depending how fast you walk, to reach the falls. Make sure to bring water, hat and apply sun screen to protect you from sun/heat. Also use proper hiking foot wear. Please check the weather as well as it is dangerous when it rains.
Fun Fact: Tangadan in Ilokano means “to look up”
WATCH My Adventure at Tangadan Falls:.