Exploring Lulugayan Falls: Samar’s Curtain-like Waterfall

IT IS SAID that hundreds of waterfalls cascade down the 14-kilometer rapids from Lake Kalidongan to Calbiga River. Lulugayan Falls is the most beautiful among them all.

My recent travel to Samar started with this gorgeous waterfall in the heart of Calbiga! Called Lulugayan Falls, this waterfall has amazed me even from afar. I was riding the habal-habal when I managed to get a glimpse of its promising cascades. And when I was finally near it, I couldn’t help but be awed by what I was seeing!

LULUGAYAN FALLS

Dubbed as Samar’s mini Niagara Falls, Lulugayan Falls span approximately 50 m in width, making it one of the widest waterfalls in the country. If you’re going to ask what waterfall is the widest in the Philippines, it’s Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Surigao del Sur.

WELCOMING. I feel very much welcomed by the Luluguyan Falls when I visited her February of 2019.
WELCOMING. I feel very much welcomed by the Luluguyan Falls when I visited her this February of 2019.

The waterfall is not yet as popular as the other waterfalls all over the country but I can honestly say it’s one of the prettiest I’ve seen. Locals, usually families and friends, go here to refresh by bathing on Lulugayan’s waters.

SUCH A PRETTY SIGHT.
SUCH A PRETTY SIGHT! Near or far, this waterfall is such a beaut!

The tourism office of Calbiga reports that hundreds of waterfalls cascade down the 14-kilometer rapids from Lake Kalidongan to Calbiga River. Lulugayan Falls is said to be the most beautiful among them all.

THE PATH TO THE WATERFALL.
THE PATH TO THE WATERFALL. Here’s the path towards the falls. Cottages are still being built during my visit. My tour guides said ABS-CBN is behind this construction that is happening in Lulugayan,

WHERE IS LULUGAYAN FALLS?

  • Located in Bgy. Literon in Calbiga, Lulugayan Falls is one of the main attractions in this sleepy town in Samar.

HOW TO GO TO LULUGAYAN FALLS?

  • If you’re coming from Tacloban in Leyte, ride the van (with the route Catbalagon, Calbayog or Catarman) downtown going to Calbiga. Ask the driver to drop you off in Calbiga. Travel time would take about one (1) hour.

         TIP: Ride in Van-van’s terminal. They’re reliable and fast.

  • If you’re coming from Calbayog or Catbalogan, you can also ride a van in their terminals, one of which is Turbanada Terminal.
  • It’s best to contact a tour guide before you go. I asked Kuya Alvin, my tour guide in my Langun-Gobingob Cave System adventure, to accompany me in the falls. He agreed, as I would be needing habal-habal to go to the barangay where the waterfall is located.
  • We first headed to the tourism office to secure our permit going to the waterfall. I paid the following fees: P30 for entrance fee and P50 for environmental fee.
  • Then, we rode the habal-habal for about 45 minutes to Bgy. Literon where the waterfall is located. Two-way ride for the habal-habal costs P300.
  • Upon reaching the barangay, I showed my permit and the receipt of the fees that I have paid. I was introduced to my tour guide there who accompanied me and Kuya Alvin towards the waterfall. Guide fee: P300
BARANGGAY LITERON.
BARANGGAY LITERON. This is the reception area of the baranggay where the falls is located. You’d have to sign up first in their logbook and show your receipt of payment from the tourism office.

WHO TO CONTACT?

  • While it is okay if you would just head to the tourism office and inquire about your adventures in Calbiga, it is better if you would have a contact before going. At least this way, you will be informed ahead of time of what to expect re: payment, travel arrangement, and the like. You may contact my guide, Kuya Alvin, in this number: 0977-331-1882.
THE LULUGAYAN FALLS.
THE LULUGAYAN FALLS. Here’s the panoramic curtain-like waterfall of Samar!

EXPENSES FOR LULUGAYAN FALLS

I’ll be including here the expenses of traveling to Calbiga from Tacloban and also the overnight stay in a budget hostel or lodge. Mind that these expenses will surely lessen if you’re traveling with someone or in a group.

  • Van from Tacloban to Calbiga: P120
  • Habal-habal to tourism office, then to Lulugayan Falls and back: P300
  • Entrance fee: P30
  • Environmental fee: P50
  • Guide fee: P300
  • Overnight stay: P200 to P300
  • TOTAL: P900

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SUNSET IN SAMAR.
SUNSET IN SAMAR. Here’s the sunset sky that I’ve witnessed while saying goodbye to Calbiga’s Lulugayan Falls.

I hope I was able to inspire you to go out and head to this panoramic waterfall in Calbiga, Samar! If you have comments, questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to say them out below. Thank you for reading!

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Jud says:

    Sir kung magdala kami ng sasakyan may parking ba sa calbiga?

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    1. Yup, meron naman! Kasi bago kayo magpunta rito sa waterfalls, kailangan nyo munang kumuha ng permit sa municipal hall nila. Pwede nyo doong iwan o kaya naman, tanungin nyo sila kung pwedeng dalhin na lang ang sasakyan nyo sa mismong falls. 🙂

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  2. toks says:

    sir yung sa habal habal per group ba yan or per head yung 300php

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    1. Per habal-habal po. Isa hanggang dalawa ang pwedeng kasama sa habal-habal. 🙂

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  3. Milena Bustamante says:

    Sir ask ko Lang po Kung pede seniors dyan kc gusto ko po ma experience ng parents q dyan. I would love to go. Thanks😀

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    1. Pwedeng-pwede po! May sasakyan po ba kayong dala? Basta diretso muna kayo sa tourism office sa may munisipyo para may tour guide kayong makasama. 🙂

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  4. sparkle17 says:

    hi po. sa habal habal, one person lang ba? what if I am with my husband? so that means 2 habal habal needed to hire? thank you po!

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    1. Pwede pong dalawa sa habal-habal. Kaya kahit isa lang po ang i-hire ninyong habal-habal. 🙂

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  5. spark says:

    hi po. sa habal habal, one person lang ba? what if I am with my husband? so that means 2 habal habal needed to hire? thank you po!

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    1. Pwede pong dalawa sa habal-habal. Kaya kahit isa lang po ang i-hire ninyong habal-habal. 🙂

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