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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrMag-aso Falls is a mesmerizing twin waterfall with a height of 26 feet, and features white rapids gushing down into a mystical, fresh, deep pool. It is one of Bohol’s natural treasures hidden within the province’s lush rainforest. The falls is located in Barangay Can-omay and the entire area is surrounded by tropical trees and wild plants. The Mag-aso Falls is also operated and maintained by the Antequera Local Government Unit.
The name of the waterfalls was derived from the local dialect word “aso”, which means “smoke”, it was used to describe the smoke-like mist obscuring the falls. The tourist attraction is not crowded, especially on weekdays, as it is not covered in most itineraries of Bohol’s tours.
VisitingBefore reaching the falls, there is a checkpoint where tourists are required to pay an entrance fee of ₱10 ($0.22). Upon reaching the main entrance to Mag-aso Falls, there is also an entrance fee of ₱20 ($0.44). In the main area, picnic tables and cottages are situated near the pool. The entire area is surrounded by a natural landscape, giving a nice ambiance that nature enthusiasts would really love.
The entire resort offers its excursionists a relaxing and peaceful experience attributed by chirping sounds of birds, and the invigorating sound of rushing water from the falls. The water level around the rim of the pool is shallow and is perfect for swimming, while the center of the basin is naturally deep. Life jackets are available for rent at ₱50 ($1.10) per person.
Unfortunately, there are no stores or restaurants near the main area so those who want to visit the sight must bring their own food and refreshments (there are a number of small convenience stores around Antequera where tourists can buy their snacks before heading to Mag-aso). Comfort rooms and changing areas are also available in the main area but can be a bit unkempt since it is not well-maintained.
After sightseeing or taking a dip in the cold stream of Mag-aso, tourists will have to climb back to the main entrance. For the adventurers at heart, they can skip the boring cement stairs and can take an alternative route, which is a slippery uphill pathway. The steep, rough terrain requires the climber to use stones and shrubs as footholds, and vines as ropes to pull themselves up. The cement stairs can also be a bit challenging for some people, especially for those with poor health conditions. Be sure to take your time when taking the stairs.
Getting ThereTourists who have booked a typical day tour in Bohol may not experience seeing Mag-aso Falls because of it rarely being included in the itineraries. The natural attraction is also quite far from the usual route of most Bohol tours (Panglao – Loboc – Carmen). Since the falls is located in the municipality of Antequera, and is only 12 miles away from Tagbilaran City , it can easily be reached by either getting a private vehicle, or by commuting by bus or jeepney.
From Tagbilaran City, take a tricycle going to IBT, or Integrated Bus Terminal. Upon arriving, find a jeepney or bus going to Antequera. The travel time from the terminal to Antequera is about 30 to 45 minutes, depending on traffic. Upon reaching the municipality, inform the bus conductor or driver to drop you off at the Holy Rosary Parish Church. When you arrive at the church, ride a habal-habal (or motorbike) to Mag-aso Falls. The approximate distance from the town to your destination is 1.2 miles of dirt road. Upon reaching the main entrance and paying the required fee, you will need to walk down 197 steps to the main area of the falls.
SafetySince Antequera isn't really a popular place, tourists are advised to look after themselves and proceed with extra caution when dealing with money around locals.
On another note, tourists who are interested in swimming around the deep end of the Mag-aso Falls pool should also proceed with caution since the lifeguards in the resort are only volunteers, they may not be watching the swimmers all the time. Also, it is not advisable for beginners to trek the slippery, rough path going to the main entrance, especially when it is raining.
- If you commute to Mag-aso Falls by habal-habal or motorbike, you can inform the driver to wait for you while you are visiting the falls. You could also tell him to come back for you at a later time (set a specific time or ask for his mobile number), this avoids the probability of you being stranded and not having a ride back to Antequera.
- Since Mag-aso Falls is situated within a thick, lush forest, it is advisable for visitors to bring mosquito repellents when visiting or taking a swim.
- Mag-aso Falls is an ideal place for some quiet time and soul-searching. During weekdays, few people go there and you might even have the entire place to yourself.
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Author: radiantan. Last updated: Oct 28, 2014