It could have been very enchanting have those cottages been built far from the water falls and the areas where the clear water was running. Nevertheless it was a refreshing sight.
Hagimit Falls is located in Peñaplata Samal Island 11 km from Babak Ferry Terminal. Dave and I have a Laundry Shop Business with 3 branches, we decided to bring our 7 staff in Island Garden City of Samal and hold our shop's Christmas party at Seagrass Beach Resort. We stayed there overnight and since we were already at Penaplata, decided to go to Hagimit Falls which is only 4 km. from where we were, before going back to Davao City. Everybody was excited because it's their (our staff) first time in Samal Island and then they were able to visit 2 places. I am not familiar with the island, good thing Samsung Tab is equipped with GPS which I used as my driving guide.
From the main road we finally saw a small billboard of Hagimit Falls. We paid P5 environmental fee at the entrance before entering the narrow way to the falls. After a few more minutes of driving on a one way road (good thing the road was concrete) we finally saw the entrance of Hagimit Falls. The entrance fee was P40/pax and we have to walk downward a concrete steps before reaching the falls. We did not get a cottage which cost around P500 - P1000 since we'll not be staying very long there.
This is the second waterfalls that I saw in the islands of Mindanao. The first was Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig Surigao. Hagimit Falls is small and multi-tiered with natural pool for people to take a dip, natural rock formations and abundant hagimit trees (ficus minahassae) where it got its name. It may not be the best falls to see but I must say the sight was refreshing and a good place to take a lazy break. Since it was a weekday when we were there, we were the only people around aside from the resort's caretakers living in the vicinity. I took time to explore the place while Dave and my staff couldn't help themselves to dive at the pool and enjoy the falls. We stayed there for more than an hour before heading back to Davao City.
HAGIMIT FALLS and NATURE PARK
Peñaplata, Island Garden City of Samal