I first learned about Cavinti Falls in an Asian travel show a few years back. I told my husband about the place but he was probably too busy reading his graphic novel book that he can't remember about it.
Last Monday, John saw photos of Cavinti Falls from Azrael's FB account and he said to contact someone who knows the place. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to talk to the point person introduced by Az. We've been to farther places without a plan so there's nothing to worry about as we headed early (very early!) at Cavinti Falls today to experience the thrill.
We arrived around 6am at Pagsanjan. I asked directions on how to get to Cavinti Falls but people from Pagsanjan were telling me to go to any hotel in Pagsanjan to book a boat that will bring us at Cavinti Falls. So we did, and we were told that it'll cost us P1,300. I said, "for one boat for my family?". Ang sagot, "ay hindi po per head po".
We got confused because they were telling us Pagsanjan Falls and Cavinti is one and the same. Mabuti na lang, we met lovely biker couple who were kind enough to clear the confusion.
From there we went straight and followed GPS Karen going to Cavinti Church to ask for the right directions. Cavinti Municipal is just across Cavinti Church, where we met Kuya Arnel.
From Kuya Arnel, we learned that it's just P270 per head for the trek, rapel and the falls experience. We almost didn't make it because children below 13 are not allowed for this kind of adventure because the stairs are too steep. John and I explained that our children have been trekking as early 4 years old. They called their head, we signed waivers and voila, Cavinti Falls na kami!
Cavinti Falls is more popularly known as Pagsanjan Falls. The famous falls has been a cause of battle between Pagsanjan and Cavinti Municipalities. But the falls is actually located in Cavinti in the Sierra Madre mountain range in the province of Laguna, hence it it now called Cavinti Falls.
If you plan to experience Cavinti Falls/Pagsanjan Falls do not be confused (like we did). You have two options. If you want it easy, go to any hotels in Pagsanjan and hire a boat for P1,300. Your P1,300 is good for at least 3 hours. I hour boat ride going to the falls, an hour stay at the falls, and an hour boat ride going back to the hotel or resort.
If you are adventurous like us, go straight to Pueblo El Salvador Nature's Park and Picnic Grove. Talk to Municipal staff. They will accommodate you well. Pay P270, sign waivers, and experience the fun at Cavinti Falls.