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Why Mag-Aso Falls (Antequera) is special ?
The Mag-aso Falls is one of Bohol’s natural treasures. Behold for yourself the magnificent twin falls, often obscured by fine mist that appears smoke-like. Thus, Mag-aso falls got its name. “Aso”, in the local dialect means “smoke”. With a height of 25 feet, the twin falls is picturesque against a backdrop of tall trees, wild plants including giant ferns, and deep ravines. Once on the site, while bathing and surrounded by the natural landscape, one feels immersed in a middle of a jungle with the sound of the interminable chirping of the birds and the rush of flowing waters playing music to your ears.
What to explore at Mag-Aso Falls (Antequera)?
In Mag-aso Falls there are approximately 197 steps with metal guardrails which direct towards the scenery. There are seats made up of stones where one can take a rest after the long travel down to the falls. Trekkers, who love a rough and challenging terrain can avoid the steps, enjoy a slippery descent and do an exhilarating climb with the use of shrubs and stones as foothold and vines and other plants to pull one up. But rainy season will surely make this feat an ordeal in itself. With the effort needed to reach the falls, it is highly recommended that a separate day be set aside to visiting Mag-Aso Falls. That will definitely give you more time to explore and appreciate the worthwhile trip. It is especially amazing to take the visit to Mag-Aso Falls when the weather is humid. The cool waters and green canopy will help neutralize the scorching heat from the sun. You will surely feel refreshed after a nice slow and long dip into the cascading cool waters of Mag-Aso Falls.
How to get to Mag-Aso Falls (Antequera)?
The Mag-aso Falls is located in the barrio of Mag-aso in the town of Antequera, Bohol, Philippines. It is about 20 kilometers from Tagbilaran City, roughly a 30 minutes ride away.
From Tagbilaran City, there are passenger jeepneys and buses going to Antequera. If you're in the city center, hail a tricycle and ask the driver to take you to the terminal of jeepneys going to Antequera. Travel time from Tagbilaran to Antequera is approximately 30 minutes. Once you reach the town proper of Antequera, look for habal-habal motorcycle which can take you to Mag-aso Falls.
- Low water, but beautiful falls
- Breath taking view
- Fantastic waterfall off the beaten track
- A magical place to find
- Beautiful spot, a hidden gem in Bohol
Tips for you
Fantastic waterfall off the beaten track, which is not very well publicised. Similarly it only gets catered to on private tours so the chances of having the place to yourself are high. Undamaged also by the Earthquake last year it's possible to swim in the water (I did and even managed to reach the middle rock between the two falls) which is not that cold if you just 'go for it'. Life vests can be hired from the entry gate if you are not a strong swimmer. And the place was just a magical place to find - as so many waterfalls are often the same disappointment. If you can read a map/know how to use map applications you can get there on a motorbike, (saving you quite a bit of money) though it helps to ask the locals to confirm your on the write track as it's not at all sign posted until the very end! Nevertheless for me along with the Tarsiers it was the best experience on Bohols mainland.