We were at the Hagimit Falls as part of a day tour of the Island Garden City of Samal. The van we were in was only allowed at the gate so we had to troop down on foot along a paved pathway going to the falls. Its really a long trek down so better be prepared and leave your high heeled shoes in your hotel =).
The falls is a mishmash of small waterfalls cascading into small pools ideal for swimming… well probably during the summer months when the weather is really hot. Its quite hard to go swimming when we went there since the water was really ice cold. Its just too bad that the weather didn’t seem to cooperate with us at the time since it was a bit rainy. But nevertheless, just the sound of the water makes you relax and enjoy the scenery at one of the picnic huts strewn around the falls.
Going up the falls was another matter since we opted to take a short cut, a local boy led us to a path along the trees where we had to brave a few knee scratches since the climb up was really steep. I had to hold on to my sister-in-law’s skirt when I was off balanced at one time.. luckily her skirt was hanging on to her dearly (else I need to buy her a new one =)
Samal Island by the way, is just a stone’s throw away from Davao City. You can get to Samal Island by taking a ferry boat at Sta. Ana Wharf or a RORO at Km. 11 Wharf in Sasa if you’ll be bringing your own vehicle. The Island has 5 seaports - Kaputian, Samal, Babak PEO and Sta. Cruz, Talikud. From the island, you can rent a motorcycle or habal-habal and it would take you around the island. Hagimit Falls is about 2kms from Penaplata and is accessible to all vehicles.