siquijor: cambugahay and lugnason waterfalls
Aside from its beautiful beaches, the mystical island of Siquijor is blessed with two equally majestic waterfalls.
The more popular of the two is the Cambugahay Falls in Lazi. During the rainy season the water can turn chocolate brown, but during summer its crystal clear, with some of its deep pools turning aqua green in color.
crystal clear water
Since its just near the Lazi Convent, which is a must see in Siquijor, most tourist make this falls a side trip. During the weekend it can get crowded but on weekdays you'll usually get the place to yourself, save for a few local kids going for an afternoon swim.
If its not an overcast day (which is perfect for shooting waterfalls), its best to wait late in the afternoon when the sun is quite low before heading to this falls.
Its a series of small cascades, some just over 7 feet in height. I started shooting from the top most layer and worked my way down.
The lowest level has the deepest and the largest of the pools. Its the first one that you'll see after descending the 100+ steps from the parking lot.
The second waterfalls, called Lugnason Falls, is found in Brgy Napo in San Juan. Its also very accessible, just a 5 minute hike from the road, but nobody frequents the place. I only found a handful of photos of Lugnason while researching for the trip. Just like Cambugahay, Lugnason has several smaller cascades further upstream.
It was a challenge to shoot this falls up close because of the strong water sprays. It was sunny when I was there (a great inconvenience when shooting waterfalls) so I had to wait for an hour or two just to get acceptable lighting.