Chasing Waterfalls: Hinulugan Falls
Location: Brgy. Tabunacan, Pilar, Capiz
Type: Fan horsetail
For the first quarter of 2016, I have been blessed with two group tours in Gigantes Islands in Carles, Iloilo. It thus presented me yet another opportunity to explore the province of Capiz, especially the waterfalls in its hinterlands.
On March 3, I and Jhoanna, whom I met in one of my Palaui Island and Cagayan Heritage Group Tours, were supposed to go to Camp General Macario Peralta Jr. in Jamindan, Capiz. But the letter requesting for permission was not processed right away. So, we opted to go to Pilar, instead.
We took the Estancia-bound Bachelor Bus at Pueblo de Panay, the bustling commercial center in Roxas City. Half an hour later, we were already negotiating for habal habal motorcyles to bring us to Barangay Tabunacan. Except for the intermittent rains, the long ride was rather pleasant.Estimated to be standing at 40 feet, Hinulugan Falls had modest drops when we arrived. The motorcycle drivers told us that the farmers in the upland diverted some of the waters to their rice fields. With that, Hinulugan had narrower and shallower pool, but nevertheless good enough for a midday bath.
Personally, Hinulugan Falls looked like the waterfalls near Cape Engano in Palaui Island, Santa Ana, Cagayan.
How To Get There:
- To go to Hinulugan Falls, you have to hire a habal habal near the public market of President Roxas, Capiz. Make sure the driver has been to Barangay Tabunacan, Pilar. Travel time is between 45 to 60 minutes. Round-trip rental is P200 to P300.
- At Barangay Tabunacan, pay the environmental fee of P10 per head.
- At the parking area, there is short hike to the falls.