Location: Brgy. Jao-Asan, Magdiwang, Sibuyan Island, Romblon
Types: Fan Horsetail, Segmented, Tiered/Multi-step, Cascade, Punchbowl
The officer in charge of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources inside Mt. Guiting Guiting Natural Park got a surprise of his life. Instead of climbing the famed G2, we preferred to just visit one waterfalls during our Sibuyan Island trip.
Cataja Falls piqued my interest. Over the years that I have been doing the Chasing Philippine Waterfalls Project, I have become picky. For practical reasons, I have to carefully choose the waterfalls that I visit.
Judging from Internet searches, Cataja Falls looked grandest and most majestic among all waterfalls in Sibuyan Island. My judgment turned out right.
As soon as we checked in at Sanctuary Garden Resort, we told our tricycle driver to bring us to the DENR Office. From there, we traveled west to Barangay Jao-Asan. A leisure walk of about 30 minutes later, we found ourselves staring at the multi-tiered Cataja Falls.
The volume of water gently cascading down was relatively less than I hoped for and expected of. It could possibly that during our visit, it was the tail end of the dry season.
According to Kuya Jun, the crystal clear water of Cataja Falls supplies the drinking and household need of around nine barangays of Magdiwang.
That is why the upper tiers of Cataja Falls are prohibited to tourists and adventurers so that the waters would not be contaminated.
Meanwhile, the lower tiers are exceptionally good for swimming and shower as they have wide and deep pools for such activities.
Note: This is part of LegendHarry‘s ambitious travel project: Chasing Philippine Waterfalls and the seven-day Romblon Backpacking Trip.