Dubduban-Bita Falls is a 7-tier fall nestled at the heart of a lush hill. It’s a popular attraction among the people of San Agustin (Romblon), especially among the teens. I know this because we encountered a group of teenagers on our way to the falls and then another group of high school students arrived while we were there.
Here’s a quick video tour of Dubduban Falls. I hope that this recording will capture what my words cannot describe and photos cannot reveal.
From the town proper of San Agustin, hire a tricycle to take you to Dubduban Falls — or what locals call as “busay.” There were five of us and we paid 20 pesos each. It took us to the foot of the mountain and we had to walk for about 10-15 minutes to get to the lowest tier of the falls.
I suggest that you make a deal with your tricycle driver to pick you up at a certain time so you do not have to walk a long way to get a ride back to town. It’s better this way, especially if you plan to stay at the falls until late in the afternoon.
What you’ll see
When you get to Level 1, you’ll see a pool of spring water from the falls. It might look deep but it barely reached 5 feet when we were there so feel free to jump in with your clothes on.
There are two picnic tables where you can put your stuff in. We’re the only people at the area when we arrived so we took the table farthest from the pool.
On the other side of the pool, you’ll see stairs leading to Level 2 of the falls. We climbed that one and then went down to Level 2, where you can see large rocks. We did not dare go to Level 3 because our friend told us that many locals have slipped and hurt themselves on those rocks.
Surprisingly, the place is clean despite the absence of visible caretakers. I found out that there’s an old man who makes sure that the area is clean. I think he’s also the same person who takes donations for the maintenance of this public attraction. I was not able to verify this because he wasn’t around when we decided to go home. I regretted missing the chance to leave a donation.
What I love about Dubduban Falls
- It’s Free. Unlike some public coves and beaches, you don’t have to pay anything to enjoy Dubduban Falls.
- It’s secluded. The trees cover frolickers from the harsh heat of the sun so you can swim to your heart’s content without worrying about sunburn.
- It’s child-friendly. Because the pool’s not too deep, my daughter was able to swim from one end to another without fear of drowning. Take note, however, that the area near the falls itself is deeper than the rest of the pool.
- It’s good for your skin. Since it’s freshwater, I did not bother showering after we got home. My skin, and that of my daughter, was unusually smooth and soft the next day.
Some tips for you
- Bring your own water. Though you can drink the water from the spring,it’s best to bring bottled water with you just to be on the safe side.
- Come with your bathing suits on. There’s no changing room. If you do not like undressing in front of people, then make sure you have your bathing suits underneath your clothes. Or you can just swim in your shorts and shirt because there’s no dress code.
- Make sure you’ve done your business before you go there. There’s no toilet for peeing or anything else.
- Bring snacks. It’s a great place to have a picnic. Just make sure you clean up after yourself. Leave the place as clean as you found it.
- If you plan on staying for more than a couple of yours, let your textmate know. There’s no cell phone signal in this area. Obviously, you can’t check in to Foursquare also.
Here are more photos taken from Dubduban-Bita Falls:
I hope that I was able to give you a good idea of what it’s like to be in Dubduban Falls. If you have questions about getting there or what to expect, just drop a comment below and I will do my best to answer. If you liked this post, please share it to your social networks.