Dimasalang Falls

Dimasalang is a sitio of Brgy. Dimotol, Ma. Aurora, Aurora. It is one of the Barangays along the Ma. Aurora – Pantabangan road and located halfway along the route, between Brgy. Dianawan and Galintuja. From the look of the place – logged-out and mostly secondary forests, you wouldn’t guess that the place shelters a series of waterfalls called Dimasalang. The terraced waterfalls is just a 30-minute walk from the road. Years ago, the local government decided to develop the place and a kilometer long concrete walkway was constructed. Along the path, they also put up concrete cottages for the would-be travelers to the place.

Then a group of indigenous people decided to form a settlement upriver, the source of the waterfalls. After they settled, the water downriver was found to be contaminated and the Dimasalang Falls area was abandoned as a tourist site. I didn’t know about this when we went there. I just found out about it when I asked some people in the tourism office why the place was not in their list of Aurora tourist spots. Anyway, the place is not really that “dirty”. If you can stand swimming in the San Luis Dam (a popular picnic place) or Kinalapan River then the water in the area is about 10 times cleaner. The waters are clear and aside from the mosses, you wouldn’t guess that it’s not that pristine. I guess the local government is just too touchy or too concerned about the health of their visitors.

Here are the pictures. I came with Donnel Gomez, Rommel Sindac and our guides Aurelio, Loreto and Ryan.

How to go there step 1: Go to the bus terminal and ride a D’Liner or any bus that will go via Pantabangan. We dcided on a Cabanatuan bound Wadi Laki D’Liner. The fare is 40 pesos from Baler or 30 if you’re coming from Maria. If you have your own ride, make sure it can manage the 60 degree inclines of the road. You can also start from Cabanatuan if you’re coming the other way.

One and a half hour later, were already shopping for energy drinks. Our choice is the good old quatro cantos.

The landmark is this huge stump of a tree in front of a small house. The concreted pathway – complete with pipe balusters- starts at the back of the house.

The pathway is already covered with grasses. Ready those lotions and alcohols.

Scene from the Exorcist.

Resting in one of the cottages. All of them are now full of graffiti, blank loves blank thing written with charcoal.

Ummm… trees.

This one’s about to become a house post.

First look.

Ground level.

The free wallpaper.

The killjoy snake. More than a meter long and ready to eat all seven of us. No swimming in this spot.


Tagay mu!

Slide. This one is down the first falls.

View from the bottom.


Falls no. 2.

Back up the trail.

looting the iron bars start here.

Relaxing while waiting for a ride home. You’re a supper star.

Free truck ride.

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9 Responses to “Dimasalang Falls”

  1. Anonymous says:

    saya naman – pero katakot yung ahas, huh.

  2. Anonymous says:

    salamat at kahit sa pictures man lang parang nakarating na rin kami dyan sa lugar na yan.

  3. Anonymous says:

    salamat at kahit sa pictures man lang parang nakarating na rin kami dyan sa lugar na yan.

  4. batang maria aurora says:

    salamat sa iyong adventurous effort to get there..matagal ko ng gustong puntahan yang lugar na yan..at least kahit picture ay nakita ko na rin. nakakalungkot naman ang kwento mo na it was scrapped as a tourist destination..Shame on those government officials who didn’t push it, at least may ibang revenue pa sa ang probinsya..Maganda ang Aurora specially it’s people, it only needs a good governance..

    good job mate!!

  5. isNabEra says:

    wat kind of snake was that? katakot..

  6. napakasaya poh jan xe jan gginanap yung camporee amen nung 4th year ako at first nanghinayang ako xe nagqiut ako from being girl scout para maexpirience ko ang maging isang roverette but den khit nung una eh my alinlangan ako nawala un the tym na makita ko angh dimasalang falls xe npakaganda tlga kaso de ako nakalangoy sa pinakamain falls nya kasi nakakatakot napakalalim na ng tubig dun eh…sana nga poh mapagtuunan ng pansin kasi sayang naman ung spot na yan kasi poh actually madami pa jan sa magagandang spot sa sitio dimotol my isa poh akung sasabihin ung sa my taas ng dimotol bridge its a good spot for resting i promise…(^_^)

  7. wah weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…basta poh try to luk ung spot na un xe ganda poh kaso malamig…sige poh thnx xe at last nagkaron din ng mga pagfeature ung mga tagong yaman ng aurora…

  8. batang maria aurora says:

    masaya talaga jan, naa2lala ko tuloy jan sa atin, lumaki ako sa maria pero hindi ko pa napu2ntahan yan spot na yan, ganda ng falls, ang lamig ng tubig nyan…dapat tlaga i-promote yang mga maga2ndang spot ng aurora para mraming mga tourist ang mag travel jan…ung snake na un,ksma sa yaman ng aurora dont be afraid hindi ka sa2ktan nyan basta wag mo lang din saktan…

  9. randy says:

    wow! ang ganda talaga sa aurora… sir pwde ba ako makahingi ng info kung pano punta sa dimasalang falls at ditumabo falls… gusto ko sana magpunta ngaun ktapusan ng august…

    pwde ko ba mahingi email or ym or no. nyo para makapagtanong pa kao ng ibang info… thanks in adavance! :)

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