|Pagsanjan, the tourist capital of the province of Laguna
One of the premiere world-class tourist destinations in the Philippines, is gifted with natural wonders and scenic views. It is
inarguably famous for its rapids. These aesthetic features of the town attract tourists for whom man-made and initiated tourism
support accommodations, facilities and services are focused.
The main attraction of the town is its natural wonders-the stark natural beauty of the Pagsanjan River, the awe-inspiring gorge, the
breathtaking roaring rapids, and the spectacular world-famous water falls, the "Pagsanjan Falls".
Actually, the real name of the majestic waterfalls is "Magdapio Falls" located at the next town, Cavinti. However, the falls has been
popularly known as "Pagsanjan Falls" because the trip to the waterfalls, reffered to as "shooting the rapids", starts in Pagsanjan,
passes through part of Lumban, then Cavinti.
It begins beningly enough in the still headwaters of the river, then rapidly churning to make it the ride of your life. You will enjoy the
thrill and adventure of shooting the rapids which is the boatride experience of a lifetime.
On the way to the magnificent waterfalls, one may feel the relaxing atmosphere and beauty brought by the experience of harmony
with nature. While entering the tropical gorge, one will see wild orchids, ferns, vines, spiders, dragonflies, lizards on the rocks,
chattering monkeys and the beautiful sun rays passing through the trees, touching peaceful water and high above are the
multi-colored birds flirting in the bushes.
With the dexterity and skill of boatmen who have spent their whole life on the river, a navigator and a pilot will safely guide your
"banca" on an exciting two-hour journey. At times, you will be skimming through the gorge with walls of rock mass formations and
vines that rise up over a hundred meters. There will also be times when you will be tossed and twisted through the rapids as you
speed downstream to the two towering waterfalls. Depending on the water height, there are a total of 12 to 16 rapids altogether.
Upon reaching the last major waterfalls, you can transfer from the banca to a bamboo raft that will take you through the cascading
water to a hidden cave (which looks like the profile of a devil) formed by the walls of the gorge.
It is an exhilarating, spine-tingling, andrenaline-pumping, two-hour boat ride from the Bumbungan River to the "Pagsanjan Falls",
whose booming water cascades down the 300-feet cliff in full view. The falling waters fill the place with thunderous sound. Traveling
along the watercourse and shooting the 16 roaring rapids is definitely one big heart and nerve-breaking adventure.