Badi Falls and Other Waterfalls in Kapangan, Benguet

The municipality of Kapangan in Benguet has several great waterfalls that are worthy of a day's visit. If you enjoy chasing waterfalls, then pack your bags, drive over to Kapangan, and see what it has in store for you. Here's a quick overview of the waterfalls that you can find in Kapangan.

Badi Falls

This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the entire Cordillera region. Nearly a hundred feet high and several dozen feet wide, it's quite a sight to behold. It's a huge thundering curtain of water that crashes on the rock boulders below and underneath it. And it's very accessible from Baguio City. The waterfall is located within the vicinity of barangay Sagubo. It's about an hour and a half drive from Baguio City to Sagubo then another hour of hiking from the dropoff point to the waterfall.

The best time to visit Badi Falls would be on the rainy season (June to September). During this season, the entire width of the waterfall is usually covered with water. The waterfall still has water during the dry summer months but the view isn't as good. That said, if you want to see Badi Falls in its full magnificent beauty, you should visit it during the rainy months.

Badi Falls is a designated tourist spot in Kapangan. The local government unit requires that you register first and acquire a local guide before going to the waterfall. It's best that you contact the Kapangan Tourism Office several days in advance so that they can instruct you on what to do and how to proceed. Usually, the process is that you have to go to the Sagubo barangay hall to register and write on their log book. It's also there that you are provided with a guide (or guides if you are with a large group). Yes, there are fees to be paid and the guide (or guides) have to be compensated.

As I mentioned earlier, Badi Falls is not very far from Baguio City. You can go there and be back in Baguio City before the night falls. If you plan on taking your time at the waterfall, it's best that you start early, preferably around 4:00 or 5:00 am. Let's say you start at 5:00 am. You should be there at the Sagubo barangay hall around 6:30 am. It will take you 30 minutes to register and acquire a guide. By 7:00 am, you drive to the dropoff point. This will be another 30 minutes. From the dropoff point to the waterfall, hiking should take you between 1 and 2 hours depending on your pace. You can spend an hour or two at the waterfall. The hike back to the dropoff point will take more time because it's an uphill hike. Probably between 2-3 hours.

Tips and What to Bring When Going to Badi Falls

1. Wear sturdy hiking shoes with a good grip. The downhill hike to the waterfall can be slippery if it rained the night before.
2. Bring a pair of rubber flip-flops or sandals with you. You use these when you are at the river below. Find sandals that don't slip too easily on wet rocks.
3. Bring water and snacks. Remember that the hike to and hike back from the waterfall will take you at least three hours.
4. Maybe wear hiking pants and a long-sleeved shirt. The trails to and from the waterfall can be overgrown with brush. If you don't want your skin getting scratched everywhere, wear hiking pants and a long-sleeved shirt.

Pey-og Falls

Located in barangay Boklaoan, this waterfall may not be as magnificent as Badi Falls but it's beautiful just the same. The hike to the waterfall is also a nice treat.