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Can-umantad Trail hiking adventure to Can-umantad Falls

The Can-umantad Trail, which is likewise a trek towards the Can-umantad Falls, is a rewarding endeavor.

This trail is not for the faint-hearted – it's a thrilling adventure that covers 10 kilometers of winding paths, river crossings, boulder scrambling, and hill climbing.

But for those brave enough to take it on, it's an endeavor that promises exhilaration and rich rewards.

Our journey begins at the mystical Canawa Spring, nestled in the heart of Barangay Can-umantad.

The spring, known for its astonishingly blue waters, is a natural marvel with an underground source, making it a perfect spot to cool down and gather your energy for the trek ahead.

This serene spring does not receive water from any external source, making it a mystery that adds to the allure of our adventure.

As we push forward from the spring and delve deeper into the trail, the route becomes more challenging but equally intriguing.

We'll traverse through a maze of trails, cross river beds, clamber over boulders, and ascend hills that will test your strength and endurance.

But worry not, for each step, each stumble, and each climb brings us closer to our stunning destination – the Can-umantad Falls.

For the uninitiated, this trek may prove to be strenuous, but the thrill and satisfaction of overcoming each obstacle, coupled with the enchanting beauty of the trail and the majestic falls awaiting at the end, make this journey an unforgettable experience.

So, tie your boots tight, fill up your water bottles, and let's embark on this exciting journey together.

The Can-umantad Trail awaits your brave footsteps, Kaibigan!

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summary of hiking to Can-umantad Falls:

1. Start of the Trek: Begin with a 15-20 minute walk through rolling grasslands and under trees.

2. Wildlife: Keep an eye out for rare birds, large lizards, and potentially even snakes.

3. Dense Foliage: Traverse through areas adorned with tropical trees, including coconut palms and giant ferns.

4. Steep Hill Climb: Ascend a steep hill with the help of protruding roots and vines. Enjoy the breathtaking view from the top.

5. Steep Descent: Follow the trail down towards the Can-umantad River. Be cautious as the trail can be slippery.

6. River Trail: Navigate over moss-covered rocks, clamber up boulders, and potentially wade through water. This is the most challenging part of the trek.

7. Arrival at the Falls: Reach the beautiful Can-umantad Falls with its three cascading layers.

8. Safety Measures: Always let the local authorities know about your trek. Hiring a local guide is recommended, especially for foreigners.

9. Preparation: Bring plenty of drinking water, wear sturdy shoes, and consider packing a sturdy rope and bolo for navigating dense trails.

Remember, each hiking experience will be unique and there could be changes in the trail or weather conditions. Always be prepared and enjoy the beautiful journey to Can-umantad Falls!

trek to Can-umantad Falls in Candijay

Ahoy there, Kaibigan! Let's embark on an exciting journey! The trek to Can-umantad Falls in Candijay is an unforgettable adventure filled with natural beauty. We'll start off with a leisurely 15-20 minute stroll through gently rolling grasslands and under the shade of our native trees. And if we're lucky, we might even spot some exotic wildlife - like rare birds, or those big lizards that can grow over 3 feet long, and maybe even a snake or two!

As we continue, we'll be surrounded by dense foliage and towering tropical trees, including our iconic coconut palms and mammoth ferns. The trail gets a bit challenging with slopes and higher grounds, but don't worry, there are plenty of roots and vines you can hold onto, just like nature's own handrails!

closer to the river

Now, as we get closer to the river, you'll notice the growth of trees and shrubs thickens. You'll need to navigate over moss-covered rocks, clamber up boulders, and in some parts, even wade through the water. Be cautious though, the water can get deep and swift, especially after a heavy rain. That's why we advise against this trek after a downpour – the trail can get slippery and tricky.

The river trail itself is a bit of a challenge, stretching over a hundred meters. But, with a little preparation, you'll be just fine. Always remember, the weather can be unpredictable. So it might be a good idea to bring along a sturdy rope and a bolo for clearing any dense trails.

But once you've made it to the Can-umantad Falls, you'll forget all about the tough trek. It's a sight that will leave you speechless! The waterfall cascades down in three layers, with the highest one towering at about 45 meters, followed by a shorter but wider one.

a climb up a steep hill

Then comes the real test – a climb up a steep hill. But trust me, the effort is worth it. The view at the top is nothing short of spectacular! On a clear day, you can even spot the island of Camiguin and the majestic Hibok-Hibok volcano across the sea. The panorama of green hills and the fresh cool air up there are just the things to lift your spirits. And, seeing the falls in the distance will give you that extra push to take on the next part of the journey – a steep descent towards the Can-umantad River.

let the local authorities know

We've never had any issues with safety on this trail, but it's always best to let the local authorities know you're in the area. And if you're not from around here, it might be useful to have a guide from the Bohol Exploration Club (BOEX), based in Tagbilaran City.

So, are you ready to explore the Can-umantad Falls? It's an adventure you won't regret. Just a friendly reminder: make sure to bring lots of drinking water and wear sturdy shoes. You'll be thankful for them on the steep climbs and long trails. Now, let's set off on this journey together! Adventure awaits in our beautiful Bohol!


The Can-umantad Trail traverses over land that is part of Candijay town, in the province of Bohol, one of the tourist destinations in the Philippine archipelago. The trail goes over rolling grasslands, tree-laden and steep hills, and the Can-umantad River. Candijay town itself is located 92.2 kilometers from Tagbilaran City at the eastern part of the island.

About Candijay

Candijay is a peaceful town situated along the eastern coast of Bohol. The town was established during the Spanish regime in the year 1879. At present, the town has a land area of 8,687 divided into 21 barangays. The name of the town is said to have come from the words “Kang Dihay”, meaning belonging to Dihay, a very strong and influential man living in the area that have many followers at that time. Eventually, the name was pronounced as one and became “Candijay”.

Candijay is a good place for eco-tours. Aside from the majestic Can-umantad falls, its vast mangrove forest plays host to a steady stream of visitors. The Candijay Mangrove Forest is in Barangay Panadtaran whose mangrove area extends to 1,472 hectares. It is the most diverse in the country and boast of at least 36 mangrove species; the oldest trees being centuries old.

A Few Extensions

The trek to Can-umantad Falls can be extended further for another 5 kilometers to the village of Biabas in Guindulman town. This village is inhabited by the Eskaya Tribe, a cultural minority found only in the province and known for their cultural isolation and distinctive language. The route (known in the locality as the Cambia Route) is more challenging and goes over more hills. With this extension, the trek will last more than seven (7) hours, depending upon the time you will spend at the falls.

Top of Can-umantad Trail

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