Have you heard that Busuanga has a secret waterfall called Degtayan Falls? I will not be surprised if you haven’t heard of it. We only knew about it once our host in Ocam Ocam Beach mentioned it. As adventure seekers who love off-the-beaten-path destinations, my partner and I added it to our Busuanga itinerary. 

Located deep in the forests of Busuanga Island, this pristine waterfall is a sight to behold. The trek to get there will get your eyes in awe, the scenery will leave you breathless, and the cool crystal-clear pools will make you refreshed. In this guide, we’ll share our spontaneous discovery of Busuanga’s best-kept secret – Degtayan Falls!

Degtayan Falls in Busuanga
Discovering a Secret Waterfall: Degtayan Falls in Busuanga

Where is Degtayan Falls

We were thrilled when our host told us about Degtayan Falls, a secret waterfall almost unknown to tourists! He says it’s even more stunning than the famous Concepcion Falls. He said gave us the directions on Maps.me (12°15′08.72″N 119°53′31.25″E) and said: “You won’t miss it”. Spoiler alert: we missed it at first — more about that later.

Following his directions, we set off on the 15-minute motorcycle journey from Ocam Ocam Azur Inn to Macalachao in Busuanga. If you’re coming from Coron Town, it will take 1.5 hours. The road is paved, so we enjoyed winding through lush greenery and tiny villages.

We finally arrived where Maps.me was no longer pointing to the cement road. There was no sign of Degtayan Falls. A kid from a nearby house gave us a signal to enter at a spot between the cemented road and the dirt track. He looks like he is used to visitors seeking the falls.

Entry Point to Degtayan Falls: Follow the Used Path
Entry Point to Degtayan Falls: Follow the Used Path

We started with the trail, which began with lush grasses and wild plants, following a bunch of bamboo. Soon we saw a shallow river. We went along it until we heard the sound of water getting stronger and stronger. I can’t believe that many people do not know about this place! It’s a jungle paradise!

During our trek, we saw a tiny snake — almost like a worm. I’ve been traveling around the Philippines for so long to know that if you don’t harm them and wait until they pass, they won’t bite or attack you. We waited and went on.

We arrived at the Maps.me pin and couldn’t see a waterfall. We went a little further, and still, no waterfall was to be found. Because there are no photos of Degtayan Falls online, we have no idea what it looks like. Mat and I thought it was dry, and it was already the pond-like waterfalls we had seen earlier.

Beautiful natural pool to Degtayan Falls, which we initially thought as the waterfall
Beautiful natural pool to Degtayan Falls, which we initially thought as the waterfall

Tho we expected a waterfall, we still liked the jungle we trekked, so we’re happy with the trip. We went back, and as we went on to our motorcycle, the kid saw us and asked how it was. We told him it was small, but the surroundings were beautiful. He wondered and asked which waterfall we were referring to. We showed him some photos, and he said, that’s not it.

He said he could accompany us if his parents allowed him. After getting parental permission, we went there again. He showed us the shortcut to it. So instead of going along the river, you can also follow a path into many bamboos on your left. Then from there, you can follow the Maps.me’s direction. You can also go along the river, leading in the same direction.

Finally, we arrived. The location is just a few meters from the Maps.me pin. Just go straight for 2-3 minutes, and then you’ll see a breathtaking waterfall cascading into a vast pool. We went down from the numerous bamboo, and the kid said goodbye to us. We gave him a tip for offering his help and leading us into this paradise.

Diving into tranquility: Embracing the refreshing waters of Degtayan Falls' natural pool
Diving into tranquility: Embracing the refreshing waters of Degtayan Falls’ natural pool

The clear, clean, and cool water is ideal for swimming after our hot motorcycle day. We stayed in the water for a while. It’s really refreshing. I also found a spot on the rocks facing the falls to sit back and meditate for a few minutes in this peaceful place. It’s really paradise!

Degtayan Falls is a hidden gem for travelers seeking solitude and a beautiful off-the-beaten path in Busuanga. With its secluded location and lack of crowds, you’ll feel like you have your own private paradise. It’s worth getting lost! What a unique find!

clear waters at Degtayan Falls
Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters of Degtayan Falls’ natural pool

What to Expect in Degtayan Falls

We were so happy to find Degtayan Falls. It’s one of the well-kept secrets of Busuanga, and I’m sharing this guide so you can experience it too.

  • • Expect an adventurous trek through the thick forest to reach the falls. No paved paths here – just follow the sound of rushing water, Maps.me, and the used trail.
  • The reward for your effort is an idyllic waterfall paradise. Imagine standing in a secluded jungle basin, cooled by cascading falls, as sunlight filters through the canopy above. Utter bliss!
  • Have the place to yourself – it’s that secluded! Meditate by the falls, enjoy a jungle picnic, or soak in the peaceful vibes.
  • You can hear a symphony of nature sounds—birds chirping, leaves rustling, water trickling.
  • The fresh air fills your lungs with every breath. It’s a perfectly peaceful escape from the everyday hustle.
Pristine Jungle at Degtayan Falls
Lush paradise: Exploring the pristine jungle of Degtayan Falls

If you’re up for an off-the-beaten-path adventure in Palawan, don’t miss stunning Degtayan Falls. An eco-friendly experience you’ll never forget, it’s a refreshing rediscovery of nature’s simple pleasures. Happiness is on the way, indeed!

How to Go to Degtayan Falls

To get to Degtayan Falls, you can rent a motorcycle or tricycle in Coron Town and drive about an hour and a half, following the directions on Maps.Me. You can also take a van from Coron Town to Barangay Salvacion and rent a motorcycle or tricycle. Due to the shorter distance, this option is cheaper.

From the entry point at the side of the road, take a 10-minute trek in the jungle with beautiful local flora, passing by a small river and walking into bamboo until you glimpse the spectacular Degtayan Falls.

Beautiful of local flora at Degtayan Falls
Beholding the beauty of local flora at Degtayan Falls

FAQ: Degtayan Falls in Busuanga

When is the best time to visit?

The rainy season is the best time to experience Degtayan Falls. You’ll see the waterfall at its strongest flow from June to October. 

Is there an entrance fee to Degtayan Falls?

Visiting Degtayan Falls is absolutely free! All you need is a sense of adventure to explore this natural wonder.

Where to eat near Degtayan Falls?

There are local canteens around the area serving Filipino meals and snacks. We recommend bringing your picnic basket, finding a scenic spot by the falls, and enjoying a peaceful lunch with nature.

What else to do nearby?

The port to Calauit Safari Park is 10 minutes away from the entry point of Degtayan Falls. You can do both of them in one day. Alternatively, you can also visit different beaches around the area. I recommend you check out Ocam Ocam Beach.

Happiness on the Way Tips

Trips to untouched nature, like Degtayan Falls, naturally put you in bliss. Here are the things you can do to immerse in joy in this beautiful paradise:

Meditate in this beautiful waterfall. The soothing sounds of the waterfall and the lack of crowds will put you in a natural meditative state. Try closing your eyes, focusing on your breath, and going inward for 5 minutes; you’ll feel calmer and happier. 

Meditating at Degtayan Falls
Finding serenity: Embracing inner peace amidst the tranquility of Degtayan Falls

Practice mindfulness. Open your senses to fully appreciate the refreshing air, calming sounds of flowing water, and natural beauty surrounding Degtayan Falls. Being in quiet and peaceful spots like this helps us to be present at the moment.

Take a cold plunge. The clear pool below the falls is perfect for an invigorating swim and a cold immersion which reduces stress improves mood, and offers spikes of dopamine and endorphins.

Degtayan Falls is an untouched natural wonderland waiting to be explored. The chance to unplug from it all and reconnect with nature is a trip we’ll cherish for years. It can be yours too.

Is Degtayan Falls Worth Visiting?

We highly recommend visiting Degtayan Falls! This hidden gem is worth the effort to find. Degtayan Falls remains mainly off the beaten path, retaining its untouched beauty. A trip here lets us escape the crowds and reconnect with nature. Head into the jungle and discover this pristine paradise for yourself!

Conclusion

Degtayan Falls is one of Busuanga’s best-kept secrets and a beautiful day trip destination when visiting Coron. The rewarding trek, stunning scenery, and refreshing plunge into the crystal-clear waters of the falls will create memories to last a lifetime. Experience discovering one of the Philippines’ hidden natural wonders. 

Have you ever heard of or visited Degtayan Falls? Did this guide help you? I’d love to hear about your experience and insights!

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I always use Skyscanner to find cheap flights. It’s a search engine that compares prices across many airlines to get you the best deals.

🏩 What’s the best way to book accommodations in Busuanga?

It depends. Booking.com is my go-to platform for hotels and apartments. If I want to save money on hostels, I use Hostel World.

And for longer stays where I want a cozy home, I book VRBO (which is cheaper and safer than Airbnb).

🚗 Is renting a motorbike a good idea in Busuanga?

Absolutely! If you can drive a motorbike, I highly recommend renting one through BikesBooking. Public transport in Busuanga is not good. We saved a lot of time and money by having our motorbike, and it was so much fun! You can easily go to and from Coron with a motorbike.

If you’re with friends or family, you can also rent a car from Discover Cars. Most roads in Busuanga and Coron are paved and with no traffic at all, so you can enjoy a more relaxed drive.

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I find the best local tours with Klook, thanks to its vast selection across Asia. Get 5% off by using the code “GLADISTRAVELS”

For truly unique and authentic local experiences, GetYourGuide is my go-to. I’ve taken cooking classes with local chefs and gone on guided tours of hidden places using both platforms. I’m really happy with how everything turned out.

🚑 Should I buy travel insurance?

Absolutely YES! For just $5-10 USD per day, SafetyWing gives you peace of mind with its affordable coverage.

📲 Where to buy a local sim in Busuanga?

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🏦 What is the best way to withdraw money in Busuanga?

I use my Wise card. Wise.com provides free global accounts and the most affordable money transfers. I can manage multiple currencies easily and withdraw cash at very low costs. Plus, I find their exchange rates are among the best available!

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