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On July 16, 2017 our group of 9 went to the newly talk of the town falls of Botolan Zambales, the Tukal Tukal Falls. Tukal tukal means stairs in english and hagdan hagdan in tagalog. As the name implies it is composed of a 4 tiered crystal clear water falls.
Getting there is easy. If you have your own car or rented one like us, just straightly go to Botolan Municipal Hall “have a photo op”. Check Iglesia ni Cristo Church San Juan at the google map. Follow the map, then once at the church, just straight ahead then you’ll see the 4 month old Camp Kainomayan at the right side of the road. For public transport, just ride a bus Victory via Iba or Sta. Cruz then drop by Botolan Town proper. Ride a trike worth 80Php per ride and tell the driver to bring you to San Juan’s Camp Kainomayan.
Camp Kainomayan of Brgy. San Juan Botolan, Zambales is just new location in town that’s why it cannot be seen on google map or waze but asking the locals for it will get you to the right direction. The camp offers a 4×4 ride to Mt. Pinatubo and Tukal Tukal falls which costs 1600 Php and 500Php per head for a maximum of 5 participants respectively. ATV rides are available as well where you can roam the area or even go to the lahar part and experience the desert like feelings for a specific time depending on how much you paid for it.
From Camp Kainomayan, riding 4×4 to the jump off will take you an hour of exciting ride. Passing through a paved road being constructed, a highway project that will connect Zambales and Tarlac is a comfort one. But after a few minutes was a bumpy ride that we still enjoyed.
After an hour of 4×4 ride and upon reaching the track where the vehicle could no longer pass is the start of trek.
It’s a 1.5 hours of trekking, a not so hard but challenging uphill, downhill trek. Few stops and rests is advisable. Enjoy the scenic views of the trail.
You’ll get amazed once seeing the water fall. Its 4 basins are like a pool perfect for swimming.
Good thing during our visit to this place is that there’s no other guests so we had the place exclusively for ourselves.
We enjoyed swimming on each of its 4 basins and have some magnificent shots.
The first basin is perfect for cliff diving/jumping. See the vid below where some clips of diving are used.
There’s a place on the upper basin that look like an infinity pool.
The crystal clear water of the fall is useless without an underwater photo ops. Here are some of the best shots we have. Thanks to Go Pro hero 5 owned by Manong Pundaquit 😁.
We left the place after almost 3 hours and headed back to the jump off where our 4×4 is parked. But before that as promised by our guide he will take us to the hidden falls named “bibig ng impyerno“. Sounds creepy and scary but it’s awesome actually.
We left after 30 minutes and proceed to go down the jump off. But ofcourse our signature pose, the dub pose which until now I haven’t mastered yet 😂 should not be forgotten before leaving the place..
This was a great adventure and we have a lot of fun for just a day. I’ll surely go back and promote the place. Hey guys it’s surely one for the book.
Btw here’s the contact numbers to further know the details of Tukal Tukal falls. Mr. Quentin from Botolan’s tourism department. 09778541474/+639394428340
I heard that Camp Kainomayan now offers overnight stay, probably through camping.
Entrance is 50 pesos
Paintball shooting is available for 175 pesos for 25 paint bullets.
Some activities such as wall climbing and mini zip line are also additional new features in the place.