Most of the waterfalls in Santa Catalina require miles of hiking to reach. But a unique 3 layered cascade of Mantabios Falls only requires a minimal effort to find. Located en route to Brgy. Sto.Rosario and just about 500 meters from the provincial road of Brgy.Kabulakan, Mantabios falls is the most accessible of all.
How to get there:
From Sta.Catalina main town, make your way to Provincial road leading to Pamplona town, your guiding landmark would be Inobongan bridge in Brgy. Sto.Rosario located between Brgy.Kabulakan and Brgy. Obat. We stopped on a nearby house near the bridge and approached the couple inside to ask for direction.
Stopping and asking for directions through locals is still the most reliable way to find your way around. The opportunity to connect with other person is one of the most important things when travelling. They know the exact location, route, pattern and the most interesting things to do in their area. Though I have mobile applications to navigate, yet somehow I still found myself stopping to ask for directions.
From one house to the other and another they directed us to a continuous flow of water. It took us less than ten minutes of walking and locating Mantabios falls.
The first level of the waterfalls was about 4 meters high and a swimming basin of undetermined depth, though the a local informed us that it is deep enough, the turbid water that time made me anxious for a dip.
Then I slowly climbed up to the second tier, it was very slippery as it rained the night before we came. The surrounding area of the second falls was very distinctive; it has an opening to the basin of again an uncertain depth of water. Overlying the swimming basin is a cave like formations which the water is uniquely flowing down.
The upper tier of the falls was very difficult to climbed, the surface of the rock was slippery and very difficult to hold and stand so I didn’t risk myself to check that. Overall, Mantabios falls has kept its natural beauty, though there a few signs of scraping on the surface of the rocks, it was still a worthy visit.