I was in great awe when the whole of majestic Tarangban Falls unfolded to my highly fascinated eyes. It was like big dream that after looking in some blogs, the real beauty of the falls was already right in front of me. It was considering that this is just 21.2 kilometers from my birthplace of Barangay Malajog, Tinambacan District, Calbayog City. My group was suppose to visit this spot as part of our May 1-8, 2015 Samar-Leyte-Biliran-Cebu Trip but our guide was not able to locate this place. It was a great disappointment to me then. And on this day of December 29, 2015, Tarangban Falls was made a reality to me.
In my previous post of Bangon Falls, I narrated that we skipped Bangon and just proceed with a 21-minute trek trailing a forested area with a gradual assault. I personally did not find it difficult since the trail was friendly. Out of this 21 minutes trek, the first 11 minutes was under the shade of trees but then after that we eventually went down to the river and trek along big boulders of rocks. It was sunny then and balancing over the rocks was just easy.
Going to this spot needs a 10-minute habal-habal ride (single motorcycle) which costs P300 for a minimum of two passengers and the guide costs P200. But there can be one guide for a maximum of six people. I was alone then with my driver and guide. A guide is required for all visitors.
For some other information, you may read the Bangon Falls post as they share the same information.
One has to be cautious of the slippery rocks around. By the time, I visited this spot, the cascading water falls was not that much. But it is just good enough so that I can move freely. The water holes are not that deep.
Climbing up for an elevation of 25 meters on the other side will give you a rewarding scenery which looks differently when taken on its front side.
If you are in Calbayog, you can also visit the following:
Capul Island, San Antonio Island, Dalutan Island, Sambawan Island, The Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Shrine, Ciriaco Hotel, Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, Other Calbayog tours, San Juanico Bridge, MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park, Limasawa Island, Bangon Water Falls, Tabokno Waterfalls, Dakdak Beach Resort, San Rafael Farm (Babatngon, Leyte), Kalanggaman Island, Biri Rock Formations and Pink Beach of San Vicente Island
As to the budget, it can be broken down as follows:
|1.||Round trip bus fare from Pasay City to Calbayog City (P1,200 one-way)|
|2.||Round trip public utility transport from Calbayog to Barangay Tinaplacan (P40 one-way)|
|3.||Guide fee for a maximum of 6 pax|
|4.||Share in double passenger habal-habal ride|
|5.||Affordable and decent accommodation in Calbayog City in 3 Gems Pensione overnight (good for two) with an address in JPR Subdivision, Barangay Obrero with landline at (055) 2094055|
|6.||Average costs of meal in Calbayog (Jollibee, Chowking and other fastfood) for three meals for an average of P100 per meal|
|7.||Average cost of meals during bus stops at least two not to include the bottled water of P30 for 500ML|
|8.||Matnog terminal fee|
|9.||Northern Samar Port terminal fee (Either Allen or San Isidro)|
|10.||Comfort room usage fee during bus stops for P5 (3 stops)|