Did you enjoy playing in the rain when you were young? My friends and I used to wait for rain and we'd enjoy playing under it. I remember those moments while I was preparing an itinerary for our trip to Biliran. Ulan-ulan Falls was first on our schedule. "Ulan" is the Filipino term for rain and it suits as a name for this falls.
Trail to Ulan-ulan Falls
Ulan-ulan falls is under the jurisdiction of Almeria and the jump-off is located in Barangay Sampao. It is a 20-minute habal-habal (rented motorcycle) ride and another 30-minute hike to reach the waterfalls.
Closer look at Ulan-ulan Falls
The falls is approximately 90 feet high. The catch basin is shallow but good for anyone to take a dip. The majestic waterfalls has a distinctive charm from those I have previously explored. While most boast of raging water running down to its catch basin, Ulan-ulan is flowing slowly in thick vegetation. I really had to get close to feel the water's rage.
Just above and another 10-minute hike was another waterfalls. Recoletos Falls is about 30 feet high and is not as magnificent compared to Ulan-ulan Falls. This waterfalls though has a natural wide pool formed by a big rock formation surrounding the catch basin. There were more people/tourists here which were having a picnic.
Utazo at Recoletos Falls
Exploring Ulan-ulan and Recoletos Falls is part of my 7-day Eastern Visayas trip. The town of Almeria can be reached via Tacloban City with domestic flights from Manila and Cebu City. From the airport, take a cab and alight at the van terminal bound for Naval located in the corner of P Burgos and Salazar Streets (van fare is around P150). Travel time is around 2 to 2.5 hours.
There are also ferries from Cebu City directly to Ormoc. From Ormoc, there are vans bound for Naval. Roro boats are also traveling from Cebu to Naval and vice versa, check the schedule here.
From Naval, inquire for habal-habal (motorcycles for hire) going to Ulan-ulan Falls in Brgy Sampao. Reasonable rate is P300 round trip. Make sure your driver also knows where the falls is. For accommodation, you may get in touch with Melo Sabitsana of Agta Beach Resort.
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