Chasing Waterfalls in Almeria, Biliran: Ulan-ulan and Recoletos Falls

Ulan-ulan Falls
Ulan-ulan Falls

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
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
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.

Recoletos Falls
Recoletos Falls

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
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.

Related Articles:

Chasing Waterfalls: Tinago Falls of Biliran

Sambawan Island: The Pride of Biliran

The Unchartered Dalutan and Capinahan Islands of Almeria






Share this article:





10 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed reading this post. The place sounds like it’s very authentic and a close-to-nature experience. Was it easy to find good accommodations nearby?

    I too have recently visited a really scenic waterfall called Tumalog Falls in Oslob, Cebu. If any of you guys are ever in Cebu, it is highly recommended.

    Hopefully I will get to visit Ulan-Ulan and Recoletos Falls while I'm still here in the Philippines on my 2014 gap year.

    Best regards,
    Annika

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have also gone to tumalog falls in oslob, if you are still in cebu, there is a direct ferry to naval, from there it is a motorcycle ride for around 30 minutes or you can check in at Agta Beach Resort in Almeria, details in the last part of the article.

      Delete
    2. I f you are still in cebu, you might want to visit this waterfalls, the article also has links to other waterfalls in the south west cebu side.

      Delete
    3. other places on interest are

      http://www.mikelaagan.com/2014/05/sambawan-island-pride-of-biliran.html

      http://www.mikelaagan.com/2014/05/the-unchartered-dalutan-and-capinahan.html

      Delete
  2. So many nice places in Cebu area. Thanks for the infos!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. a little bit of history

      http://www.mikelaagan.com/2013/05/southeast-cebu-heritage-trail-travel.html

      some waterfalls in the southwest side of cebu

      http://www.mikelaagan.com/2013/06/chasing-waterfalls-in-ginatilan-south.html

      http://www.mikelaagan.com/2013/06/chasing-waterfalls-in-samboan-south.html

      http://www.mikelaagan.com/2013/07/chasing-waterfalls-in-barili-south-cebu.html

      Delete
  3. The thing is to understand the maximums which is the way for it and also thousand islands cruises helps big time which is the way how it has to be.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks for sharing this guide and it makes me want to visit Biliran soon... However, how will you look for habal-habal drivers that will do a tour of the 2 falls. Do you have any contacts?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. there are habal-habal drivers from Naval that you can hire to take you anywhere in Biliran.

      Delete
  5. Good article Mike.

    I think Ulan-ulan's drop is only about eight meters high. That's about as tall as a three-storey building. I'm happy to report that it's still in fairly pristine condition. I also met a man who relocated from Leyte to live on the slope going to the falls. He can guide for 300.

    You can read the post at https://retirednoway.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/waterfalls-in-biliran-island-ulan-ulan/.

    ReplyDelete