Of those bodies of water, nothing beats the summer heat like a waterfall. Fresh, clean, and rejuvenating, waterfalls are one of the best places to bathe while you're trekking through Philippine mountains. If the tropical heat is proving too much for you, head over to these waterfalls to refresh yourself this summer.
Cambugahay Falls (Lazi, Siquijor)
Sorcerers aren't the only ones who make Siquijor magical. The island is also home to the Cambugahay Falls, which gently cascade from natural springs into blue-green lagoons. To get there, take a motorcycle going to Lazi, climb down 135 stone steps, and marvel at the beauty of the waterfalls while standing in a clean, clear basin.
Can-umantad Falls (Candijay, Bohol)
Bohol may be famous for tarsiers and chocolate hills, but it has other hidden wonders as well. For example, the Can-umantad a.k.a. Candijay Falls is considered the tallest waterfall in Bohol, having a height of 60 feet. You can visit the falls via a 60-minute ride from Candijay, and enjoy fun activities (like picnicking and river trekking) while you're at it.
Ditumabo Falls (Baler, Aurora)
At Barangay San Luis in Baler, you'll find the largest waterfall in Aurora province. Also known as the "Mother Falls," Ditumabo pours 140 feet of water from the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. The falls end in a wide rocky basin, where you can dive and swim to get away from the summer heat.
Kaangrian Falls (Burgos, Ilocos Norte)
Up north is the Kaangrian Falls, a scenic wonder that's best visited on foot (since the trails are too loose and rocky for vehicles to travel). The falls cascade gently over rocks and trees, which make for a soothing sight after a long, exhausting journey.
Pagsanjan Falls (Pagsanjan, Laguna)
Ask any Filipino youngster about the waterfalls they know, and chances are they'll name Pagsanjan. One of the tallest waterfalls in the Philippines at 390 feet, Pagsanjan can be reached via a dugout canoe nicknamed "shooting the rapid," or a hike from the town of Cavinti (not to be confused with "Cavite"). The waterfall and its surrounding area were declared a National Park in 1976, making it one of only two protected areas in Laguna.
Pulangbato Falls (Valencia, Negros Oriental)
If you don't mind dipping into rust-colored waters, Pulangbato Falls is a must-visit. According to the locals, the waterfall's unusual color comes from the sulfur washing down from Mt. Talinis.
Also, Pulangbato's waters supposedly have a therapeutic effect on anyone who bathes in them. Whether you believe these stories or not, one thing's for sure: Bathing underneath Pulangbato is one of the most remarkable experiences you'll ever have.
Maria Cristina Falls (Iligan City, Lanao del Norte)
No "top waterfalls in the Philippines" list is complete without mentioning Maria Cristina. The main source of Iligan's electricity, Maria Cristina is notable for the large rock at its brink which splits the falls in two, giving the impression of "twin falls." Aside from Maria Cristina, Iligan has many other falls — so many, in fact, that the city earned the nickname "City of Majestic Waterfalls."
Tangadan Falls (San Gabriel, La Union)
Twenty minutes away from the town of San Juan (which is famous for its surfing spots), the Tangadan Falls add a touch of mystique to the plain, rocky cliffs it pours from. You can jump off those 40-foot cliffs, but if you want to be safe, rent a raft that travels towards the falls' base instead. If you'd like to see more of the surrounding area, you can also book a tour with one of San Juan's resorts.
Tappiya Falls (Banaue, Ifugao)
Once you get past the world-famous Batad Rice Terraces, you can see the Tappiya Falls in all its glory. Rising at an incredible 164 feet above a shallow, rocky basin, the falls are a sight for sore eyes (as well as sore limbs). Considering how difficult it is to get to the falls, however, having a local guide with you is strongly recommended.
Tumalog Falls (Oslob, Cebu)
Aside from being a whale shark watching site, Oslob is also home to the Tumalog a.k.a. Mag-Ambak Falls (pictured above). Fifteen minutes away from the butanding, the waterfall cascades in an umbrellalike pattern over your head, revitalizing your body after a breathtaking encounter with the whale sharks. To get to the falls, ride a habal-habal a.k.a. motorcycle that can accommodate more than two people.
With the Philippines' numerous sources of freshwater, there's sure to be more where these waterfalls come from. If you have anything to add to this list, or you have anything to say about the ones already included on this list, give us a shout-out in the comments!