Tangadan Falls is the most popular of at least ten waterfalls in San Gabriel, La Union. Tangadan Falls is a multi-layer cascade. The lower cascade towers around 50 feet and has a deep and wide (around 100 feet) catch basin. The upper cascade has a smaller drop but deeper pool ideal for cliff jumping.
Further upstream, about 1-hour trek away is the Kapandagan Falls, an equally majestic waterfall.
The trek to the Tangadan Falls takes 50 to 60 minutes along scenic views. You can hire a guide for P 500-600 PHP (one guide can handle up to 7 people, larger groups should hire two or more guides). You have to cross the Barobo River to reach Tangadan falls. There is a wooden cable car over the Barobo River that you can rent for only PHP 20.
Entrance fee is only P 30. You can rent a bamboo raft to get around the main basin and life jacket if you are cliff jumping.
Daryl Dacumos of the Department of Tourism
Best time to visit
October to May
How to get there
From Cubao or Pasay, ride bus bound for Ilocos or Abra. Get off at People’s Park in San Juan, from People’s Park, transfer to a jeepney to San Gabriel (travel time is around 20 minutes). You have to go to the Municipal Hall to register before heading to the falls. From the Municipal Hall, you may: Hire a motorbike (P250/motorbike) and the driver will take you to the trailhead, from there you will trek for 10 minutes to reach the falls. Hire a tricycle (P 25 per head) or jeepney (for bigger groups: P1000 to 1500) to Barangay Duplas, then trek for 50 to 60 minutes to the falls.