Getting Lost in Samal Island, Tagbaobo Falls and More….

The day started when John asked me where I wanted to go. I remember saying, I don’t know. And that I would be happy to sit somewhere and just relax….

We have been on the go for weeks now. And I am exhausted.

Then he asked me if I wanted to go to Samal. I said yeah. There’s this road somewhere in Anonang that we have always wanted to check. But everytime we go to the island, it is always about work. So playing wasn’t possible.  Today, that thought is going to get satisfied. 🙂

After a delicious breakfast at Pancake House, we left for Samal. The trip was uneventful. And in less than 10 minutes, we were at the Port of Babak already. The ride to Anonang was easy since the national highway is already concrete. But the road we wanted to check was unpaved. And narrow. I kinda worried because we haven’t been in this part of the island yet. And I wondered how safe it would be. But then again, nothing happens in Samal right? It’s one of the safest places I know. What was I thinking?! lol

I guess it’s the road to the unknown that unsettled and bothered me, more than anything else.

After 10 or so kilometers on a rough road, a big ricefield greeted us. But what I like the most were the carabaos on the other side of the road, swimming in a big pond. 🙂



As we proceeded, we saw a small town. I asked someone where this road leads to and we were told that it goes back to Penaplata if we turn left. And to Kaputian if we turn right. And that we are now in Brgy. Tagbaobo.  Someone mentioned that we should proceed to Tagbaobo Falls first before going back. 🙂 It’s not far from where we were and just about a 100 meters or so from the road.

Of course, we weren’t gonna  go back without seeing it! 🙂 I’ve heard so much of Tagbaobo Falls but have never been there.

After saying thank you, we proceeded to the falls.

These people harvesting copra along the road , got my attention.  🙂


And then we saw this short paved road. Just before reaching Tagbaobo Falls.  I really don’t know why we have that in the Philippines. You know, short paved roads in the middle of nowhere? lol


Finally, we have arrived.


I stopped at this nipa hut and asked how safe and how far it is going to the falls. The incharge, Manong Erning Pedrosa, told me that it was a short walk going down and it is safe. After paying the entrance fee of P40.00 and the community tax of P5.00 per head, he assisted us going to the falls.


The Trail To Tagbaobo Falls:

One, you need to wear a pair of walking shoes. Meaning, no high heeled shoes. 🙂 Or you’d be like Jack and Jill who went tumbling down the hill. ha ha

Two, there are huge “balete trees”, which reminded me of the banyan trees in Cambodia. So if you do not like those, then don’t go or it would creep you out. 🙂

It was eerie and very quiet. I thought of “engkanto” as we walked through the forest. But I kept on talking to Manong Erning to fill the silence. And to keep my mind from wandering to ghost stories. ha ha ha


Then I could hear it… The sound of the water falls. 🙂 Ahhh…. music to my ears.

A few more steps passing through those huge tree roots, I finally saw Tagbaobo Falls. It is higher than Hagimit Falls, that’s for sure. But since it’s been raining, the water wasn’t that clear. Manong Erning said that when the weather is okay, we can see the bottom. Tagbaobo Falls isn’t that deep. It’s just more or less 5 ft. So it is perfect for swimming.


The community incharge made rails and chairs out of bamboos. So those who want to go down can just sit and wade their feet in the cold water. I should have but didn’t. I was happy enough to just watch it from where I was standing. Maybe next time when the water is clearer. 🙂



John was chilling in the bamboo bench. 🙂 I sat beside him and took photos of the trees above us.


After almost an hour  of listening to birds chirping and listening to the waterfalls gently roaring,  it was time for us to go. It was cool under the shade of the trees and the soothing breeze made it all the more relaxing to us. It was indeed, difficult to leave…..

Going back up:

I had John stand beside one of the big trees near the falls.

To my pinoy readers, remember to say “tabi tabi po”. 🙂 That means, excuse me, to my foreign readers.

When we were children, stories say that there are beings living in those Balete Trees. And they do not like it when you step on them or disturb their peace. So according to our ancestors, people die for an unknown reason, because those beings got mad and taught humans the lesson of respect.

Whether that myth is real or not, it’s better to be safe than be sorry right?


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Yes, we walked through the roots of the trees. I think the roots make trekking a lot easier. Specially during rainy season.

I wonder what kind of berries are these? 🙂


The Balete Trees. I told you they are there. 🙂

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Here’s John checking on me. And telling me to watch where I’m walking. hahaha… I don’t seem to notice anything when I have my camera with me. lol


The view on top. Beautiful right?

We’re at the back of Samal now. So the mountain view beyond the gulf is that of Davao Oriental.


No, we’re not done yet. ha ha

The trip to Penaplata took about 30 mins. Still on an unpaved road. John didn’t mind driving in it because he’s happy with the new 4×4 car. It helps.

Before proceeding to Mambago, I asked John to drive us back to the farm land that was offered to us. There was something I wanted to double check. It was funny when we ran into this cow.  Or should I say when he run into us. lol

He screeched… And got shy.


John told him that it’s okay to pass. ha ha ha

The two of them looked so cute…. lol


Before going home, we passed by our Mambago A property. I think I told you before that I love this place. 🙂

I was happy to see these flowers growing…



I got some jackfruits coming up… haha



A stolen shot of John looking at the view.


And of course, I got to sit on the field. Just doing nothing… 🙂



The backdrop is that of Davao Gulf, Pearl Farm and Talicud island. If you go to Penaplata coming from Babak Poblacion, this is just along the National highway on a concrete road. If you want to stop by, just let me know. We have free buko for friends. 🙂

I think I told you before already, that between going to the malls and spending time with nature, I’d choose the latter anytime. I’d like to thank God for giving me a husband who feels the same way. It’s such a simple thing to do, but we both loved our day in Samal.

On our way home, the sunset reflection on the sea looked beautiful.

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So now, I can start working again. I feel recharged all over again. 🙂



Lea C. Walker




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Businesswoman. Realtor. Photographer. Traveler. Blogger.
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