It’s been months now since the last time I went for a hike. I was actually not expecting it to happen real soon but it did! The province of Cavite is probably well-known for its rich history and how it played an important role during the Spanish regime. However, if you are looking for an adventure, Cavite surely has a lot to offer. More than the history, Cavite offers a great number of amazing places to explore. From mountains to rivers, from caves to waterfalls! This province will surely satisfy your crave for adventure. While these places may not be as popular as the others, these hidden gems are definitely worth exploring.
If you’re up for a nature tripping, you might highly consider visiting the upland towns of Cavite. The town of Maragondon alone comes with a great number of popular tourist attractions including the recently reopened Mount Pico De Loro, Mount Nagpatong, and Mount Marami (also part of Magallanes). Not to mention the Maragondon River, the Pantihan Falls, and that Mabacao River that we discovered few years ago. The neighboring towns of Maragondon are equally awe-inspiring! The amazing town of Bailen, for instance, offers nature’s beauty that is simply beyond expectations.
Last week, i was lucky enough to be part of an exciting adventure in Bailen along with other vloggers from Cavite. I was accompanied by Kristian of Lakwatsero Caviteño, “Direk” Lester of Kalesang Pinoy, Jom of Online Pasyal and Liwaliw, James of Santiago Photography, and Wigi of Wigi. I mostly travel alone because I simply don’t know how to handle myself when my anxiety hits me but these guys warmly welcomed me to their group and I certainly had the most fun!
Our target is the hidden falls of Malibic-libic in Bailen (also known as General Emilio Aguinaldo). Unlike the Pantihan Falls of Maragondon, Malibic-libic is not easily accessible and is not yet commercialized either. There’s no clear trail, no tour guides, no lifeguards, and no cottages. It’s generally a “travel at your own risk” kind of adventure. Although i was also informed that you can register in Barangay Lumipa and they can provide you with a tour guide to accompany you.
The Jump Off Point
As we reached the jump off point, we were welcomed by a huge graze land. Luckily, the weather was really cooperating with us, otherwise, descending to the actual site would be an extreme challenge. You can p;ark your vehicle anywhere in this area and it comes with minimal fee. It’s Php20 for Cars and Php10 for motorcycles and bikes.
From the jump off point, you’ll find several entry points and all of which will lead you down to the Malibic-libic falls. The more established trail, however, is the one on the right side and that’s what we took.
To reach the Malibic-libic falls, you have to descend through a slippery trail. The early parts of the trail somehow reminds me of the muddy trek we had in Laguna last year just to reach the hidden hot spring. Fortunately, the weather was really good that day and we were all greeted by a dry trail instead of having a muddy and slippery descent.
Despite the advantage, the descending trail was still a little tricky and you must be extremely careful. Most parts of the trail were covered with dry leaves but some areas are covered with moss which can be slippery. Be cautious!
Since the place is not yet commercialized, you cannot spot any store or houses nearby. It is highly advisable to bring water and food before entering the trail.
A part of the trail merely covered by dried bamboo leaves.
The trail towards the majestic fall of Malibic-libic was not that long. In less than 30 or 45 minutes from the entry point, you can reach your destination.
Probably the most challenging part of the trail are the large moss-covered boulders. You need to pass through these slippery boulders to reach the falls. The rocky trail was manageable yet still tricky and challenging. One mistake might lead to a serious accident. Again, be cautious.
You can take advantage of the hanging vines and use them to easily reach the next boulder.
While you take some time to rest before climbing the last set of boulders, you can enjoy this relaxing view. There’s a small portion of a river near the moss-covered boulders. The water cascading here comes from the waterfalls above.
the moss -covered boulders
The last set of boulders to climb
A relaxing view…
The hidden waterfall of Malibic-libic
After several minutes of slippery descending trail and passing through large boulders, you will finally reach the majestic Malibic-libic falls. Malibiclibic Falls is a result of a convergence between three rivers flowing from Magallanes, Aguinaldo, and Maragondon, Cavite. To which due to millions of years of the three rivers pounding a 100-meter high cliff, the water found its way through it; thus creating a waterfall.
Set between two high cliffs, Malibic-libic falls which is about 3 meters high cascades strongly into a wide pool in the middle of a lush green forest.
The catch basin of the Malibic-libic falls can be a little deceiving. The waterfalls seems to look shallow but the base of the falls itself is deep. It can go from a knee-deep to an extremely deep portion instantly. You can also spot small caves nearby which can actually be explored if you are equipped with proper gear.
Overall, it was an awesome experience for all of us. Who would have thought that Cavite has this hidden waterfall?
If you are planning to visit the Malibic-libic falls of Bailen, here are the things you need to know and consider.
►Malibic-libic Falls is located in Barangay Lumipa, Bailen, Cavite
►There is no entrance fee or environmental fee
►Travel at your own risk.
►Parking fees : Php20 for Cars/ Php10 for motorcycle and bikes
►Expect steep descent and slippery moss-covered boulders
►Clean as you go! Do not litter and make sure to bring home your own trash!
How to Get to Malibic-Libic Falls via Public Commute
1. Take Naic-bound Bus. If you’re coming from Manila, the easiest way would be from PITX. Take a bus bound to Naic or Ternate.
2. Alight at the intersection, a few meters past Mc Donald’s along the highway.
3. Head to Naic Central Terminal. Ask people for directions or ride a tricycle that could take you there.
4. Ride a jeep with signboard: Bailen or General Emilio Aguinaldo.
5. Ask the driver to drop you off Bgy Lumipa. The Bgy Hall is not along the highway, but should be a few walks away from the road.
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You might also consider visiting my previous adventures:
►A Muddy Trek to a Hidden Hot Spring in Laguna
►We Found this Hidden Gem in Maragondon
►Calinawan Cave of Tanay
►Mystical Cave of Antipolo
►Mount Talamitam in Batangas
Note: this is the first part of my Bailen tour. Watch out for my Bailen Church and Paliguang Aso entries soon