Lambingan Falls of Sibuyan Island: Sweet Escape

Lambingan Falls is one of the plentiful waterfalls to chase in Sibuyan Island in the province of Romblon, Philippines.  Lambingan is a Filipino word that translates to the exchange of sweetness between two people.  Locals say the place is so called because couples would often date here during the old times.  Lambingan Falls has different tiers of waterfalls and cool natural pools which are suitable for swimming.

Lambingan Falls

Sibuyan Island, the Galapagos of Asia

Sibuyan Island, dubbed by international nature scientists as the Galapagos of Asia, has one of the richest diversity of flora and fauna, concentrated in its 445 square kilometer area.   Hence, when in Sibuyan Island, expect to enjoy its lush mountains, hills, dense forests, endemic animals, seas, waterfalls and rivers.  In other words, Sibuyan Island is an island paradise with unspoiled ecosystem.

Arriving at Ambulong Port in Magdiwang, Sibuyan Island 

We decided to visit Lambingan Falls upon arriving Sibuyan Island at lunch time and having less than half a day left to explore the island.  Lambingan Falls is the nearest waterfalls from Sanctuary Garden Resort, where we checked in.

Read more about Sibuyan Island and Romblon:

Sanctuary Garden Resort, Sibuyan Island, Romblon

Carabao Island, Romblon

How to get to Lambingan Falls

Lambingan Falls is located in Magdiwang, Sibuyan Island, the same town where ferries bound to Romblon Island and Tablas Island dock.  It is an 8 kilometer tricycle or car ride and a 10 minute walk to the foot of the falls.  We hired a tricycle through Sanctuary Garden Resort at Php 300 for the roundtrip ride.  Click here to check our pleasant experience at Sanctuary Garden Resort.

It took us about 20 minutes to reach the entrance to the falls.  Entrance fee is Php 20 for children, Php 30 for local visitors and Php 100 for foreign visitors. From the entrance, our tricycle driver accompanied us to the short and easy hike to the waterfalls.

Lambingan Falls

Entrance to Lambingan Falls

Lambingan Falls

Mangrove forest right across the entrance to Lambingan Falls

You may also want to read: Overnight Camping in Kalanggaman Island 

At the first tier, we found children using the falls as their natural slide.  On our way back, there was a group of local visitors having a picnic by the rocky side.  They even offered us homemade bukayo (grated coconut meat fried with brown sugar), which our quite hungry stomachs found hard to decline to.

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The first level of Lambingan Falls

Hiking further upstream led us to the main waterfalls, which we decided will be our chosen spot for swimming for the next couple of minutes.  The water is cool and crystal clear, a perfect spot for a refreshing bath under the shades of the tropical forest.

Lambingan Falls

The main falls

You may also want to read: How to Spend a Weekend in Biliran Island

Be a responsible visitor

There is nowhere to buy foods and drinks nearby or inside the area.  You can bring your own food and drinks, but remember to collect your trash in a bag for disposal at your place of accommodation or public garbage bins later.  Sibuyan Island is relatively an unspoiled travel destination.  Let’s contribute to keeping it that way.  Discover specific ways to make your travels greener here.


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  1. Julien Mordret 12 November, 2017 at 14:41 Reply

    I always love a nice waterfall in the jungle! I have never been to the Philippines but this article sure gives me one more reason to go! Sliding on the rocks seems pretty fun but I bet the water must be cold! Thanks for educating me about Sibuyan Island because I had never heard of it before!

  2. Danik 12 November, 2017 at 16:50 Reply

    Sibuyan Island looks truly amazing and I would love to visit here and be close to nature. Waterfalls and swimming in outside lakes and rivers (which are calm of course) is really my cup of tea. Great read and loving your photos.

  3. Holly @ Southern Roots Blog 12 November, 2017 at 22:40 Reply

    How fun!! The water looks so inviting and I bet it is really cool just to slide off the rocks. Great place for kids also!!

  4. lukeandmeagan 16 November, 2017 at 17:36 Reply

    I love that a place this beautiful is even known in local language for its romantic nature 🙂 what a gorgeous spot, and it looks like you had an amazing time!

  5. Kerri 17 November, 2017 at 02:39 Reply

    Haven’t heard about this before and if it i anything like Galapagas it would be incredible! Great waterfalls (always a delight) and areas to swim gives it a big tick.

  6. Brianna 17 November, 2017 at 14:42 Reply

    Aren’t waterfalls just the best? These are so lovely, and it looks WAY fun to slide down that natural waterslide! I’m sure the water is a great temp for cooling off too.

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