Situated at the northern part of Sagada, Bomod-ok Falls or the Big Falls is a 200 meters waterfall hidden behind rice paddies and small mountain villages.
To reach the waterfall, first you need to take the 15 Pesos($0.30) jeepney ride bound for Barangay Banga-an in front of Sagada Municpal Town Hall, tell the driver that you wish to get off at the stop closest to Bomod-ok Falls and that one being the jump off point/Information Center.
From the jump-off point, an allocated narrow yet well-maintained pathway and series of stone stairs serve as the hiking trail, the same trail use by residence of Barangay Fidelisan, the small village situated in between the jump-off point and the waterfall.
The trail can be easily navigated without a guide though it would be best to have one. At the Information Center, there are guides available for a fee of 500 Pesos($12) and mostly they are from the nearby barangay (ward).
Think of the fee as your contribution on the trail maintenance and whatever extra will go to your guide’s family, an income that will surely help them on their daily needs. The guide fee can be easily divided among your group. I met a couple from France who became my hiking and spelunking friends and we divided the fee between the three of us.
Patience is indeed a virtue and it is best to keep this in mind while hiking towards the waterfall. Approach the trail with open mind and learn to enjoy each and every step. I couldn’t imagine anyone who will be so impatient not to enjoy the magnificent view.
I stripped down and jump to the tempting clear water of Bomod-ok, reaping the reward of arriving at this wonderful destination while our guide having escorted numerous tourist to the waterfall quietly settled in one corner with her dog.
Feeling fresh and energize, we started our ascend back to the jump off point. The trail is the same but the appreciation of the beautiful landscape is endless, never minding that the same steps we easily descended few hours ago is the same one that we need to climb back up.
We part ways with our guide and her dog, thank her tremendously for giving us such a great time and helping us to discover Bomod-ok. Then, I went to the nearby sari sari store (local corner store) and bought my self a reward of cold bottle of Pop Cola while waiting for any passenger jeepney traveling back to Sagada Municipal Hall.
After several minutes with no jeepney in sight, the French couple and I decided to started to walk our way back to Sagada and after few minutes, a private jeepney passed by and we hitchhiked our way back to the town center.