Underrated Slice Of Paradise: Mabinay’s Niludhan
Belle Piccio | August 01, 2018
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The waterfall is located in Sitio Niludhan, Barangay Dawis, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. It is near the boundaries of Mabinay and Bayawan City.
Niludhan Falls is just near the Mabinay-Bayawan highway road.
If you’re coming from Mabinay, take a bus going to Bayawan City. The bus plying Bayawan to Mabinay only has 6 trips daily, namely from 5:30AM, 9:00AM, 11:00AM, 1:00PM, 3:00PM and 5:00PM, so it is best that you know the schedule if you opt to ride the bus. Don’t forget to inform the conductor or driver that you’ll go to Niludhan Falls.
*Note: schedule may subject to change without prior notice.
If you have a private vehicle, it is an easy drive going to Niludhan Falls. Just take note that there are no signages. So if you’re coming from Bayawan, it will be at your right side. You can park your car at the highway or you can go down the cemented road at the side of the bridge. From there, take a short walk on a dirt road.
In a few meters, you’ll notice that there are cemented steps at the the right side going to the falls. Just follow the steps and it will bring you to the falls. The falls is just about 2-5 minutes from the highway.
Niludhan means “kneeling.” According to the locals, it is called “niludhan” because the carabaos had to kneel when crossing the waters due to the rough route at the top of the falls. Legends also has it that during the Japanese era, Filipinos were thrown by the soldiers over the falls.
Niludhan Falls has a 40-meter vertical drop and is 25 meters wide.
During summer, the cascades are split into thinner and smaller falls but during rainy season it is wider and majestic.
The basin is safe for a swim. Just be careful of the rocks as it can be slippery.
Before anything else, entrance is free! You can use the cottages and there’s a public toilet.
Just a simple tip, bring your own snacks and drinking water. There’s no sari-sari store when you’re already at the falls area. Don’t leave your trash behind to preserve the natural beauty of the place.
For more information, contact the City Tourism Office of Bayawan at (035) 430-0017 or 531-0883.
(Niludhan Falls photos courtersy of Dustin Mijares and Francis Espera)
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle or a cab and ask to be dropped off at the south bus terminal. Take a bus going to Dumaguete City. Tell the driver that you’re alighting Paniabonan Crossing. From Paniabonan, ride a bus bound to Bayawan City or you can ride a habal-habal (estimated cost Php400) going to Niludhan Falls.