People visit natural attractions and wonders to allow themselves to experience peace while the city of Lamitan uses one of its hidden gems to signify the presence of peace in their town.
The local officials of Brgy. Bulingan, Lamitan City are trying to develop the scenic waterfalls to an eco-tourism site to attract visitors and tourists and disprove the notions that the city and nearby towns are unsafe for outsiders. The town of Basilan, in which Lamitan is a part of, has been known for a long time as a town of kidnappings, violence, bombings, and killings. Due to the town being feared by many people, a chance for discovery of the various gems in Lamitan has been missed and their beauty never had the chance to find their way into the spotlight.
One such beauty that people have missed out on for the longest time is Bulingan Falls in Brgy. Bulingan, Lamitan City. It serves as one of the main attractions of the town and, if local officials are successful in the development of its roads, it may change the image of the town and entice more people to visit.
Bulingan Falls is a 21-feet high and 40-meter wide waterfall with a unique beauty that cannot be seen anywhere else in the country. Although not belonging to any record-breaking waterfalls, it has a beauty of its own that makes it stand out among the multitudes of falls present in the country. Bulingan Falls boasts of an eccentric rock formation with the wall of the falls being blocks of rocks protruding from the surface.
This unique rock formation catches the stream of water falling from above, cascading into a rock pool below which is surrounded by various flora and fauna. The water stream that passes through these rock formations are the size of cars and it gets smaller as it falls into a river that connects the villages of Look and Bohe Yakan.
Around the river, half a dozen cottages and small huts have been erected as part of the beautification of the waterfalls. These structures are usually used by many visitors as viewing posts or resting areas where they watch those who are enjoying the refreshing waters in the water basin. It has been developed to a point where visitors are already able to have picnics under the shade of the various trees within the vicinity such as mango, acacia, or balete trees.
As with other waterfalls, Bulingan falls offers clear water cascading on the natural pool on sunny days, but on rainy days, the water is muddled with various sediments and soil. Rain or shine, nothing can change the beauty and delightful sight of raging waters cascading down the beautifully arranged wall of the waterfalls.
Rates & Other Information
- Entrance fee: None as of the moment
HOW TO GET THERE?
Exact location: Brgy, Bullingan, Lamitan, Basilan, Mindanao
In Zamboanga City, take a jeepney that’s bound for Canelar and walk towards Zamboanga City Port. From the port, you have the option to ride a fast craft or ferry boat to Isabela City or directly to Lamitan, Basilan. Roro fare is P100-120, terminal fee is P15. Earliest schedule is 6:45AM. Zamboanga is 1.5-2 hours trip to Basilan) to Lamitan City, Basilan.
Upon arriving in Isabela City, you may take a van or a minibus that would take you to Lamitan City. Upon reaching Lamitan City, visit the Lamitan Tourism Office so they could help you arrange transportation going to Bulingan Falls and other destinations in Lamitan City if you plan on touring the city.
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