Can-umantad Falls

Can-umantad  Falls  is  regarded  as the  tallest waterfalls  in  the  entire province  of  Bohol.  It  is underlain by   horizontal  to  slightly  dipping beds of calcerous  and  tuffaceous sediments  and  forms part of the clastic member of the Carmen Formation (Middle Miocene 16mya-11mya).

Candijay, Bohol

2 hours & 6 minutes travel

HISTORY

Can-umantad Falls is a natural waterfalls located in Cadapdapan, Candijay. Its 360 feet (60 ftm) high drop is considered the highest in Bohol (Figure B14). It lies along the Gabayan River, which also supplies irrigation to the nearby Cadapdapan Rice Terraces. From a distance, the falls offer a majestic view, with the lush vegetation and bedded sedimentary rocks as a backdrop of the water. The waterfalls itself is splendid view of cold streaming spring water gushing down a three-tiered rock base. The upper falls is approximately 45 meters high, drops to a layer of rock before falling to its second drop over the cliff.

The second fall is shorter but wider, and the water drops to a green, circular pool where the visitors enjoy swimming in the cold spring water. Few meters downstream is another cascade 3 feet tall, dropping to another circular basin. Across the stream is an open flat area good for picnic and camping.

The town of Candijay can be accessed via van or bus, 2-3 hours from the city of Tagbilaran. Bohol’s very own rice terraces is located nearby, the Cadapdapan Rice Terraces. It is a famous stop after going for a swim on the waterfalls.

Can-umantad Falls is underlain by horizontal to slightly dipping beds (layers) of calcareous and tuffaceous sediments. It forms part of the clastic member or the Carmen Formation (where Chocolate Hills belongs to). A Middle Miocene age (approx 11-15 million years ago) was assigned based on foraminifers (microscopic calcalreous organisms). This lithologic section of the Carmen Formation is consists of alternating beds of tuffaceous sandstones, shale and mudstone with occassional calcarenite (coarse-grained calcareous sediments) and calcisiltite (fine-grained calcareous sediments).

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