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Recoletos Falls. The name Recoletos is derived from its namesake San Jose Recoletos statue that is located in a cove just beside the waterfalls. The name was given by the former University President (USJR) whom is a native of Biliran.

Recoletos waterfalls is located in the wilderness of Brgy. Sampao in Almeria Municipality which is known as the land of waterfalls. It is a 5-minute walk up from the more famous Ulan- Ulan falls.

The Recoletos waterfall is approximately 15 meters high. It has a wide pool with deep water that is perfect for swimming and cliff jumping. The wide and flat stones surrounding the basin of water is perfect for picnic. The area is surrounded by rich foliage that protect the people from the harsh sun.


The area is virtually untouched by developers. There are no cottages for rent, no comfort rooms and no sari- sari store. The only sign of development is the bridge that was used by people to cross to Recoletos falls.

The Barangay will only charge Php 20 pesos per person for environmental fee protection.

Nearest  Attraction

What to Bring

  • Food
  • Water


  • Swimming
  • Canyoning
  • Trekking
  • Photo op
  • Cliff Jumping

How to Get There in Recoletos Falls

From Naval Town Proper 

1. Rent a habal-habal or bring your own vehicle to take to you to Barangay Sampao. Travel time is approximately 20-30 minutes. Get off the signage leading to the waterfalls.  Hire a local guide or follow the trail.

Budget Travel Guide to Recoletos Falls

Via your own vehicle

  1. It will cost you 2 liters of gasoline( Php 80 ) for a round trip Sampao-Naval -Almeria
  2. If you hire a local guide, a Php 100 tip will be sufficient

Via Habal-Habal

  1. Habal-Habal drivers for a one way trip will charge you a minimum of Php 80.00  but if you decide to do pakyaw they will charge you Php 300 to return for you at a certain time. The cheaper alternative will be to take your chance and catch a ride at other drivers.
  2. If you hire a local guide, a Php 100 tip will be sufficient

Via Rent A Motorcycle

1. A entire day rental of a motor bike will cost a minimum of Php 300.00 plus the gasoline. If you hire a driver that would be negotiable plus you get a free guide; another tipid tip.

Travelling Tips:

  • Bring food and water
  • There is no mobile signal at these places. Just make sure your phone or camera is fully charged for picture purposes.
  • Do not travel alone and leave before sunset.
  • Wear good trainers or quality sandals
  • Do not travel during rainy days
  • Do not travel right after a major storm for fear of flash floods.
  • You should not travel after 5 pm especially when the weather is not good not recommended as camping area.


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Larry Alicante
March 7, 2019
Recoletos Falls

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