Warnings around town
As you enter the town of Pagsanjan, you will definitely notice the large warning signs, alerting tourists that the fee for a round trip boat ride is P660, and some numbers you can call if you are told otherwise.
Good thing that these warnings are out in the open. Although it initially tells the tourists that these have been violated many times before (hence the warning), but it's good information and protects the tourists and the honest people of the town.
Prepare to be hounded, but stay calm :)
Before going on this trip to Pagsanjan, I searched the Internet to get more information about the place. There were serveral entries about boatmen fees. Apparently it's not uncommon for tourists to get cheated, having to pay more fees and without choice... So we were wary when trying to book our trip to the falls.
After the 'welcome arc' to Pagsanjan, we went a little to the right of the municipal hall and we were hounded by more than 10 men trying to get us to make a turn to the 'tourism office'. Someone even said 'Ma'am wag po kayong matakot' (Ma'am don't be afraid). We told them we wanted to go to the tourism office first and they led us there. We got the break down of the boat fees. Total for one round trip ride is P660.
Then somebody led us to the Afuang Bonanza, an accredited takeoff point to get to the falls. We paid the fees and took off.
Although there are already standardized rates for going to the falls themselves, the "tip" for boatmen is not included. Some boatmen make it a point to make sure you know that you have to shell out a large amount of money for their services.
- Adventure Travel
There are big rocks scattered along and in the middle of the river. It is advised that you should refrain from putting any part of your body beyond the edge of the boat. This is to avoid you being hurt, scratched or bumped into rocks.
- Sailing and Boating