Family Bonding At Busay Waterfalls

Busay Waterfalls, Macalang,  Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Philippines
Busay Waterfalls, Macalang, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Philippines | Source

As a writer, I keep on thinking and looking something to write about things and places that fascinate me. Nature fascinates me most. Well, not everybody loves to stroll along lakes surrounded by nature listening to the birds singing.

I have been thinking of writing something about my hometown. Something that gives me a 'WOW' effect. Something that I can proudly recommend and share to my friends and to my readers. I was asking my cousin and my nephew if there is a beautiful place nearby for me to visit before I leave for Germany. Yes, there is! BUSAY WATERFALLS, "just right on our doorsteps".

On our way to Busay Waterfalls, Macalang, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Philippines
On our way to Busay Waterfalls, Macalang, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Philippines | Source
Busay Waterfalls, Macalang, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Philippines
Busay Waterfalls, Macalang, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Philippines | Source

Busay Waterfalls

Busay Waterfalls is located in the barrio of Macalang, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. It is on the island of Mindanao, Philippines. Busay Waterfalls is around half an hour drive with a motorcycle (with sidecar) to Macalang and around half an hour strolling in the middle of the forest from the town of Buenavista. If you drive with your car, then it will be a shorter drive than commuting with a motorcycle.

On our way to Busay Waterfalls.
On our way to Busay Waterfalls. | Source
Busay Waterfalls, Macalang, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte
Busay Waterfalls, Macalang, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte | Source
My nephews climbing to the top of Busay Waterfalls with their bare hands.
My nephews climbing to the top of Busay Waterfalls with their bare hands. | Source
My nieces relaxing at Busay Waterfalls.
My nieces relaxing at Busay Waterfalls. | Source
My nieces with Angus sitting on a huge rock  at Busay Waterfalls.
My nieces with Angus sitting on a huge rock at Busay Waterfalls. | Source
My niece collecting water to drink at Busay Waterfalls.
My niece collecting water to drink at Busay Waterfalls. | Source

The Day Out

Since it rained almost everyday, I kept on waiting for the right sunny moment. So, I had to be spontaneous. I only had to say to my brother "let's go". The plan was agreed on a Friday evening at 8 pm for the next day out at 9 in the morning, Saturday.

We were lucky. It was a bright sunny day with 28°C. We were 8 adults, 3 children and Angus, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog. We took a big motorcycle with sidecar for the fare of 240 Pesos back and forth. It was a bargain as the driver lives in Macalang.

The drive to Macalang was not only an adventure for us but also for the kids and Angus. The sound of the motorcycle was loud that Angus kept on jumping off my lap. Besides that, he was restless putting his head out of the window looking at the passing rice fields scenery.

We passed through the barrio of Macalang and turned left until the end of our drive as we had to walk through small lakes before we arrived to Busay Waterfalls. The driver advised us not to be loud as we might disturb the "not like ours" people who might be living in the forest and at Busay Waterfalls.

We were strolling under the heat of the sun, in the middle of the forest full of coconut trees, bamboos, bananas, ferns, herbs, wild exotic flowers while walking through lakes with ankle deep clear water. The lake water gave us coolness to our heated body. There were small and big stones that we had to watch our movements so as not to fall down to the water. We heard different sounds of the birds.

It was fascinating! Me in the middle of a small jungle, strolling through lakes with my relatives and Angus. I saw the beauty of this undeveloped nature. So quiet!

Then, we arrived at Busay Waterfalls. I was gobsmacked! With an open mouth I saw a few small children up above the waterfalls preparing to jump. There were some teenager swimming under the waterfalls. On the sides of the waterfalls were some children climbing with their bare hands reaching the peak.

As I recovered from my astonishment, I went to my siblings and their respective families who were looking for a shadowed place for us to sit. My nephews did not wait for too long. They swam immediately in the cold water while thinking if they should climb as well to the peak and jump into the water. My young nieces were enjoying their swim while Angus was busy snipping around without a leash. Some of us were just siting and enjoying the beauty of the nature. Me, on my part was busy taking photos as a remembrance of our family bonding. It was a very unforgetable lovely day out in an undeveloped beautiful nature.



My 3 nephews with other kids preparing to jump.
My 3 nephews with other kids preparing to jump. | Source

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Busay Waterfalls, Macalang, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Philippines
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Daydreaming


Under the heat of the sun

I sit on the white big rock

Before me waterfalls splashing

Birds singing.


I look around

Oh, God!

I am alone

What a place!

To be in peace.


Birds chirping

Winds blowing

Flower waving

Myself singing.

Angus swimming at Busay Waterfalls.
Angus swimming at Busay Waterfalls. | Source


What a daydream! I never thought I would be dreaming like this again. The last time I had my daydream was, when I was in Carne Beach ("my private beach"), Belmullet, Ireland. I could imagine myself living in a nipa made house, in the middle of the forest with my beautiful garden full of exotic wild orchids.

The day was very relaxing. Time just flew so fast that we packed our things and strolled back through lakes until we reached the place where our motorcycle driver was waiting for us. Adieu Busay Waterfalls!!! Til we meet again....

My niece, on our way back from Busay Waterfalls.
My niece, on our way back from Busay Waterfalls. | Source

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Comments 37 comments

efsica Bandelow 4 years ago

What a beautiful place Thelma make sure if i visit you in Buenavista, you put that busay water falls in our plan....


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

You really do have some wonderful memories for you trip and it all looked very relaxing and fun. I hope you have a safe back to Germany.Voted up, beautiful and interesting, Joyce.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Sure Efs! We will go to Busay Waterfalls when you visit us one day. Happy Easter and regards to all;-) Take care....


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Yes, I do have some wonderful memories from my home visit. It was fun and very relaxing. Thanks for your dropping by and wishing me a safe back home to Germany, Joyce. Happy Easter!


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Ivona Poyntz 4 years ago from UK

Busay waterfalls looks gorgeous (although your last three photos don't show up on my screen for some reason). For some reason, the Phillipines is not actively marketed as a tourist destination in the UK (like thailand or Malaysia, for example,), but it looks gorgeous as I say.


Linda Myshrall 4 years ago

Thelma, How wonderful! I have many friends from the Phillipines, and I have heard that it is a beautiful place - but I did not expect this! Thank you for sharing your memories and the wonderful photos. ps. I think you did find your "wow" place to share, Linda

ps. visiting the Phillipines is now on the bucket list :)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

What a beautiful place Thelma and wonderful family memories of a special day, thank you for sharing with us, best wishes and voted up


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Ivona!

Thanks for your stopping by and for giving a comment. I am sorry that you were not able to see the last 3 photos of this hub. The photos showed up immediately as I opened this article to answer the comments. Please try again. I don't know why the Philippines is not actively marketed in the tourist destination in UK.

You know what? There is a beautiful house in Macalang on the way to Busay Waterfalls whose owner is British. That's what the people said who lives nearby. Thanks again;-)


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Linda! Thanks for your visit. Yes, I have found a beautiful place for me to relax when I am in my hometown. Please do visit the Philippines. Puerto Galera is one of the best destination in my country. Have a great weekend;-)


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Movie Master. Yes, it was a great day with my family. Have a lovely weekend!


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radhikasree 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

I'm always fascinated by the beauty of waterfalls and Busay looks fantastic! The greenery and coconut trees all around makes me nostalgic of my native place Kerala.

Nice hub. Up and beautiful.

Sharing with my friends here.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you radhikasree for your comment and for your follow. I´m sure that the scenery at Busay Waterfalls looks like your place Kerala. I have not been there yet but I heard and read about Kerala and its ayurvedic massages. Thanks again. Have a great weekend!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

What a wonderful place to have family bonding. I enjoyed your photos and your description. :) Love and blessings to you and your family!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks ripplemaker for your wonderful comment. It is highly appreciated. Take care;-)


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Nice story. It is definitely good for families to get back to nature and explore the countryside ... especially as most of us are now stuck in concrete monstrosities.

Shared, up and awesome.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Yes, it is very good. Bonding with families in the beauty of the nature is quite a relaxing one. Forgetting for a while how stressful our life in the city is. Thanks Brett for your stopping by and for your sharing my hub to other readers.


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epigramman 4 years ago

..well dear Thelma I am in love with this hub and will post it in my FACEBOOK group Let's just talk music or cinema in which you are invited to join - your link will come directly back here - and this is such a wonderful tribute to your family , the love of your country and the beauty of these natural surroundings - lake erie time ontario canada 4:59am and sending you warm wishes and good energy


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LeanMan 4 years ago from At the Gemba

The Philippines has some truly beautiful places, there are some similar falls near to where I live in Negros Occidental. I usually try to get up there every few weeks as there are also some fantastic hot volcanic pools to relax in.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Well Epigramman, thank you very much for inviting me to join. I would love to. Thank you as well for posting my hub to your FACEBOOK group. Have a great day!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Yes, Philippines has a lot of beautiful spots to offer. I have not seen them all yet, but I try to visit these places one by one when I have time and means. Enjoy your stay in the Philippines. Thanks for stopping by Leanman.


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Hi Thelma, this is a lovely and wonderful hub! I wish I could see Busay Falls in person one day. I, like you, love nature and think that visiting the beautiful places in our own areas is a great thing to do. Too often, we miss out on the beauty that is right around us.

Thanks for sharing this, and that lovely little daydream/poem you shared. How nice that was to read! Loved the hub.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you oceansnsunsets. I´m glad you loved my hub. Well, it is not imposible to visit Busay Falls. You can go there when you visit Philippines. I might be your tourist guide when I´m there. Have a lovely Sunday!


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

What a wonderful day in an exotic location. Busay Falls is just beautiful and looks like lots of fun to cool off in the clear water. It looks like your family had a great day and Angus as well, Lovely photos and verse that evoke the feeling of nature's beauty and peacefulness and family fun. Thank you so much for sharing, Thelma, all my votes and best wishes to you.


Wilbart26 4 years ago

Kababayan, that's a bautiful water falls, however I haven't visited it yet, can you tell me how to get there?


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

What a beautiful place for a family outing! It looks so cool and relaxing. I would love to visit there some day. Great hub! Voted up and interesting! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Fennelseed! Yes, it was a wonderful day in an exotic location. My family and I, included Angus, had a great day bonding together in the wilderness of the nature. It was a great fun as it was the first time that we had spent the family bonding in the middle of the forest. Usually it was held on the beach. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hello Kababayan! Nice to meet you here. This place is located in the island of Mindanao. Busay Waterfalls is in the barrio of Macalang in the town of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. Can you please tell me where do you start your travel so I can exactly tell you how to go there? Thanks for your comment.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Yes, it was a beautiful place for our family outing. Very relaxing. I think you can visit this place and I would be greatful to be your guide when I´m there at the time of your visit. Thanks for your comment. Have a lovely week! Take care;-)


Mary Apple Sarfosial 4 years ago

wow amazing.. that was my hometown.. so nice! i live in macalang buenavista agusan del norte and now i realize how wonderful we have a nice place.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Komusta, Mary Apple! Wow! The world is getting smaller everyday. You really live in Macalang? My sister -in-law came from there. Maybe you know her. I might see you in our town fiesta. Who knows? You can be sure now that your waterfalls will be having a lot of visitors in the future due to my article. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Regards to all there;-)


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Busay waterfalls seems to a naturally beautiful and fun place to be, Thelma. Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures and your travel account.

Voted up, beautiful and pinned.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Good morning Rajan! You are always welcome to stop by. Yes, it is a fun and beautiful place for family bonding. I hope I can visit this place again in a few months. Thanks for sharing this to others. Enjoy your new week!


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Awesome photos and such a great hub on this topic, such an amazing place to have fun.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you for your visit DDE. I appreciate that. Have a great weekend!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Beautiful waterfalls your family looks like they are having fun. Voted up and shared.


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India

You have done a great job here. Pictures are awesome. Looks like a quiet and beautiful place to have family outing.

Thanks for sharing


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you moonlake for reading and sharing this hub to others. I appreciate that. Yes, my family and I had a fun day. I wish we can do that again when I´m there. Have a lovely day!

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