It’s a special #TravelTuesday because today, we have guest blogger, Aris Mape! He’s giving us tips on how to best enjoy one of our most popular local travel destinations, the Kawasan Falls. This avid travel-blogging “hobbit” shares with us the basics from how to get there, what to do and how much it will cost you, including breath-taking pictures from his own adventure. Amazingly, The Hobbit has an ability to “capture the grand moments of his hobbit-years” with “only a crude cell phone.” Talk about talent!
If you’re not very familiar with the waterfalls yet, we suggest you read up on our previous article, “Kawasan Falls,” just before you dive head-first into this article:
From north to south, just about every place in the province of Cebu has something remarkable to offer. In Barangay Matutinao in the town of Badian, 130 kilometers southwest of Cebu City, the crowd drawer is a gorgeous waterfalls named Kawasan.
How to Get There
From Cebu City, the bus ride can take about three hours. If you’re coming from the diving destination of Moalboal, that can be as short as 20 minutes. From Osmeña Peak, a traverse hike into the mountains of Dalaguete and Badian can take about four to six hours, although for those less of a mountaineer, an hour-long habal-habal ride which passes through parts of Valencia, Alegria, and Compostela can be the quick fix. Be ready to haggle until it gets no higher than P300 for two (they’ve got really long motorcycles good for two people).
An Abundance of Waterfalls
Kawasan has three major waterfalls, all with their own unique appeal. The first is the most photographed and also the most crowded. There are cottages and tables for rent*, so you can get a good view of the waterfalls as you feast on lechon, puso, seafood, and that bottle of Coke cooled in the ice-cold water of the falls.
You can hike to the other falls after your first burp. The trail is easy, so never miss this chance to see more surprises uphill: more streams and waterfalls of different looks and different sounds, all of them sharing one name: Kawasan.
What To Do At Kawasan
By all means, take a dip in the cold pool and jump from the cliff. Enjoy the view and take a lot of photos. Besides that, however, there are plenty of things to do at Kawasan. Board that raft that will take you under the waterfalls, and let the rushing water give you an invigorating back massage. Game for some acrobatic feat? Amaze the crowd with your best stunt as you swing on a rope and throw yourself midair until you make that splash in the water.
Another fun activity to try in groups is canyoneering. The whole adventure is fun and may just turn out to be your most unforgettable experience in Cebu.
* Prices start at P500 for tables and P1500 for cottages. If you want to stay overnight, rooms are also available.
** For Canyoneering needs, contact Kawasan Cebu Canyoneering at 0918.654.4111, or email them at [email protected]
For a more detailed account, including testimonials of the beauty and fun at Kawasan Falls, or if you want to read up on other “tales of his adventures (and misadventures),” check Aris Mape’s blog, D’yan lang.
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