After dipping in the contrasting hot and cold springs in Malabuyoc and visiting and being awed by the charm of Cambais Falls in Alegria, we headed to Badian for Kawasan Falls. The habal-habal ride took us 30 minutes to reach the destination.
What we did here was merely sightseeing due to the many tourists and the limited time. We happily observed local and foreign tourists enjoying the magnificent realm of Kawasan Falls. After that, we went to Moalboal.
I would like to share here nine ways to fully enjoy Kawasan Falls. I’ve been here a lot of times and this account is based on my experiences which I totally enjoyed. Every time I come here I fondly relish my moments in this awesome place. So here are the nine ways…
1. Walk going to Kawasan Falls
The starting point going to the falls is the St. James the Apostle Church. Some nature lovers will go to the falls via vehicle or motorbike and some will just walk. I suggest that one will just walk. t’s not far anyway. The walk will take 10-15 minutes to reach the first level of Kawasan Falls. There is nothing to worry because the track is already developed and it is as easy as ABC to locate the falls. By walking, you can view the scenery everywhere, hear the gushing water coming from the waterfalls, and feel the closeness of nature.
2. Sightsee the magnificent Kawasan Falls.
3. Swim in the water of Kawasan Falls
4. Try Bamboo Rafting
5. Explore uphill and river trek
6. Cliff jump
Tip : Make sure you are equipped with a vest for safety purposes.
7. Get that picture perfect for feature
Well, if you are an IG (Instagram) addict like me, you might like to know that Kawasan Falls has been featured in many IG accounts. This is because Kawasan Falls is really beautiful, a natural beauty Cebuanos can be proud of.
So get your camera, find the right angle, take a picture and you are going to get that thousand and one likes of your post.
8. Experience canyoneering
If you are wanting to release you inner adventurous soul, you might be enticed to try canyoneering. When we were at the starting point in going to the falls, we came across a lot of people doing this canyoneering activity. There were stalls and people offering canyoneering packages.
Tip : Bring extra cash. The budget for canyoneering is Php 750.00 to Php 1,500.00 depending upon the number of guests.
9. ENJOY, just enjoy
Kawasan is amazing. Its splendour will take your breath away. When you’ll be there, enjoy all the time. Have fun but be cautious in everything you do. Behave properly. Don’t litter, Be considerate with nature. We don’t own this planet. We are just nature’s stewards.
How about you? What other things will you do or have done in Kawasan Falls? I would love to hear from you.
How to get there
1. If by bus, go to South Bus Terminal. Ride a bus bound for Badian. The fare going to Badian for non-air conditioned bus is Php 117.00 The fare for air-conditionned bus is Php 126.00.
2. Pay an environmental fee for Php 20.00.
Plan to take your bus trip early to avoid heavy traffic, save time and have a chance to maximize your trip.
3. If by taxi, negotiate the fare. It is usually a “Pakyaw” system if by taxi. In our case our fare was Php 1,200.00 (one way).
Suggested Itinerary for the South Invasion in Cebu
03:00AM– (via bus) meet up at the South Bus Terminal, ride bus and depart for Malabuyoc
07:00AM– arrive at Malabuyoc,
07:10AM– ride habal- habal
07:15AM– arrive at Mainit Spring, register, change swimming attire
07:30AM– immersing at the hot spring, trekking to Montaneza Falls
08:30AM– ride habal habal to Alegria
09:00AM– arrive at Alegria police station/park, inquire
09:20AM– breakfast, pack up
09:40AM– ride habal habal to Cambais Falls
10:20AM– arrive cambais meet uide
10:30AM– register, trek to the falls, swim at Cambais Falls
12:00AM– pack up, ride habal habal to Badian
12:45PM– arrive at Badian, trek to kawasan
01:00PM– sightseeing, picture taking at Kawasan Falls
01:30PM– hire habal habal to Moalboal
01:50PM– lunch at MCDO
02:00PM– hire tricycle to Panagsama Beach
02:15 PM– snorkel/swim with the sardines
03:00PM– hire tricycle to Moalboal highyway
03:15PM– wait for the bus
04:00PM– depart from Moalboal
08:00PM– arrive in CEBU
Estimated Expenses for the South Invasion in Cebu
Php 151.00/pax – fare for the ordinary bus to Malabuyoc
Php 20.00/pax – fare for the habal habal to Mainit Spring
Php 20.00/pax – environmental fee in Mainit Spring
Php 240.00/pax – fare for habal habal (alegria and badian) *subject to haggling
Php 30.00/pax – entrance fee in Cambais Falls
Php 100.00/pax – guide fee in Cambais Falls
Php 20.00 /pax– entrance fee to Kawasan Falls
Php 66.00/pax – fare for the habal habal to Moalboal *(Php 200 /3) subject to haggling
Php 50.00/pax – fare for the tricycle from Moalboal Town to Panagsama Beach *(Php 150.00/3) subject to haggling
Php 100.00/pax – rental fee for snorkeling gears
Php 50.00/pax – fare for the tricycle from Panagsama Beach to Moalboal Town*(Php 150.00/3) subject to haggling
Php 107.00/pax – fare for the ordinary bus from Moalboal to Cebu
A total of Php 954.00 per pax
*food, souvenirs, tour guide tips and miscellaneous fees are not included