Value English Canyoneering Escapade 2017
Kawasan Falls is a cascading clear and cold turquoise water from natural mountain springs in the middle of the rain forest located in the southern part of Cebu. There are three tiers you can enjoy canyoneering and many hidden lagoons for swimming in the area. Let me share you our Kawasan Falls escapade.
HOW TO GET THERE
After spending a blissful time with my Value English family in Moalboal, we headed off to Kawasan Falls. First, we took a “tricycle” to reach the town. Then in the town, we negotiated with a mini-jeepney driver to bring us to our destination for a fee of 40 php per head. We could have waited for the bus to pass by and pay less for only 25 php fare or rented a motorcycle however, we were in a hurry. If you are coming from the City, I suggest you go to Cebu South Bus terminal and prepare for about 120 php bus fare. Look for the sign on the bus BATO via Barili. The bus ride takes 4 to 5 hours from the city however from Moalboal it took us less than an hour. Finally we dropped off in Matutinao Church, where we started to traverse the path alongside the Kawasan River.
HOW TO ENJOY IN THERE?
The Kawasan river goes along the trail to waterfalls from where we crossed narrow bridges. I couldn’t help but admire the picturesque scene of the shimmering and splattering clean water rushing down from the mountains through the river. You could see the locals in the village doing their laundry. Along the way, we bought delicious banana cue and sweet mango ice candy. Some locals are selling fresh, thirst-quenching “buko” nearby. Walking on foot, it took us 15-20 minutes to finally meet and greet the ever-talked, Kawasan Falls.
We rented a table worth of 300 php and paid 10 php entrance fee. Changing rooms are also paid –10 pesos. They are available near the first and the second waterfall tiers. We couldn’t say no to rafting so we rented a raft to take us around the “pool” and for a refreshing hydromassage from the water falling down to our shoulders. Lunch is served in the restaurants beside the waterfall or you could bring your own food. While the rest of the team went exploring on the second waterfall tier, I have volunteered to stay and looked after our belongings while relaxing in the lagoon. It was getting dark when we traversed back to Matutinao Church.
IS IT POPULAR?
Indeed! It is visited frequently by locals as well as foreign travelers so better avoid going there during the weekends and holidays. There is no road for transport so I recommend you wear better footwear. You can endlessly swim in the water around the area or under the waterfalls because it is free. As regards to safety, there are life jackets for rent and some patrollers to guide you which way to go or where to safely jump on the water.
Please come and let’s go together in this beautiful place. Thanks to my VE family for the time well spent with them.