Friday, April 24, 2015

Extreme Waterfalls Chasing in Cebu: Kawasan Falls in Badian, Inambakan Falls, Bugnawan Falls , Campael Falls in Ginatilan, Dao Falls and Aguinid Falls in Samboan in One Day of Adventure!

Southern part of Cebu route
Day 2
Waterfalls Chasing in Southern Cebu
Kawasan Falls, Badian
Inambakan Falls, Bugnawan Falls, Campael Falls in Ginatilan
Dao Falls and Aguinuid Falls in Samboan

Summer, April 2015

A week before this adventure, I was in Mindanao and did waterfalls chasing in  Aliwagwag Falls (Cateel) and Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Surigao (with side trip in Enchanted River) in just one day! I thought I would never break that adventure but I was wrong!

How about seeing ten waterfalls in just one day in Cebu? That would be really extreme! =)
And I was able to do accomplish the feat! Yup, I did but almost got exhausted to the point that I do not want to travel anymore the following day.

Anyway, here's how I did it.

22 April 2015 / 05:00 am


Day One of my waterfalls chasing in Cebu, i was able to visit Mantayupan Falls in Barili and Batad Batad Falls in Moalboal. I spent the night in Susan Seaside in Moalboal (Contact number - 0920-282-0357 / Look for Ms. Susan or Clarissa).

I woke up 5 am, fixed myself and waited for my ride to Badian. 

After ten minutes of waiting, Cito (0930-902-7916), my habal-habal driver / tour guide arrived. We went to the town plaza and took my early breakfast. At exactly 6 am, we were already zooming our way to Badian.



How to get there



From  Cebu City
Board a bus (preferably, Ceres) bound to Bato via Barili. Travel time up to Badian is more or less 3 hours. 

From Moalboal
Option 1
Board a bus (preferably, Ceres) bound to Bato via Barili and alight at the jump-off point to Kawasan Falls (the landmark is a Catholic church). Fare is only P30 (aircon bus). Hire a habal-habal ride (P50) to the falls. You can trek it instead of hiring a habal-habal. Trek is good for 15 minutes only. 

Option 2
Hire a habal-habal ride to Badian. Fee is between P250-300. Travel time is 50 minutes. It is 12 kilometers from Moalboal to Badian town proper, then another 9.5 kilometers to Kawasan falls. 

Alight at the jump-off point, hire a habal-habal ride (P50) to the falls. You can trek it instead of hiring a habal-habal. Trek is good for 15 minutes only. 




I opted to trek it with my guide (Cito). The habal-habal ride at the jump-off point was offering their services for P50 but I decided not to hire another guide. Entrance fee is P40 and parking fee is P50. 




Kawasan Falls

Rates
Lodging - P900 / 1,200
Guide - no fix rate (depends on your kind discretion)




After staying for 30 minutes, we decided to head back to the jump-off point. I noticed that beside the jump-off point, there is a white beach! Cebu is really blessed for having so many white beaches.


Side trip - Lambug Beach
Situated 4 kilometers from the town of Badian or 16 kilometers from Moalboal. There is Grandeur Resort in case you want a resort or accommodation in the beach.




I boarded another bus to Ginatilan. Badian to Ginatilan is separated by 2 towns (Alegria and Malabuyoc). 

Originally, I was supposed to go also to Montaneza Falls Malabuyoc-Alegria. But I had to choose between Ginatilan-Samboan Falls and Malabuyoc-Alegria Falls. And I made the right choice!

How to get there

From Cebu City
Board a bus (preferably, Ceres) with the signboard Bato via Barili. Cebu City to Ginatilan is 135 kilometers. Alight at the town of Ginatilan and hire a habal-habal to the the falls. 

From Badian to Ginatilan
Board a bus going to Bato. Fare is P50 (aircon bus). Travel time more or less an hour. It is 31 kilometers from Badian. Arriving at the town of Ginatilan, hire a habal-habal to the falls. Round trip fare to the falls is P200. From the town it is just 3.9 kilometers. The fee may be excessive but you can ask the driver to show you or guide you to the falls.





After 10 minutes, we arrived at the jump-off point. There is an entrance fee only of P10. You can also hire a guide here for a nominal fee of P50. But I ask my driver to be may tour guide also. The name of my driver / tour guide is Alex Barag aka "Tootskie' Contact no - 0933-134-6985). I like his services and I gave him an additional P100 for the guide fee, entertainment and for taking my pictures.





We started the trek to the first falls and the trek was good only for 5 minutes.





Inambakan Falls




Then, we continued our trek to the second falls and the trek was good only for another 5 minutes.
Bugnawan Falls





Finally, we continued our trek for another 10 minutes and we reached the last falls.
Campael Falls


jump-off point to Dao Falls

I was given two choices, bus or habal-habal. I chose the latter for the next falls.

Ginatilan and Samboan are just separated by 8 kilometers. I talked to Tootskie (my guide) and arranged for another bargain. We agreed that for the amount of P400, he would bring me both to Dao Falls and Aguinuid Falls. It took us only 15 minutes from Ginatilan before we reached the jump-off point to Dao Falls. Entrance fee is P20. Guide fee is P100.


Hanging bridge to Dao Falls
Ordinarily, we have to trek from the jump-off point to the hanging bridge. But Tootskie was kind enough (or brave enough) to drive me up to the hanging bridge. He even guided me to the falls. Trek time was 25 minutes.


the scenery is majestic!
This trek is the best route so far and for the entire adventure. While Aguinuid offers the best falls, Dao offers the best trek and scenery. After 25 minutes, we reached the sight of the falls. This trek/trail is not for the weak hearts!





Dao Falls offers different kinds/shapes of falls. It is located in Barangay Suba in Ginatilan. This falls is my personal favorite.





Dao Falls





Good thing there were only a handful of people at the falls compared to the multitude of tourists in Aguinid Falls.



jump-off point to Aguinid Falls

After resting for 30 minutes, we went to out last destination. It was already 12 noon and I treated Tootskie for lunch. Then, he drove me to the jump-off point to Aguinid Falls. Travel time to Barangay Tangbo from Dao Falls is 10-15 minutes only. Then, I bid goodbye and expressed my gratitude to Tootskie.

Total fee paid to Tootskie
P300 - Inambakan Falls
P400 - Dao Falls and Aguinid Falls
P100 - for taking my pictures and carrying my bag in Dao Falls



Level Zero
AGUINID FALLS

In Aguinid Falls, I had hire another guide. Guide fee depends again on your kind discretion. I gave only P150. Entrance fee is P50. Trek time - 1 minute only from the registration area. There are plenty of guides available at the registration area.

Aguinid Falls is a cascading falls composed of 5 levels.




Level One

Trek time from Level Zero was 2 minutes only.


Level Two

You have to climb the falls itself and trek time was 5 minutes.


Level Three

Another 5 minutes and we reached level three.
The falls was not slippery since it is made of limestone.


Level Four

Another 5 minutes and you have the next level.


Level Five

Finally, another 5 minutes and the last level.
The hard part was descending. Personally, I do not like descending. 


After nearly 30 minutes, I was able to reach the registration  area. I bid another goodbye and waited for my ride to Oslob, Cebu. Good thing I was able to board a Cebu bound bus and I alighted at MB Sunrise View Resort (0908-586-9895 / 0923-297-1176). This is the best resort / spot to make your whale watching adventure in Oslob.

Mentally, I was pushing for another falls that day since I was 10 minutes away from it. But physically, I was already drained, fatigued and exhausted. I called it a day! I rested and recalled what happened that day.


Tumalog Falls

The following day, I went to another falls (Day 3, another blog).


Cito, my driver/tour guide in Moalboal and Barili. (Contact no. - 0930-902-7916)


Tootskie, my driver/tour guide in Ginatilan and Samboan. Contact no. 0933-134-6985

I simply LOVE 
WATERFALLS CHASING IN CEBU! =)

29 comments:

  1. hi, question. if galing kameng cebu city going to oslob, recommended ba na daanan na namen tong mga waterfalls na pinuntuhan mo, not lahat, like kawasan and aguinid, before heading to Oslob? problem lang is, yung pag iiwanan ng bagahe. meron bang pwedeng pag iwanan sa registration area? thanks for your help and i will appreciate your reply. :D

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    1. Good choice! Kawasan and Aguinid are near the road at may reception area, Yung Kawasan konting lakad lang at yung Aguinid, I left my bag sa reception area. May reception area din yung Kawsan kasi resort sya. Yung Tumalog nasa Oslob . Enjoy Cebu! =)

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    2. Hi, What is the approximate travel time from Kawasan Falls to Oslob (Whale Shark)? I don't really like Tumalog Falls, so Im thinking of visiting another waterfall nearby. How about Inambakan Falls to Oslob? Thanks

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    3. 2.5 - 3 hours.
      Best choice is either Dao or Aguinid. Thaey are both 1 hour away from Oslob.

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  2. you have given great information, i went to all this place on the scooter, it was more fun , bus take long time and you miss all the places on the way, mostly you fall a sleep. it was great for us to rent a scooter. me and my friends rented fully automatic scooters, we was able to put all our stuff on the scooters . there is a cheap place in cebu run by foreigner. you might wana check https://www.facebook.com/ceburentalmotorbike/
    this guy has cheap promo. best way to reach to write on facebook . also you can visit the website ceburentalmotorbike.com contact 09275615822

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  3. you have given great information, i went to all this place on the scooter, it was more fun , bus take long time and you miss all the places on the way, mostly you fall a sleep. it was great for us to rent a scooter. me and my friends rented fully automatic scooters, we was able to put all our stuff on the scooters . there is a cheap place in cebu run by foreigner. you might wana check https://www.facebook.com/ceburentalmotorbike/
    this guy has cheap promo. best way to reach to write on facebook . also you can visit the website ceburentalmotorbike.com contact 09275615822

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  4. Hi sir. Our team is planning to visit oslob and another sidetrip falls aside from kawasan. We are planning to do a diy trip. The problem is wala po kame kilaa tourguide for dao or aguinid falls. Pgdating po b nmen s falls meron n mgoofer dun as tourguide. And for oslobe whalewatching do we need another tourguide? Thanks

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    1. Pls contact my driver/guide. He would be very much willing to accommodate your request.

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  5. Hi sir. Meron po bang byahe ng bus galing samboan papuntang oslob ng madaling araw? Salamat po.

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  6. Very informative blog sir! we are planning to do a 5 day Moalboal and Oslob trip this May. Fist we will spend 2 nights in Moalboal then an overnight stay at Oslob. Ask ko lang kung paano papasok ang kawasan falls itinerary namin. Bago ba kami pumunta ng Oslob eh pwede na namin puntahanmuna ang Kawasan? or Mag check in muna kami sa accommodation sa Oslob then saka namin puntahan ang Kawasan. Im not sure kung mlapit lng ang falls sa Oslob and my bitbit din kasi kaming backpacks.

    Thanks and more power!

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    1. Thanks! bago po mag Oslob, mag Kawasan na po kayo. Malayo po Kawasan. Yung falls po sa Oslob, malapit lang.

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  7. hi sir im planning my diy trip sana dis march sa cebu kaso im wondering kung ano uunahin kong puntahan. i want to visit osmena peak, kawasan falls, tumalog falls, whale shark watching and moalboal for my 4days and 3nights. ano ba recomended na unahin pra di aksayado sa oras? thanku sir!! godbless

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    1. Start po kayo sa pinakamalayo then pabalik sa City

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  8. This is such a great post. Just seeing the view of waterfalls and hearing the sound of it makes me want visit Cebu again. I agree with Mr. Arth Rose that it is best to visit places in Cebu using a motorcycle or scooter. Traffic is inevitable, even in Cebu, so it is best if you would be able to use a motorcycle or scooter to roam around and get away with traffic. I rented one at book2wheels.com. Price is budget-friendly and staffs are nice.

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  9. Hello sir. We're planning to go there on July pa 4days and 3nights and I'm on the mood of making our itinerary (excited lang po :)
    We will reach Cebu at 4PM.nalilito po kasi ako ngayon kung ano uunahin naming puntahan,either Oslob or Badian. ano po ba mairerecommend nyo?salamat!

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    1. Hi Ace Ann, if you will arrived like to 4pm then I will suggest you will go to either Oslob or Badian the following day. Oslob is a 3-4 hour drive from Cebu City, while Badian is a 3 hour drive from the City. These two municipalities is from different side of the south, they are not neighboring town. If you want you can enjoy Oslob first then visit the neighboring town like Malabuyoc- Mainit Spring, Samboan- Dao and Aguinid falls, then Inambakan falls in Ginatilan which you can do it in one day. Then the following day you will go to the other side of the south which is Badian.

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  10. Hello sir. We're planning to go there on July pa 4days and 3nights and I'm on the mood of making our itinerary (excited lang po :)
    We will reach Cebu at 4PM.nalilito po kasi ako ngayon kung ano uunahin naming puntahan,either Oslob or Badian. ano po ba mairerecommend nyo?salamat!

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  11. Hi Jun! It's the first time for my family to travel so medyo kabado pa. We'll be coming from Cebu City and we're planning to visit Dao, Aguinid and Kawasan first before heading to Oslob for whale watching. My question is, may reception area ba sa lahat ng falls na napuntahan mo since nedyo marami kaming baggage. Then are you familiar with canyoneering? I saw kasi na more or less 1K ung bayad per head, would it be cheaper if don nalang namin sa mismong Kawasan i-arrange un?

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  12. Hello Sir,

    I have plans to go canyoneering at kawasan and then whale shark watching at Oslob. Is there a bus from Badian to Oslob? Or much better to go back to Cebu City from Badian and travel from there to Oslob?

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    1. Ikse, you can't do both in one day I guess... canyoneering will take so much time like 3-4 hours and I recommend to do the canyoneering in the morning and take note that whale shark watching at Oslob is only until 12noon. So if you want to watch the shark it is best during the morning.

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  13. Hi Sir. I and my friends are planning to have a 5 days vacation in Cebu this coming November.. Our itinerary includes Canyoneering at Kawasan Falls in Badian, Kampael Falls and Imbakan Falls in Ginatilan, Dao Falls, Aguinid Falls and Binalayan Falls in Samboan, Tumalog Falls and Whale watching in Oslob the rest si some heritage park in southern cebu.. Could you recommend some cheap place for an overnight stay at Ginatilan?

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  14. Hi !!
    I am a french student in Korea and I plan to go to Cebu 1 week alone (22 to 28 of april 2016).
    I really like your website, many good information !
    Maybe could you help me, please?
    I would like to know (cause I couldn't find) Dao Falls and Aguinid Falls: are they on the same place?

    Cause my plan should be:
    Day 1: Oslob with whale sharks and chilling around
    Day 2: Tumalog falls and Aguinid Falls
    Day 3: Dao Falls + Inambakan Falls + Bugnawan Falls + Campael Falls and arrive until Moalboal for the evening

    My question is: should I do Aguinid and Dao the same day or not?
    Many thanks for your help ! :)

    Lucia

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  15. HI JUST WANT TO ASK....I WANT TO DO THE DIY AS WELL...FROM MACTAN AIRPORT GOING TO KAWASAN FALLS {CANYOONING} GOING TO OSLOB {SHARK WATCHING}...CONFUSE LANG PO AKO SA TRANSPORTATION KO.......KUNG SAAN SASAKAY.......

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    1. Ride Ceres Bus in Cebu south Bus Terminal with route Bato via Barili as stated above :).

      https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Mactan-Cebu+International+Airport,+Lapu-Lapu+Airport+Rd,+Lapu-Lapu+City,+6016+Cebu,+Philippines/Cebu+South+Bus+Terminal,+N.+Bacalso+Avenue,+Cebu+City,+6000+Cebu,+Philippines/@10.2903341,123.8826685,14.5z/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x33a997613bbd25df:0x8bd061454b8432c1!2m2!1d123.9802214!2d10.3106556!1m5!1m1!1s0x33a999562ef72e51:0xb8357cc666cdf35c!2m2!1d123.893673!2d10.298144

      http://www.cebu.gov.ph/cebu-south-bus-terminal-bus-schedules/

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  16. hi
    ok po ba ung plan namin
    kawasan falls
    dao & aguinid
    samboan

    ?

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  17. Hi mga ilang oras po kawasan to Aguinid?

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