There’s always just something about the waterfalls that we don’t know why. A river that has a fast flow and the surface is naturally making a broken form due to obstruction. A rapid of water flowing from a height make us humans thrilled and amazed. It’s an innate creation that when we try to see and experience their beauty, we really can’t elucidate and even words can’t really describe.
As curious as cat, my two little itchy feet always brought me to places that I haven’t heard of, but to my surprise, I am always traipsing to a natural wonder that God has prepared for me to discover and enjoy. I was invited by a good friend who happens to be a travel blogger as well for their day trek to Ablayan Peak.
After enjoying the windy and relaxing atmosphere on top of Ablayan Peak, we descended from a platform while following the unfamiliar trail going to Dayhag Falls. We were not sure of the track though, but we’d ask the locals so we won’t take the long road trail going to Dayhag Falls. I think almost half of the trail was really rocky, and you need to have a good trekking shoes that would really grip so you won’t fall down. The trek going to Dayhag Falls from Ablayan Peak was not really that far, I guess it would only take around 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the pacing.
Seeing the green rice fields from afar was what welcomed us before we could ultimately reach the Falls. It was a beautiful scene that we barely can’t see in the bustling City of Cebu. I went down and I can’t simply elude the chance to get closer to the rice field and take a photo of it. I’ve seen a Carabao as well who happens to be so friendly and we had our photo as well.
Barely a few walks away from the rice field, the 5 tiered Dayhag Falls are peacefully located. What I love about Dayhag Falls is the name that symbolized the characteristics of every level as this will surely remind us to embrace and treasure not just the innate beauty of the Falls, but also the good values that we can bring home after enjoying Dayhag Falls. The Dayhag Falls was discovered because of the spirit of “volunteerism” in which a Filipino culture is being known for. This waterfall is being taken care of the Tourism office of Boljoon, Cebu to make sure that this will be maintained in good order so that every traveler and tourists will enjoy its beauty.
Many other waterfalls that I’ve been to would really require you to trek uphill to get to the waterfalls, but Dayhag Falls is a dissimilar one. You get to walk downhill with a bamboo railing on the side while enjoying the first level up to the fifth tier of the Dayhag Falls. The first level was named as “JOY” with a deep catching basin to drench your tiring body and enjoy its cold water.
The second level was named as “LOVE” and also the most eminent among the other five levels of Dayhag Falls that stands almost 12 meters high that freely flowing from above. This would just require you to walk just a few meters away from the first level. Every level will demand you to go down with a help of a bamboo railing installed in the area so you would have a closer encounter to the waterfalls. The second level doesn’t have a pool where you can douse your body and swim, but eventually you can go nearer and have your free body massage under the gushing cold water.
The third waterfall was I think the littlest and the cutest among the five levels. This is called “PEACE”. Yes, truly you’ll get to see how peaceful this water flowing down and moves to the small world of trees while passing through their large roots. The pool wasn’t deep and a perfect playground for children where they can swim and recreate.
The fourth level was named as ” KINDNESS”. What I love about the fourth level was the viewing deck on top of the big rocks and an old offshoot of a tree where you can just stare to its beauty. There is as well a deep catching basin where you can swim. The fourth tier is actually unique as the water requires to pass through the rocks and a tree to create a pool for every traveler and tourists to enjoy.
The fifth level is called “FAITHFULNESS”. I sincerely love the last level as I have enjoyed a lot and a perfect place to play and swim. The fifth level doesn’t stand the highest among the five levels, but it has a wide pool where you can really enjoy its beauty and the coldness of the water. The water is like as cold as spring, maybe because of the trees that covers the place. If you’re into a real adventure, the fifth level is unadulterated for you. There is a sturdy rope provided where you can climb to the falls while struggling with the strong gushing of water from above. Yes, I did it and it was genuinely fun. The fifth level as well is a perfect place for a photo shoot if happen you want to hold a perfect “Relationship goal” “Friendship goal” and of course the “Walang Forever goal” kind of photos.
The Dayhag Falls was indeed a perfect side trip after our Ablayan Peak trek. It is also the sweetest summer swim spot. Gushing waterfalls, small rock pools, small cliff sides to jump off and a wide pool to drench your tiring muscles or share a picnic lunch and snacks with your family, friends and travel buddies.
- ABLAYAN Peak: BOLJOON’S Natural Park in the SKY
- Eli Rock Viewdeck: Your IDEAL spot to ENJOY the SUNRISE in Boljoon, Cebu
HOW TO GET THERE
Take a Bus bound for Boljoon from the South Bus Terminal. Ask the Bus conductor to drop you off at the Boljoon public market. From there, you’ll be seeing a bunch of motorcycle drivers just in front of the market. Hire a motorcycle going to Dayhag Falls for only PHP 150.00 for every motorcycle and good for 2 people.
DAYHAG FALLS USER’S FEE
12 years old and below – Php 10.00
13 years old and above – Php 20.00
Senior Citizens( Required ID) – Php 15.00
PWD – Php 15.00
Cottage: Php 300.00
- The travel time from the National Highway of Boljoon going to Dayhag Falls is roughly 30-45 minutes.
- Most motorcycle drivers will ask if they would wait for you or they will just come back to fetch you back. If they wait, they’ll ask for an extra cost. What we did, we ask them to pick us up around the time that we have agreed.
- Bringing food is okay, simply make sure to clean your mess after.
- Be extra careful when you traipse along the rocks near the waterfalls as some of it has a sharp edges.
- The place has toilet, you merely have to give some donation after using it.
- You can swim and go up to a waterfall using the rope on the fifth level.
- Leave only footprints, take only pictures, no graffiti, no litter.
POSSIBLE TRAVEL EXPENSES TO PREPARE.
Cebu – Boljoon(back&fourth )-Php 292.00
Boljoon to Dayhag Falls – Php 150.00
Food (Lunch, water & snacks) – Php 200
Dayhag Falls Entrance Fee – Php 20.00
TOTAL – Php 662.00
OUR ABLAYAN PEAK AND DAYHAG FALLS ITINERARY WITH SUNRISE VIEWING.
02:00 AM- Meet-up at the South Bus Terminal
02:30 AM- Depart from Cebu City
05:30 AM- ETA ( Sunrise viewing at Eli Rock Viewing Deck).
06:30 AM- Breakfast
07:30 AM- Ambling around Boljoon’s Church and heritage structures.
9:30 AM – Depart for Ablayan Peak
10:15 AM- ETA (Jump Off area and trek to Ablayan Peak)
11:00 AM – ETA (Ablayan Peak, Lunch & Picture taking)
01:30 PM – Depart form Albayan Peak and trek to Dayhag Falls
02:30 PM – ETA (Dayhag Falls, Picture taking and swimming)
05:00 PM – Deaprt from Dayhag Falls
05:30 PM – ETA at Boljoon market
06:00 PM – Depart from Boljoon
09:30 PM – ETA in Cebu City
I would like to thank Arnold of Wandering Soul Scamper for inviting me along with other trekkers I’ve met. To Sean of His Hidden Letters for taking some of my photos. To Miss Catherine and Sir Harold for the food. To Miss Lanz, Sir Leowil and to Gelai who is truly fun to be with and to RJ as well. To Sir Mike of Traveling Panda who joined us as well. Thank you so much guys for all of you, until our next adventure.
NOTE: All photos were taken using the Huawei P9 Lite.