It’s a rare scene to get the chance of seeing astounding creation in one place. Truly, mother nature has an infinite nature’s beauty and only few people who have a brave heart and strong knee to enjoy it. Our adventure has just begun after seeing the sensational beauty of Kabantian Falls. We trek downstream once again and searching another Gem that has long been kept in the verdant forest and only those that has a strong appetite for adventure can really touch and embrace the beauty of the Piong Falls. Precisely, the odds and ends are not sundries, but rather the arduous trail have just slowly divulging it to us.
The immense crevices rocks are again welcoming us and the perennial grass is waving their leaves to us. I’m slowly exuding clear liquid from my open sweat glands, painful involuntary spasmodic contraction of muscles was coming my way, a sudden draining of strength and a jaded body is attempting to halt me to continue yet a strong sense of dragging myself down was firmly stoutly built as I am. But I couldn’t help but keep going, bearing in mind that something rewarding hiding in there and I shouldn’t give up. I can sincerely feel the tiring expression of my newly found local friends who have joined me during this sojourn, but they still manage to smile and making funny jokes along the way to pacify our jaded muscles.
While on our way to the Piong Falls, I was really in awe how could this place being neglected by many locals who are living near the waterfalls. The serried trees and the green surrounding was truly a perfect haven for those who constantly look for an adventure. Going here is like a perfect kind of adventure, you got to delve into the world of a dense forest, river trekking and even rock climbing for you have to cross over the big rocks. It was a kind of adventure that I constantly see myself to be in.
While we keep trekking downstream, another stream of water on our right side has welcomed us, it was cold and very enticing. Yes, that was a stream of water coming from the Piong Falls as Kuya Eric told us. I can genuinely feel that we are now so close to the Piong Falls, but while we trek to the Piong Falls, we’ve seen small cascades peacefully welcoming us as if they’re saying we are also part of the Falls that you’re looking for, and so I started preparing my tripod and take photos of every Cascades that I’ve seen along the way.
The Piong Falls is the newly discovered waterfalls in the town of Loon, Bohol and only few locals who have already visited this waterfall and have found out about it. It has 4 tiers and peacefully situated in the lush scenery green forest between Brgy. Cantaongon and Canmaag. It’s alleged to be one of the hidden gems of Loon, Bohol with its unique beauty and only few people who have traipsed their feet along with its stunning comeliness.
The first tier of the Piong Falls only stands around 4 feet and own a small catching basin that’s enough to have your leg drown in its cold water. The water is freely flowing slantingly on the wide rock like as if being cemented perfectly with a tinge of a human hand.
The second tier stands around 7 feet high, but doesn’t own a deep catching basin to swim. The water just reaches the base and freely flowing downstream. But what I like about the second tier is you can go nearer and embrace its beauty by getting wet in its cold water freely flowing from above. It’s like fiddling with your shower at home.
Getting to the third tier, we need to cross on a falling trunk of a tree that has been chopped off from a strong wind while showing its purpose of connecting the way from the second tier to the third tier of the Piong Falls. Yes, it was scary, challenging, but genuinely fun. It’s like as if we are testing our ability to balance while crossing on the old proboscis of a tree. The third tier may not be the highest tier, but it bears a wide catching basin and very shady maybe because of the presence of trees that surrounds it.
The long wait is almost over, while we were approaching the last tier and what Piong Falls really is, I slowly heard the stream of water from above. Hidden from a big rock when you see it from afar, but I couldn’t wait to climb on the rocks and ran closer. Yes, it was eminent enough that would really cause a stiff neck if you keep looking at it. It has deep catching basin where you can swim and very umbrageous maybe because of the big trees that surrounds the whole expanse. It was still very virgin and I can’t even pick out a footprint or a tinge of a human visitor may be because only few people flirt with its beauty. I suddenly remember the Casaroro Falls in Valencia, Negros Oriental that looks like a sturdy laser beam. They’re rather similar, but the Piong Falls has a wide brink, if the water has a strong current.
We actually wanted to take a dip in its cold water, but we were not prepared for this trip and we didn’t bring any spare clothes. What we did was, just sitting on the huge rocks and gaze to its beauty for a while and enjoying its beauty and took a bunch of photos before we decided to leave.
Kuya Eric told us that we won’t be travelling back to the previous trail where Kabantian Falls is located, since it’s already far. Hence, we have to take the tough trail from the foot of Piong Falls going up. In order for us to go to the upper side of the Falls, we have to overcome the steep trail where only the big roots of trees serve as our help. We hold firmly to the roots in order for us to carry our body weight upward, since we didn’t wear our trekking shoes that can sturdily grip. Yes, it was a tough trail and for every wrong direction of your feet, you’ll surely be falling down and would probably be saying good-bye. Just imagine traipsing your feet along the unclear pathway, and when you try to look on the other side, you’re actually walking along the edge of the cliff. That’s precisely what we did, it was dangerous and we really feel that our knees were trembling, but we just have to be very careful in order for us to survive.
The minute we reached the top, we were smiling and the trail wasn’t that tough already. There is just a bunch of perennial grass that you have to encounter. Soon enough, we arrived at the house of Kuya Eric with happiness on our face. Kuya Eric offered as a refreshing coconut juice and he personally climbed to the Coconut tree for us. That’s exactly kindness without expecting in return, he didn’t even charge us for the fresh coconut juice, but of course we give him extra money because of his genuine kindness. We left the house of Kuya Eric with so much happiness and another adventure for us to cherish.
HOW TO GET THERE
There are two possible ways to get to Kabantian Falls and Piong Falls in Loon, Bohol, since this is located near Tubigon and Tagbilaran and roughly one hour of travel time.
There are daily schedule of boat and fast craft trip from Cebu to Tubigon. You can take a fast craft for less than 2 hours. From Tubigon Port, ask the locals where is the Tubigon terminal then ride a Bus going to Loon, Bohol. The fare is Php 25.00. From Loon, near the public market, hire a Motorcycle going to the boundary of Cantaongon and Canmaag. The fare is Php 50.00 to Php 75.00 depending on your haggling skills. The landmark is the bridge that served as the boundary of Cantaongon and Canmaag. On the right side, you’ll see a Sari-Sari store and from there you can ask where is the house of Eric Rubio or you can contact him through this mobile number +63 907 7621 662. He was our guide during our visit to Kabantian Falls.
There are daily schedule of boat and fast craft trip from Cebu to Tagbilaran. You can take a fast craft for 2 hours. From Tagbilaran City port, ask the locals where is the terminal of Jeepney (Cogon Terminal) or Ceres ( Dao Terminal ) going to Loon, Bohol. The fare is Php 25.00 if you ride Jeepney. From Loon, near the public market, hire a Motorcycle going to the boundary of Cantaongon and Canmaag. The fare is Php 50.00 to Php 75.00 depending on your haggling skills. The landmark is the bridge that served as the boundary of Cantaongon and Canmaag. On the right side, you’ll see a Sari-Sari store and from there you can ask where is the house of Eric Rubio or you can reach him through this mobile number +63 907 7621 662. He was our guide during our visit to Kabantian Falls.
1. Going to Piong Falls and Kabantian Falls is only for those who have a brave heart and a strong knee. Believe me the trail was really tough.
2. The trek from the main road going to Kuya’s Eric house is around 20 minutes. From Kuya’s Eric house, you’ll trek going to Piong Falls and Kabantian Falls for 2 hours depending on the pacing.
3. Don’t ever go trekking alone. Wrong direction of your feet could lead to bruises or anything that would cause you regret.
4. Make sure you stick to your guide’s instruction. Don’t create your own system, then follow.
5. Better halt the activities when the sudden rain arrives because the water can create fast currents that would result to dangerous situation.
6. Hypothermia can be a real risk. If you’re the person who’s not used of staying long in a cold water for too long, then you better wear wetsuits and pay attention to your body’s response.
7. Wear your comfortable river trekking shoes for you have to intersect over the crevice rocks and the river.
8. Bring enough water, and make certain to have your stomach filled before going to Kabantian Falls.
9. Bring your waterproof camera, Go Pro, or any gadgets that are waterproof. Bringing your DSLR is okay as long as you have a durable dry bag with you.
10. Please remember to leave no trace behind. Take good care of our mother nature. Just enjoy and be responsible enough.
11. Above all PRAY before going to Kabantian Falls and Piong Falls for God’s guidance and protection.
POSSIBLE TRAVEL EXPENSES TO PREPARE
Fare from Tagbilaran to Loon – Php 25.00
Fare from Loon to Cantaongon and Canmaag boundary ( back and forth) – Php 150.00
Tour Guide fee – Php 200.00
Food (water and snacks ) – Php 200.00
Total – Php 575.00
I would like to thank Aloysius, Daryl, Raul, Glenn and to those other guys who have joined me during this sojourn. They have made our adventure really awesome cause they are naturally very fun to be with. I as well would like to thank Kuya Eric, our guide, who really spare his time to guide us going to the beautiful Kabantihan and Piong Falls. I’ll surely go back in your town before long. To Miranda’s family in Napo, Loon, Bohol, thank you for adopting me for 4 days and 3 nights in your house. A backpacker like me who constantly go to a different place and meet new people, I’m more than blessed. I have just met them, but they open their home to welcome a stranger like me. God had truly blessed your family and you extend it to me! Thank you so much guys for everything.
Truly, Boholano’s are really kind.