Truly, there’s always something about coming back to a place you know you’ll love. Regardless of how many times you visit that spot, you’d still find it amazing and makes you happy every time you traipse your feet to its innate beauty. This is exactly what I always feel whenever I go back to this beautiful waterfall in Southern Cebu, the very famous Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu, Philippines. True to its beauty, this waterfall is very famous that it has been fanning its name outside the Philippines because of its innate beauty and everything that it has to proffer.
I’ve been here countless times, and in fact, my passion for waterfalls has been developed the moment I had my first encounter with Kawasan Falls last 2012. Imagine that almost every year from 2012, I’d always had a chance to get back and enjoy its beauty. I also brought a few of my friends here, and that’s perhaps the reason why I always had a chance to go back.
Though, I’ve been here countless times, but I didn’t mind writing my Kawasan Falls experience, possibly because I knew that a lot of travel bloggers have already written their Kawasan Falls experience. Besides, you can find a great deal of travel guides if you search it in google – that’s what I always thought of at the back of my mind. Not until my recent trip to the south like about 2 weeks ago. My friend asked me why I didn’t blog about Kawasan Falls, since I have already been here countless times. That time – I realized that I should really write something about Kawasan Falls.
Looking back, I also had a chance to experience Canyoneering from Alegria to Kawasan Falls last April 2016. This is one of the famous ways to experience Kawasan Falls in another level, since this is an extreme adrenaline activities that needs courage, and you should be physically fit. This is also one way of experiencing the turquoise blue water that perfectly looks like so dense and rich in color. Moreover, Canyoneering or Canyoning in Badian, Cebu is an outside activity that means heading down to a canyon. That seems pretty simple right? Merely the act of moving through a canyon is more involved than you might think because Canyoneering can be done by not just getting down to a Canyons but through a variety of means such as; trekking, diving, jumping, climbing, sliding and swimming. This extreme adrenaline activities will usually last 3-5 hours.
About Kawasan Falls
They said that if you’ve already been to Cebu, and you haven’t been to Kawasan Falls, you’re most probably not experiencing Cebu completely. So, what’s with Kawasan Falls why it’s so famous that foreigners would fly to Cebu to experience Kawasan Falls?
Kawasan Falls is located in Badian, Cebu and owns three cascades of clear turquoise water from mountain springs located in the jungles of the Cebu island that sits at the base of the Mantalungon Mountain Range. It is said that the clear water cascades pass through layers of waterfalls from Kandayvic Spring before going to Matutinao River and Tañon Strait. Moreover, it has long been considered as one of the illustrious and most photographed waterfalls in the entire province of Cebu and of course, in the Philippines.
Additionally, It captures the heart of many visitors around the globe because it owns an aquamarine water, lush tropical greenery, icy cold water and getting to the waterfalls from the Highway is an adventure itself.
From the Highway, near the Church after you get down from the Bus is the drop off area of Kawasan Falls. And from there, you need to trek for around 10-15 minutes after paying the Entrance Fee, which includes the Eco Tourism Development Fee and User’s fee for only PHP 45.00. The trail leading to the Kawasan Falls is easy and friendly, hence even the old ones can really enjoy this Gem without worrying about the trail. The minute you start trekking, you’ll get to see the clear and tempting beauty of the river, which means that the stunning beauty of Kawasan Falls is waiting for you. You’ll also notice the lush green forest on the way, which makes the trekking easier because the fresh mountain breeze is kissing your surface.
The first cascade of Kawasan Falls, which is the most photographed out of the 3 cascades will surely entice you to take a dip. The first cascade stands at about 40 meters, which owns wide catching basin that looks like a natural pool tucked into the jungle. You can swim and relax in this beautiful waterfall. Also, you can hike around the area and take nice pictures. Taking a dip, and getting close to the waterfall, will require you to put on a life vest even if you know how to swim. And with regard to the Life vests, just don’t get vexed about it since there is available life vest for rent the moment you arrived in Kawasan Falls. And if you desire to experience Kawasan Falls in another level, you can rent a bamboo raft and go under the waterfalls, which gives you another level of excitement and adventure. By doing this, you’ll get to experience a natural shower massage under the falls. But, always be careful since there may be instances when the immense volume of water pounding down on you may cause you to lose your balance. Unfortunately, this main pool has been little spoiled by weekend crowds, hence if you desire to enjoy Kawasan Falls with a lesser crowd, go here on weekdays.
The second cascade also owns deep catching basin that stands of approximately 20 meters and can be reached within ten minutes of trekking from the first cascade. But, upon arriving at the second tier, you’ll also see small cascades that you’d not miss to have yourself being photographed with a backdrop of turquoise waters and a beautiful cascade.
Going to the third tier may require you to pay attention to the trail since it gets slippery at times. The third tier isn’t as tall as the first and second cascade, but it is nonetheless a good place to take a dip and enjoy its innate beauty. Moreover, the third level is also the least crowded among the three waterfalls, which makes it ideal for people who want to avoid the crowds at the first two waterfalls.
HOW TO GET TO KAWASAN FALLS FROM CEBU CITY
There are daily flights to Cebu from Manila, Davao and other part of the Philippines with Major Airlines (Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia). From the Mactan Cebu International Airport, ride a taxi going to South Bus Terminal.
There’s a MyBus outside the airport near the exit gate on the right side. From the Airport, the drop off point is in SM Cebu. The fare is PHP 50.00. Trip schedules are from 7:00AM to 9:00PM with a 30 minute interval. From SM City Cebu, ride a taxi or Public Jeepney that has a 01K sign board going to Cebu South Bus Terminal.
You can check this article for your commuting guide around Cebu City and nearby Cities
At the South Bus Terminal:
Ride Ceres Bus (Yellow Bus), bound for Bato via Barili. Make sure it’s via Barili because the Buses bound for Bato via Oslob won’t pass by Kawasan Falls since its route is on the other side. If you’re traveling during weekends and holidays, the line in the South Bus Terminal can be really long. So, be at the terminal as early as you can. The Bus fare to Kawasan Falls from Cebu City is around PHP 160.00-170.00. The travel time is about 3-4 hours depending on the traffic flow in the town of Talisay, Minglanilla, Naga and Carcar. Don’t forget to inform the Bus Conductor or the Bus Driver to drop you off at the jumping-off point to Kawasan Falls.
The moment you get off, there’s a signage that says “This Way to Kawasan Falls”. A flock of locals near the jump-off point may approach you, which they offer to guide you to the waterfalls. A guide is not necessary, nor required, since getting to the Falls is very easy and you may join other travelers to trek to the waterfalls. But, just in case you want to help the locals, feel free to hire one.
HOW TO GET TO KAWASAN FALLS FROM OSLOB, CEBU
Since Oslob is known for the whale shark adventure activity, some might want to visit Kawasan after Oslob. So, here’s the commuting guide for you.
From Oslob, Cebu, ride a Bus bound for Bato. The moment you get off at Bato, ride another Bus bound for Badian. Make sure to inform the Bus Conductor to drop you off at the Kawasan Falls jump-off point. Then, follow the sign to the waterfalls.
HOW TO GET TO KAWASAN FALLS FROM MOALBOAL, CEBU
The town of Moalboal is known for owning a white sand beach and the famous spot for divers. And since it’s quite close to Kawasan Falls with around 18 kilometers away, commuting is really easy. Just ride a Bus from Moalboal bound for Badian and the travel time is approximately 30-40 minutes. The Bus fare is around PHP 40.00. You can also hire a Motorcycle (Habal-Habal), that can bring you directly to Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu. Make sure to inform the Bus Conductor to drop you off at the Kawasan Falls jump-off point. Then, follow the sign to the waterfalls.
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT KAWASAN FALLS
Our beloved country the Philippines, is a tropical country that only own 2 seasons, the wet and the dry season. The dry season starts in late January and ends in May. On the other hand, the rainy seasons starts in June and lasts till October. The months of September up to December are often the typhoon season in the Philippines. As a local living in the Philippines since my birth, the real summer actually starts in late March to May – that’s the hottest months in the Philippines. Anyway, with only two seasons that we have in the Philippines, it is very easy to plan your trips around the country’s warmest and coolest months. And Cebu is best explored in the summertime. You’ll definitely enjoy Kawasan Falls on its sunny days because the water and the hike are just no good during the rainy time of year. Thus, the best time to visit Kawasan Falls in Cebu is from March to October.
KAWASAN FALLS TRAVEL TIPS
- Upon arriving at the jump-off point, there may be locals offering to carry your things and guide you to Kawasan for a fee. Getting a guide is not necessary, nor required, since getting to the Falls is very easy. But, just in case you want to help the locals, feel free to hire one. The distance from the entrance to the first waterfall is around 1.5 kilometers, and it will only take around 10-15 minutes of hiking.
- There are food stalls along the way, that sells different kind of food such as; Banana cue, donuts, fresh coconut juice, and a bunch more.
But, even if you can buy food from any of the stalls located in the area, it is forever best to bring your own food since you may find the prices of food items quite surprising. Likewise, there are restaurant near the waterfalls, but the food price is not pocket friendly.
- If possible, visit the Kawasan Falls on a weekday since the place has the tendency to be very crowded every weekend and during holidays.
- Remember to bring a sunblock so you can explore the waterfall and go swimming without worrying about sunburn. A towel and extra clothes are obviously very significant, too. Hence, don’t forget to bring them with you.
- 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.
- Put on your life jacket, as this is required if you want to really get close to the sturdy flowing water of Kawasan Falls. Anyway, there is life vest available for rent nearby, just don’t be shy to inquire.
- Please remember to practice Leave No Trace (LNT) behind. Take good care of our mother nature. Just enjoy and be responsible enough.
KAWASAN FALLS PRESCRIBED RATES
Entrance Fee Inclusive of the following:
- Eco Tourism Development Fee – Php 20.00
- User’s Fee – Php 25.00
Total – Php 45. 00
2. Rental rates (But not compulsory to rent these items)
- Action Camera – Php 500.00
- Helmet – Php 50.00
- Vest – Php 50.00
- Aqua Shoes / Shoes – Php 50.00
- Other paraphernalia (Ex. Dry bag) – Php 50.00
3. Tour Guide / Hauler Fee (Not compulsory to ire guide / hauler)
- First four (4) hours – Php 200.00
- Succeeding hour or fraction thereof – Php 50.00
4. Porterage Fee (Not compulsory to hire a porter)
- Maximum of 10 kilograms (Additional Php 25.00 on succeeding kilograms or fraction thereof) – Php 150.00
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