For our second day in Cebu, our first order of business was to visit Kawasan Falls. Located in Brgy. Matutinao, Badian, Cebu, it is a quick 30-minute ride away from Moalboal. The trek is super easy, the water crystal clear, and the falls not-so-crowded; it is by far, my favorite falls of all that I’ve ever been to.
Kawasan Falls is a three layered falls found at Badian, Cebu. This is also the jump off point for those who are daring enough to try Canyoneering, but if you’re only for a relaxing dive, then don’t fret, as the place proves to be friendly enough for the not-so-daredevil.
Since Cza and I really wanted to just chill out, we opted to just check only the first level, which is also the most crowded of them all. Little did we know that the second one was just a ten minute walk, and it is wider and less crowded as compared to the first. Such a shame that we weren’t able to check it out! Maybe next time, I guess.
How to get to Kawasan Falls:
From our lodge (we stayed at Moalboal Backpackers Inn), we took the tricycle and went down at the plaza. From there, you can catch the buses going to Badian every 15-30 minutes. There is only one liner that traverses the area (Ceres) and there are ordinary and air conditioned buses available. According to our lodge receptionist, the first bus usually arrives at around 4AM and the fare is around Php70.00.
Unfortunately, Cza and I waited on the wrong side of the road and missed our ride. We tried chasing after it, but ended up dumbfounded. Thankfully, we met our kind hearted tour guide, Kuya Arnel
, which later on became our all around companion during the trip. His service was for Php 200.00
per head (from Moalboal to Falls and back), and we rode a motorbike. It was a great feat too, as we were able to enjoy the scenery while going through the road.
Aside from the motorbikes and buses, you can also ride the tricycle. It’s pretty convenient, really, but it would cost you a lot (around Php 700.00, one way).
Ask the conductor to drop you off at Kawasan Falls, and you’ll be ushered to the entrance. If you’re bringing in your own vehicle, parking would cost you Php 50.00, while entrance fee is at Php 30.00. From the entrance, you’ll have to hike for about 10-15 minutes. If you plan to only visit the first level, there would be no need to hire a guide, as it is really easy. There are a lot of tourists going to the falls, so you won’t get lost.
What to do in Kawasan Falls:
Of course, you can lounge around and have a picnic on one of their cottages. Prices starts at Php 300.00. You can also ride the raft which would bring you under the surging waters. Raft rental is at Php 300.00 as well.
For cheapskates like Cza and I, we opted to enjoy a good swim while wearing a life vest for the rest of our stay. The vests costs Php 50.00 each. I highly recommend for you to go on swimming instead of taking the raft, though, as it is more enjoyable, giving you the freedom to swim around and enjoy the cold and clear water.
Here’s our budget breakdown. We didn’t eat any longer as we’ve already taken our breakfast prior to our trip.
Motorbike: Php 200.00/head
Parking: Php 50.00
Cottage: Php 300.00
Life vests: Php 50.00/head
Entrance Fee: Php 30.00/head
Total: Php 455.00/head
- If you want to stay beside the falls, there are available rooms for you to rent overnight. Prices starts at Php 1,000.00.
- If you want less crowd, go to the falls early. We got there at around 8:00 AM and there aren’t much people. The crowd usually starts to build up at 10:30 AM, just in time for lunch.
- The cottages can be a bit expensive. Leave your stuff at your vehicle and just bring your valuables to cut the expense.
- A lot of people are offering Canyoneering on the area. Make sure you scout properly, as the prices vary from one guide to another. We met Kuya Ramil during our visit, and his packages are at Php 1,200.00 per head. You may contact him through this number: 0998 4142252