Whenever I hear something about South Cebu, Kawasan Falls is always on top of the list to visit. I’m just too happy that before this year would end, I finally got to experience one of Badian’s lucky charms, the Kawasan falls. And when we hear of Kawasan Falls, in no doubt, Canyoneering is the best extreme activity that everyone should try. A waterfall sounds a bit frightening for someone who can’t swim, well, like me. To be honest, it’s not only the beauty of the falling water that excites me, but the trek through a blazing trail just to reach that certain spot, and then next, dipping on the side of the water is something that could terribly make an adventure completely astonishing.
Kawasan Falls is a 3 to 4-hour drive from the city of Cebu. It is a cascade of clear ice blue water inside the mountains of Barangay Matutinao, Badian. We rode a bus all the way from Cebu just to experience Kawasan’s natural wonders. Starting point is at the South Bus Terminal, we were up early so we were already there at around 5am, depending on your itinerary. Good thing the bus left at 5:30am.
Bus from Cebu City to Badian is Php100 for non-airconditioned buses. Although, I am not sure how much it would cost in other bus companies.
I was with Kenneth, hehe. My first time to go out of town with someone who is so special to me. Thought it would be a bad idea to tag along someone you do not want to show your crankiness and tantrums with, but it turned out really special and really good. I had all my doubts, but Kenneth just kept on pushing me.
We reached at the drop off point at around 8:30am. Just in time for breakfast, good thing Kenneth and I brought something we can eat along the way. For others who are not so familiar with the place, inform the driver to drop you off at the Sto Tomas De Villanueva Parish. We started the trek right away. Walk from the starting point to the first cascade would take about 10 to 15 minutes.
Entrance fee is Php20/pax. And you can already enjoy all 3-staged cascades.
The path was too slippery so it took us quite awhile to reach into the main point. Sunday, so we were expecting a lot of people with their families and friends. Before getting in there, you’d totally see a lot of trees, different kinds of it, and trust me you’d appreciate nature even more.
Ever wonder where to eat? You’d see a lot of stalls just along the way while on trek through the star attraction. They sell foodstuff, camote and banana cue, drink and buko juice. Still, I would suggest that you buy food in the city because they might be doubling the price, umm or not, atleast you can help them, haha.
Lots of stall are in line to supply you with what you need. I was just having real fun while walking and talking to Kenneth some random realizations and damns. As what I would always say, “Walks are romantic”, and just with it he’d totally agree. Our fascination brought us to this level of idiocy, I don’t mind at all. Just as Kenneth’s stupidity is as smooth as mine, lol. If I am “Wander Soul”, then he should also be labeled as “Laagang Espiritu“, then we both laughed real hard without knowing we were already at the 1st stage cascade.
Considered as the biggest (see featured photo) is the 1st one. There are lot of people here compared to the 2nd and the last waterfall since it has the easiest access among the three. For anyone of you guys who are interested in extreme activities, you can try Canyoneering/Canyoning packages. As I am not sure about this activity, feel free to google it yourself for more info.
You can rent cottages for Php250 to Php300. Overnight cottages for Php800 to Php2000.
Kenneth decided to bring me at the topmost and the last cascade. Before reaching to the last one, you still need to do some 30-minute (if I am not mistaken) trek. It took us that long since the path going there was too slippery. I even walked unshod, but it was a fun one though. Gladly, we reached the second waterfall. There you’ll see a not-so crowded space. [see photos below]
Kids were really enjoying the chilly water. For none swimmers, it’s so okay, they have rafts and life jackets ready for rent. I was so eager to rent one life jacket but was too eager also to trek on to our last stop. Kenneth and I were busy chatting of going back and this time with friends, sure it’ll be so fun. Although, I can never deny, I terribly had fun and was too exhausted, just to add hehe.
Raft rentals for Php300. Life jacket rentals for Php50.
We continued trekking after a few minutes of taking photos and getting ready for a more complex lane. Di po ako na orient, ano na. I have to admit I almost gave up after seeing a steep path going up. But I’m pretty sure for heavy trekkers like some of you reading this, it’ll just be so stress-free.
And then there, we met this cutiepie along the way. He got too excited when he saw humans (us). He actually paved us the way up. We named him after a good friend of ours, Dan. To Dan who might be reading this right now, you were the first person to pop up in our minds and that I do not know why, lol.
So yes, after a heavy trek we finally reached our last halt. And it was the nicest feeling ever, to finally rest and take some dip. By the way, using comfort rooms there is not for free. It’s Php5 to Php10.
Awww, our kind of date, jima. Again, he was forcing me to go swimming. By the way, I can’t show you how the last cascade looks like since I can’t go across the water, so if you guys are curious enough to finally pay a visit then go, it’s really a worthy investment. It took me awhile to finally experience Kawasan, all thanks to Kenneth for going with me. I can’t show you an itinerary of this trip since we never actually made one.
Other amenities at Kawasan Falls include table rentals, snacks, drinks, ice, beer, food, and gift shops. There are people at the parking area who’d be willing to bring your stuff up to the falls for a small fee. Remember, weekends and holidays are the busiest times in the area. For those who haven’t been there yet, you should try! If only I was able to save up a little bigger, and if only I’m that brave then I’d probably try Canyoneering in no doubt. Some time soon, we’re going back!
Estimated Budget to Kawasan Falls, Badian
Non-airconditioned bus to Kawasan from Cebu City = Php100/pax
Entrance fee = Php40/pax
Lunch = Php200
Non-airconditioned bus to Cebu City from Lambug, Badian = Php90/pax
That’s a total of less than Php500. Although, miscellaneous (souvenirs, snacks, etc.) are not included. Well, rest assured, we were able to get back to the city safe and sound.