Cebu

Finally, Kawasan!

One of my friends told me before, that being a Cebuana meant having been to Kawasan Falls in Badian. I have heard of the place a million times before but it never really occured in me to go and visit perhaps, this most famous falls in Cebu. Not until this year. โ˜๏ธ

Lunch! Lunch! Lunch! :P
Lunch! Lunch! Lunch! ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›

After a very satisfying underwater visit in Moalboal’s Pescador Island, plus the extraordinary sardines dance just minutes away from the place (visit it here ๐Ÿ™‚), we find ourselves walking towards one of the beachfront restaurants in the area. Who would not go hungry after swimming and snorkeling for about 2 hours, right? ๐Ÿ˜€

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Happy Roma๐Ÿ˜Š Happier Lailai๐Ÿ˜ƒ Happiest Barney๐Ÿ˜œ
How about this one? HAPPY COUPLE! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
How about this one? HAPPY COUPLE! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Satisfied by an inexpensive but a very dainty lunch, I texted Kuya Ronald (the tricycle driver) to pick us up at exactly 12:00 noon. We traveled for another 5-10 minutes to get back to the town center, for again a fare of Php30.00 each. We alighted across 7-Eleven store and decided to drop by there to buy some coffee (for Roma), energy drink (for Lailai), and several packs of lightsnacks for our afternoon activity. โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿป๐Ÿซ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ

When we went back to the roadside to wait for the next bus bound for Badian, Kuya Ronald asked us if we want to take a tricycle ride going thereย instead of waiting for the ย bus. We agreed after we all settled down to fare Php50.00 each for one way. The fare was fairly reasonable though as Badian is a little bit far from Moalboal. ๐Ÿ˜ธ Everybody went to a quick sleep while on the road. Barney was sleeping peacefully in my left. Roma forgot to drink her half-filled coffee. Michael’s half-sleeping at my back. Lailai and Cath were already both dozing in their seats. So tired, eh?? ๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ด

And after a few minutes of staring to nothingness (char!๐Ÿ˜Ž), thank you Kuya Ronald! We’re finally here! ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™‰

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Kawasan Falls is aboutย 30 minutes to an hourย away from the town of Moalboal, and around three to four hours drive from Cebu City. Situated at the mountains of Barangay Matutinao in Badian, Kawasan has three waterfalls, the largest of which is the first one. We had to walk for about 1.5 kilometers from the parking area to reach there.

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Walk to paradise ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น Walk to Kawasan!

I swear! The way to this famous waterfall wasn’t tiring or even boring at all. We passed by a healthy and wealthy nature on this side of Badian. From big shady trees, to the soft rushing of the waters, plus the kind leafy wave of various wild green plants, there could be no other way to make this walk so relaxing.ย image

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Can you feel the serenity of the place? โ˜บ๏ธ Very province-like yet you can’t really stop yourself from stopping for a minute just to stare at the beauty God has bestowed Badian.

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Anybody could get poetic here! ๐Ÿ˜
Anybody could get poetic here! ๐Ÿ˜

You’re halfway there when you get to this bridge. This place is one ofย my personal favorites while walking to Kawasan. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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Bridges of Love ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
Beautiful. Calm. Perfect. ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿƒ
Beautiful. Calm. Perfect. ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿƒ

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Looking for some memorabilias to bring home?? No worries friends! Along the way, you’ll find some stalls and stores where you can grab some souvenirs for you, your family and friends. They sell Kawasan printed T-shirts, key chains and holders, beaded necklaces, and bracelets among others. ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ Particularly, you’ll find them before you get to that bridge captioned above and a few meters ย after passing the bridge.

My friends and I however, didn’t manage to buy any. My friends may be are really aren’t interested. ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ On my part, aside from the limited time we have, I haven’t found anything reallyย good to buy.

Walk, walk, and walk. Never stop walking! That’s the key to reach Kawasan Falls! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿƒ Well, kidding aside, motorcycles for hire can bring you automatically to the first level of Kawasan Falls for a fee of Php50.00. That’s if you are in a hurry. But if you have plenty of time? I suggest it’s best to walk. You do not only exercise, you will also enjoy the scenery while walking. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž
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Art by nature. That’s what I thought while passing this way (right picture). I remembered eventually one of the roads going to my grandfather’s sister-in-law house. They share the very same curves.

Michael told me before that I should brace myself for this Kawasan visit because of the long walk to the falls. He thinks I wouldn’t enjoy it! LOL ๐Ÿ˜œ But to tell you the truth? I was already captivated by the place even before getting to the falls itself. If this is how beautiful the entrance is? How much more is Kawasan Falls? ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š (P.S. By the way, don’t forget to pay an entrance fee of Php20.00 per head ๐Ÿ˜„)

You’re very almost there when you get here! ๐Ÿ˜”

Probably a century old infrastructure.
Probably a century old infrastructure.

You’ll really know you are so near to the first falls when passing by this arc. The sound of the soft rushing of waters will definitely excite your nerves!

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And as the title of this post suggests? Finally, Kawasan! We’re here! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Stunningly beautiful! You'll never go home without falling in love with Kawasan ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–
Stunningly beautiful! You’ll never go home without falling in love with Kawasan ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

Before taking a plunge in these very cold bluish waters, we each took our mandatory poses to capture the fast flowing Kawasan falls. Brace yourselves because here we come! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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So cold really! As in literally freezing! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I coudn’t stand swimming for a span of 5 minutes since the water is really chilly. All my sleepiness, tiredness and all other “ness” I felt before coming here were all washed up when I submerged myself into the deep.

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Scared of the cold men?? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โ›„๏ธโ›„๏ธ
Scared of the cold men?? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โ›„๏ธ

Before I forget, there are cottages and tables visitors can rent while in Kawasan Falls. My group had a single table for a fee of Php300.00. For those who want to stay for an overnight swimming, there are are also rooms available for rent. I do not know the price per night though.

One of the best things to do while being in Kawasan is to rent a raft and go around the pool and try a refreshing water massage under the waterfall. Roughly, the raft costs Php300.00 and you also need at least one lifeguard for a fee of Php300.00 if you’re doing the water massage. We haven’t tried it though. We nevertheless enjoyed watching those groups who tried the water massage.

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Feels like Buddha! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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Can I call myself at least a Cebuana now?? ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰
Can I call myself at least a Cebuana now?? ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

We stayed for another couple of minutes in the water and then decided that it’s time to freshen up. It’s already 2:45 in the afternoon and we want to catch an early ride going back to Cebu City.

The walk back to Badian Highway was already a bit tiring. Beaten by a very tiring swim in Pescador Island, by the long walk to Kawasan, and by the freezing dip in the waterfalls, the six of us were so eager to get a ride back home and have some sleep.

Most of the buses that passed by in Badian were already loaded. So we decided to go back to Moalboal town to get a V-Hire ride instead, as suggested by some local tricycle drivers. Having waited for about 30 minutes, the six of us managed to seat ourselves in the V-Hire. And just like our ride in getting to Moalboal, all of us dozed to sleep in a matter of minutes. ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ดย We arrived in Cebu City at around 8 o’clock in the evening.

Well?? August 31st has been a very great and beautiful day for me and for sure, for my friends too. While I ready myself to rest for the night, I can’t help myself looking forward to the next trip the six of us will be having.

It’s very tiring, I know. But this feeling won’t hinder me from traveling again. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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