A home to around 38,000 inhabitants, Badian is categorized as a third income class municipality that lies in the southwestern part of Cebu Province in the Philippines. Around three to four hours drive from Cebu City, the town boasts some of Cebu’s finest and ‘must-see’ natural wonders.
Barangay Matutinao in Badian houses Kawasan Falls – probably the most famous falls in this part of the country. Kawasan is a three layered waterfall system (with the first one as the largest) everyone can visit after 15-30 minutes of relaxed walking.
Kawasan Falls makes up the Matutinao River system which has been awarded several times as the cleanest inland body of water in the country. Situated between mountains and lush vegetations, Kawasan is dubbed as one of the must-see destinations in Cebu South.
How to get there? ✈️ 🚎 🚗
Cebu City, being one of the premier cities in the Philippines is almost accesible daily by airplane from Manila, Davao, Cagayan De Oro, Surigao, Iloilo, Dumaguete, Camiguin, Siargao, Clark, General Santos, Zamboanga, Boracay (Caticlan), Puerto Princesa, Dipolog, Ozamis, Butuan, Kalibo, Legazpi, Tacloban, Pagadian and Bacolod via Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines and AirAsia. There are also direct flights to Cebu from several international destinations like Hongkong, Narita, Osaka, Nagoya, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Incheon, Busan and Taipei served by Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Singapore Airlines (also known as Silk Air), AirAsia, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jin Air, Air Busan, and Jeju Air.
Head to Cebu South Bus Terminal. From Mactan Cebu International Airport, you can take a taxi to bring you there. Expect a fare ranging from Php150.00 to Php250.00. However, if you’re not in a hurry and you’re in a tight budget , the best option is to ride public jeepneys. Here’s how to do it:
- Take a yellow cab from Mactan Cebu International Airport. You can ask any airport employee for the yellow cab loading area. Fare: Php7.00
- Disembark at Savemore in Marina Mall or in front of Islands Hotel. From there, you can take PUJs (public utility vehicles) going to Parkmall in Mandaue City. Fare: Php10.00
- From Parkmall, there are waiting PUJs in the terminal that can take you to Cebu South Bus Terminal. Take a cab going to “Urgello”, “SWU” or simply those cabs numbered as O1K. Fare: Php10.00
- Tell the driver to drop you at Caltex Gasoline Station in Urgello, a few meters away from Elizabeth Mall. There’s a 7-Eleven store there, take a walk going there and you’ll see Cebu South Bus Terminal when you look across.
From Cebu South Bus Terminal, take a bus bound for Badian via Barili. Fare is around Php120.00 for airconditioned buses and Php75.oo for nonairconditioned ones. Tell the driver or the dispatcher to drop you off at Badian town center or if you want to go directly to Kawasan, tell them to drop you off in front of Matutinao Chapel.
To Badian from Moalboal:
You can also opt to take V-hires from One Citilink Terminal (just a few steps away from Cebu South Bus Terminal) to Moalboal for a fare of Php100.00. They’ll drop you off at Moalboal Municipal Hall. Travelling time may take two to three hours. From there, you can hire trikes to bring you to Badian or directly to Kawasan Falls. Trike fares may range from Php30.00 to Php50.00 per pax.
Where to Stay? 🏨
A number of inns and pensions houses are scattered around Badian town, especially in Barangay Matutinao. Check them out below:
In Barangay Poblacion:
- Librando’s Residence (Contact #: 09232982759/09282666869)
Near Lambug Beach:
- Cebu International Gof Course (Contact #: (032) 345-3339)
- Terra Manna Beach and Camping Resort (Contact #: (032) 475-0296/09165297014)
- Grandeur Beach House (Contact #: 09262789880)
- Magic Beach Resort (Contact #: 09223225168/09063077210/09261205042)
In Barangay Matutinao:
- La Playa De Asuncion (Contact #: (032) 319-7932/09278080972/09152889280)
- Matutinao Beach Resort (Contact #: 09068420949)
- Stella Matutinao Homestay (Contact #: (032) 475-9118/09264552298)
Within Kawasan Falls area:
- Willy’s Place (Contact #: 09275456061)
- Kawasan Cooperative (Contact #: (032) 516-1781)
In Badian Island:
- Badian Island Wellness Resort (Contact #: (032) 401-3303 to 05/ 475-0010)
Things to do in Badian: 👍
- Dip in the crystal clear waters of Kawasan Falls.
- Rent a raft and enjoy the natural water massage underneath Kawasan Falls.
- Check out the second and third level falls of Kawasan.
- Experience canyoneering, an extreme sport of travelling down a river situated in a canyon by a variety of means including scrambling, floating, swimming, trekking and abseiling.
- Check out the beautiful canyons of Badian while canyoneering.
- Beach bum at Badian’s Lambug Beach.
- Visit Badian Island and experience the different activities offered by Badian Island Wellness Resort, the only hotel in the island since 1980’s.
- Side trip to Moalboal and check out Pescador Island, the famous sardines run, beach bum at Bas Dako, and spend some quiet minutes in Moalboal town park.
- Head to Alegria (next town from Badian), and visit St. Francis Xavier Church, Alegria Museum, the famous Salay Cave, the enchanting Cancalanog Falls, and Canlaob Spring.
Those activities I’ve shared above were information from some good friends and of course, some Web help. So far, Kawasan is the only thing I’ve experienced yet in Badian. But you can try ahead those activities listed above. I won’t mind because I’ll follow so soon! 😎😎
DDC Tips 💡
- Travel early in the morning to avoid traffic.
- Trips to Badian/Bato via Barili starts as early as 4 o’clock in the morning at Cebu South Bus Terminal.
- Stock up enough cash before leaving Cebu City (especially for foreigners) as there are no international ATM in Badian. The nearest one is in Moalboal (inside 360 Pharmacy).
- Locals will swarm you upon arrival at Kawasan jump-off point offering to bring you to Kawasan Falls in a motorcycle. But really, you can opt to say no. Kawasan Falls is just 20 to 30 minutes trail away from the road.
- Prepare some loose coins for Kawasan Falls entrance fee (Php20.00).
- If you want to experience water massage under the waterfalls, you are required to be accompanied by at least one lifeguard (Php300.00 fee). If you’re a good swimmer, you can opt to experience this without renting a life jacket (Php50.00 rental fee).
- Bring your own food if you plan to spend a meal in Kawasan. Food prices there are too commercialized (ex. Fried fish for Php200.00).
- Kawasan Falls – second level is directly connected to a trail coming from Osmeña Peak in Dalaguete. You can traverse from there to visit Kawasan. Advantage? No entrance fees!
- Parking areas are available at Matutinao Chapel (left side of the trail going to Kawasan).