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Kawasan Falls Itinerary, Philippines



Badian's Kawasan Falls


Kawasan falls is located at the southern part of the island of Cebu.  A popular destination for locals and tourists.  It has a three-tiered waterfall that cascades cool spring waters into heavenly turquoise pools.  Volcanic rock formations comprise the swimming holes which are surrounded by lush green rain forests.  The magical landscape of Kawasan Falls is undeniably a tropical paradise.  I've been here a few times and its beauty stays as vibrant as ever.  Let's go!



How to get there: Cebu City to Kawasan Falls

From the Mactan-Cebu International Airport:

You can take a cab going to South bus terminal. Estimated fare is 250 - 350 PHP, depending on traffic. Or you can take it straight to Badian, but we try for the cheapest travel method, which is by bus. 

Alternatively, if you're familiar with Uber and/or Lyft, then you can download and use the mobile app, Grab, to book your transportation. 



From the South bus terminal: take the Ceres Bus


First option by bus 

Bus Fare: 140 - 160 PHP 
Bus Route: Cebu to Bato via Barili 

Second option by V-hire (van for hire) 

Go to One Citilink Terminal, a few meters away from the South Bus Terminal 
V-hire fare: 140 PHP - 160 PHP 


Drop off: Kawasan Falls, make sure to remind the ticket collector of your destination

Travel time (bus/v-hire/private car): 3-4 hours

Prices may have changed.


From Moalboal:
Take a Ceres bus to Badian and ask the driver to drop you off at Kawasan Falls
Bus Fare: 50 - 100 PHP
Travel time: 30 - 50 minutes


From Oslob:

Take a Ceres bus to Bato, inform your ticket collector where you're going then they'll drop you off at the right place.  Afterwards take another Ceres bus to Badian
Bus Fare: 100 - 150 PHP
Travel time: 1.5 - 2 hours



Tips
- Power outlets: are commonly type A, with standard voltage 220 V and frequency 60 Hz.  Be sure to bring a universal plug adapter!
- Money matters: We recommend getting your currency exchanged via Western Union (WU) since you'll get a better rate than at the airport.  You can send your travel budget to yourself and pick up the exchanged amount at the local WU.

Suvival Terms 
- CR is the term for the toilet
- Salamat means "thank you"

From Kawasan Falls drop off point just follow the signs that leads you to the falls. 
Entrance fee: 40 PHP - 50 PHP

My first time going to Kawasan Falls was with my friends and the guys brought along their fancy cars.  It was comfort and convenience for everyone, plus a newly installed sound system on one of the cars — fabulous! 


Optional Stop-over: Carcar Market 

If you're driving, this will be enroute.  We drove along SRP (South road project), passed by Talisay, Naga and Carcar.  This is a must-stop.  Take advantage and drop by Carcar Market to buy some "Lechon baboy" (roasted pig) — my favorite!  I considered it the tastiest Lechon in Cebu.

Carcar City has two intersections, so make sure to go right and drive along the towns of Barili, Dumanjog, Ronda, and Moalboal. The next town is your destination — the town of Badian.



Optional Stop-over: Church

Before you reach Kawasan Falls, you can drop by a small church and pray for guidance and safety.  It's just around the corner of the parking area.  Don't worry, you will not get lost going to Kawasan Falls.  There are medium-sized signs and it's a very popular place.  You can even ask the locals for directions. 






You'll pass by one wooden bridge strong enough for people to walk on.  I saw little kids who played by the river, their childish enthusiasm really made me smile.  On the other side of the bridge were three ducks swimming around.  I thought to myself "lunch?!" -I mean, such a lovely welcome treat. 

It reminded me of my grandparents back in Leyte when we would visit them on school breaks.  I'd wake up early in the morning and run my way to the river to play.  My cousins and I would make sure to be the first ones in the river because after breakfast, people would be washing their clothes in the river and we would smell like laundry detergent.  Even worse, further ahead from the river, the "Carabao" or water buffalo would be enjoying their bath time as well. 

Lastly, the most exciting experience I have with Kawasan Falls was hiking for hours all the way from Osmena Peak to the first tier of the waterfalls.  More on that story here: OsmeƱa Peak down to Kawasan Waterfalls





Rent a bamboo raft
Fee: 300 - 400 PHP

We rented a bamboo raft that took us near the tongue of the waterfalls and behind the waters.  It was scary as the water from above came down really strong.  You could hear the roar of the water, but we made it alive.  I noticed the rocks behind the waterfall's curtain were vandalized.  It would have been nice if they were markings of an ancient tribe, but they were simply markings made by people who disrespect nature.  I hope everyone who visits the falls won't ruin it.  You don't need to leave a part of you by writing something on its wall.  Take with you the fun memories through pictures or you can paint the moment if you want; it'll stay longer.


Back Massage

There's a low ceiling part of the waterfalls and the rafter guy will ask everyone to lie down on your stomach or in a prone position.  As we got closer, the sound of the waters got louder until finally the water began crashing strongly down on you.  While still prone, we crossed through, the crashing might of the water works it's way through our body from head to toe — the ultimate full body massage.  


Cottages/Table for rent: 100 - 500 PHP

After swimming around, it was finally time to devour our "Lechon" all the way from Carcar. 


Reminders:

  • Keep your trash with you and throw it when you get to the parking area. In this way, we can keep as much trash away from the water as possible
  • If you're planning to stay overnight: Ordinary rooms are 900 PHP, rooms with a ceiling fan are 1,500 PHP, and rooms with air-conditioning are 2,500 PHP

We were done before sunset.  It's wiser to walk back where you can still see where you're stepping on and for those who want to catch the Ceres Bus back to Cebu City.  We got home safe and sound.  Just always remember to watch over each other's shoulders and have a blast of fun.  Have fun and be safe ^__^

Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/bnb booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for: meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks adds up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city / food tours).


Do you want more adventure?
If you still have one more day to spare why not go to Moalboal Beach and have a relaxing weekend by the beach.

Where am I going next?

My next adventure is to see the Underground River in Puerto Princesa, a finalist for the New Wonders of Nature.

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