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Monday, September 21, 2015

Kawasan Falls in Matutinao Badian, Cebu, Philippines

Monday, September 21, 2015 Posted by Vernon Go , , , , , , , No comments


Kawasan Falls is located at Matutinao Badian, Cebu, Philippines. It is an hour away from Moalboal (a beach & diving spot here in Cebu) and some 100kms (or 2.5 – 3 hours by road) south of Cebu City. It is my second time to visit and see this multi-tiered Kawasan Falls and explore it's multiple levels with various look, view and water cascades with the source from the Kabukalan Spring!



It is no question that the kawasan waterfalls is one of or the most famous waterfalls in Cebu and that means there are tourist traps there as well compared to when I visited the place when I was a child. But it is still worth the visit despite the many visitors it gets from both foriegn and local groups of people. Expensive or even sometimes overpriced cottages, food, bamboo ride to the 1st level big falls and the like.

But you can still enjoy the place raw beauty in certain spots.

People getting a natural massage from the falls itself
Getting to Kawasan Falls in Badian!
Either you purchased a packaged tour from a hotel or travel agency, you either have to commute publicly (Go to South Bus terminal and ride a bus for about 3 hours!) or privately (Hired Van/Car or heck a motrocycle/habal-habal).


Getting to the Water Falls is a 1+ kilometers hike from the main road. There are no vehicles that would take you there, as the local government is trying to protect the area from things that could destroy it's natural beauty.

Enjoy the breeze and the views along the way from the main road (you will pay an entrance fee of Php20.00 in a government booth along this path)
Two of the many bridges you will pass by (top), bottom is an old bridge
Atop the old bridge, which reminds me of the film - The Bridge to Tarabithia
Do as the local children do, play with rocks or in this case, boulders and the river along the way since it's gonna be crowded at level 1 anyway
You will know you are near the kawasan falls once you see this mini dam
reminiscing the childhood memories
Explore the hidden lagoons in between levels, this one is between level 1 and 2, no one will bother you!
Not as crowded as level 1 but it's smaller but sill somewhat crowded. Best bet is to go overnight in this place so you can have the perfect view and scenery all to yourself!
Trekking from level 1 to 2 is easy peasy, level 2 to 3 however is quite well "not easy"
There are mini-falls and streams along the way and just have fun and go with it!
mini natural obstacle course ahead
mini watery caves!!
Level 3 or the Kabukalan Spings! This is the coldest of all the levels where people are crowding. To the right is where you will come out if you came from Alegria doing Canyoneering and to the left there is a trail if you traversed from Osmeña Peak in Dalaguete
Another way to access the place is if you are already from the south west side of Cebu via Santander (Port Town in which you can go to Dumaguete crossing Tañon Strait) or if one is traversing from Dalaguete via Osmeña Peak by foot.

It's one of those places where you can just sit back and enjoy nature in certain spots or do people watching. Get some exercise via trekking the all the multiple levels of Kawasan Falls or via swimming. It's still a recommended place to visit as there is none like it in Cebu!
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