The south of Cebu has so much to offer. Two of these are the most photographed falls in the Philippines, Kawasan Falls, and the almost hidden beach: Moalboal Beach.
Kawasan Falls is located in Badian, South Cebu. When we went there, the place was full packed with local and foreign people enjoying the water and the environment.
How to get there:
From Cebu City: Go to South Bus Terminal and ride the bus with the signboard BATO via LILOAN (Ceres Bus Liner) or you can ask the guard which bus to take if you are in a hurry.
From Dumaguete City: Go straight to Sibulan Port and pay for the Fast Craft (P62.00) going to Lilo-an. Get a seat number if you want to have a bus seat reserved when you arrive at Lilo-an. Once inside the bus, tell the conductor you want to go to Kawasan Falls, and they can just quickly drop you at the site.
At that time, there were no Ceres Bus Liners, and we decided to just hop on to whatever is available, so we rode this bus all by ourselves. Makes it more like an exclusive trip! HAHA. No other passengers were there since it was early in the morning.
Once you arrive at the crossing, you will need to at least walk for 20 minutes approximately. Habal-Habal drivers are also waiting at the crossing so if walking isn’t really your thing, you can pay them to get you to the Falls. Of course, we wanted to walk to see the whole place so here are the pictures we took as we went on the road.
Guide to the Falls 🙂
The walk was enjoyable. We almost had the place to ourselves. Nature was everywhere, and we could see trees and bodies of water just about every side of the road.
Kawasan Falls 🙂
We arrived, and to our surprise, it was full-packed. That time, there were a couple of tourists (about 30) who had their tour of the place. We brought our own food, so we didn’t have to buy from there. Yey! We saved! We just rented tables for our own belongings. Just a caution, though, please be careful of your own belongings, because the tables are exposed, and just everybody passes by.
Of course, we took the advantage to go rafting. The water was freaking cold, ice cold!. It was the coldest I have ever experience in my entire life!. Okay – so that’s maybe exaggerating, but yes, it was freezing. You could rent a life jacket, or you could choose otherwise. Two men guided us on our rafting experience. They can take pictures of you, but you would have to pay them for a minimal amount.
It was about 15 minutes under the falls, and after that, we spent the time swimming and taking pictures around the area. There is another falls on top, but you have to hike another 15 – 20 minutes. We skipped that part and went straightly to Moalboal for another taste of adventure.
MOALBOAL CEBU: BEACH TRAVEL GUIDE
Known for its dive spots and white sands
How to get there from Cebu City: From Cebu South Bus to Moalboal takes about 3 hours by bus. The fare is roughly Php130 to Php150.00. You can choose to ride Cebu Bus Liner for Moalboal via Badian, or you can opt to ride a van. But I recommend riding a bus instead. Then, when you arrive at the bus stop, take a tricycle to take you to Moalboal Beach. If you want to walk, believe me, just ride a tricycle. It’s far enough and will take you too long to get there. As usual, Habal-Habal is also an option.
From Lilo-an: Ride the Ceres bus line and drop off at the Moalboal bus stop and ride a tricycle or Habal-Habal to Moalboal Beach.
As for many of us, Moalboal Beach is like many other beaches in Cebu province except that it’s not always known to a lot of individuals because of the place. At arrival, we asked for the locals which ones were the lowest price. We were about 5, so we want to divide one big room for our rental. Honestly, it was unfortunate that we had not known that tents can be borrowed.
I’m sharing this with you to avoid what we experienced because it took us almost an hour or so to find a place that fits our budget. Most of the rentals were 6k – 8k. I don’t know why it got to that price point, though, but maybe we were on the wrong side of the place.
Note: Moalboal beach is long.
Walking along the sand under the heat of the sun looking for a cheap but safe place to stay.
And alas! We found a rental place and haggled for the price. It was Php3000 for the 5 of us so yey! We saved again. The room was small but it has its own comfort room. Fair enough for the budget.
Okay – so we didn’t stay in this place because it was way too expensive for us. I posted this to guide you that we stayed at the back of this cafe and rental place 🙂
The sand was white and shining at 12noon, and there were tents stood up and a lot of people on the beach and in the stores buying their meals. Some were cooking for their own meals.
Where to eat?
The food sold at each store were at an acceptable price. There are several small restaurants and budgeted cafeteria in Moalboal, so you can’t get hungry. One tip: it is always lined up by numerous people especially during summer so better to bring your own snacks. For meals, you can either cook or buy from these stores. Luckily, we brought our own, so we didn’t have to spend each meal. At night, some were camping, but we stayed at Ravenala Beach Cafe to have some cold drinks and just had the time to have fun and chat 🙂
Photo by : Jaycel Devaras
Any thoughts or questions, comment below 🙂 Would you like to visit? 🙂