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KAWASAN FALLS AND MOALBOAL BEACH TRAVEL GUIDE

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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.

kawasan falls

 

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.

Planning to go to Kawasan Falls and Moalboal Beach in Cebu? Here's a simple guide for you looking for an adventure and what these places are really into.

Kawasan Falls

Rafting Kawasan Falls

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.

 

My friends and I :)

 

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.

 

Moalboal Beach

 

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 Beach

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.

This was nearly 5:30 in the afternoon.

 

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 🙂

 

We did enjoy our time together! 🙂

 

Photo by : Jaycel Devaras

 

Any thoughts or questions, comment below 🙂 Would you like to visit? 🙂

Kawasan Falls and Moalboal Beach Travel Guide

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20 Comments

  1. Susie

    Looks like such an amazing place!! The photos look incredible 🙂 I’d love to visit there someday! Thanks for sharing, hope you had a lovely time!

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    03 . Apr . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Hi Susie, yes, I really did have a great time. Thank you for complimenting.

      03 . Apr . 2017
  2. Leta (@TheNerdyMeBlog)

    Ahhh, this beach and those falls look absolutely amazing! I’d love to go there one day. Thanks for the guide! x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    29 . Mar . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Thanks for reading Leta 🙂 Hope you could visit the Philippines 🙂 There’s so much more to this 🙂

      29 . Mar . 2017
  3. Rea

    In our case, we stayed overnight in Moalboal first then went to Kawasan the next day. These places are always packed with tourists and locals though so I’m glad you were still able to enjoy your time. 😉 I love beach and waterfalls. Hope you can visit less crowded places on your next adventure. 🙂

    28 . Mar . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Thanks Rea! Did you stay here during the summer? I agree with you that it’s always packed with people from just everywhere but one friend told me to go there again at around 5am in Kawasan, and you can enjoy the place all by yourself 🙂

      I’m really hoping to see more of unique places though and the “not so crowded” ones. Thanks again !

      29 . Mar . 2017
  4. Becky Angell

    Wow the waterfall trip looks so much fun, I really love waterfalls and the little raft looks really cool. Why was the water so cold? I was thinking that it would be a little bit warm as such a hot country?

    28 . Mar . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Hi Becky! Actually there are a lot of rafting activities in Cebu and the Visayas region. 🙂 That little raft is made of bamboo and it’s very very heavy haha! About the water, yes, I don’t know why it’s so cold, maybe because it comes from an outlet uphill. This is good especially during summer that you mentioned the climate 🙂

      29 . Mar . 2017
  5. Laura - My Out Of Office Blog

    What a wonderful piece of nature this is! I’ve never been on this side of the world, but seeing pictures like this, make me feel like I’m really missing out on something! Keep up the good work!

    28 . Mar . 2017
    • shennamariz

      awhhh Thank you Laura. I still have lots and lots to learn. And yes, we’re surrounded by nature, the beach, falls, caves.You should definitely come and explore the Philippines 🙂

      28 . Mar . 2017
  6. Dutchbloggeronthemove

    It looks amazing, lovely written.. It’s like i’m traveling with you. Would love to visit someday 🙂

    28 . Mar . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Hey Lisa, yes, the view and the nature is spectacular. It’s a stress reliever. Let me know when you’d visit the Philippines 🙂

      28 . Mar . 2017
  7. Sylwia

    Hi Shenna,
    Amazing photos!
    I would love to travel more…..one day I am going to go to this place too….fingers crossed….
    Thank you for sharing,
    x x x Sylwia,
    http://www.passion4luxus.com

    28 . Mar . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Hi Sylwia,
      Yeah you should. There are a lot of sites to see here. Let me know and maybe I could show you around. I followed you on Twitter so we can update on each other’s post. Are you from the UK?

      28 . Mar . 2017
  8. Jinky

    Is it expensive in Moalboal?

    27 . Mar . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Hi Jinky, not quite. It’s enough considering the beautiful site and the location.

      27 . Mar . 2017
  9. Jhanz

    This made me miss Cebu! I’ve been here two years ago and I would love to go back in a heartbeat 🙂

    xx jhanzey.net

    27 . Mar . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Hey Jhanz,

      Cebu is waiting for you 😎 Beaches are packed here especially now that it’s summer 🙂

      27 . Mar . 2017
  10. Da Dominguez

    I wish I could just ride a bus or a jeep to get to these places! You’re so lucky to be living near that paradise. ☹️ Haha. Kawasan Falls and a lot of beaches in Cebu are actually on my travel bucket list. I hope I could visit them soon.

    xx, The Diary Queen

    27 . Mar . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Hey Da!, Yes, it’s more like an advantage from us here because we could just ride a bus and it’ll take about 6 hours max to these places. Surrounded. Sipalay, Bohol, Cebu, Leyte.
      Will be going to Sumilon island next. Let me know if you’re visiting and maybe I could show you around. 🙂

      27 . Mar . 2017

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