Kawasan Falls in Cebu, Philippines!

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This is one of the tourist spots in Cebu. If you are planning to refresh and want to escape from the busy city life you have, go and visit Kawasan falls. You will surely love the place. The picture above is the actual shot (unedited). What you see in the image is what you surely witness when you get there.

Kawasan Falls is a three-stage cascade of clear turquoise water from mountain springs located in Badian Cebu.

How to get there?

  1. From your place (anywhere on earth), take a ride going to South bus terminal.
  2. Take a bus going to BATO via BARILI not via OSLOB. Anyway, you can ask the driver or the assistant one (conductor) to drop you off at Kawasan, it’s just along the road. The fee is nearly Php 130 or more, depending on your chosen bus (air-conditioned or non-air-conditioned)

The exact location of the place is Matutinao, Badian, Cebu, Philippines. Once you arrive there, you need to pay Php 20 for the entrance fee.

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The place is so peaceful and amazing where you can really say to your self how wonderful the creation of God is!

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Some women do their laundry in the river. The shot is not so clear. I was walking while taking several pictures.

There are a few bridges that you need to cross and along the way, near the falls, you can see the small hydroelectric power plant that controls the energy of Kawasan river.

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If you want to swim but cannot do it my yourself, you rent a life vest for only Php 50.

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For those who love to try canyoneering, you can also ask assistance from this booth.

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In my case, I’m not that adventurous. So, I didn’t try any canyoneering thing or wear any life vest. I just enjoyed sightseeing with the beauty of nature and drown myself for a moment to forget all the worries in mind, escaping from the busy city life I had at that time.

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Goodness! So beautiful!!!

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Things to remember while you’re enjoying there:

  1. Swimming is free, but watch your valuables if you don’t want to rent a cottage or a small table.
  2. Cottages (1,500-2,500 pesos) and rooms (1,000 – 1,500 pesos ) are available for rent just in front of waterfall. It can accommodate a lot of people.
  3. Bring your own food if you want to spend less. However, if you want to try some local food, there are a lot of stores, “stalls” and “carenderia” that you might like to try.
  4. Don’t go there on holidays or weekends. It’s too crowded.
  5. Take as many pictures as you can because you rarely visit the place. Unless if you’re planning to come back.
  6. If you don’t like to stay overnight, be sure to leave before 6pm. Else, you ended staying there the whole night. The last trip for the bus going to Cebu City is at 6pm. (In my case, I was standing because I didn’t have any choice and I really wanted to go home. So, I arrived home at exactly 10pm)

Thanks for dropping by. Feel free to give comments and ask questions. Have a great day!

 

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White Beach at Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines!

Are you stressed out and want to unwind for just one day? Well, you can try visiting one of the famous famous public beaches in Southern part of Cebu. It is located in Basdaku, Moalboal Cebu.

How to get there?

  1. From your place (anywhere on earth), take a ride going to South bus terminal.
  2. Take a bus going to BATO via BARILI not via OSLOB. Anyway, you can ask the driver or the assistant one (conductor) to drop you off at the market, it’s just along the road. The fee is nearly Php 107 or more, depending on your chosen bus (air-conditioned or non-air-conditioned).
  3. Aside from the bus, you can take this van going to Basdaku from South Bus Terminal. For both bus and van, it takes about 2 and a half to 3 hours to reach Basdaku. A private vehicle can get there faster – for about 1 and half hours!
  4. Upon arriving at the Moalboal public market, you need to ride a tricycle. However, you have to pay for the whole passengers since the driver needs to wait for some before going to the white beach. If in case you’re in a hurry, you can take a motorcycle (habal-habal) and just pay Php 30. Take note: Don’t be deceived by other drivers who ask more than the said amount to be paid.

Before arriving to the exact beach, while you are enjoying the ride with the habal-habal driver, you have to pay Php 15 for the entrance fee and another Php 15. I thought everything was free when I went there, but of course we need to follow their rules.

Once you arrive there, you can enter publicly and no need to pay any entrance fee.

The sea was so calm and the weather at that time was so cloudy. I enjoyed sightseeing. There were a lot of tourists at that time. Basdaku is not only a white sand beach but, of course, it has crystal clear pristine water.

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In this place, you can do the following:

  • Bring your own food since there is no corkage, but you have to cleanup after eating.
  • Bring your own tent if you don’t want to rent any room. Actually, they have some tents for rent starts from Php 300-500. You can also rent a room which costs from Php 1,000-1,500.
  • If you don’t have any tent, you don’t like to stay longer because you’re purpose of going there is just sightseeing and taking lots of photos (like I did with my friend Susan), you can just stay anywhere in the beach. Bring your sarong/hat/cap/umbrella, and just squat.

 

This was one of the tents I took when I went there. It was so hot because we arrived there at 1pm. 

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This was the table that was also for rent, but we didn’t rent because we just stayed there for 3hours under the heat of the sun!

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Since the beach is public, we chose to stay near this area under the small branches of the plants. We ate lunch past 1pm. The cottages cost Php 150, but still we chose to squat and continued eating our lunch. All of a sudden, a rude woman in her mid 40’s approached us to stay away from that place because it was not allowed. We couldn’t even finish our lunch because of what she acted. Sad to say, people there were not so friendly. Other nationalities (Koreans, Japanese, Iranian) who squatted on the sand like us were also felt disappointed. I am a Filipina, and I am ashamed of the action she took towards others. 

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So, I was already in a bad mood and almost forgot my purpose of visiting the place. Good thing my friend loves to pose. I enjoyed capturing some photos of her as well as the beauty of nature in Basdaku white beach.

This is Susana Tero, a very unique friend of mine since we were in college. She loves to pose and usually laughs at loud in her leisure. When I’m with her, all my pain and stressful feelings are suddenly gone! 

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These are the native rooms.

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It was too hot to stay but it was worth it! Look at the beautiful sea and sand!

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We took a selfie despite the hottest weather in the South! (At that time, it was raining cats and dogs in Cebu City area).

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I was dead tired so I just took a picture of my worn out feet instead of taking a selfie!

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Thanks for reading guys! Please fee free to leave comments and questions, I would be glad to answer it. Have a great day!

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Camotes Island, Cebu Philippines

One of the famous islands in Cebu is located across Danao City, Cebu. This is a famous destination of most tourists because of its natural white and sugary sand with delicious foods served by the beach. In addition, the beach is not so crowded compared to other beaches in Cebu.

How to get there?

  1. If you’re from Cebu City, you can go via Danao Port, Cebu Port (Pier 1), Cebu Port (Pier 2), and Ouano Wharf in Mandaue City.
  2. It usually takes up to 2 hours by bus from the North Bus terminal port going to Danao port. If you travel by a private car, it will be faster to be there, and you can park it at Danao port for PhP300 a day. If you take it on the ferry, it will cost you approximately PhP1,200 one way. On the other hand, you can hire a van if you are in a large group, and the cost for one way to Danao port is PhP2,000. For the budget conscious, public transport is the best option. Expect to be at sea for up to three hours, depending on sea conditions. Fare ranges from PhP200 to 350 per person, depending on the service you us and your island destination.

(source: http://outoftownblog.com/camotes-island-travel-guide/)

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Source: http://www.freedomwall.net/travel/camotes-island-travel-guide/

In my case,  I went there in December 2014 with some friends and at that time we only visited few places since the weather was not really good. Despite that, we managed to enjoy our 2 nights and 3 days stay near Santiago White Beach. Thanks to my bff Mary Ann Talisic for letting us stay in her boardinghouse. 

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These are my friends when we arrived at Camotes seaport. Mary Ann was the one who took this picture. Thanks again mer muahhhh!

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Good thing she is working there as a teacher so she is really familiar with the place and we just hired a driver for us during the tour (he became our tour guide too, thanks to him but I forgot his name T_T).

When you arrive there, here are the suggested places to pay a visit to:

Santiago Bay
The Church of Poro
Timubo Cave
Holy Crystal Cave
Lake Danao
Buho Rock
Bakhaw beach

This is Santiago beach. It has white, fine, and sugary sand.

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You don’t need to worry when you’re starving because there a lot of native restaurants (carenderia) with their affordable and delicious meals.

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This is Buho Rock. It is an abandoned resort located in the municipality of Poro, about 30 minutes ride by motorcycle or tricylce from Santiago beach. It is currently under the care of the local government. This is a public resort that only costs as low as Php20 for adult and Php 10 for children. It opens at 8am and closes at 5pm everyday.

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This the cliff where you can enjoy sightseeing, breathing fresh air, diving if you’re a professional diver and a good swimmer!

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Of course, capturing good memories would be fantastic in this beautiful place!

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This is Lake Danao Park. Lake Danao Park is developed and maintained by the Local Government of San Francisco (formerly known as Suangan and Pacijan). This park is a home of the fresh tilapia, endemic trees and distinctive ducks.

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This is their bridge going to the very near and small islet. (That’s my friend Sue who loves projecting in front of the camera.)

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You need to wear their life vest before getting into the boat for safety purposes (especially to those who don’t know how to swim like me T_T.)

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Then, we started rowing. The lake is deep and a bit scary (for me). It looks like it has a live crocodile under the deep green lagoon.

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We safely arrived here.

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Another tourist spot in Camotes is Timubo Cave. It is an underground cave featuring gigantic stalactites and stalagmites with an end destination of a crystal clear water pool. When I went there, I suddenly bumped into someone, a former student of mine from ACLC College-Mandaue campus.

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Next stop was at Mangodlong, one can experience the wonderful sunset of Camotes. The warm color of the sun and the reflection of the beach make it very spectacular during the afternoon at this resort. If you are planning to visit Camotes, Mangodlong is one of your best options. However, we didn’t stay their longer. We just dropped by then went to our next destination.

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Finally, our last destination during the entire day out tour was Baywalk. We went there to buy some fresh meat for our dinner.

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We were burned out and like dead when we arrived home. We didn’t go out anymore and just cooked for our own dinner ( I volunteered to cook a strange dish but they ate it. Probably, they were just so tired and hungry and their stomach couldn’t feel the odd taste LOL).

Thanks for dropping by guys! Please feel free to give comments. Have a nice day!