Tuesday, February 7, 2012

kawasan falls cebu

hiking along side the running waters of Kawasan is a great walk-in-the-park experience less the sun. i find the area clean and the trail to the falls easy to navigate. no wonder this is a great after-trek spot preferred by those who trekked Osmena Peak.

this walk includes crossing over wooden bridges and under concrete arc. passing by large flat areas with cottages and some souvenir shops. still with  Edwin, Doi and Ed but this time Jerome of balintataw joined us who also came from Manila the night before. 
being the most popular waterfalls in the province of Cebu, i expected a large number of tourists there as it was a Sunday but the Pacquiao-Marquez fight would have caused lesser people to be in the area.
the waterfall system of Kawasan is composed of several levels of big basins but there are two larger basins that can accommodate more people including cottages on the side. a bamboo floater brings the people under the falls without the need to swim.
 
the largest of the two basins is accessible without much uphill walk but will definitely be more occupied on peak season. we chose the one at the higher level which required a short uphill trek.
 
 
the best way to enjoy the clear waters is swimming in it but a near tragic experience almost happened when edwin almost drowned due to cramps. we were on the same spot almost under the falls when it happened. i tried to help but i too was loosing strength as we were still meters away from the closest rock. good that just in time ed came on a rescue.


Location:
Distance from Cebu: 97km
GPS Location: 
9' 52'' 5 N
123' 23'' 53 E


How to get there:
By commuting:
[1] From Cebu City, take a bus to Badian from the Cebu South Terminal (3hours due to some stopover)
[2] From Badian, take a tricycle to Sto Tomas Chapel and start the short trek to Kawasan falls.

36 comments:

Photo Cache said...

dong how long was the trek to get to the waterfalls?

i think you don't follow pacman if you chose to hike instead of watch his fight.

gillboard said...

great photos. especially the last picture.

ardee sean said...

no need po ng guide going there? thought to add this waterfalls in our IT for cebu this mid year.. :P

Sendo said...

Hala i miss this place weeeee

Traveling Hawk said...

I am glad that the experience had a good end!

The place is wonderful. I am amazed how well preserved is the trail there. Your photos show us the beauty of the place.

dong ho said...

>photocache, hiking took about 20minutes or even less. won't notice the time because of the nice view. hahaha... was just not so excited on that fight.

>gillboard, thanks!

>ardee, yes. it's not necessary specially when you're going there on a weekend as you just need to follow the flow of people. trail is quite good and at some point you'll meet with some locals who can guide you along the way.

>sendo, nice.

>traveling hawk, they did a good job in maintaining the area clean. good that we went home safely after that experience.

>sendo,

Rizalenio said...

Ohno, nakakakilabot.

Ang ganda ng waterfalls. Parang water ng pool yung tubig.

Ingat sa mga byahe, Idol.

Lauren said...

Wow! Cute pictures!

My only problem will be how do i take pictures and then swim if i'm going alone? Oh well..... Probably will have to sacrifice great pics again so i could enjoy the falls better :D

docgelo said...

good that your friend was saved from being drowned.

and yes, i think you made the right choice of going to this trek and passing up marquez-pacman fight. the latter's so predictable while the former's your passion. saan ka pa?! :D

AJ said...

OMG, that was a close call! Thank God nothing tragic happened. I've been to this falls and I can say it's one of the most beautiful ones I've seen in the country. My only complaint is the resto right beside it. It kinda ruins the view. Would've been nice if it were constructed far from the falls.

Chyng said...

eto pala yung tragic moment. o basta pag nalulunod ka at magkasama tayo, shout for help in english para maintindihan kita. lam mo naman, less privilege ako sa mga dialects. hehe

punta ka sa BHS sa linggo?

Borneo Falcon said...

Thank Godness you are safe. Maybe they should have a lifebuoy there on standby

RM Bulseco said...

Scaryyyyy yung nangyari kay Lakbay! O___O Dad, sure ka ba na walk in the park lang ang trail? Weeeee excited na ako coz aakyatin ko ang Osmena Peak! :))

Jovial Wanderer said...

ang ganda! Must come back for this. :)

Reena said...

omg. buti nlng your friend is safe.

kelan ba next fight ni pacaman? ma-ischedule na nga ang punta dyan! :P in fairness, ang ganda at ang linis ha!

dong ho said...

>rizalenio, yes mukha nga talagang swimming pool ang tubig sa kawasan.

>lauren, you can have someone take a shot of you... not when you're swimming though. enjoy your trek to osmena peak.

>docgelo, hahaha... you're right. after the swim we heard about the fight. buti talaga na walang nangyari.

>aj, same here. the structures in the area somehow distracts the beautiful ambiance. god that they did not occupy the greater portion.

>chyng, i will do it in all language. hahaha... dito nga muntik malunod si lakbay at kung napagod ako ng tuluyan malamang ako din.

>borneo, you're right.

>renz, to the first falls yes as i remember it's the second large basin that requires uphill trek.

>tine, you should. lapit lang to sa opeak.

>reena, hahaha... at one point youll feel like you have the entire basin for yourself on those dates. tagala pa ata susunod na fight.

Journeys and Travels said...

great photos Dong. ang tibaw ng kuha.

alicesg said...

Nice photos on your trekking. Hope you and your family are safe from the earthquake.

Anonymous said...

we've been there, dong! and i considered it one of my best trips. anyway, buti to the rescue yung friend mo. doble ingat na lang sa mga susunod na trips nyo.

btw, may utang ka pang peruvian hat sa'kin. hihi.

Leoj

Prem said...

This and the pacquiao fight go well...so when if every pacman fails this time, go dive right away...heheh! kidding aside, great trails. I do a bit of trailing too whenever the weather permits.

Cloudia said...

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blissfulguro said...
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blissfulguro said...

oh my! lahat ng skills sa swimming mawawala lalo na pag cramps na ang kalaban... buti na lang ok lahat... malakas ba talaga hatak sa ilalim?

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

ganda nung last shot! too bad d ko to narating last time i was in south cebu but will be back this march to hopefully cover more spots there. yeah, i rmmbr yung nangyari ke edwin, good thing naagapan mu agad xa, at naniwala ka s knya (na di pala joke yun)kase ang hilig mag joke nun eh!

SandyCarlson said...

What a walk! That water is gorgeous.

Jenny said...

awee i really miss this place! the last time i was here was 5 years ago. hindi kayo nagpunta sa third falls? ang ganda ng view din doon at ang lamig ng tubig ;D pwede rin makapagswimming sa third falls without using a bamboo raft kasi mababaw lang ang depth compared sa dalawang falls.

Batang Lakwatsero said...

ganda tlga.. though ang naiisip ko kpag nakikita ko ang kawasan falls ay yung kaganapan sa buhay ni Lakbay. haha.

asiong32 said...

gusto ko ring dumaan dun sa concrete arc na yun. i love waterfalls. u

Ichan said...

Nakakarelaks tignan ung waterfalls. definitely a great escape from the metro.

Sonny said...

what a nice place tsk tsk nandyan pa naman ako sa cebu during the sinulog festival and the urcc event

lakwatserong tatay said...

wow ang ganda ng falls...at meron pa un favorite ko trekking...hehehe..pero buti nalang yung tragic moment ended good...im remember what happen to me wayback colledge years in daranak falls i also got drowned because of helping others and almost been out for few minutes..Thanks God un mga lifeguard nun narevive ako...

Malditang "Kura"cha said...

scary naman. Buti na-save siya. May sa muro ami ata tong si Ed. hihihi! Kaya ako hindi pwedeng walang life vest. nga pala, may mga ganun ba sa falls?

anyway, ganda nung last shot mo. Galing talaga ng mga falls falls effect ng mga SLR. bongga!

Philippine Wedding Resources said...

Super nice place..I want to experience that..

shery said...

great pics...:D
Napakaganda naman nang falls na ito..Very refreshing and relaxing..

lakbay philippines said...

haaaayyyy... eto talaga yun! ang ganda parin ng falls, nevertheless.

Anonymous said...

how do you get back from kawasan falls to cebu city?

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