Less than an hour away from the diving paradise of Moalboal in Cebu is the town of Badian, home of Kawasan Falls.
Kawasan Falls is a multi-layered falls located in Barangay Matutinao. The cold and clear water cascades through layers of waterfalls from Kabukalan Spring before going to Matutinao River and Tañon Strait. Matutinao River is awarded as the cleanest inland body of water in the country for the year 2000, 2001 and 2002.
Kawasan Falls is located at the foot of Mantalungon Mountain Range, approximately one-and-a-half kilometers from the national road of Badian and at least four hours of trekking from Osmeña Peak in Dalaguete. Coming from the highway of Badian, the waterfalls is 15 to 20 minutes walk from the highway on a wide riverside trail, passing through a hydro-electric plant and age-old stone bridge.
It consists of two main waterfalls both with deep natural pools ideal for swimming. The first waterfalls at the lowest layer stands at approximately 40 meters and famous for its deep turquoise colored catch basin. The less crowded second level is around ten minutes trek, it has approximately 20 meters drop but wider than the first.
Entrance fee is P10.00 per person, but no one collects admission fee if you are coming from Dalaguete. Bamboo rafts that can sit up to 20 persons are available for rent on the site at P300.00, it will to take you to where the water drops for a natural waterfalls massage. Cottages and picnic tables are also available for rent for day trippers while for those planning to stay overnight, there are rooms for as low as P900 good for two. Food should not be a problem, you can bring your own or order on the restaurant in the area.
If you are into extreme adventure, you may want to try downstream canyoneering which usually starts at Kanlaob River in the town of Alegria down to Kawasan Falls. It involves lengthy river trekking, swimming, rapelling, climbing and waterfall jumping, passing through and along scenic forest trails, clean rivers, streams and waterfalls. Various tour agencies package the activity for P2,500 per person, but you can have it for as low as P1,000 (or even lower) if you go directly to local guides.
First Published: January 5, 2010