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. Kawasan Falls is a multi-layered falls. 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.
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.
Kawasan has many waterfalls. The first one is the largest of the three, and is usually the most crowded. An uphill climb for fifteen minutes will take you to the second falls, and another, and another. Its a good idea to bring in your own food, the resort’s restaurants are not cheap and prices are not marked. We ran into problems with the prices getting higher as the day went on.
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Entrance fee is P10.00 per person, but no one collects admission fee if you are coming from Dalaguete. 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.
Kawasan Falls is a great get-away destination in the southern part of Cebu for family’s and gatherings.
How to get there
Best starting part is Cebu City Area
1. From any part of Cebu City
First step is to get to the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT).
– If you are not familiar with the city and doesn’t know where it is located, you can always take a taxi for convenience in travel.
– If you know the place, ride a jeepney to Cebu south Bus Terminal (CSBT).
2. Arrival at Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT)
– Upon arriving at the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT), you can always choose from the three Bus Companies plying for that route. The CERES BUS, LIBRANDO BUS, and the ROUGH RIDERS BUS. I personally recommend taking the CERES Bus Lines, but you can take any of the three.
Note: Ceres Bus and Rough Riders Bus can be found inside the Cebu South Bus Terminal, while Librando Bus can be found at it’s own terminal located right across the Cebu South Bus Terminal.
Fare: CERES BUS = Php 120.00 ( + – )
LIBRANDO BUS = Php 120.00 ( + – )
ROUGH RIDER BUS = Php 120.00 (+ – )
3. On the road
– The trip usually take 2 hours or more depending on the traffic and how fast the bus goes. So while you are on the road, relax and take time to enjoy the scenic mountain and seaside views. You might also want to try out some of those delicacies from the towns you pass your way.
Some delicacies you might want to try :
Barili’s Otap – Shamrock
4. Where to stop
– You will have to stop at Matutinao Badian Church. Just to give you more specifics on the church’s location, you will have to pass to the Badian Public Market for about 10-15 mins. Passing through the road going to Green Island.
– If you really are a bit unsure of it’s location, no need to worry as the Bus Conductor and Drivers are very accommodating and would be happy to drop you off at the exact location. Just ask and tell them with a smile.
( Tell Bus Conductor to drop you off at the Matutinao Church Badian for KAWASAN FALLS )
5. Arrival at Matutinao Church
– You will be met by tour guides who would offer to walk you through the water falls or help you in carrying your things. If you packed yourself light, there is no need for one, as you would never get lost just by yourself if you’ll just follow the super easy trail. – If you need one, just give him a little tip later.
6. Get walking
Entrance Fee : Php 10.00 ( + – )
7. Arrival at the falls
KAWASAN has two ideal water falls to check out. The best one is the first falls which has a wider swimming area. The second water falls can be found a climb up the first one and is a little smaller and a little more developed than the first one. Sad to say, that due to it’s development, the area’s natural beauty has been compromised.
8. Get crazy!
– Get crazy and enjoy the super cold fresh water of the KAWASAN FALLS.
Note: That if you don’t know how to swim, rent a life Jacket. If you do know how to swim, rent a life jacket as well for safety. The cold water can easily cause you leg cramps while swimming.