Saturday, August 29, 2009

Kawasan Falls: Badian, Cebu

After spending the night in Moalboal, we drove off to nearby Badian to see what it offers. We headed straight to Badian Island Resort but got turned down by the guard who told us we needed a prior reservation. A day trip will cost P1,000 already, and we just wanted to see the place, and have a snack there. But we weren't allowed.

So we drove away, passing by some wonderful scenery, like the one in the picture above. It was a secluded cove, with a tiny island. The view was pretty inspiring, and I thought it would be a great location for a resort. Badian Island could be seen from here.

We drove back to the highway in search of Badian's top tourist's draw - the Kawasan Falls. Badian's coast looked magnificent as I sped along the cliffs.

We arrived in the entrance of the Kawasan Park, where you can park your car. A guide was offering his services to us, but we politely declined, knowing it would be an easy task to find the falls.

And it was easy. There's actually a clear pathway, and there are a lot of people making the 15 minute hike. The river was peaceful and very clear. The hike (more of a stroll actually) was relaxing, but you could feel the sweat break while the sound of the crash of water grew stronger and stronger.

You will even pass by this quaint handicraft stall along the way. It was unmanned at that time, so I don't know who owns it or who makes these lovely wooden works of art.

You will also go under a vintage looking stone bridge. It reminded me of a war movie set. Looking at the picture, I didn't know if the bridge was being used, since we passed under it.

And finally, the destination - beautiful and graceful Kawasan Falls. There are actually three falls, and this is the last one. It is also the biggest one, and where all the picnic huts and tourists are docked. You could get on a raft (for a fee) and go under the falls, which I think is dangerous. I recently saw a video of a sudden flash flood from a waterfall in Bohol, so please be very cautious about waterfalls, especially when there is a sudden downpour.

The journey to Kawasan Falls was an experience in itself. I love hiking short trails, and Kawasan was just that. The water was so inviting, I was so tempted to take a dip. But I wasn't in swim wear, so I just had to experience Kawasan from dry land. And from the looks of this picture, I thought it was well worth it.

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