Cebu, as I have mentioned in almost all of my blogs, does offer a lot when it comes to boosting our tourism. From hotels, resorts, restaurants, and down to our natural attractions, there are really tons of them. What else more? Pristine white beaches, beautiful mountains, and amazing waterfalls, there are many to explore!
So recently, as part of exploring the beautiful island of Cebu, we decided to spend our weekend on a day trip to the South. The South of Cebu is known for its white beaches and amazing waterfalls. And since we visit the beach most of the time, we now explore something new to us. We now visit the famous, Kawasan Falls.
Exploring Kawasan Falls in Cebu
Kawasan Falls is considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Philippines. This waterfall is located at Badian, Cebu, a 3 to 4 hours ride from the city. I have actually been here when I was a kid. And now since many years have already passed, it just feels good to be back!
While Kawasan Falls has already been popular with many tourists coming from all over the world, there has already been a lot of tour packages that you can get. The most popular one would be the Canyoneering. It’s mostly done in groups. And if you want an adventure like trekking through the jungle, and jumping from the top of the waterfalls, then this is perfect for you.
Need not to worry since if you’re not into canyoneering, you can still enjoy Kawasan Falls on your own. I, together with Aldrin and Lianne, just went to Kawasan Falls recently. As for us, we opt in to explore Kawasan without canyoneering. This means, that in this blog, this would be more on our experience and an updated travel guide as well on what to prepare, see and expect at Kawasan Falls.
How to get to Kawasan Falls?
Getting to Kawasan Falls is simple. Just follow the detailed steps listed below.
- BY BUS. First things first, to start your trip to Kawasan Falls, hail a taxi or jeepney going to Cebu South Bus Terminal.
- Look for a Ceres bus that is bound for Bato via Barili. These buses do pass by Badian where Kawasan Falls is located. Be careful which bus to ride since there is also a Bato via Oslob which would not bring you to your destination.
Travel time: 3-4 hours depending on the traffic.
- Tell the driver or the one who collects the fare that you are bound for Kawasan Falls. They already know where to drop you off. Bus fare is Php 185 for airconditioned ones, and around Php 140- Php 150 for the normal bus without aircon.
- Upon drop off, you would see a big tarpaulin with the Kawasan Falls photo saying which way to go. Many would offer to guide you around but just say NO since locating the falls is just very easy. But if you feel like hiring a person to tour you then, that’s up to you and just be prepared to shelter out some money.
- Trek for around 15 minutes from the main road and you’ll get there.
Reaching Kawasan Falls
To kick off the small trek, you wouldn’t need to worry since the road is pretty constructed. I would suggest being early like what we did so you can enjoy the beauty of the waterfall to yourselves. Starting by 4:00 AM from the city would already do since you would arrive most likely around 7 AM.
Upon walking, you would feel the beauty of nature. You would pass by a long stretch of water-clear river and tall trees. More kinda walking in a forest as they say. From the main road, you would reach an area where you would need to pay an entrance fee of Php 45. So don’t forget to spare some coins.
After paying, just continue to walk until you pass by some mini bridges connecting to the other side of the mini road along the river. If you do pass by one, then that’s the sign that you’re a few minutes away from the main waterfall.
You would also see some signboards telling you which way to go as you continue walking to Kawasan waterfalls. So you don’t have to worry if you don’t have a person to guide you.
There would also be some mini-stores that offers rentals for life vests for you to use if you want to swim around Kawasan Waterfalls. You may or may not rent. As for us, we didn’t rent even one since we didn’t plan on swimming on the main waterfall.
Price Range for rentals: Php 30.00 – Php 35.00
And once you have already finished walking, you would already reach the first level of Kawasan Waterfalls. Be prepared to be in awe because of the beauty, and the turquoise color of Kawasan.
First Level of Kawasan Falls
The first level of Kawasan can get crowded especially on weekends and holidays. That’s why being early is the key to enjoying this area. Also, if you noticed on photos that you can see on Google or any other photos of people who have visited Kawasan, there’s always a bamboo raft in this area. Unfortunately, during our visit, we were told that it’s already taken off.
If you’re bringing a lot of things like food or bags, feel free to rent out some tables rolled out in the vicinity of Kawasan. That’s optional though. If you’re like us who were only doing it on a day tour and were only carrying one bag, you may just not rent out one to also save money.
Table Rentals: Php 300 – Php 400
That beauty of Kawasan does not stop there, if you are into an adventure like us, you should head up to the next 2 levels of Kawasan. On the corner of where the tables are rolled out, you would see stairs that would lead you up. Take those stairs and you would see more wonders.
Keep walking and just follow the trail. Just a piece of advice as well. If you do want to do this adventure soon, don’t wear slippers. Be on your best gear. Like trekking sandals or trekking shoes perhaps since the road may be slippery at some points.
Take a break at the mini beautiful spots in the middle of each waterfall. If you’re like us who are really into Instagram, don’t settle for the falls only. Haha. I see a lot of Kawasan Falls photos on Instagram which focus on the main falls itself. But upon digging my research more before going on this trip, I saw a lot of amazing tips from different people.
Now heading to the 2nd level of Kawasan Falls, we passed by this very beautiful view. Many would just pass by in this area without taking a pause. But never did they know that this spot could be very Instagram-worthy! Plus, it’s not that deep so go on and take a dip. 😍
Second Level of Kawasan Falls
Making it now to the second level of Kawasan Falls, you would still pass by at some astonishing view and hear the sound of nature. Expect a lesser crowd here than the first one.
Third Level of Kawasan Falls
And lastly, we now take the last level of Kawasan Falls. The third one was my favorite! It’s a bit challenging going to the third waterfall though because the stairs can be small and slippery. But damn! The trek going to the third level just feels so awesome! It would give you the best adventure a budget trip to Kawasan can offer. Look out for some unnoticeable spots while walking, they can be very Instagrammable!
So here we go! We finally made it to the third level. And as you can see, the waterfall here is not as grand as the first and second. But for me, I think this is where I had fun the most. We got to swim here and relax at the same time. 😍 The water is not too deep as well which is good.
You could also “Swing and Slide” here for only Php 10, unlimited swings already!
In case you plan on staying long in this area, tables for rent are also available for Php 300 – Php 400 each.
So that’s it! That marks the end of our budget trip to Kawasan Falls. 😍 Just be careful in going down since some parts of the road can get slippery. In case you would also want to take a bathroom break, there are toilets available for Php 10 or Php 20 per pax. But if you want it for free, that should be the bathroom nearing the entrance of the trail where you pay the entrance fee.
Have you already visited Kawasan Falls? Which one was your favorite? Feel free to comment it down below and let our readers also see how was your experience.😍
GOOD TO KNOW INFORMATION
- Bus Fare (from Cebu to Badian):
Php 185 for airconditioned bus, and around Php 140- Php 150 for the normal bus without aircon
- Entrance Fee: Php 45
Inclusive of the following:
Eco-Tourism Development Fee – Php 20
User’s Fee – Php 25
- Vest Rentals: Php 30 (rent if you’re near the falls already)
- Helmet Rentals: Php 50
- Table Rentals: Php 300
- Tour Guide/ Hauler Fee: Php 200 (first four hours)
NEED SOME GUIDE?
Check out our itinerary and the breakdown of expenses.
4:30 AM – Meet up at 7-11 in front of South Bus Terminal, grabbed breakfast
4:45 AM – Departure from South Bus Terminal. Fare is Php 185 (bus with AC)
7:30 AM – Drop off at the starting point of Kawasan Falls. Pay Php 45 for Entrance Fee.
8:00 AM – Made it to Kawasan Falls. 30 Minutes bes because we stopped at some points for photo ops. 😅
10:30 AM – End of Kawasan adventure – 3 waterfalls.
11:00 AM – Head to Shaka Moalboal to grab some smoothie bowls. Bus Fare would be only Php 30 if you wanna go there like us. Haha.
11:30 AM – Drop off at Moalboal Proper. Hail a tricycle going to Shaka. Fare for the whole tricycle is Php 150. *Split into three since there were three of us* = Php 50/head
11:45 AM – Chill at Shaka Moalboal. Smoothie bowls priced at Php 250.
12:30 PM – Hail a tricycle going back to Moalboal proper (Php 150/3 = Php 50/pax)
12:45 PM – Wait for a bus going back to the city.
TAKE NOTE: Bus fare depends on the bus that you are in. The one that we got costs us Php 140/pax.
5:00 PM – Arrived in Cebu. End of trip.
Total Expenses (based on our itinerary): Php 750 only for each of us! 😱💯