Kawasan Falls + Moal Boal

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Since we weren't registered voters, we thought of a way to cool down an ovenlike Monday while public schools were being swarmed of mixed tension and excitement for the elections. We couldn't just leave ourselves devoured by being outcast of the current spur, so we decided to go to Kawasan Falls and Moal Boal in Cebu Province to fill in a day of nothingness. Together with me were Adonis, Joanna, Jenty, Hun, Titus, and our newly befriended Korean Swings.

Cebu Province is actually a neighboring island of Negros Oriental. It is reachable by either a pump boat or a fast craft from the municipality of Sibulan (15 minutes North of Dumaguete). A 30-minute ferry ride from the municipality of Amlan (45 minutes North of Dumaguete) is also available if one wishes to travel along with a car.


Since Hun's car cannot accommodate 7 people, we opted to take the PHP45 pump boat from Sibulan to Bato Barili in Cebu for 15 minutes. As we arrived, we immediately found a pedicab that accommodated 7 of us to the bus terminal for PHP20 each.

The bus terminal was empty, and we felt privileged to be the first passengers of the bus heading to Kawasan. We fooled around the bus and made some noise while waiting for departure.




JOANNA and the mystery underwear.

The bus departed at 10am. The pace was pretty slow during the first 20 minutes but then suddenly fired up for the next 20 minutes after the driver heard us mumble about it. He intently wanted us to fall from our seats as he dashed his way through the narrow road. WAHH! Good thing we arrived safely in the municipality of Badian where Kawasan Falls is situated.

Unlike the steep descent to Casaroro Falls, Kawasan is reachable for a few minutes walk uphill.


Along the way to Kawasan Falls







Kawasan Falls is among the numerous waterfalls that can be found in the island province of Cebu. It has three sets of waterfalls all plummeting from approximately 50 ft above water level. Its icy turquoise water and raging stream are popular among locals and foreigners who travel from Cebu and nearby provinces to appreciate the pristine ambiance of the place. Entrance fee is at PHP10 each per head. Available rooms are also available for those who opt to stay overnight.



For lunch, we bought 2 buckets of Jollibee fried chicken, cooked 2 kilos of rice at Joanna's house, then bought 3 bottles of 1.5 softdrinks way back in Dumaguete before we took off. We thought it's the easiest and cheapest way to get over with the food.



After eating, we immediately geared our life jackets and plunged into the water.





To fully enjoy the violent smash of the waterfalls, we decided to rent a raft for PHP300. At first, we thought it would be all for the fun. After the first roundabout however, we were charged PHP600 for the 2 boatmen. Wahhh! It was very expensive, and we weren't informed earlier about it. We clarified to the management about it and told us that the boatmen have separate rates. Dang. We just divided it by 7 and paid. They told us though that we could ride on the raft as long as we wanted.

Lesson learned: Always demand for thorough explanations about the rates before everything else. T_T Nah, we just enjoyed our time there as much as we could.




To get to the rear of the falls, we have to lie down on the raft to fit through a narrow space separating the rock from the water.








Since we were in a hurry to catch a ride for Moal Boal, we didn't any longer visit the other falls which were just 5 minutes away from the first one. Instead, we took another raft ride to the water falls for some jumps, nyaha.



GO SWINGS, GO, GO, GO! Haha






We left Kawasan Falls at 2pm to catch a ride to Moal Boal. It took us a long time to find a ride, when suddenly, some stranger offered his multicab to us for PHP300. The offer was good so we decided to hop in for a 30-minute ride to Moal Boal.

Moal Boal is another municipality southwest of Metro Cebu. The place is famous for its beach resorts. It's also popular among divers because of it's wealthy underwater contents.

Negotiating for the fares with the locals is something difficult when you're with foreigners. As soon as we arrived, pedicab drivers immediately swarmed us to offer a ride. We suddenly realized that they were up to the foreigners we were with. At first, 2 drivers offered their cabs for PHP1,000 for a 6 km trip back and fourth. Then they cut it down to PHP800. We asked the others for a cheaper rate as we kept giving them unsatisfied looks. Eventually, one driver gave in to giving us the normal rate of PHP50 per head back and fourth. Haha, sabi ko na nga ba, andyan lang yung magsasabi ng totoo, haha.




The beach wasn't that as beautiful as the one we've had in Siquijor. We weren't able to appreciate the place that much not until when we saw what was underneath.



WOW! There were like a thousand fish at a very shallow level. Blue, red, black, yellow, orange....I felt like I was watching Discovery Channel in 3-D, haha. I've snorkeled a lot of times and I've never seen such marvelous beauty underwater until then. We didn't mind how deep we went. We just enjoyed looking at huge brain-shaped coral-reefs and various fish swimming in hordes. It was really great.



My camera ran out of battery after a few shots of the beach. After the dip, we had a terrible time looking for wash areas to find out that there wasn't actually even one in that place. Manong driver however offered his house for us to wash. It was so kind of him to bring us there and had us wash. When we got to the main town, we gave him additional payment as an appreciation to his kindness and hospitality.

We took the barge going to Amlan since we weren't able to catch up for the last pump boat trip. We stayed until 9pm at the terminal, traveled for 30 minutes to Amlan, then took the bus for another 30 minutes to Dumaguete. We didn't eat our dinner and went home directly to rest.

All in all, we spent PHP750 each for everything from food to fares and other miscellaneous fees.



UP NEXT!: BANTAYAN ISLAND!!!

37 comments:

mjomesa said...

wow..laagan jud ka buh...wahahah


nice..

been in moal-boal before when i was in high school.

heard of sisters of mary school boystown in minglanilla? been there.

kcatwoman said...

haha a great way to spend the long weekend. oo ganyan din yung iba naming friends na hindi registered. it looks like you guys had some fun at nakaiwas sa mahabang linya at init.!! greabe

anyways, thanks for sharing about moal boal. i have an aunt who lives there who keeps inviting us to go on vacation. i thought it was like a farm but looking at your pictures.. moal boal looks great... :)

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Ghienoxs said...

wala d.i na dayon ang bantayan? Murag two years since ni adto ko sa kawasan falls. Nice ang ika 3 nga falls sa taas...

bluedreamer27 said...

wow ang sarap naman jan....
haha nakakatuwa naman ang mystery underwear.. LOL

grabe mukang sobrang enjoy kayo.. kakainggit hahaa

fufu said...

wow wonderful!!!! i love the waterfalls... colour of the water is so nice! and ops...the underwear... lol

Kayce said...

wow! nice kaayo inyong mga pics! lingaw kaayo mo... i hope i could also visit that place puhon... oi! nganong nakalimot man c mr. driver ug suot sa iyang underwear.. hehehe!

nice : ) said...

wow! those are some great places to visit, especially this summer! it really looks like you enjoyed every moment of it!! i envy you all...hahaha..xDD jk.. :)

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

maganda pala diyan sa kawasan falls..

Chyng said...

wow! inggit naman ako, daming gandang places near you.

this falls reminds me of Mag-Aso in Bohol, pero parang mas magandaa yang Kawasan..

Question: pag ba dumalaw ako jan, pwede kita huntingin at itour moko? Ü

Sendo said...

@mjomesa--kuyog ka sa bantayan? tara ba! hehe..laag gyud! haha

haven't heart about that minglanilla hehe...unsay naa dira?

@kcat-exactly...ayaw naming malanta sa init ng araw habang nakikipagsapalaran sa botohan ang mga rehistrado hehe

moal boal is magnifico!!!! hehe...ganda ng tubig, at sobrang dami dami dami ng makikita underneath!!!!! ganda ganda talaga

Sendo said...

@ghienox - bitaw..sayang kaayo gadali dali man gud mi para moal boal....chada daw didto kay makaambak ka gikan sa falls..ganahan ra ba gyud kay ko muambak!!! ...

next week mi adto bantayan..amo gimove kay wala kwarta ang uban...and murag ako napuy mawad-an ug kwarta next week so ibaligya sa nako ako lawas haha...bitaw...kuyog ba..basin si mj mukuyog pud..giinvite tamo duha hehe..tara..chada kaayo didto !!! haha

@bluedreamer -- haha ewan ko nga ba kung bakit diyan niya sinabit brip niya haha

@fufu--it's really nice there! haha..i'll tour you when you get here..

(parang ang dami ko ng pinangakuan ng tour haha)

Sendo said...

@kayce-haha..bitaw lingaw biya hehe! adto niya...chada didto...and bitaw ng draybera na....ya-ya ra ba kaayo mudrive haha

@nice- visit the place hehe

@arvin--yep..splendid

@chyng - sure gagala kita! actually 3 arrays ng falls yan! mas maganda daw yung dalawa sa taas niyan...di lang namin napuntahan kasi kinulang na kami ng oras...babalik nga kami para lang dun at para makatalon mula sa falls hahaha

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Dhemz said...

kuyaw pod ni maka update kay bongga man kaau...ehehhehe! love the photos as always....:)

ka bibo kaau ninyo permi....mabuang ko sa brief nga gbitay...ahak...ahhahaha!

musta ang election Sendz? naka daug ba ang imong kandidato? heheheh!

salamat sa paglabay tawon...agi ko dire kadali...katong bird tuod...iyang name ato kay "blue jay"....ehhehee!

karen anne said...

wow, its so summer... saya!

fiel-kun said...

Waah! kakainggit ka parekoy! ang gaganda ng mga place na pinuntahan nyo at very nature friendly. wala kasi akong mga friends dito na mahilig mag-gala sa kung saan saan eh.. kung hindi sa computer shop tumatambay, sa mall naman lolz XD

kayedee said...

wahhhh watz up w' d underware??! bwahhh

shetness! sobrang naiingit ako. sobrang saya nyo... pag umuwi aq eb tayo sendo dalhin mo din aq jan! ehehhe

♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ ayu ♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ said...

wow!1 ang ganda naman sa kawasan falls!!


nga pala...kuya sendo..nung nakaraan natupad ko na yung request mo!! :p hope you like ti ^_^

hArTLeSsChiq said...

ganda naman jan ninja ^_^

Rose said...

Wow nice trip, kainggit, pampawala ng heat hehehe :)) wish I could go there too :) fun fun fun

dylan dimaubusan said...

My oh my! What a beauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuutiful site!!! iccheck ko yan pagbalik ko isa yan sa pupuntahan ko! Kawasan Falls..

Very nice, thanks for sharing.. At buti na lang napadaan ako sa site mo, haha!

Uhm, what's with that undies?

Cheers! Your header is uber cool!

the donG said...

nice. ive been hearing and reading a lot about kawasan but never had the chance to see it myself.

i like your new blog theme. im impressed. i also saw my friend's photos of moalboal. ill see if i can schedule a trip there next year.

Jag said...

Wow! refreshing naman ang May 10 nyo hehehe...

xian said...

Ang sasaya at cool naman ng mga trips mo sendo! 8D

pusang kalye said...

at bakit naman of all places dyan pa sinabit yang underwear na yan. agaw iksena . lol


pero pansin ko---ang linaw ng tubig sa falls ha....sarap maligo pag ganyan.

I am Xprosaic said...

Wee! nice nice! kana ang nindot ang mga out of town trips over the weekends... hehehehehhe... ako sa july adto sa bantayan over the weekend lang gihapon... hehehehehhehe...

buhayprinsesa said...

wow ang ganda ng place lalo na yung sa falls, ang sarap maligo ang linis ng tubig

Ayie said...

Hanga na ako sa dami ng gala mo. Enjoy na enjoy mo ang summer ah.

Cza said...

wow naman... ang ganda and ang saya!!! :D

http://littlemisswanderlust.blogspot.com

bluedreamer27 said...

hi sendo,
oh my so sorry to inform you that you just got eliminated from the Idol...
geeh... thank you so much for being so sport and thank you for joining

by the way, please send me your mailing address in my facebook...
will give a small gift of appreciation (will be given by the end of the game)

thanks!

goyo said...

SUPER LOL sa Misteryosong Brief! HAHAHA!

JoRieL said...

i had so much fun....

KESO said...

hahahha grabe naman yang brief n yan haha. natawa ako ah. lol.

at super naiinggit na ko, pwde bang magpaampon sayo? haha

eden said...

Sige lang gyud mo laag laag diha..hehehe. ka nice sa Kawasan Falls, the water looks so inviting.Lingaw man kaayo mo. wala pa gyud ko napadpad diha..hmmm. basin sunod uli pohon maka dalikyat ug lakwatsa diha.

jenskie said...

una sa lahat malakas ang kutob kong walang brief yung driver ng bus na sinakyan ninyo. kunsabagay mainit naman... kaya ok lng kahit wala nang brief haha!

ang ganda ng ng mga pinuntahan nyo. nakarating na ko ng Cebu pero sa City lng. wish ko lang makabisita uli ako dun.

abangan ko susunod mong post :)

Jhiegzh said...

Sendz, astig tlga ng cam mo noh! Hanep love the pictures so much..The nature, the beach background really magnetize me to visit there even just once! haaizt, kelan pa ka ya uN?

infohub said...

great post :D
I love the pic. I had so much fun watching it.