I am always captivated by waterfalls. I chase them whenever I can. Maybe because I love being in the water, maybe it’s the sound of the strong water falling from above that excites me, maybe it’s the fact that I can’t really chase whatever I am after or maybe because it’s somewhere deep into the woods with fairy tale setting that gives magical feeling like you are a fairy or a nymph, except that, the enchanted place is for real.
I am quite thankful that Cebu province has a lot of waterfalls. Data shows that it’s actually close to a hundred, it is just that some were not yet open for tourism. So for now, I am contented to chase whatever is being offered.
One day, a friend from college named, Mikku, invited me for a chasing activity. And knowing myself, he didn’t need to ask twice. So on the following weekend, I packed my dry bag and ran to the bus station.
Samboan is 150 kilometers south of Cebu Province. It is known for its beautiful crystal clear waters with a rich marine ecosystem along its coastal areas. But this time, we intended to discover their attractions hidden in its dense wilderness.
From Cebu South Bus Terminal, we took the 5 am schedule bound for Samboan and got off at the town proper found on the foot of the hill where the St Michael Archangel Church was erected. There’s a Bell Tower up the hill and you can check that one out. From there, we rode a motorbike and chased the nearest waterfalls one by one.
First stop was the Aguinid Falls. This falls has calcium-rich water that turns the rocks into slightly green color and makes the water a bit warmer than other waterfalls, which was good because seeing the entire waterfalls means being wet.
There’s an entrance fee of Php20.00, plus tour guides who are ready to assist you in your exploration. It’s important to note that these guides serve voluntarily and were not paid with a fixed fee so giving a tip is a nice thing to do. Their importance is obvious once you start climbing up the waterfalls especially on level 2.
You will be climbing an 80 degree waterfalls so it would be best to wear flip flops or walk bare foot. The rocks can be slippery but there is a rope you can hang on to and the rocks have holes for better grip. The guides will be there to assist you but it would still be best to be careful. They can also take photos of you so you need to place those cameras or phones inside a zip lock which you can buy at the entrance for Php100-150.
Second stop was the Binalayan Hidden Falls. It’s not really hidden because you can see a sign just beside the highway and it’s just a 5-10 minute trek away. However, it is not a single waterfall but 2. You will see one shorter water fall before you can find the higher one hidden just above it. It’s called Tridrop Waterfalls. I think the photo will tell you why.
There is an entrance of Php20.00 and a guide will be there to show you around. They can also take good photos of you and can do a demo jump from the cliff right to the waters. I did! You must, too!
From Binalayan, we rode a bus with our wet clothes going to our third stop which was the Dau Falls. They said that the drive to Dau is very quick and changing to dry pair of clothes would not make sense. Now this one can be a bit tricky. We first thought that it is just near the highway just like the first 2 falls we’ve been to. When we asked for the fare going back and forth, we didn’t really believe that it will cost that much and we tried to negotiate. Lucky enough, the driver agreed but on our way there, we were stunned by how far it was from the main road. (If you pass the coconut plantation and cornfields over the hill, do not panic! You are in the right direction!) The driver delivered us at the drop off center where we need to register and a tour guide waiting to assist from there. Registration fee is Php20.00.
From the drop off, you need to trek maybe for 20-30 minutes depending on your pace. But knowing us, we trek a little faster but still enjoy the beautiful view around us while clicking on our cameras.
The way to Dau Falls is not really that difficult as a solid trekking path was already made. The challenge during our visit though was a slippery trail because it rained a few days ago and it ruined some of the footpath. Our tour guide was an old woman but since she live there all her life, she knows the place by heart. She is also a bit chatty and jump onto the waters which made the tour a bit fun.
After slipping off a muddy rock because the rails were broken, getting wet because some parts of the trail were submerged in the water, and clearing the footpath, we reached our destination. Then, there she is! The trek might be challenging but when you get there, it is all worth it!
We stayed maybe 30 minutes, jumping off its cliff or just listening to the sound of the waters. So relaxing…
And mind you, this troupe is not just crazy chasing waterfalls, we also chase sunsets. So since Moalboal is along the way home, we decided to drop by. Our last stop is the Panagsama Beach in Moalboal. We grabbed something to eat at Chili Bar, a restaurant by the sea where you can watch a nice sunset while eating a pizza made of chili. Be careful not to burn your mouth!
How about you? What do you chase? Time? Dreams? People? Tell me about it.