Who isn’t looking forward to all the vacation days coming up?
If you’re feeling adventurous and want to end 2015 with a new experience without having to venture far, Cebu offers its fair share of hidden and not-so-hidden gems just waiting to be explored. Zee Lifestyle finds itself in the South, hopping through two coastal towns that pride themselves on natural wonders such as white sand beaches, unexplored caves, and fascinating waterfalls.
First in the itinerary is Cambais Falls, located in Guadalupe, Alegria. We landed in the municipality of Madridejos in Alegria, then traveled for about 30-40 minutes by habal-habal (public motorcycle) to get to the falls. As soon as we got to the drop-off point, we trekked for about 15 minutes and voila! First level of Cambais Falls! It is 10 meters high, which is not bad for a first time dive. There’s an entrance fee of Php 20.
The second level of the falls is about 25 meters high. Climbing up would give you Tarzan feels, because there’s a vine that you could hold on to and swing. Just don’t forget to let go when you’re already on the right spot for landing – and with landing, we suggest that you land in the water.
After getting our fill of the Cambais Falls, we took another 20-25 minutes ride to our next destination, the Cancalanog Falls. It entails another trek, but entrance is absolutely free.
What caught our attention is the fall’s diving board where you jump off. It’s narrow and short, and you’ll find a few rock formations near the landing spot that will sure to satisfy thrill seekers.
Dau Falls is located in Samboan, Cebu, which entailed another bus ride. During our trip, however, we had to make a stop in the town of Ginatilan because the bridge was under repair. From Ginatilan, we negotiated for another habal-habal ride that took 30 minutes, and trekked for another 20-25 minutes passing through a hanging bridge, a river trekking trail, and a rather slippery narrow pathway.
All the effort is worth it once you see the majestic, exquisite and enchanting Dau Falls. The feeling of seeing such wonders will not only leave you in awe but it will also make you search for more and eventually, it’ll make you realize that there is something in doing a little different from what you are used to.
If you’re a little pressed for time, Kabang Falls is located nearer to the city. You can either start in Sunny Hills, Talamban and ride a motorcycle to Budlaan, or in J.Y. Square and ride towards Buslot, Busay.
Before you can take a plunge, you must trek for around 30 minutes to get to the first falls, and another 30 minutes to get to the second falls, but the thrill is definitely worth the wait.
text and photos Joean Elarcosa and Kevin Iligan