Chasing Waterfalls With A Motorbike
Because we actually chased waterfalls with a motorbike.
South Cebu is heaven for those who crave adventure: canyoneering, swimming with butanding, trekking/hiking, and chasing waterfalls. We’ve been to Oslob and swam with the majestic butanding and trekked Osmeña Peak (will make a post on this later). So we’re left with canyoneering and waterfalls. Canyoneering is an activity for those born with too much adrenaline in their body and we’re not one of them so we chose the latter.
I think our tour guide likes surprises. I was expecting him to use his tricycle, which to my amusement could accommodate around 9 people, but he brought his motorbike instead. This is what we got for bargaining on his fee. Well there’s not much of a choice so we hopped on his bike and headed to the first waterfalls in our itinerary: the Kawasan Falls (Read more...).
I have a separate entry on this one but to give you an overview, it’s one of those places that I regret going to not just because it’s far but because it’s not within my budget. It’s one of those things where you have to spend to experience its charm.
We traveled from Badian to Malabuyoc, not minding the heat of the sun, for our next stop: Mainit Spring. From its name, this spring is mainit (up to 42.6 C). At first, I didn’t understand why our guide brought us to a hot spring when it’s only 2 in the afternoon. What he didn’t tell us was there’s a waterfall nearby: the Montañeza Falls.
|2nd level of Montañeza Falls|
Montañeza Falls is quite an adventure. We climbed over huge rocks and passed through small caves. I find it hard to concentrate and appreciate the beauty of this falls because I’m terrified with going through small caves and narrow spaces. I just kept myself busy on the turquoise colored water. We hiked up to the main waterfalls only to find out there were tree debris and huge rocks obstructing the falls' basin. We just stayed on the second level of the falls which was 3 feet deep then headed to the hot spring.
|Mainit Spring with the Derpinas.|
With only two hours left before 6, we headed to Inambakan Falls in Ginatilan. Our guide said it’s like Kawasan but taller. I kept my expectations to its minimum because I can’t afford another heartbreak. We reached the jump-off point to Inambakan Falls in 30 minutes. The entrance fee was only Ph10 each (inclusive of a dog guide). Unlike in Kawasan Falls, there were no locals that would trick you into hiring them as guides then will ask for a fee. At Inambakan we have a dog guide and it's free. Hahaha! Also, it wasn’t as commercialized as the other waterfalls I’ve been to. The trail going to the falls was quite easy and as you get nearer you could hear the sound of water crashing down the basin.
The falls was indeed charming. It was so tempting that we immediately got into the water. The water was cool, cool as the locals of Ginatilan. J Our guide on the other hand was having fun jumping into the basin every few minutes.
Our last stop was the Hidden Falls in Samboan. It was named Hidden Falls because it was indeed hidden. Since it’s almost dark when we got there we decided not to swim. There were two official guides of the Hidden Falls that accompanied us. One of them was the barangay captain and he was very nice and cool. He only collected a total of Ph50 from us. J
We trekked around 10 minutes to the falls. A small falls greeted us along the way and I thought it was the Hidden falls. I was ready to rest when our guide told us it’s not Hidden falls. Baka naman hanggang ngayon nakatago pa din yung falls. At hinahanap pa din.
We were guided on a cemented stairs that led us to the Hidden Falls. The water from the top falls silently that you wouldn't know there's a waterfall nearby. It has also a turquoise-colored water which I think is common in South Cebu. It would have been nice to swim here but it was already dark. So time to go.
My legs were swelling after our activity but it was worth it. Our guide brought us to Oslob to wait for the bus going to Cebu City. We slept throughout the ride. J
If you like to save on touring around South Cebu you could contact our guide Kuya Loloy (09254805221). You can haggle with him for his fee.
How to chase waterfalls:
Go get a motorbike or hire Kuya Loloy. Tata!
"Anyone who's seen a waterfall up close will agree that their majesty is almost indescribable."