Cebu, is situated the country’s Central Visayas region. There is definitely a Spanish influence here, which I believe dates back to it’s 16th century colonial past.
Most memorable thing from here, was the short trip to swim with Whale Sharks. It was a difficult one for me though, because on one had, I thought this was a bit too touristy and surely cant be great for the sharks themselves. However on the flip side, it boosts the local community in terms of provides jobs, helps put food on the table and so forth. Il get back on to this in a bit.
Kawasan Falls on the jungle island of Cebu in the Philippines is considered to be one the highlights of the country. It’s definitely the top reason that tourists visit Cebu, and we wanted to share a little insight about the falls for those who are interested in visiting there.
The trip to the falls is by trails up the mountain. You can take a taxi to get to the bottom of the trails, but these aren’t meant to be accessible by motorcar. You will have to take a motorbike (which can be rented in the village nearby) or walk up the mountain along the trails. Along the way, you’ll see some simple dwellings, cross a few bridges and experience the Kawasan River as you pass over it multiple times.
Once at the falls proper, you might be greeted with a different sight than what the idyllic tourist snapshots picture. Yes, the falls are majestic and beautiful, but they are also a major tourist hotspot. That means that the falls are likely to be surrounded by other tourists as well as panhandlers, restaurants and people trying to sell you tours, life vests or trinkets.
During the weekends and holidays, many of the locals will be enjoying the falls as well. That means that there are going to be lots of additional people at the falls, along with their barbecue setups and radios blaring loud music. It’s certainly not all bad, though. There is a lot to enjoy about the falls, but the atmosphere there is often bad enough to wreck your mood and your enjoyment of the natural beauty on display.
There are actually three waterfalls to see along the Kawasan River. The first two are the easiest to access, which means that they will have the most tourists, merchants and locals around them. The third is higher up the mountain and harder to get to, especially after it rains and the trail is covered in mud, but it can be worth it for those who want to get away from the noise and crowds and still see a great waterfall. It is a smaller waterfall than the other two, but it’s still a pleasant sight.
Near the falls along the river, are a few lagoons. Many of these are off the beaten path a little bit, but easily accessible to those who don’t mind a slight challenge in getting to their swimming holes. These quiet lagoons may be the best option for those who want to enjoy Kawasan River away from the crowds.
It’s best to visit this area of Cebu outside the main tourism periods. You will still have some peddlers, tour guides and panhandlers to deal with, but not so many that it will ruin your experience. There’s plenty to enjoy along the river if you’re up for the hike.