During myself and Tina's birthday trip to Camiguin in 2010, we were not able to visit Katibawasan Falls because we spent the whole afternoon lounging under the red hot sun at White Island. We drank red horse and feasted on the swaki (sea urchin) that crawled over Lot's tattooed back. It took three years for me to get another chance to visit the island province courtesy of an invite from Cebu Pacific and the Tourism office of Camiguin.
We flew out of Manila early in the morning and landed in Cebu for a quick breakfast, before we took the connecting flight to Mambajao Airport in Camiguin. After arriving we were hurriedly taken to our cozy home for three days, Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin Resort or often referred to as the BBC.
After dropping our stuff inside our assigned rooms and a 15 minute power nap we headed straight to check out the first item on our itinerary: Katibawasan Falls. The waterfalls cascades 250 feet down to an oval pool surrounded by green vegetation consisting of various plant species and orchids. We spent a little over half an hour in the place, at that time nobody among us were in the mood to take a dive except surfer dude Journeying James.
Standing near the pool you could see and feel mists of water coming from the towering waterfalls. Actually I was just thinking about whether to jump into the water or not, It's just that I'm not sure how long we're going to stay there. So I decided to keep my shorts up and my shirt covering my washboard abs on.
Just beside the entrance gate, stalls selling "Kiping" and other souvenir items can be found. Kiping is a local delicacy made from cassava which looks like a crispier version of spring roll wrappers and is poured on with a sweetening syrup called 'latik'. Each of us sampled it with a few crispy bites, I found it as an ideal dessert after a sumptuous picnic near Katibawasan waterfalls.
|Mang Francois preparing Kiping with Latik|
After having our 'group selfies' we packed up and headed to Paras Resort for our lunch. From there we could already see White Island, the small sandbar surrounded by crystal clear water is perfect for an afternoon of snorkeling.
|Group Selfie: Ferdz, Marj, Melo, Lois, Enzo, Lloyd, James and Myself|
It was during our lunch conversation that Lloyd pitched the idea to Lois to hold a training boot-camp to choose the next Sole Sisters. The trainees will be called as "Sole Sisterettes". Anyway this are travel blogging talk, and it's always good to find myself sometime traveling with people within the travel blogging community. We all operate along a same frequency, and in more ways than one, kindred souls not only for our love of traveling.
|Our lunch at Paras Restaurant|
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