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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Go with the Flow of Kawasan Falls

We visited Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu as a sidetrip to Moalboal, after settling in our room we took a tricycle and traveled for 30-45 minutes and took a leisurely walk for another 15 minutes to reach this majestic-looking waterfalls. 

The tricycle ride going to Badian from Moalboal isn't boring as you'll pass through scenic roads that offers a view of the sea and the rush of wind flowing against your face while zipping fast along an almost empty highway will keep you wide awake.

There's a 50.00 peso entrance fee for environmental care and the trail leading to the waterfalls makes for an easy walk. We passed by a few houses and was greeted by the friendly smiles of the residents and the surrounding greens makes the trip a more appealing undertaking.

Upon reaching the waterfalls I was surprised that they built a number of infrastructures near it, like restaurants and cottages which kind of took something out of the mystique and isolation-like environment of the place. I wished, they'd built these infrastructures a bit further or maybe at the start of the trail but not anywhere within a stone throw from the Kawasan waterfalls.

Kawasan falls is very beautiful and one of the best I've seen so far with its large basin of a pool of crystal clear green waters and a brazenly strong waterfall current making it at par with the other famed waterfalls in the country.

Somehow, all those structures kind of takes its edge off and it has been a recurring problem we're having in every places where visitors flock to in large numbers. The so called 'lazy travelers' are dictating the tourism industry to cater to them most by building structures of convenience such as a resort too close to the beach, make-shift shanties and other things that dampens the 'nature' feeling of a beach or a waterfalls.

In the case of the ones built near Kawasan Falls - it is not only badly designed it also serves as a mini eye sore to an otherwise perfect waterfalls. Anyway, I tried and succeeded in enjoying Kawasan falls just by blocking from my sight the said structures and hope that there wont be any additional structures to be built near the waterfalls in the future.

We stayed there for an hour and watched the few people enjoying the flow of the waterfalls - just as the people in charge of the place should have done in the first place which is to just 'go with the flow' of Kawasan Falls and should have left the place as it is and untouched. 

Now that it was sort of touched by men I do hope that any plans of building other structures within Kawasan Falls should be scrapped to at least save and maintain its nature glory and ensure that the waters will flow freely and unhinged from any more human intervention for many years to come.


lakwatsera de primera said...

So far the most overdeveloped and commercialised falls I've seen in our country is Taytay Falls. I don't like to compare but I think we could learn from other countries the way they deal with sustainable eco-tourism. I have seen countless waterfalls, waterholes, and creeks during my road trip but not a single one had a resort or a cottage or any structure a hundred meters near the site except for a platform serving as a lookout. Even the resorts and hotels along the beach were built way further from the shore. I wish more people would come to realise that natural is beautiful and although it may not be that convenient, it will pay in the long run. (sowie nobela hahaha)

Markyramone said...

@Claire - you're correct even with the beaches its frustrating to see resorts almost built over the sea water leaving a small space for beach goers to walk around. The 'convenience' factor should be properly aligned with nature's own 'convenience'.

flipnomad said...

this is one of my favorite places in cebu... ang linaw ng tubig and may beach pa na malapit... may trek din from dalaguete to kawasan falls...

tina said...

when I went to Cebu, d ko to n-visit coz Im with my 'rents. Hopefully when I come back, makita ko din to and sana hindi na madagdagan kung anu mang infrastructure meron ngaun :)

Robbie said...


Sana makapunta ako sa mga lugar na to before more they get more commercialized. Nakakalungkot minsan makita yung mga tourist spots before na ngayon sobrang dami nang nagbebenta ng mga bagay. >_<

Markyramone said...

@Flip - meron pa palang isang falls dun sa taas nyan, I'm sure napuntahan mo ren yon

@Tina & Rob - sana nga wag na nila dagdagan ng ibang png mga structures. But still very much worth checking the place out and going for an afternoon swim

Bonzenti [Con Tour] said...


I will try to visit this falls in Cebu. If time permits, this year would probably the best time to visit. You are right. They shouldnt build an infrastructure near the falls in order to preserve its natural lushness. I think there is a ruling here. The DENR has this order especially for our natural resources-preservation. The critical/danger here once they will build resort structures especially CRs wherein the tendencies to discharge all the human toxics will be goes directly to the stream. Our local government has a great role on the preservation and collective effort from visitors.

BTW, thanks for that pictures I borrowed for my wall paper. That was really a very good photo.

SunnyToast said...

Kakaingit..thanks for the info. I'm planning to visit my friend in cebu and I guess we should try to visit this place.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

How come you didn't take a dip? Water looks verrry inviting!

Markyramone said...

@Bonzetti - yeah there are specific rules on that but sadly its not being implemented and illegal structures kept getting bldg permits :(

@Sunny - you should if you could - there's another waterfalls near that main one.

@Gay - i was having 'mini-fever' that time tas malaming pa tubig - sayang nga eh.

adventurousfeet said...

very inviting ang falls, ang gaganda ng pics. if you don't mind what camera did you use for this?!

Markyramone said...

Hi Adventurousfeet - I used Nikon D60 tas 55-300mm lens kaya medyo sharper pa maski naka full zoom na :)

AJ said...

I've been here many years ago and even then may resto na sa tabi. Couldn't agree with you more. Development like that should keep a respectful distance from nature. I was lucky to have visited early morning on a weekday so walang tao except me and my lovey-dovey. :)

Markyramone said...

@AJ - lucky you - so years ago only the resto was there then they added the 2-3 story bldg with rooms, hope they wont add anything more in the next few years.

anney said...

Ganda namn dyan! Sana makapunta din ako dyan one of these days!

Grace said...

Hey Marky is the art for sale? Ok siya ha. Is there a story behind it?

Markyramone said...

Hi Grace - yeah the wood carvings are for sale. Wasn't able to ask the story behind those though. :)

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