Alegria – Badian

By: Wandering Chinito Cebuano

Kawasan Falls is a three-layered waterfall, one of the popular tourist destinations in the southern province of Cebu. Canyoning tours are also offered upstream of the Kawasan Falls, where the Matutinao river flows through a secluded canyon. The water is fresh and crystal clear and refreshing, an ideal paradise to anyone who loves and want to get intimate with nature.

Just 130 kilometers southwest of Cebu City and about three hours of bus ride, the Kawasan Falls is situated inside the mountains of Barangay Matutinao, Badian. A 3rd municipal income class municipality in the Southern province of Cebu, Philippines.

From the entrance you will have to walk uphill for about 1.5 kilometers (15-20 minutes) depending on your pacing. After following the trail for about 10 minutes, you will arrive at the first waterfall.

Trekking uphill to Kawasan Falls. Upon reaching this bridge, darling your almost there.

The Sanggre – My travel buddies. Tier 1 of Kawasan Falls is the largest of the three and usually the most crowded one. All three levels are visitor-friendly swimming areas. You can settle at the first falls or climb up a few more minutes to the second. Both possess the natural pristine beauty of a renowned falls. We rented a table for 300PHP and settled our things here. For those who are more adventurous, one could also embark on a bamboo raft and go for a ride under the waterfall and at the same time receive a tremendous neck massage by the pouring water. Foods and drinks are also available in the area but its kinda expensive, bringing your own food is indeed more practical especially if your on a tight budget.

30 minutes after we had our photo session at the 1st tier of the falls. Chris, Ar and I decided to hike uphill to see the other tiers of the falls. You have to trek for about 10-15 minutes before reaching the 2nd Tier of Kawasan Falls.

A mini waterfall along the way to the 3rd Tier of Kawasan Falls.

Magical view of Kawasan Falls Tier 3, the most friendly for swimming and best for picture taking. The trail from second to third is the steepest and most slippery so you must be cautious if you decide to go here. If you don’t have anyone who’s been to the 3rd falls, there is a chance of getting lost but trust me you wont get lost as long as you followed the trail uphill.

The 3rd tier of Kawasan Falls. This is my favourite level because its not crowded like the 1st and 2nd. I can go swimming and enjoy the magical turquoise crystal clear water.

How to get there:

1. From South Bus Terminal, take a Ceres Bus bound for BATO VIA BARILI (Note, this is important: Don’t take the bus bound for BATO via OSLOB because that bus will pass by on the eastern side. Badian is on the west). Ask the driver or conductor to drop you off at Kawasan Falls.Travel time from Cebu City to Badian is approximately 3-4 hours. You need to hike 15-20 minutes from the entry point in Barangay Matutinao to Kawasan Falls. Guide is not necessary, the trail is already established.

2. From Oslob to Kawasan Falls : From Oslob, you should first take a bus to Bato and then change to a bus that goes to Badian or Cebu City (via Barili). The journey takes about 1.5 hours.

Blog Written By: Wandering Chinito Cebuano

Alegria Dive Resort

Are situated in Sta Filomena Alegria, Very close to all the Main Attractions within the surrounding area. The resort underwent a major renovation and now are open to guests.