Kawasan Falls – My Visit To The Famous Waterfalls In Cebu Island, Philippines

Upon invitation of my good friend Reynero “Tata” Escultor, Vice-Chairman of Kawasan Nature Park Multi-Purpose Cooperative (KNPMPC), I decided to include Kawasan Falls in Barangay Matutinao in the town of Badian, 105 kilometers away from Cebu City, in the itinerary of the study tour of the staff of the Socorro Empowered Peoples Cooperative (SOEMCO) based in Bucas Grande Island, Socorro, Surigao del Norte, Philippines.  On board 4 hired vans, we left  the Hidden Valley Resort in Lamac, Pinamungajan, Cebu at exactly 7:00 o’clock in the morning of April 22, 2011. We passed by the towns of Pinamungajan, Aloguinsan, Barili, Dumanjog, Ronda, Alcantara and finally Badian. We travelled  a few more kilometres until we reached Barangay Matutinao at 10:00 o’clock. From the junction we walked towards the direction of Kawasan Falls with Annabella Esbillas, KNPMPC Treasurer serving as our guide . . .

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The SOEMCO staff walking their way towards Kawasan Falls

Along the way, we stopped on a stall to pay the Php 10.00 per head entrance fee. The SOEMCO staff  also took turns buying souvenirs such as breaded necklace, bracelets and  t-shirts prominently printed with “Kawasan Falls.”

We walked on gravelled road along tributaries crossing in the process three small bridges. As we went deeper into a rainforest, some of the female employees were already starting to feel exhausted. But the roaring in the distance announcing our approach to the phenomenal natural attraction had mobilized our strength to proceed. The roaring increased and became more and more thundering as we went on. Finally, after 30-minutes of walking on a 750-meter road, we reached the First Level of Kawasan Falls. Candidly,  it seemed I was hypnotized by the close encounter with this natural spectacle . . .

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The firsl level 20-meter high plunge type Kawasan Falls

Since it was a Good Friday, the spot was on a festive mood full of local and foreign tourists enjoying a swim on the turquoise plunge pool . . .

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Close-up view of the plunge-type Kawasan Falls with Korean tourists on the foreground . . .

I was preparing to settle and take more pictures but our tour guide signaled that we have to proceed to the second level 250 meters away as our billeting area was situated therein. Hence, we proceeded and maneuvered on sometimes steep and narrow  but oftentimes comfortable trails. On our way, my sight was glued at the enthralling view of a fan-type mini falls . . .

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A female tourist, whom I befriended later, preparing for a jump at the fan-type mini falls. . .

Our tour guide signaled that we were already about to reach our destination. I stopped for a while as I was fascinated to see this spillway . . .

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The Kawasan Falls Level 2 Spillway . . .

We were warmly welcomed by Ms. Myrna Divinagracia, Ms. Milagros Batongmalaki and Mr. Iasuro Belarmino, Kawasan Nature Park Multi-Purpose Cooperative (KNPMPC) Chairman and members of the board, respectively. After taking a sumptuous dinner prepared by the cooperative, the hospitable officers oriented the group on the cooperative’s history, governance and management. Afterwards, the staff engaged in a free-for-all swim into the plunge pool. . .

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Some SOEMCO staff on board a bamboo raft enjoying the plunge of level 2 Kawasan Falls . . .

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With raised hands...shouting victoriously... WE Conquered Kawasan Falls!

Scared with the thundering sound of the  falls and the plunge pool’s depth, some female staff were just contented with taking pictures of nature and posing with the majestic waterfalls scenery as background . . .

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Ms. Racquel Kristina T. Ocon, CPA, SOEMCO Accounting Manager on her best pose with the Kawasan Falls plunge pool at the background . . .

To satisfy my curiosity, I decided to proceed to the Kawasan Falls water source. As I climbed on a steep and sometimes slippery trail, I passed by and took shots of this  enthralling  view . . .

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Kawasan Falls' plunge into the pool viewed from atop . . .

I slogged further into slippery stones for 30 minutes until I reached the 3rd level cascading Kawasan Falls . . .

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Turquoise, crystal clear stream pool of the cascade-type level 3 Kawasan Falls

Kawasan Falls – Final Thoughts

The sight of a flowing water rapidly dropping in elevation as it flows over a steep region or a cliff is truly a wonderful experience among the SOEMCO staff. The lessons learned on how to operate a cooperative-run nature park are really worth the time, money and efforts.

Finally, the view of a multi-step waterfalls, or a series of waterfalls one after another of roughly the same size each with its own sunken plunge pool, which characterized Kawasan Falls will surely go down as one of the most exciting trips I have had undertaken in my life.

16 comments

  1. Lovely falls. I’ve been there too, but it was a weekday on a workweek so there was no one…until a group of Koreans came an hour later. It must say it was magical to see the falls deserted on that first hour. There was no noise other than the roar of the falls. That was a precious moment.
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  2. If someone would ask me to define nature, I would answer in this way, Nature is “Kawasan Falls”. Sir I am glad that I discover and read your blog. I love reading your blog, like AJ did.
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    • Yes, that’s true Bonz, it is in Kawasan Falls that we can appreciate the beauty of nature and the wonders of creation. Thanks for taking time to read my blog. I also am a fan of your great blog.

  3. ouccchhhh such a bad thing that I had stayed in Cebu before for more or less 3-4 months but I haven’t visited this place…

    I will surely tag this on my to visit destination…

    The question of when? Doesn’t matter as long as it’s my list I will make way to go there… hehehehe
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  4. Wow, the water is so clear and the bamboo rafting looks fun! I think this is the first time I have read a blog about this falls. I have read mostly about waterfalls in Mindanao. Thank you for sharing it to us.
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    • Truly, Kawasan Falls is not so known in the country but it’s popular in Cebu. I’ve been to some falls but the climax ended with a single or tiered falls. But in Kawasan, there are three separate falls situated apart from each other thereby making our visit to the place worth the efforts.

  5. ang ganda ng falls!

  6. I also made a side trip to Kawasan Falls during my Moalboal trip but I missed out on that 2nd level mini waterfalls tsk tsk.
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    • Truly regrettable Marky, I myself thought that the 1st level was already the whole thing, only to find that there were 2 other falls above, plus the spillways in between forming into fantastic fan-type mini-falls.

  7. wow..the falls really looks great as great as my smile hehe

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