Kawasan Waterfalls in Cebu Island Philippines.
Exotic Philippine archipelago with thousands of islands is an inexhaustible storehouse of attractions. Most are occupied by amazing corners of nature. Rainforests, a variety of flora and fauna, mountains, beaches, and of course waterfalls.
Now lets go to the South part Island of Cebu. In Badian which is part of Cebu, Kawasan Falls is located. It is located 135 kilometers southwest of the Cebu city about two to four hours travel by bus.
Kawasan Falls is a combination of three waterfalls. The first of them is the largest and most crowded with tourists. To get to it, you have to go from the entrance to the territory to the mountain for about 1.7 km. Along the road, there are small shops that offers many souvenirs such as key chains, bead necklaces, souvenir magnets, bracelets, and T-shirts.
First level of Kawasan Falls.
The first waterfall is the most remarkable. It's not the highest and not very powerful, but it's a crystal-clear turquoise water with a beautiful lake at the foot of the waterfall. You can swim there, which many tourists and locals do. A waterfall is especially good when the volume of tourists per square meter tends to zero. Only you can experience all its splendor and natural balance. But this rarely happens, since the tourism business is becoming stronger and stronger in the region and displaces the natural charm of the waterfall.
Kawasan Waterfalls in Cebu Island, cebusite.com
Kawasan Falls and tourist infrastructure.
Second level of Kawasan Falls.
The path to the second waterfall goes uphill on a solid staircase and takes about 15 minutes. You can find a fewer tourist here.
Third level of Kawasan Falls.
According to travelers, the third waterfall is the most inaccessible place. If you are planning to go there, then take care and bring your best shoes. In principle, this item can be excluded from the program, since this waterfall is the smallest.
But we found information about the spring Kabukalan, which is considered an integral part of the Kawasan waterfall. It is located about 250 meters from the first waterfall and is practically inferior to its beauty. Especially a lake filled with the same insanely turquoise water. Therefore, if you have planned to visit Kawasan Falls, then never forget to go to Kabukalan Spring.
There are cottages in around the areas that can cost between 2000 and 3000 pesos. You can rent a small raft for 300 pesos and swim on the lake. If you need a life vest, they also have it.
Kawasan Falls is located a little over a kilometer from the west coast of Cebu Island and from the Santander-Barili-Toledo Road, which runs almost along the coast. Getting to it is not difficult. You should pay attention to road signs if you hit the road by car or moped. If you take a bus (usually a regular bus to the city of Bato via Barili), then warn the driver that you want to get off at Kawasan Falls. The reference point is the small church of Sto. Tomas De Villanueva Parish (Matutinao Church)from it you can safely go to the waterfall.
Kawasan Waterfalls, cebusite.com
Matutinao Church - Landmark of Kawasan Falls
Rumors of Kawasan Falls
There are sad rumors around the waterfall (probably it’s impossible to call it a legend). According to local residents, every year 2 years people die at waterfalls. Another rumors, that there are spirits in the forest and known as "Engcanto", they also said that it requires 60 human souls in exchange for what people have built in the vicinity. Cottages, cafes and other tourist infrastructure. There is no further explanation about this rumor.
From time to time, black and white figures of people appear in photographs of tourists. Forest spirits or souls of the dead are still unknown.
Employees at a nearby children's resort, said they always believed in “Engcanto,” but not in the stories that spirits asked for human souls. They claim that the spirits really live there. Locals try not to bother them so that they do will not get angry. When a tourist from Iran drowned at the waterfalls, the divers could not find his body for a long time. Then they asked the spirits to give up the body, and it immediately it shown up.
Believe it or not - it's your choice.