Badian, Cebu has been becoming very popular almost around the globe for its abundance in natural resources like waterfalls. It’s not actually just in Badian, Cebu but also its neighboring municipalities like alegria, moalboal and malabuyoc. The most famous waterfall in Cebu, Philippines is the Kawasan Falls which is located in barangay matutinao.
Getting to Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu from Cebu City
Badian, Cebu is approximately 112 kilometers away from Cebu City or a 2 hour drive for private vehicles or the rent-a-van / tourist van rentals. Of course it would also depend on traffic, so if you leave Cebu city early when traffic is not so busy yet and traffic in Carcar City as well, 2-hour drive at an average speed of around 60 kilometers per hour is enough. If you will take bus from the south bus terminal, would probably take you 30 minutes more as it keeps on stopping to pick up and drop off some passengers along the way.
Getting to Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu from Lilo-an, Santander, Cebu
If you are taking this route, you are most likely coming from Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental or probably taking a flight that landed in domestic airport in Sibulan then taking ferry/fast craft from sibulan to lilo-an wharf in Santander, Cebu. From there, it will just take you less than an hour to get to Badian, Cebu be it in a private vehicle or a rented tourist van in an average speed of around 70km per hour. The highway between these municipalities is seldom busy so you can speed it up a bit to get to Kawasan Falls in time.
Getting to Kawasan Falls from Matutinao parking area
Motorbikes or known locally as ‘habal-habal’ are previously allowed to enter the place to carry tourists to kawasan falls until around 2015 that the tourism and LGU of badian decided to close it for any vehicle except for those owned by the residents along the way to kawasan falls. Don’t worry, even if you are not bringing tour guides, the path going to the waterfall is too obvious and people are always passing through and aside from that, you can always ask the locals and they will surely point the direction with a great smile. It will be just a 15 minute walk from the parking area.
The Kawasan Falls
Kawasan Falls is a 3-tiered waterfall. Tier 1 has been the most popular and the biggest falls. You can pass all 3 tiers when you are doing kawasan falls canyoneering. Most of the tourists do the swimming and bamboo rafting at the first level.
Getting to tier 2 of kawasan falls is a bit challenging especially to the elderlies. The path is too stiff and sometimes slippery when wet. Here, you can also do bamboo rafting, swimming and even jump of the waterfall.
Unfortunately, I cannot give much more info in getting to tier 3 from tier 2 as I haven’t done it myself. I’ve been to tier 3 but it was when we were doing the canyoneering adventure.