Two days in Moalboal
Day 1: Cambais Falls
Day 2: Kawasan Falls and local "movie theater"
After going back and forth, we finally decided to pull the trigger and do the Kawasan Canyoning tour that you see advertised all over Moalboal. We were unsure at first if we should do the tour because the 1,500 peso ($30US) price tag was a little above our daily budget. We also heard from several people that you could essentially do the tour in reverse, starting at Kawasan, instead of finishing there, for free. The possibility of skipping the tour and saving some money was enticing, but we had experienced the pitfalls of going without a guide in Indonesia and decided to fork out the cash and do it legit. The price is the same everywhere you go and every company offers the exact same tour so there’s no need to shop around. The 1,500 peso fee includes roundtrip transportation, helmet and lifejacket (and proper shoes if needed), a guide, and lunch. The start of the tour is a 30-minute trek to the beginning of the canyon; at the bottom of which is a river that runs to Kawasan falls. Once you reach the canyon, you jump, swim, slide, crawl, and hike your way down the river until you reach Kawasan. The trip features a number of gorgeous falls dumping into cerulean blue pools. The highlight of the trip for most people (myself included) are the numerous cliff jumping spots along the trip. They vary in size from 3 to 15 meters with some jumps (small ones) being mandatory, but most are optional. The trip was one of the coolest activities we’ve done so far on our travels and was worth every penny. Similar canyoning treks cost hundreds of dollars on Bali so in retrospect, $30 was a pretty reasonable price for what we got.
Two days simply isn’t enough time to do everything in Moalboal, here are some other popular considerations in Moalboal that we didn’t have time for.
1. White Beach
The Philippines are a bounty of riches when it comes to pristine beaches. If you are in the mood for some soft sand between your toes; then head north from Moalboal to White Beach. From talking to locals and other travelers; it’s supposed to be a less touristy version of Boracay’s White Beach. We had just spent the better part of two months relaxing on beaches in Indonesia, so we opted for a more adventuresome route while we were here. Had we more time, we definitely would have checked out White Beach.
3. Osmeña Peak
Osmena Peak is the highest point on Cebu island. Located about a little over an hour south of Moalboal; Osmena offers some of the best views on the island. The peak is located further up the road from Cambais Falls. We had planned on driving up to the peak after checking out Cambais but a thunderstorm was rolling in and we decided against it. It looks like there are trekking options available, but if you are short on time you can hire a habal-habal (local tricycle) driver to take you up to the peak from Moalboal.
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