Monday, March 16, 2009

Kawasan Falls, Badian

The next day, we are all excited to go to Kawasan Falls. The path was just across the street from our huts. We hiked early in the morning when the gracious sun is peaking through the trees.   It was a dreamy morning, we're like fairies in a quite enchanted forest. The stream water is clear and very inviting. 

Tawasan Falls are divided into levels, we hiked until we reach the main source of the water. We even passed by the bridge which seemed to be a very romantic spot. We went past the dam, the water is emerald green.

First waterfall

Second Waterfall

Third Waterfall
  It was my kind of forest. Crossing the bamboo make-shift bridges was scary. We stopped over at the second waterfalls hut area to have lunch. We rented a "balsa" bamboo raft to take us to the falls and have our back massaged. It was a bit scary because the water has a very powerful force, we feared we might topple over.

The mouth of the spring

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Bas Daku Moalboal

After breakfast, we decided to go to Moalboal, a few minutes from Badian. We rode an ordinary bus. My sister is tall so her head hits the ceiling of the bus.
 We went to Bas Daku, (Big Sand). A white beach, with some parts having lava rocks. It was a nice spot, not too many tourists. The water clean and the not too salty. The weather was weird back then. It was scorching hot then it would rain hard. But swimming with rain is fantastic.

 We passed by the old Moalboal Church. What was left was the facade of the church.

 The three of us rode a single motorbike to reach the main road, imagine 4 of us in one bike. It is easy to roam around Cebu because you can hop on the bus that passes through their main road and it is a lot cheaper. The church of Moalboal is interesting, what's left is the facade. They already built a new church beside it instead of restoring/rebuilding it. That afternoon we had a late lunch of roasted chicken, dined fronting the sea on our cozy little hut. It's simple but it was great.

Matutinao Badian

From the cloudy skies of Surigao, we flew to Cebu. The Princess of the Visayan region. It was scorching hot when we reached the airport. After lunch we headed to Cebu downtown, there we had to wait for the Bus going to Badian. The bus station experience was overwhelming. It was a Friday so it was packed with travelers. We boarded our non-airconditioned bus, took a 3 hours trip to the Southern part of Cebu. Ma'am Cinch was the first to unravel the secrets of that place. With so much interest we scheduled this trip months in advance.

It was raining that night when we reached our little neat cottage. We woke up early that morning to watch the sunrise. It was magnificent to see the moon, with a rainbow and soft playful clouds playing on the horizon.

  It's also lovely to watch the fishermen effortlessly pulling their nets. It looked as if they're dancing gracefully. It's the simplest things in life that make me smile on that beautiful day. 
 I saw my sister always playful. I saw her on knee deep water. She was busy looking for starfish. I already saw starfishes in Bohol but not as many as the ones we saw there in Badian. Though the sea and beach doesn't look so clean due to dead corals, the sea is still rich. It was low tide that time so we were able to walk through the water, there are sea urchins and little fish.

 We even met a local who taught us how to eat sea urchins. My sis did taste it though.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


We flew from Manila to Cebu airport just to reach Surigao. The original plan was to reach Siargao, but the schedule of boat trips didn't allow us to do so. 

 So we took plan B. When we reach Surigao City, the skies are swollen with dark clouds far from the clear blue skies of Cebu. We had lunch at Mama Aida's Restaurant. It was a small quiet place, maybe because it was a weekday and we arrived mid afternoon. We sampled some seafood, we even tasted a shellfish which looks like a weird creature. They call it Saang. The food is great. After which, we headed down to the boulevard to ask boatmen about the trips to Siargao, and to get to know the place also.

Saang Shellfish
We were walking along the city streets when it started to rain hard. We were not expecting rain because it was already the start of summer.At every corner we often find men, in marine-soldier uniforms. They were just trainees the tourist consultant said. The place is very small but not sleepy.

 Early that morning we took a trike to Mabua Pebble Beach. The weather then was very pleasant, clear skies and it was breezy.The beach is very unique. The whole kilometer span was made out of round rocks. And the locals said it all came from the sea. I used to see this in rivers but not in beaches like this.  

A hill separates Mabua Beach and Looc Beach. When we were hiking up, my sister told me not to look up, but of course I did look up, as stubborn as I am. The straight flight of steps are really intimidating. 

But the view from the top is awesome. We never knew what we'll see on the other part of the hill. It was very exciting. The tiring short hike was worth it. The view is picturesque. It was an escape. There is a small village but the place is almost deserted. The rocks there are smaller in size. There is a small cove where we took a swim at the end of the beach. We even met a local building a shed out of coconut leaves.


When we went back to Mabua, we waited for the fresh catch. A really big fish, we had it
grilled. While waiting we dozed off, because it was breezy, we felt like being hushed to sleep. But just in time, we enjoyed the lunch. After eating we rented a very small boat to take us to Basul Island.

 It is the scariest boat ride I ever had or will ever have in my entire life. Passing through Surigao Straight, the waves are bigger than I thought it would be and if I calculated it right, there is an 80% for us to capsize. We we're jam packed in a very small fishing boat. But thank God we didn't because we don't even have any life vests. It was scary when I saw the boat tilting to its side.  I wasn't able to take photos at the middle of the crazy sea. When we reached the island, it was worth it.