Epic April and the Kuripot Travelers

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I'm not yet ready to say goodbye to my summer. Come to think of it, mine just started in Siquijor two weeks ago. And to make the most out of the long weekend last week, the group decided to go for another short vacation in Cebu. And so, I got my things packed minus the underwear. Yes, I left mine, thank you. Nice. Anyway, the excerpts from my adventure.

Getting to Liloan, Santander

Together with Kim, Irish, Chris, and Chris Vincent, we took a Php10.00 multicab ride from Dumaguete to the port of Sibulan to catch the 8:30 pump boat going to Liloan, Cebu. The sea was favorable and the pump boat took 30 minutes to reach Liloan.

Pebble Beach Resort, Santander, Liloan, Cebu

The group decided to stay in Santander till lunch. Irish suggested to stay in Pebble Beach Resort for a while. And so, we did. From Liloan Port, walking to Pebble Beach Resort took only 10 minutes. Entrance Fee is Php10.00.

There's really nothing much to see in Pebble Beach Resort aside from the fisher folks who occasionally pass by and as the name implies, pebbles. If you're searching for white sand, go somewhere else (and I will lead you there later). I suggest you stay in the neighboring Bongga Villa Beach Resort, where Ate Ginggay was staying during the time we were in Pebble Beach.

Next stop was Kawasan but we had to ride the bus going to Badian in Bato. From Liloan, we took a Php9.00 bus ride going to the next town, Bato.

Bato to Badian, Cebu

From Oslob, Bato, we took a 45-minute bus trip going to the small town of Badian where Kawasan Falls is located. Along the highway is the Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church. From there, we took a 15-minute hike to reach Kawasan Falls. Don't get tourist guides who will approach you. Trust me. You will not get lost. Just follow the streams of tourists walking along the trail.

Kawasan Falls, Badian, Cebu

Finally, we reached Kawasan Falls and we needed to catch a dip in its cold water after traveling. Entrance to the falls is only Php10.00. For children below 7 years old, entrance fee is FREE but I wonder how they can identify a child to be below 7 years old.

From the highway, it took a 15-minute hike to reach the first falls. Among the three falls in Kawasan, the first falls is the most crowded since this is the biggest of the three. Tourists can ride the raft, which is for rent, and stay in a small cave below the falls. Rooms are provided for those who want to stay overnight. Surprisingly, they charge Php200.00 for those who want to stay overnight in their tents. Since our budget was limited, we decided to set camp in a nearby beach resort across the entrance to Kawasan falls, where you can set camp for FREE.

Matutinao Beach Promenade and Beach Park

If you're looking for a beach park with a swimming pool, nice accommodation, and a fancy restaurant, Matutinao Beach Promenade and Beach Park is not what you are looking for. The beach park only has few cottages where you can stay overnight. But the place has a cool mini-bar where you can enjoy videoke for Php5.00 per song.

Sidetrip: Moalboal White Beach Resort

We were about to go back to Dumaguete in the morning when we decided to go further up north to Moalboal White Beach. Chris Vincent went back to Dumaguete alone since she still has to go to work later in the afternoon. We waited for an hour for the bus going to Moalboal.

We reached the small town of Moalboal after 30 minutes. From the town proper, we took the habal-habal going to Moalboal White Beach, which is six kilometers away from the main highway. You can also rent a motorcycle for only 400 pesos for 24 hours if you want to explore the town a little more but I doubt there are other places to see other than the Moalboal White Beach.

Moalboal White Sand Beach is a long stretch of white sand beach comparable to Boracay minus the crowd and the expensive bars and restaurants. The beach has a number of beach resorts with entrance fees ranging from Php10.00 to Php15.00. Cottages are for rent ranging from Php200.00 to Php1,000.00. But again, we decided to stay in our tent.

You can see the island of Negros from its shoreline and if you're lucky, you can catch a glimpse of the nice sunset, too.

Tired, smelling, and hungry, we went back to Dumaguete at around three in the afternoon where another adventure awaits us.

In Search of Another Adventure

The group is planning a trip to Sumilon Island at the end of the month but I have my sights on Bohol. You're next. And this time, I'm bringing my underwear.

And the Numbers

• Multicab Fare (Dumaguete to Sibulan) Php10.00
• Pumpboat (Sibulan to Liloan) Php45.00
• Pebble Beach Resort Entrance Fee Php10.00
• Bus Fare (Liloan to Oslob, Bato) Php9.00
• Bus Fare (Oslob, Bato to Badian) Php20.00
• Entrance Fee (Kawasan Falls) Php10.00
• Bus Fare (Badian to Moalboal) Php16.00
• Habal-habal Fare (Highway to Moalboal White Sand Beach Php25.00
• Entrance Fee (Moalboal White Sand Beach) Php10.00
• Habal-habal Fare (Moalboal White Sand Beach to Town Proper) Php25.00
• Bus Fare (Moalboal going back to Oslob, Bato) Php52.00
• Pedicab Fare (Bato to Liloan Port) Php20.00
• Fast Craft (Liloan to Sibulan, Negros) Php65.00

Total: Php317.00


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

not bad at all...
~tewo here...

Lynn said...

gorgeous pics L.A., what camera are you using?

L.A. said...

Thank you, Lynn. I used a 6.0 MP Sony Cybershot digicam for these pictures.

Anonymous said...

Very nice! Pwede ko ani coz i am a kuripot traveler! lol. Some minor corrections on the places though. I believe Bato and Lilo-an are barangays in Santander town while Oslob is a town next to Santander going to Cebu City. Great pics too!

L.A. said...

Thanks, Anonymous!

Anonymous said...

So that's 317 bucks if you're from Dumaguete? Now I only have to take care of my fare from Laguna to Dumaguete.:(

L.A. said...

You're from Laguna, huh. There's a direct flight naman from Manila to Dumaguete everyday. Just add the air fare to the Php317.00.

feyoh said...

great adventure! very friendly on the pocket, too.

renin said...

ganda ng lugar...

L.A. said...

@Renin: You should go there. :)

Mustachio said...

Good job!

aiza colong said...

If you stop at oslob to get a bus to go to badian, where did u specifically wait/stop at oslob for badian route?

Cebu Tours said...

Wow! Kawasan Falls is amazing. Great photos as well.

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