My friends and I have been itching to get out of the city. The last time we all traveled together was four months ago. It was an amazing trip to paradise (I didn’t write about it but here’s a sneak peek: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnY3C0Shqxb/?taken-by=heyyitsmevee). We needed a weekend getaway to keep us sane from all the traffic, crowd, and corporate life. We all love the beach, but wanted to try something different too. So we planned on a hike to one of our island’s most famous peaks, trek to a famous waterfalls, and spend the night in a beach front resort. Sounds like an adventure, ey?
We took the bus to leave the city at around 3:00AM on a Saturday and arrived at the starting point to hike Osmeña Peak just after sunrise at 5:36AM. The hike up was not as difficult as I imagined, and rather shorter than I expected for what’s dubbed as the “highest point in the province of Cebu.” It was a splendid sight to see. It was breathtaking – literally and figuratively.
We savored the view, took photos, ate the sandwiches we brought, and one of our friends brought her ukelele so there was some singing too. At 7:17AM, we started the trek from Osmeña Peak to Kawasan Falls. Kawasan Falls is famous because it’s 3-tiered waterfalls and no filter turquoise waters. For the idea of those who are clueless with the places I’m talking about, Osmeña Peak is in a town called Dalaguete and Kawasan Falls is in Badian. It would take more than one hour of driving, more than that if you’re taking a bus due to stops, and approximately 4-6 hours or trekking, depending on your speed.
Why would we trek and make our lives difficult? Because where’s the fun and adventure when things are always easy? It was a crazy, crazy, idea. It wasn’t like a mountaineering trail where you get proper paths and all those. The trail was more of a way created by the locals. Not a lot of tourists, locals and foreign alike, take this route. The ground was mostly soft because of rain the past days, rocks had moss, and I slipped a couple of times. it was a combination of what seemed like walking between mountains and highways, then back to the jungle, until we reached the national road by approximately 11:15AM. The sun was scorching, a few of my friends are too tired, so we opted to ride a motorcycle to tier 3 of Kawasan. It took around 10 minutes compared to another 30 minutes to an hour of walking. We were relived to make it, only to walk another 15-20 minutes to make it to tier 2 waterfalls. This stage had a place where they cook food and we definitely had to eat. The cold turquoise water was so refreshing after a long, long, walk. I didn’t swim there though – as I had to facilitate the beach front resort. So from tier 2 to the main road took another 30 minutes to walk. We found a resort right across the street – we got lucky there was vacancy!
At the end of the day, we were greeted with one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. I got bruised knees and sore muscles, but I wouldn’t say I won’t do it again.
If you’re planning to visit the Philippines and/or making a stop to Cebu, and would like to get some tips or ideas, I’d be glad to help.