Reconnect With Nature at Cabintan Natural Hot Spring

Upon looping around the beautiful community of Cabintan, province of Ormoc for 3 days. I have seen lots of pretty spectacular places in the Barrio and I am not expecting that it has a lot to throw to me as an adventurous person.

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The jump off point to Cabintan Hot Spring is at the Cabintan proper. Dubbed as “barrio” by the locals. We actually hiked and do some river treks upon getting top the secluded Cabintan Hot Spring. It took us around 45 minutes before we get to the place.

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Cabintan Hot Spring has 2 separate natural and untouched pools with different temperatures. Can you even imagine a better way to de-stressed from a week’s worth of work?Aside from its natural hot spring, beside on it is a small natural yet untouched pool that has a very cold as ice water.

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Since we are still on a hot season, you don’t have to worry because aside from this natural hot spring from keeping you warm, it will also make you reconnect with nature as our season transitions into the cold.

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After we enjoyed the trek from Alto Peak, we took our lunch in the area as I wanted to get in touch with nature while feeding up our tummies. Jeramil and RJ are the ones who prepared for our simple lunch.

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Our descending trail hikes going to the place was well paid-off. The scenery was simply stunning.  Our scenic trek took us 45 minutes before we finally reached the untouched hot spring.

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Who could have thought that in the middle of a tropical rainforest in Cabintan, Ormoc City is the Hidden Natural Hot Spring where only nature’s greens and waters will envelope you.  Thanks to Dong, RJ and Jeramil for bringing me here in the place with waters both hot and cold.

“This is one of Gods natural gifts.Lets give value of sustaining these gifts for our children and grandchildren so that in time, they will remember and thank their grandparents for taking care of these resources.”

-Pocholo Aragones Franco-

#Leave No Trace


This sponsored travel would not be possible without the help of  Mr. Pocholo Franco, the VP of Ormoc City Tourism Council. Ormoc City Tours by Fran-con Viaje International , Supercat by 2Go Travel , Cabintan Local Eco Guide especially to the Morales Brothers and family. Most of all, to Mayor Richard Gomez and Ormoc City Government for making this adventure possible.

#OrmocPH # WonderfulOrmoc #VisitOrmoc #CabintanHotSpring

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Lake Janagdan: A Breathtaking Crater Lake Occupying the Caldera of Mount Janagdan

On the 2nd day of my Ormoc Summer Adventure in Brgy. Cabintan. I took another limb trekking and climbing going to the breathtaking scenery of Lake Janagdan. The lake completes Ormoc’s three lakes.  If Lake Danao is the biggest lake in Ormoc. Lake Janagdan is the smallest of the three and is accessible only by foot.

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Since I’ve got the idea on how to get there because the house of my poster parents is just situated fronting Mt. Janagdan. Thus, I thought to myself that it will be another day of an interesting hike. Lol!

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The stunning view of Mt. Janagdan

At exactly 6:00 AM, Dennis (my guide) fetched me in the house where I stayed. We started to trek going to the trail of Mt.Janagdan at around 6:30 in the morning. The stunning view of Mt. Janagdan was really dumbfounded!

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The first 10 to 15 minutes of the trail was just normal. When we reached the assault of the mountain, it was surprisingly more difficult than the summit trek to Alto Peak. I didn’t know that Mt. Janagdan was also considered as the highest peak in Ormoc at 1,120 meters above sea level.

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My view upon reaching the assault of Mt.Janagdan

The place was really a typical limb trekking and you need to be careful with the steep ascending trails. Part of the trail, you will be encountering interesting insects fluttering around the bushes and heard various murmurs of animals because it was really forested.

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The paths are almost not visible and the tress heavily cramps the trail.

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When we finally reached the middle part of the mountain, the weather becomes unfriendly and the fog started to cover up the scenic view.  Unfortunately, the rain did not stop until we’ve reached the summit of Mt. Jananagdan.

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This welcomes us!

After 1 hour and 30 minutes of bushwhacking, we finally reached the summit of Mt. Janagdan. A portion of the lake peers through a small opening in the tree.

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The weather was really cold at the top of the mountain and I was totally freezing. Also, I didn’t have the privilege to see the entire charming lake because it was also covered up with fog. So Dennis, decided to stayed at the top for 30 minutes before proceeding to the crater lake. Sadly, we already stayed at the top for almost 1 hour but still the lake didn’t appear.:(

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The crater lake of Mount Janagdan

So we decided to go down and proceed to the crater lake. And the descend trail going to the lake was really tough. When we reached the crater lake.Regrettably, we have the same situation. The breathtaking scenic view of the lake was really fogging up.

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I told my guide to just stayed at the crater lake for 30 minutes. As I am still hopeful for the chance to see the clear view of this magnificent and mystifying lake hidden within the peak of Mt.Janagdan.

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I was really unlucky that time because I didn’t get the chance to take more photos of the charming lake.

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The most spoiled dog in the country, Gari. Also strike a posed

Since we cannot do anything about it. So we took another challenging trail traversing to Sulpatara Peak. From Lake Janagdan, the ascending trail traversing to Sulpatara Peak is just around 30 minutes. Most of the time are all descending trails. But swear, that was not easy!

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Trail Runners of Ormoc: Benjie and Jed of Traverse-Ph

On our way to Sulpatara, Iv’e met these 2 adventurous people. They are actually on a trail run. Iv’e got the opportunity to speak with them and exchanged our social media accounts for us to keep in touch.

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After 2 hours, we finally got the Sulpatara area.( Sulpatara Peak adventures will be posted soon.


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Photo from google

About Lake Janagdan

Mt. Janagdan is the highest peak at 1,120 meters above sea level situated at Brgy. Cabingtan, and is about 19 kilometers northeast of the city. Hidden within this peak is another magnificent and mystifying lake, Lake Janagdan. The smallest among the three Ormoc lakes, it has an area of about 3 hectares This Lake is accessible only by foot, about two hours hike from the jump-off point at the barangay proper. Despite its size as compared to Lake Danao and Lake Kasudsuran, it can exude the same charm and excitement to the adventurers. It rises at a height of 1,080 meters, offering a challenging climb to those who want to be captivated by its beauty, concealed amidst a rugged terrain and thick forest cover.

How To Get Here?
From Ormoc City, ride a jeepney going to Brgy. Cabintan via Ga-as at the Terminal across Public Market and Ormoc Port. The travel time will take more or less 1 hour. Tell the driver to drop you off at Brgy. Cabintan Proper. Register at the receiving center get ready of your 300 PHP for the guide fee. You can also hired a habal-habal for only 200 PHP from Ormoc City going directly to Brgy. Cabintan.

If you wish to visit the place, you may contact the Cabintan Local Eco Guide (Caleguid) on Facebook.

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The breathaking scenic view of the crater Lake Janagdan (Photo from Lake Janagdan FB Page)

“This is one of Gods natural gifts.Lets give value of sustaining these gifts for our children and grandchildren so that in time, they will remember and thank their grandparents for taking care of these resources.”

-Pocholo Aragones Franco-

#Leave No Trace


This sponsored travel would not be possible without the help of  Mr. Pocholo Franco, the VP of Ormoc City Tourism Council. Ormoc City Tours by Fran-con Viaje International , Supercat by 2Go Travel , Cabintan Local Eco Guide especially to the Morales Brothers and family. Most of all, to Mayor Richard Gomez and Ormoc City Government for making this adventure possible.

#OrmocPH # WonderfulOrmoc #VisitOrmoc #LakeJanagdan

 

 

 

Fall in Love with Ormoc City’s Newly Discovered Natural Attraction, Sayahan Falls

After Lake Danao Natural Park astounded my two eyes and dumbfounded my adventurous spirit. The newly discovered natural attraction in Ormoc city blew away my mind, the Sayahan Falls.

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The Sayahan Falls is now considered as one of Ormoc City’s main natural attraction because of its crystal clear, emerald green and water as cold as ice.  This waterfall is located in the majestic mountain of Sitio Maglahug, Brgy Ga-as and it is 30 kilometers from the City proper of Ormoc.

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To see this hidden gem, you have to endure 30 minutes to 1 hour of trekking. The trail is not that easy, a bit challenging for those who don’t do cardio or workout, so I highly suggest that you prepare before planning a jaunt in this mesmerizing natural gift.  I do trekking but I still had a hard time going there, seriously!

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From Lake Danao Natural Park, we traveled to Sito, Maglahug, Barangay Ga-as  Tourism office then hired a tour guide going to the place. My friend and I trek our way going to the falls. I’m catching my breath during the trek but I enjoyed the scenery,

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We spent about 30 minutes of going there, a fast pace walk said the tour guide. You will spend 45 minutes to 1 hour if you will take it slow, At first, there is a plain road but after a few minutes you need to crawl, climb a bit and walk in a muddy man-made path then you will pass a trail like a jungle.

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photo credit: EVC Travel and Food Gallery

After a few minutes, you will see this amazing scenery. Wow! Who will not be fascinated with this luscious greens? As if you will see fairies any moment, it’s like an enchanted forest where magical creatures protect and take care of it.

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There’s a stream which is above it, is a man-made ladder before reaching the hidden falls. You can hear the gushing water, a sign that you are already near.

The weather is perfect, it’s not too hot on the day I visited the place and according to the weather forecast, there will be rain showers in the area. I’m a bit scared actually for I don’t know what to expect in the midst of the forest. Scary but exciting, right?

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Make sure that you will wear the proper trekking attire, actually going to Sayahan Falls is not part of my itinerary because when I arrived Ormoc and asked the locals on how to get there, they don’t even know what and where the place is. But since we are near to this attraction, my friend and I decided to quickly jaunt the place. I accepted the challenge of going there even I am not prepared.

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As you look from afar, you will see this picture perfect view.Nice!!!!

Then look at this.. See the water that is cold as ice?Just wow! One of the best spring waterfalls I’ve seen in my entire life. The hardship of going there really paid off with the amazing scenery. I salute the local government for preserving this wonderful God’s creation, unexploited indeed. It excites me to take a dip into the water.

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The place is really clean, so make sure to do your part in maintaining the cleanliness of this hidden waterfalls. It is our responsibility to take care of it so that many people can enjoy the amazing God’s gift natural creation. And for the next generation to cherish and protect. All the hardships of getting there were fade when I got to see the waterfalls. I enjoyed the beauty of nature by bathing and swimming.

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It’s very relaxing and exciting experience. I’m a person who loves to see the beauty of nature and I always wanted unplanned travels, Lol! Going to Sayahan Falls is one of the best travel experience of the year so far. It was unplanned and I don’t know what to expect but it turns out to a memorable one. Looks like it will be the start of more unexpected and unplanned travels for me.

Here’s a quick peek on how I enjoyed my visit in Sayahan Falls!

Jaunting Tips:

  1. Make sure to check the weather before going to the Sayahan falls to fully enjoy the place and to avoid any untoward incidents as the trail is difficult.
  2. Keep the environment clean and eat before going there to avoid bringing so much stuff.
  3.  Bring water and enough food.
  4. Go there early to spend the entire day in the falls because the place is open until 2:00 PM
  5. Make sure to prepare yourself to go trekking.
  6. Travel in a small group of 1-10 persons.

How to get there:

  1. From Ormoc City, ride a jeepney going to Brgy. Lake Danao at Ormoc Jeepney Terminal across Public Market and Ormoc City Port.
  2. Drop off, and ride Habal-habal going to Sitio Maglahug.
  3. Register at Ga-as Tourism Office. Php20.00 entrance fee per pax and Php300.00 guide fee for 5 members in a group or below. For 6 guests or more, guide fee may vary for your own safety.
  4. Be prepared, 1-2 hours trekking/hiking to Sayahan Falls, currently the local government is working on improvements for a better access to this hidden treasure. Rest assured, a true beauty is waiting.

Disclaimer: Since I got the place via private vehicle. I took this travel guide from EVC Food and Travel Gallery. To see his awesome photo gallery click here.

If you are planning to visit Sayahan Falls and need a habal-habal who can pick you up from Ormoc City.You may contact mobile number: 09284285673 and look for Odel

Canyoneering in Kawasan, Cebu For The Second Time Around

17626281_590799677792663_7690416944035485100_nCanyoneering in Badian is one of the most thrill and extremely fun adventure in Cebu. It is now one of Cebu’s biggest tourist draws. And for the second time around, my adventurous spirit took another challenge of trekking, jumping and swimming.

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It was 2 years ago when I tried these exciting adventure in Cebu. There were no other words that uttered from my lips but “it was the best!” Really, canyoneering was one of the best adventure Iv’e experienced. T’was challenging and fun at the same time.
Over the weekend, I had another chance to jump into the canyons with Millie and Mae Ann. They flew from Manila just to try the extreme adventure in Kawasan, Cebu.

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@ The Kawasan Canyoneering headquarters
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On our way to the 1st Jump-off

It was raining cats and dogs when we arrived Kawasan, Cebu but we are still fearless to face the challenge and I am a bit edgy though it’s not my first time. Because during my first Canyoneering we had our first jump-off in Kanlaob River Brgy. Compostela, Alegria. But this time our jump-off will be at Badian. 

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And we are ready!

We arrived about 12:30 in the afternoon at the Kawasan Canyoneering headquarters .Upon arrival, we were advised to register our names individually at the waiver form provided by the management for monitoring purposes. In the headquarters we had our donning of life vest and helmet. After recording all of our names then our assigned guide was introduced to us who’s name is Bernard. He is fun and nice to be with. Then hired a habal-habal with tandem and drove us through the Kawasan Tourism Office. 17759825_590797651126199_6441903668488376887_n

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Before we started our 30 minutes trek, we saw a small store and ordered banana-cue (10 Php / stick), and a little refreshments.  Then we endure 30 minutes to 1 hour of trekking. The trail was not easy that time because the man-made ladder was muddy because of the heavy rains and it had a slow-paced walk. Thus, it took us 1 hour of trek before reaching the 1st jump-off.

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After sparing for almost 1 hour of trekking a short briefing was conducted by our guide about “What to Do” and “What’s Not” for the entire canyoning activity. We were also advised the proper body/hand posistioning when jumping off the cliff.

I couldnt imagine the feelings of Millie and Mae Ann the fact that this is their first time.I can see the two girls are petrified especially Mae Ann but they were all brave.

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The picture above is actually the first destination of the activity. Since we are only three in the group,I am not worried for the time that will consume when jumping off the canyons. Because most of the first timers it will take couple of minutes before they are brave enough to jump and scream, Lol!

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This is the 1st spot where we had our 1st jump off that is 10 ft high. Yes, it is not that high compared to the 1st jump off in Alegria which is 15 ft high. But still it was cool exhilirating adventure!

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In the picture above is another spot where we had to pass under the gorge. The water below is very clear and turquoise but we did not swim off in that area becuase there is another nice spot awaits next to it.

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Who else would not want a group picture with this enticing location is already fronting possibly on you. This spot is also good for taking a profile picture or cover photos on your Facebook because of the magnificent rock formation.

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During my first Canyoneering, I can remember that this spot is one of my favorites. This canyon is called an optional last jump off that is  30 ft high as the guide say. I remember I jumped here like 4 to 5 times. Brave enough, right?hahaha!

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And We Are On Our Way To Badian Falls!

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As we continued our journey until the Kawasan Falls Badian. That is the spot for last jump scene but gets optional for gutless individual, Lol! But I am still featless and tried to jump! Yay! (Try to see it in the video attached).

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What time did we arrive Kawasan Falls? We actually reached Kawasan Falls at around 4:00PM. Another spot where we embrace the peaceful mother earth and enjoy the three level of waterfalls.

How long does it take to finish Canyoning Activity? It took us about total of 5 hours to finish the entire activity from Kawasan first jump off to Kawasan, Badian warterfalls. After cooling down in Kawasan Falls we arrived 4:30 PM at the Kawasan Canyoneering Headquarters that is nearby the high-way road. We had our food adventure that is already included for the 1,500 PHP package for the entire activity. After fixing our stuffs we headed back to Cebu City via Ceres Bus Liner at past 5:00 PM already.

Canyoneering was a long but worthy adventure to try. It was unique and fun activity. I enjoyed it as well as the company. And with all the challenges that we experienced, fun moments that we had and excitement that we felt during the extreme activity, no doubt that canyoneering topped my best adventure to experience when in Cebu.

 

IMPORTANT TIPS/NOTES:

  • Canyoneering is open from 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Always wear life vest and helmet
  • Wear a proper outdoor shoes or trekking sandals
  • Wear a long sleeve rash guard most especially if you’re someone who gets cold easily
  • Do not bring gadgets. Only bring your waterproof camera or action camera
  • Always listen and follow to your guides instructions
  • Eat and hydrate before the activity. Canyoneering will last 4 to 5 hours
  • Do not throw trash anywhere. Do not vandalize
  • Enjoy and have fun!

Kawasan Canyoneering offers canyoneering packages starting from PHP 1,500 per adult. This is inclusive of gear, snacks, guide and admission fees, one-way motorbike ride and lunch. You may book this tour by visiting this link.


Kawasan Canyoneering
6021 Badian, Cebu
Philippines
Phone: (63) 918 654-4111; (63) 905 333-2623
Email: kawasancanyoneering@gmail.com
http://www.kawasancanyoneering.com.ph


Special thanks to Miss Mille Morales for the all paid expense adventure and to our guide, Bernard for making this adventure fun and exciting!

 Jump, Trek, Swim- I Survive!

Private Paradise Escape For Only 300 Pesos

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Nowadays, people need to go somewhere to relax and recharge.But, sometimes it could a struggle to find the perfect place for a not so expensive getaway especially if you are residing in Cebu metropolis.

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Outside view of the resort

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After how many weeks of planning to visit Olango island, I finally got the chance to travel unexpectedly the island and experienced a luxurious leisure for just 300 Pesos.

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My unexpected visit to Casa Blanca By The Sea over the weekend was absolutely comforting with a combination of luxurious atmosphere in a total commune of nature. The resort is situated in one of Cebu’s best keep paradise, Olanggo island. The resort is not that famous to many people, but this is certainly one of the resorts on the island that you should not miss.

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The resort is a true definition of “a home away from home”, it will bring in a picture perfect idea of modernization and serenity.

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The resort can actually offer a day use with lunch package (prices posted below). But you need to contact them prior to the arrival time because they need to prepare the food. Here’s even more! They don’t ask for a corkage fee, so better bring your own food as many as you want.

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As I arrived at the resort, I was astounded because it was like I own the resort. There are only a few people on that day so I had a great opportunity to capture all the best spots. Lol!And I am so glad to meet the staffs of the resort because they are very friendly and accommodating.

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The ambiance of Casa Blanca by the sea is indeed a relaxing place which I was looking for on that day. The fact that it has a beach front where you can set your foot in the sand and enjoy walking along the Tungasan Boardwalk (stories will be posted separately.)

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Starring the scenic Tungasan Boardwalk
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Casa Blanca By The Sea Beach Front

My quick jaunt to Casa Blanca By The Sea is now considered as one of my great weekend getaway/budget travel. Looking forward to coming back here soon with some friends.

CASA BLANCA BY THE SEA RATES:

Day Use from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – 300 PHP / 550 PHP with lunch package
Night Use from 5:00 PM to 8:00 AM – 400 PHP

Note: Call them ahead of time or prior to arrival so they can prepare the food.

Come and Visit Casa Blanca By The Sea
Your Private Paradise Escape…

Bas Coral, Olango Island, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu
Email: info@casablancabythesea.com
http://casablancabythesea.com/index.html
Contact Nos.: (032) 406 7738 / +63 917 635 8600 / +63 923 521 8164

Boljoon’s Granitic Ili Rock

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Upon driving to the Southeastern part of the province of Cebu, the heritage town of Boljoon , Cebu. Visitors and residents will be surprised by the scenic white limestone cliff called Eli or Ili Rock.

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Once you do a final turn on the winding highway up to the view of Boljoon’s church. The Ili rock mountain will be the one that will greet you first.

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On my way up to the Eli rock mountain

The Eli rock mountain has been part of Boljoon’s history. It was declared a natural heritage site by the town’s municipal heritage council several years ago.

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The rock mountain was ideally created after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Cebu and Bohol last 2013. Thus, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) started the excavation project when some parts of the mountain collapsed. This is to prevent a future landslide.

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According to the residents, the earthquake causes a landslide that left the road impassable for the whole day. There is also one motorist was almost killed when some rocks fell on the road that day.

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Perfect spot for sight seeing!

When traveling to Cebu Island, Philippines, leave plenty of time for sightseeing – you wouldn’t want to miss out on top attractions like Eli Rock!

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Eli rock experience is the best!

Explore And Discover Dayhag Falls in Boljoon, Cebu

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The majority of the southbound road in the southeastern part of Cebu is packed with beautiful beaches and various chasing waterfalls.

Aside from the Aguinid and Dau waterfalls in Samboan, Kawasan falls in Badian and Tumalog falls in Oslob. Boljoon is also known for their Kan Amno waterfalls, but who could have thought that they have another hidden magnificent waterfalls called Dayhag. This waterfalls became trending in social medias when Sun Star News wrote an article about the place. According to it, tourism officer Ronald Villanueva was the once who discovered the waterfalls after receiving information from locals in the area.

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Dayhag Falls was named after the cascading flow, it is situated in Sitio Ylaya , Upper Becceril. The waterfall is one of the hidden gems in Boljoon 12 kilometers from the town center.It will take 30-45 minutes ride on a motorcycle away from the town and around 100 meters walk downhill

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Level 1

If you want to take a deep breath, unwind and stay away from the civilization, the falls is a perfect place for you. It will really reconnect you with nature and take you deeper into the forest under the huge trees and fresh air.

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Level 2 

The waterfalls have 5 different levels, past a stream coming from 3 springs which flow into the waterfalls. And this will take you to the 3rd level which is the highest and smallest of the Dayhag waterfalls.

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Level 3

The falls is perfect for reconnecting with Mother Earth. Taking you deeper into the forest under huge trees and away from civilization, it’s a 30-45 minute ride on a motorcycle away from town and a 100-meter walk downhill, past a stream coming from 3 springs that flows into the waterfalls and chirping cicadas. This takes you to the 3rd level, which is the highest and smallest, of the 3-level Dayhag. The second level is 20 minutes away from there. Sun.Star describes it as the grandest among the three levels. From there, the lowest level is 10 meters away.

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Level 4

For me, the level 4 is the best among them all because of the rock formation located below the flowing waters coming from the level 3. It has a picturesque view and with ice -cold water.You can’t resist diving in under the scorching hear.

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A pose for an Indie travel documentary 🙂

 

I was awestruck and mesmerized by the natural beauty of this hidden gem.

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My way to Level 5

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At the end of each leg, a visitor may go down to the edge of the stream for a closer view. Stairs have been carved into the rocks and a bamboo railing installed to help visitors keep their balance.

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Level 5

Since the place is still a new tourist destination, it still lacks man-made structures such as cottages, washrooms, dining areas and the like.But they have 1 or 2 cottages in each level that the visitors can use. Better prepare beforehand or just indulge the way our ancestors did. Just remember to only take memories and leave only footprints.

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Since my Dayhag falls exploration ended up early in the afternoon, I decided to check out the beautiful farmland just situated a few more kilometers in the highlands.The farmland is like little rice terraces, quiet and cool with winds brushing off your hair.

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It looks like a replica of Banaue Rice Terraces

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A scenic view of Sitio Dayhag rice fields

If you are planning to visit, I recommend doing a day trip or visit the place early in the morning since there are still no lodging house in the vicinity. But if you are an adventurous type of person, you can do camping at Ablayan peak just located few kilometers away from Dayhag.

Getting There:

By Bus

From Cebu South Bus Terminal get on a via Oslob Bus. Tell the driver or the conductor to drop you off at the Boljoon town market. Fare is around 130 PHP. When you reach the town market, take a habal-habal to reach Dayhag falls,Barangay Lower Becerril. (Fare is 150 per motorcycle good for 2 pax. Travel time will take 20-30 minutes). Enjoy Dayhag Falls!

By Private Vehicle

Drive all the way to the town of Boljoon, right after the Boljoon town market be on the look for a bridge. Right after the bridge, you will find a road that will lead you up to Boljoon’s mountain barangays.Turn right and keep driving straight until you reach a small roadside chapel in Dayhag  Falls,Barangay Becerril. Enjoy!

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There’s more to visit in Boljoon!

Stay tuned for my Historical visit and my Eli Rocks jaunt:)