Where to chase waterfalls in Cebu

By Micah Sophia C. Marcellones |April 07,2019 - 11:16 AM

Dao Falls in Barangay Suba, Samboan town is a 90-foot vertical drop of water. | CONTRIBUTED PHOTO / Jannel Catubig

Away from the busy city life, the gridlocked traffic, the noise of the vehicles and the people rushing to their workplace, there is a place in the south where the beauty of nature truly abounds. Samboan, located 146 kilometers from Cebu City, is a small town at the southern tip of Cebu but it is home to natural water forms hidden by towering trees and challenging canyons.

Samboan is home to more than six waterfalls that will surely entice the intrepid traveller.

Some of these waterfalls are not yet fully developed but they can be visited and experienced. Here are Samboan’s waterfalls waiting for you to discover:

Aguinid Falls. Aguinid Falls is located in Barangay Tangbo, which is 200 meters away from the national highway. Aguinid Falls has five different tiers. Each level has its unique, unwinding view. Upon climbing these tiers, travellers will pass rocky terrain, shallow waterbeds and fast flowing water. Climbing to the top of the falls is like climbing up Rapunzel’s long hair. It requires endurance to reach the water source but as they always say about views that show you the work of God, it is all worth it.

Dao Falls. Located in Barangay Suba, this 90-feet vertical drop of water is the tallest waterfall in Samboan. It will take long trek to reach the place. The hills and steep narrow paths are the obstacle on the way to Dao. The the water of Dao falls is cold and chilling and is a refreshing treat after a long, sweaty walk.

Hidden Falls or Binalayan Falls in Barangay Bonbon | CDND Photo / Micah Marcellones

Hidden Falls. Hidden Falls is also known as Binalayan Falls and Triple Drop Falls and is located in Barangay Bonbon. Like in Dao Falls, it will take 15 minutes to get to the falls. The traveller would pass by forest and narrow and slippery pathways.

Candayvic Falls. Located in Barangay Cañorong, the name “Candayvic” is a play on “Kang Inday Marivic” which translates to “For Dear Marivic.” Marivic Calderon is the former first lady of the town, who was active in the move to develop the waterfalls as tourist attractions. It is the source water that flows down to Dao Falls. The waterfalls is located in a remote location and can only be reached via habal-habal or motorcycle-for-hire. Be sure to bring food and drinks if you plan to head out to Candayvic Falls because there are no stores around for your last minute needs for nourishment.

Balayag Sawa Falls. This waterfalls is another majestic view in Samboan. It is located at the Poblacion, Samboan. Going to the place is also accessible because of the makeshift railing leading to the place. The waterfall is small but its lagoon is wide for travellers to enjoy.

Aguinid Falls in Barangay Tangbo | CONTRIBUTED PHOTO / Jannel Catubig

Tabon Falls. It is called “Tabon” because it is located at the boundary of Tangbo and Bonbon. In getting to the place, travellers would ride a habal-habal or motorcycle-for-hire. A short trek follows until you can finally reach the very place where the striking beauty of Tabon Falls will captivate you.

Samboan is a paradise of waterfalls. This list only includes six of them. But there more waterfalls with undeveloped pathways. The more adventurous among us may want to explore the mini-waterfalls located in Barangays Jumangpas, Calatagan and Cambigong.

With this intense summer heat, take advantage of the cool that these waterfall provide.

Travel Cebu and for this leg, take the road to the south. / celr

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