SAMBOAN: Chasing Waterfalls

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Samboan waterfalls has become one of the newest attraction in Cebu. Samboan is a fifth class municipality that is located in the Southern part of Cebu. This quiet town has been receiving flocking local and foreign tourist recently because of the activity they offer. Samboan is 3-4 hours travel from Cebu City via Barili-Bato Bus in South Bus Terminal and it is best recommended to go early to avoid a lot of people in the waterfalls. In our case, we went to South Bus Terminal at 2:30 in the morning hoping that there would be a bus that would left at 3AM but our bus departed at 3:45AM. We arrived at rotunda in Samboan at 7:45 in the morning and ate our breakfast before starting our adventure of the day. 

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We went to Dao falls first because it is the farthest among the three falls and it will take 30 minute trek going to falls depending on how fast you walk. lol We are lucky because we are early and we are the first tourist to arrive in the dao waterfalls so you can feel the serenity. 

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Our second destination is Binalayan falls or Hidden Falls. It is called hidden falls because you have to turn left at the last peak of the trek to see it. This waterfall is 10 ft deep and you can jump from the top depending on how brave and adventurous you are while people are cheering you from below. 🙂 Because I have no confidence of doing it, I just jump from the lower portion of the cliff and I would recommend you to at least try it. 

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Our last stop is at Aguinid Falls or the most crowded falls in Samboan. When we arrived in their registration kiosk a lot of people are already waiting for their turn since we arrived at around 11 o’clock in the afternoon. Aguinid offers 8 Levels of waterfalls, but during the orientation, they will only inform you about level 1-5. They will also introduce you to your technical guide during your trek and if you would like to try to go to Level 6,7 and 8 then you will have to give an extra tip to your guide and the guide should be at least two since it’s difficult.

TRAVEL TIPS:

  • Find a motorcycle driver that will bring you to Dao Falls, Binalayan/Hidden Falls and Aguinid Falls
  • Every waterfalls requires you to pay 20php for entrance and 20 for environmental fee a total of 40php for locals and 60php for foreign tourists
  • Bring water and food like boiled egg and sweets because you need energy lol
  • Wear comfortable clothes like rashguards, shorts or leggings and outdoor sandals or shoes (slippers are not recommended)
  • Save your BIKINI at the beach not in the waterfalls, it’s a NO NO if you don’t want people to see your dark side lol
  • Give tip to your guide according to the service you receive lol.
  • Bring waterproof phone case and dry bag

 

 

 

Discover Davao!

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My travel to Davao is always memorable to me because it’s my first DIY travel. Davao may not be the best Island in the Philippines but it is still worth to visit. I’ve always been curious why people dubbed “DAVAO” as the safest place in the Philippines. Davao is located in Mindanao and is the largest city in the Philippines in terms of land area. When we arrive in Davao we were surprised because a lot of military’s are in the Airport and we also pass military when we were heading to Eden. Eden Nature Park which is recommended place to visit when you are in Davao and also good for team building since it has a wide vicinity and activities to offer. The entrance in Eden already includes the sumptuous buffet lunch and this is where you will also get to try the sky swing. However, in our case we were not able to do it because it was raining and they closed it to avoid accident. We also went to People’s Park before going to the peak in Gmall.

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Our visit to Davao would not be complete without going to Samal Island. To go to Samal Island from Davao you need to go to SASA Wharf where you can ride a ferry going to the Island. We already planned to have a day tour in SECDEA Beach Resort to go swimming and try other water sports activity. Their day tour cost 1000 pesos and it already includes a buffet lunch. The resort have two pools for children and for adult about 6 ft deep and you can also swim to their beach. Davao is big but our time is limited so we were not able to go to other places.

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Before we go back to Cebu we drop by China Town and Magsaysay Park to buy Pasalubong and at SM Lanang to eat lunch. My friend and I had always been a fan of Korean Restaurant and so we tried to eat in Bulbogi Brothers. You pay an expensive price but their service sucks, they only have limited side dishes and the prices are sky-high. It’s not even worth it. This is the only regret we had when we visited Davao, so do not eat into this restaurant (just in case). 😀

TRAVEL TIPS:

  • Wear outdoor sandals or shoes when you go to Eden Nature Park
  • Visit Samal Island
  • Stop by People’s Park because it’s free of charge lol
  • Drink at the Peak (Gmall)
  • Choose an early flight in case it will get delayed
  • Eat in Carenderia they have side dish and very cheap lol
  • Visit Roxas night market
  • Eat street food in China Town

 

Summer in El Nido

“You don’t have to be rich to travel well.”

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“My best summer ever!”

After five months of waiting, I can finally see El Nido in flesh. Palawan is a top destination in the Philippines during summer because of its fine sand and beautiful beaches. Travelling to Palawan with my own expense was once a dream for me and now it became a reality.  Palawan is the largest province in the Philippines and as what lonely planet says it’s “A WORLD OF WATER”. After I booked my ticket to Palawan five months ago, I kept reading blogs and articles about the things I can do in Palawan and I learned that Puerto Princesa, El Nido and Coron are the top tourist destinations when you are visiting Palawan. Since, I like to make the most out of my travel, my pals and I decided to go El Nido based on the reviews we’ve read on the internet. Palawan has always been one of my bucket list and I always thought going to El Nido would cost you arm and leg but it I was totally wrong. 

DAY 1:

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A day before our flight, I start searching for cheap accommodations in El Nido since it’s a 5 hours drive from Puerto Princesa by van and 6 hours by bus so we need to have a place to stay when we arrived since our flight is at 11:30 in the afternoon. Initially, I booked at El Nido Bay Sands Inn for a fan room that cost me cheaper than I expected but as soon as we arrived there we changed it into air-conditioned room because it’s extremely hot. We haggle the price of the air-conditioned room based on our budget and we decided to booked the van with them as well since it’s cheaper than other transport owners.  As soon as we arrived in Puerto Princesa, we were picked up and perfectly accommodated with our van reservation. The funny thing there was, we were the only local tourist inside the van and the rest of the passengers and European and Americans so every time they talk we kept quiet.  We arrived in El Nido at 6:30 in the evening and we rode a tricycle going to our Inn, looked for dining restaurant, arranged for island hopping tour, rest and got ready for the next days adventure.

DAY 2: Island Hopping Combo A and C

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The night we arrived in the Inn, we decided to asked help to the house owner to arranged a tour for us. She wanted us to join the rest of the her guest for the Island hopping so that we can save however, she suggested that a private Island hopping tour would be desirable because we can control our time without considering other groups. Tour A already cost 1200 and Tour C cost 1400 pesos however she offered a combo tour of A and C for 2000, private boat with free lunch. We started our Island hopping tour at 8 in the morning and finish it at 5 in the afternoon. We were able to visit the following islands:

  • Helicopter Island
  • Hidden Beach
  • Secret Beach
  • Secret Lagoon
  • Big Lagoon
  • Small Lagoon
  • Seven Comando

We’re back in our Inn, had our dinner and call it a day.

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DAY 3: Taraw Peak Canopy Walk, Nacpan Beach/Twin Beach,Viewing Deck, Las Cabanas Sunset and El Nido Zipline

We had a good rest last night even though the electricity is on and off. As soon as we got up we were getting ready for our adventure, we had our own american style breakfast in bed a slice of bread and coffee. We went first to Taraw Peak climbing but we took the easy one since we are not confident to climb the higher peak. We had to do the canopy walk before we can reach the top, our legs grow weak, sweat drops and puffing but when we reach the top we were in “AWE” and all we can say was it was worth it. We went to Nacpan and Twin Beach afterwards and we were devouring the beach with snorkeling gears. I particularly like Nacpan because it has a wide shoreline and it’s not very crowded, well maybe because we were early. Our next stop was at the viewing deck, we actually didn’t know about it at first but our tricycle driver recommended this place to have a perfect view of Helicopter island and other islands of El Nido. It was free of charge, we had rested there for half an hour before we went to Las Cabanas to have an exemplary view of El Nido Sunset. We arrived there at around 3PM and sunsets in 2 hours so to make the most of our time we walked going to El Nido Zipline. The zipline is also worth to try especially if you wanted to try everything while you are in El Nido. It will cost you 500 pesos for 1 way and I know it’s quite pricey for the distance but it’s El Nido after all. We decided to try 1 way and walked down so that we can reach Las Cabanas shorline again. One thing I can’t forget about this beach was aside from the sunset I actually saw foreigners sun bathing braless. Readers, I know it’s normal for them but “hello” I was shocked they free their nipples. After watching the picturesque sunset, we had our first most extravagant dinner since we arrived in El Nido because we made sure we don’t exceed in our travel budget. After dinner, we bought pasalubong in stalls because we will have early flight the next day. 

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Day 4: El Nido  to PPS to Cebu

Since our flight going back to Cebu is at noon, we had to leave at dawn. While travelling back to PPS, I couldn’t take a nap because it’s so cold and the fog is very thick. We also had our stop over and ate our breakfast before reaching the airport. Four days and 3 nights is not enough to get enough of this paradise. 

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