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Overdue Post! Mt. Kandungaw, Kawasan Falls, & Moalboal Itinerary + Budget

Ni Hao everyone! Hope you don’t mind reading this super overdue post that was supposed to be posted last year. I decided to still push through this cause some of my friends have asked me about our budget and itinerary on our Cebu south trip which we had last October 7-8, 2017, so overdue, right?

So our DIY 2D/1N south trip covered trekking to Mt. Kandungaw at Dalaguete, short visit to Kawasan Falls at Badian, and Island Hopping at Moalboal.

 

Day 1 – Mt. Kandungaw and Kawasan Falls

4:00 AM Depart from Cebu City to Dalaguete

First on our list is Trekking to Mt. Kandungaw Peak at Dalaguete. To get to Dalaguete, ride a bus going to Bato via Barili at South Bus Terminal and don’t forget to inform the driver beforehand to drop you off the bus stop near 7/11 at Dalaguete, or you could just inform him that you’re going to Osmeña Peak (bus stop for Mt. Kandungaw and Osmeña Peak are just the same).

6:00 AM Arrival at Dalaguete

At the 7/11 bus stop at Dalaguete, there will available Habal-habals (motorcycle services) that would take you to Mt. Kandungaw jump-off point. Standard one-way price going to the jump-off point is PHP 100, but for our case since we will be going to Kawasan falls after, we had to pay another PHP 500.

6:45 AM Arrival at Mt. Kandungaw Jump-off Point

Upon arriving at  the jump-off point, you will have to pay PHP 30 for the entrance/environmental fee. There will also be a briefing about the trek, what to expect, and dos and don’ts.

7:00 AM – 10:00 AM Trekking to Mt. Kandungaw Peak

Trail was not easy as Osmeña Peak’s, but our workmates who already been to Mt. Kandungaw have already warned us about it. I’ve been to Osmeña Peak for a couple of times already that’s why I could really see the difference. The trail at Osmeña Peak was just like a 20-minute walk in the park, indeed best for beginners. No mountain climbing just inclined and rocky steps, but not super inclined.

After surviving the stairs

The trail to Mt. Kandungaw was really challenging. The first challenge was to climb up the 200+ huge step stairs. It was so damn tiring, especially that we didn’t have enough sleep (or did we even sleep?). What’s more challenging is that it rained the night before, that’s why the trail was so muddy and slippery.

TIP: So guys, it’s really best to wear the right trekking footwear.

Instead of slippery and muddy trails, you’ll also be able to do literal mountain climbs. It was actually my first time do literal mountain climbing that’s why I got very anxious especially that it was quite dangerous because the rocks were slippery due to last night’s rain. Good thing, our tour guide was such a veteran already and he was able to assist us all.

One of the caves we visited along the trek (Photo by Jayar Enrique)

Along the trek, we were also able to visit two caves. I didn’t enter the first one cause I got too tired and decided to just take a rest.

I could not remember really, if took us an hour to reach the peak? But for me, it felt like reaching the peak for 2 hours. I swear in the middle of the trek my legs were shaking already and I already wanted to stop and just go back. Thankfully, I still managed to survive it!

It was such a great experience reaching the peak. The view was just so beautiful leaving me at awe.

Finally, Mt. Kandungaw Peak
At one of the neighboring peaks of Mt. Kandungaw
Descending back to the jump-off point
Mt. Kandungaw Peak, check!

Back at the jump-off point, we ate our baon, a canned paella, just to refill and gain some energy back.

11:00 am – 12:30 PM Travel to Kawasan Falls, Badian

TIP: It’s best to bring a shawl with you to cover up your face cause it’s going to be a long, bumpy, and dusty travel going to Kawasan Falls, Badian.

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM Lunch and Short Visit at Kawasan Falls
Kawasan Falls, Badian

As you can see, it wasn’t the clear blue Kawasan Falls that we expected during our visit because it rained the night before. That’s why we just had our lunch there and had a short swim.

TIP: When you arrive at Kawasan Falls, don’t be fooled by locals that would offer you expensive cottage rates and tell you that there are no more available cottages at the upper levels of Kawasan. Usual cottage rate is only at PHP 300 and the best place to rent is at Level 2.

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Travel to Moalboal

Back to the entrance of Kawasan Falls, there will be available tricycles for hire that could take you to Moalboal. Just tell the driver the name of your hostel/accommodation. Fare going to Panagsama Beach, Moalboal from Kawasan Falls is only PHP 50.

3:30 PM Arrival at Panagsama Beach, Moalboal and Check-in at Le Village Hostel

We booked our accommodation at Le Village Hostel via HostelWorld.com. It’s actually a dorm-type hostel, but since we were in a group, we were able to get the whole room for us.

The beach from our hostel is a 10 minute walk distance. It was low-tide at around 5:00 PM so we weren’t able to swim, instead we just watched the sun set.

Sunset at Panagsama Beach, Moalboal

 

Day 2- Moalboal Island Hopping

6:30 AM Wake-up Call and Breakfast

We were supposed to eat breakfast at our hostel, but the staffs were still sleeping by the time we woke up. So we did got a hard time finding food for breakfast. Luckily, there was a store selling bread and hard-boiled egg. Well, it’s better than nothing.

7:30 AM – 11:30 AM Island Hopping

At around 7:30 AM, a tricycle picked us up in our hostel for our Island Hopping. We were able to rent a boat with snorkels and life vests for only PHP 2,000, and it will already cover 3 stops – Pescadores Island, Sardine Run, and Turtle Watching.

For the boat rental, we have just informed the staff in our hostel and they made the arrangement for us. It’s funny cause I’ve heard the staff telling the Island Hopping contact person “Mga pinoy ra ni sila.” (“They’re just Pinoys”). That’s why our boat rental was just for only PHP 2,000. Their posting price is at PHP 3,500, just try to haggle the staff to give you a lower rate.

Moalboal Island Hopping, here we go!
The Beautiful Pescadores Island (Photo by Peter Abellana)
The Beautiful Pescadores Island (Photo by Peter Abellana)
Snorkeling at Pescadores Island’s Fish Sanctuary

TIP: Best to wear aqua shoes, cause you’ll be stepping to lots of corals, especially if you decide not to wear your life vest.

Thousands of Sardine at the Sardine Run, Moalboal

Probably the highlight of the trip, being able to witness the sardine run. It’s just so amazing seeing thousands of sardine swimming together and making different formations. Well I don’t know how you call that, but just wow!

1:00 PM Check-out at Le Village Hostel, Depart from Moalboal to Cebu City

We ate lunch at our hostel to cap off our weekend south trip.

Lunch at Le Village Hostel, Moalboal (Photo by Jayar Enrique)
Thanks Moalboal! ‘Til next time!

At 1:00 PM we checked out at Le Village Hostel, then we hired a tricycle to send us off at the bus stop. Fare from Panagsama Beach to the bus stop is only PHP 10.

Gladly we were able to catch a bus immediately as we arrived at the bus stop.

4:00 PM Arrival at Cebu City

Well, that’s it for our DIY 2D/1N Cebu City South trip. So if you want to try something new, aside from Oslob and Osmeña Peak, you should definitely try this itinerary.

Favorite part of the trip? Moalboal Island Hopping. It’s just so amazing being able to see the beauty under the sea, especially the sardine run.

 

Budget Breakdown

Bus Fare (Cebu City – Dalaguete) PHP 120
Habal-habal Fare (Dalaguete – Mt. Kandungaw – Kawasan Falls) PHP 600
Mt. Kandungaw Peak Fee PHP 50
Kawasan Falls Entrance Fee PHP 50
Cottage Rent at Kawasan Falls PHP 300/7 ~ PHP 43
Tricycle Fare (Kawasan Falls, Badian – Panagsama Beach, Moalboal) PHP 50
Le Village Hostel Accommodation ~PHP 340
Moalboal Island Hopping PHP 2000/6 ~ PHP 286
Bus Fare (Moalboal – Cebu City) PHP 115
Food PHP 500
Total ~PHP 2,154

BIA. 21 y/o Software Engineer from DVO, PH, but currently based in CEB, PH. A free-spirited traveler on a road less traveled.

4 Comments

  • ladymyx

    This was such a helpful post! 😀 I can also see how enjoyable the trip had been. I havent had a chance to reach any peak, since I have a weak heart and basically no time to trek. 🙁 I hope Ill be able to do that too one day. I would like to see a school of tuna fish! 😀

  • Leslie Lidot

    Have you been to Osmena Peak? The entrance is just right beside the Kandungaw Peak’s path. Unfortunately, we’ve been there and didn’t witness the view. It was all foggy and raining so hard that we decided to go home. 🙁 But we’re planning to get back there soon! Planning to trail Kandungaw Peak first with my sister and then Osmena Peak.

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