Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tumalog Falls, Oslob Cebu

Experiencing the beauty and wonder of nature is one of my hobbies.  Nothing beats the excitement of seeing nature's gift in front of my very own eyes, words are not enough to explain how magnificent God's creations are. A view over a mountain top, a walk in the beach, a dip in the cold water of water falls...definitely worth it than strolling in the mall!

Tumalog Falls

Tumalog Falls from a far...

I've always loved waterfalls, Cebu is fortunate to have been bestowed with such. I have been to some of these falls such as Kawasan Falls in Badian and Mantayupan Falls in Barili, even reaching Negros just to see there famous Casaroro Falls.  However, one falls stood out from those that I have seen and that is the TUMALOG FALLS in Oslob, Cebu.

Tumalog Falls or "Mag-ambak Falls" is unique in its own way as it contains a number of umbrella-like stone formations from where water cascades from its the source.  You can position yourself under one of its umbrellas and satisfy yourself with the cold water.  It's like a natural shower!!! One thing you   can't easily do in bigger falls.

The water below the falls is just its safe.
The area is currently managed by the Oslob local government and I'm happy to see that they are exerting efforts to make the place accessible and safe to the tourists.

How to Get There

Oslob is a 3-hour drive from Cebu City. You may a ride a bus at the South Bus Terminal and ride one bound for Oslob.  Upon reaching Oslob, signs along the road will give you an idea how far you are from Tumalog Falls.

Tumalog Falls

This sign will tell you the way to the falls.

This is the road going the falls about, 10-15 minutes from the main road.  You can ride a "habal-habal" for Php 20.00.  Thanks to the local government, the road is cemented all the way to the falls.  Don't forget to enjoy the trip going there.

When we went there, there was no entrance fee yet.  Most of the visitors in the falls are tourists who just finished whale watching and had this visit as a side trip. Nothing to regret though 'coz the experience is one of a kind.

Lesson learned during the trip...always check your camera if its fully charged...I was not able to take nice shots near the falls as much as I want to.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Camotes Island

I would definitely go back to Camotes Island for 3 reasons. First, the white and powdery sand of Santiago beach that stretches so long and wide especially during low tide. Second, the serenity of the place, surely relaxes the mind and the body.  Third, the mouth watering and very affordable seafoods at Pito's Sutukil!!!
Santiago Bay
I'm glad we decided to stay at Santiago Beach Resort which is a sister resort of Mangodlong Beach Resort because the place is just so wonderful. The beach is outstanding, the swimming pool is overlooking the beach, the rooms are affordable and clean, and there is Pito's Sutukil which is an affordable yet satisfying food place just beside the resort.  You can definitely save 50% of your food budget compared to eating in the resort's restaurant.

Santiago Beach's shoreline...Pito's Sutukil is here.

Santiago Bay, Camotes Island
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Low tide...

Camotes Island

High tide...view from Santiago Beach Resort...can't resist the water!!! Looks like an oversized swimming pool!

Santiago Bay Resort, Camotes IslandIf you're a bit scared of the can just stay under the cool shade of the trees and satisfy yourself with the great view of the beach.

The island does not have lots of activities like what is offered by other famous destinations such as party at the beach, fire dances, para sailing and others.  Camotes offers nothing but peace, tranquility and nature at its purest.

Summary of expenses:
Fare: Danao to San Francisco Port - 180/each (500 if you bring your own motorcycle including driver)
Fare : San Francisco Port - Resort  - 50/each (habal-habal)
Accommodation                           -1000/good for 2
Food                                           -150/meal

You can do the math!!!

More posts to follow on:
Santiago Beach Resort
Mangodlong Rock Resort
Timubo Cave
Lake Lanao Park
Pito's Sutukil