Friday, December 12, 2014

A Taste of Ice Spring Pearls: Tumalog Waterfalls


    Cebu is blessed with great natural and cultural beauty but beyond the natural and cultural beauty of Cebu are its magnificent waterfalls. To count in is a multi-step cascading waterfall uniquely crafted in an umbrella-like shape located in Oslob, Cebu.


    Not far from the most visited destination in Brgy. Tan-awan, Oslob, Cebu where whale shark site lies, a belt of stunning waterfalls. Tumalog waterfalls is one that I’ve been hoped for to visit with someday. It was never part of neither a plan nor one of the itineraries on our road trip with my travel buddy – Karla Mae Alba.


           Coming from our seawater adventure, our whale shark encounter Meek Giants under the Sea: Whale Shark Encounter in Oslob Cebu we took a habal-habal ride (Fare: P120.00 per pax for a two way trip) from the MB Sunrise View Resort (the resort where we left our belongings for safekeeping). It took 10-15 minutes of travel from the resort before we reached the ticketing kiosk for entrance fee. From the entrance (Entrance fee: P20.00 per pax) you have an option to ride again a habal-habal or take an exhilarating walk going down to the waterfalls. The road is very hilly and steep so it’s highly recommended to take the habal-haba. It will cost you P50.00 for the ride per pax for a two way trip.


I know we were almost there when a mini pool welcomed us and I can already hear the sound of soft cascading water from the waterfall. Upon seeing it, I said to myself that this will be a sacred ground replenishing with splendor.


Voila! The majestic view of the waterfalls that left me staring in awe for a minute. The feeling is like I’m being transported into another world. After few minutes of picture taking, we splurged in the refreshing drizzle-like plunged and enjoy the waterfalls.


      The water from the falls cascades smoothly and gracefully like a natural rainfall and even surrounded by lush flora. Very relaxing, indeed! It will make you want to freeze the moment and stay there forever.


TIPS:
  • It is advisable that you bring waterproof camera or cover since it could get wet.
  • It is highly recommended to go there after whale shark encounter though closing time is until 6:00 PM.
  • You can bring food but just make sure that you don’t leave any garbage around the site.
  • Water is waist to chest deep but may reach to neck depending on the season but it is still safe to swim beneath the waterfalls and water current is restrainable.
  • Lastly, never forget the traveler’s golden rule: “Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time”.


HOW TO GET THERE:

  • Via Cebu City

Go to the South Bus Terminal in Cebu City, which is 30 minutes away from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport then hop on an Oslob bound bus and asked to be dropped at the crossing where signage Tumalog Waterfalls is located. From the signage you may take a habal-habal going to the ticketing kiosk. After paying the entrance, you have an option if you’ll take again a habal-habal or have an exhilarating walk going down to the waterfalls.


  • Via Dumaguete City

 From Dumaguete City take a multicab going to Sibulan Seaport to catch a ferry or pumpboat across the Tañon Strait which separates Negros Oriental from Cebu. Once already at the Lilo-an, Santander, Cebu Seaport you may take a bus, a multicab or a tricycle depending on your preference going to the crossing where Tumalog Waterfalls signage is located. From the signage you may take a habal-habal going to the ticketing kiosk. After paying the entrance, you have an option if you’ll take again a habal-habal or have an exhilarating walk going down to the waterfalls.


For more photos, kindly visit: Queen City of the South: Cebu (Oslob)

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