Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Feel the Falling Mists of Mag-aso Falls in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental


Catching a glimpse of the new natural sensation is certainly trending. With more than 7,100 islands, it is not a surprise to discover another hidden attraction in the Philippines which are equally wonderful to some of the famous attractions. Also, being considered as a social media capital of the world with so many natural attractions; it is not new if the online community will draw attention to a particular destination.


This is similar to what happened in Mag-aso Falls. It gained a lot of attention when someone posted it in the social media with a picture perfect scenery of Mag-aso Falls. Since then, tourists flock and have been busy posting evidence of their own experience with the falling mists.


Mag-aso Falls is a multi-tiered waterfalls located in Brgy. Oringao, Kabankalan City in Negros Occidental. The name was derived in a Hiligaynon word, “aso” which means smoke. Are you wondering why smoke? It is because the main falls seems to produce a smoke after it falls. One of the major reasons why tourists flock here, it is because of its ice-cold turquoise clear waters.


Since Mag-aso is a government owned resort, its prices are sure to make your pockets happy. Entrance fee is ₱50 per pax with discounts provided for senior citizen and students. If you’re going to spend a day trip, one can opt to rent cottages for as low as ₱200. However if you want to stay overnight, there are plenty of fan room cottages good for 4 pax for ₱1,000 only.

Activities:

There are plenty of activities available in the resort that one can enjoy. Here’s some of the list:


  • Meditation and self-reflection
  • Trekking down the falls
  • Swim on its ice-cold turquoise clear waters
  • Pool dipping
  • Team building or family gathering
  • Camping and bonfire

How To Get There:


There are no direct flights going to Kabankalan City. The nearest operating commercial airports are the Bacolod-Silay International Airport in Silay City, Negros Occidental and Dumaguete Airport in Sibulan, Negros Oriental. Meanwhile, the best way of going to Mag-aso falls is thru land travel which is approximately 2-3 hours.

Going here is easy. If you’re coming from Bacolod City, head to Ceres South Bound Terminal located at Lazuriaga St., Bacolod City. From there, hop on Dumaguete via Mabinay bound bus – just inform the driver that you are en route to Mag-aso falls. Alight at Brgy. Oringao, you will find habal-habal for rent to bring you up to the resort. Fare is 100 for a back and forth ride. For habal-habal transfer, I highly recommend my driver, Kuya Dan. You may reach him thru his mobile number: +639289695372. If you happen to hire him, please send my warm regards.


Another great alternative going to the resort but this will require you a lot of transfers is to hop on Kabankalan bound bus from Bacolod City. Alight at the Kabankalan bus terminal, ride a tricycle going to merkado and then ride a jeep with a route going to Mabinay. Once arrived at Brgy. Oringao, you’ll find habal-habal for rent to bring you up to the resort. (This is a great option if you are going to Sipalay and/or if you are planning to go for an overnight in Kabankalan.)

If you’re coming from Dumaguete City, same route applies as mentioned above except for riding a bus bound for Bacolod via Mabinay.

Tips:



  • Stack up cash before heading to the resort as everything is on cash basis.
  • While there is an available store in the resort, it is not a guarantee that they are open all the time. Therefore, it is highly recommended to bring enough food, drinking water and other necessities.
  • Adventure at your own risk. There are no life-guards at the pool and guides at the falls. Although the resort is not that dangerous but accidents might happen. So, be very cautious all the time.
  • Go there on a weekday because there are fewer people.
  • Always remember the traveler’s golden rule: “Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures, and kill nothing but time.”

Thank you for reading and sharing!

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