Morion's Travel| South Cebu plus Negros Oriental Get-away!

FEBRUARY 25-26,2012| After doing all the necessary extended works on Saturday such as selection interview, consolidation of reports and remittances, I immediately dialed Richard's number (best buddy since college days) to confirm if they (He is with two wandering ladies- Eunice and Zarah) already arrived in Cebu Airport from Manila.

The original trip was planned last month after I posted in my Facebook wall that Mr. Ron Perry invited me to spend my weekend at Virgin Beach Resort of Daanbantayan. In return I am going to feature his resort in this blog. Eunice and Richard wanted to join so they booked airline tickets going to Cebu on that day. Unfortunately, the trip wasn't pushed through due to my bucket list of works/activities and vacation in Manila. Not to disappoint the two plus one as they have already invited Zarah (long time friend ko na pla sa FB jejeje) , I decided to change the supposed to be North Cebu Trip to South Tip of Cebu plus Negros Oriental travel Get-away!

So this is it...

PHOTOTRAVEL plus Itinerary and Notes
Day 1
Matutinao, Badian, Cebu
1:00pm - meet-up @ Cebu South Bus Terminal
       (paid P5 for Terminal Fee)
1:30- 4:00pm - travel going to Matutinao, Badian 
               (fare: P137- aircon Ceres Bus much lesser if ordinary)
4:05- 4:20pm - almost 20 minutes narrow/rocky walk from Eskina Kawasan going to the location of the  first falls
4:30pm -  check-in at the hostel fronting the first falls of Kawasan. I am not going to mention the name of the     hostel since the owner is not accommodating-  1 free towel for the 4 persons and asking us to pay another 150 pesos if we want to have another 3 towels... anyway nevermind:) magsasarong na lang ako... We paid 1200 pesos for the room.
5:00-6:00pm - 15 minutes walk going to the location of the second falls. 15 minutes stop-over at the Batis  and experienced cool, relaxing water massage.

"Kawayang Tulay" going to the second falls
"Life and Home"
 another bamboo bridge going to the location of the second falls
view of the second Falls from the bamboo bridge
closer view of the second Falls
 6:45-7:30pm  - rented Balsa (for 400pesos), experienced electrifying water massage.

closer view of the First Falls
Day 2
Tan-awan, Oslob, Cebu
5:30am - we leave Kawasan Falls and headed to our next destination... Oslob!
6:30-6:50am- we've got the chance to take photos of nearby shoreline of Matutinao (very close to the highway and Eskina Kawasan)while waiting for the bus going to Bato Bus Terminal of Samboan.

7:00- 7:45am - riding in an ordinary Ceres Bus (50 pesos fare)-passing the beautiful towns of Alegria, Malabuyoc, Ginatilan, and Samboan with sudden glimpse to century-old churches and heritage parks.
8:05am-arrived at Bato Terminal of Samboan and  transferred to another Bus bound to Oslob (20pesos fare)

Bought "Salbaro" also called as PAN BISAYA for breakfast
 while waiting the Bus bound to Oslob @  Bato Terminal
9:00am- sent text message to Ate Jennifer. Ate Jen is one of our program member in Oslob. Her house is very close (100 meters) to the tourists' park for Butanding /Whale-Shark watching. She confirmed her availability to accompany us. We arrive in Bo. Tan-awan with the warm welcome. We left our backpacks @ Ate Jen's house and start the walk going to the country's newest attraction...

Paid 335 pesos and attended briefing/orientation.

INFO.After several issues were raised- citing abuse/insensitivity of tourists and local fishermen to Whale-Sharks, "10 commandments"  was created to guide the whale watchers and the fishermen about the Do's and Don'ts while watching the Gentle Giants. They are allowing tourists to swim but meters away from Butanding. Three (3) persons(with life vests) in a boat policy was also implemented to secure safety and security of the whale watchers.

"Tuki" or Butanding (Whale-sharks) changed the lives of local fishermen of Tan-awan, Oslob. Fishermen- from fishing to guiding tourists, Housewives -from selling fish to selling souvenir items and foods for the tourists.

"Tuki" in Bisaya or Butanding in Tagalog (Whale-Shark)
photo taken by Krizhara Langam
photo taken by: Eunice Vizconde
The Gentle Giant's Standing Pose
11:45 am - we left Ate Jen's house full of gratitude
11:46 am -12:05pm travel going back to Liloan Terminal of Santander via Ceres Bus (15 pesos fare). 
1:00-1:30pm- aboard fastcraft going to our next destination- Dumaguete City of Negros Oriental! 
                     (fare:52 pesos+ 10 Terminal fee)

Negros Oriental
2:00pm - ride in a tricycle from Sibulan Port of Negros Oriental (20 pesos each) going to Dumaguete City
2:10-3:30pm-lunch at McDonalds; photowalk at the Public Plaza, Century Old Bell Tower, busy yet organized streets of the City, and the famous Dumaguete Boulevard fronting Siquijor Island.

old model firetruck displayed at the City's Plaza
Century-old bell Tower of Dumaguete Church

4:00-4:30pm -travelling back to Liloan Port of Cebu from Negros' Sibulan Port (fare: tricycle: 20 pesos fastcraft: 62 pesos)
4:35-6:00pm- aboard aircon Ceres Bus (fare 50 pesos) going to our last drop for the day- Thinko Beach of Alcoy.
Note: Ceres Bus Terminal is in Liloan Port of Santander. 

Alcoy, Cebu
6:30pm-Arrived @ Thinko Beach of Alcoy. Since I need to go back to Toledo City in the afternoon for the following day's work, I just stayed for a while in Thinko Beach to secure my three travel buddies' accommodation. They choose cottage with one private room at Voda Krasher. The cottage was built at the top of the giant rock fronting the white sand beach of Thinko. Cool!

We headed to neighboring town of Alcoy(Dalaguete) after securing somewhere to stay- for our dinner at Maria's restaurant. 
Shrimp in Chinese Mushroom (P85)
Beef in Vegetables (85)
Visayan Bagnet (55)
and cups of rice ...
After an hour of dinner, I rode in a Ceres bus going back to Toledo City while the three hired a tricycle going back to Thinko Beach.
The following day will be their flight back to Manila...

February 26, 2012 Monday Morning
I was in uniform (back to normal working day) when I received this message from Richard: 
         "we're traveling back to Cebu City. hopefully makarating kami b4 afternoon sa Cebu City nasiraan kc ang bus, I dunno qng nasang part na kmi ng Cebu:(." 
I replied" dont worry 2 hours lang namn ang Alcoy to Cebu City at 10 am pa lang... sa Cebu South Bus terminal lang naman diretso ng lahat ng Bus sa South.manawagan ka sa radyo pagnawala ka jejeje:"

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  1. Haha.. Ive enjoyed reading your Blog Jeff.. Next time Surigao nanaman! Zara

  2. ;Tnx zarah for dropping here en also for allowing ur photos to be here regards to chad and eunice... Looking forward for more interesting travels with u guys;)

  3. powerhouse post! kumpleto!

    ganda ng shot ng spider web, i like it.
    at meron na palang souvenir items sa oslob ha. kumikitang kabuhayan!

  4. i want to explore southern Cebu soon! specifically to climb oPeak and to swim Kawasan falls...

  5. Tnx chyng and mervs;) i always luv to comeback in cebu-beautiful places and people,,,

  6. Glad to find your post. I'm planning to go to Oslob for whaleshark watching and day tour in Sumilon Island from Dumaguete. Would you know the earliest trip from Dumaguete to Cebu (don't know which specific port yet)? What to ride and how many minutes upon arrival in Cebu to Oslob? Planning to do both activities on the same day so I will leave early from Dumaguete and be back late in the afternoon. Thanks in advance! :-)

  7. ganda tol, ng mga shots mo..pati kasama mo...hehehe

  8. ganda tol ng mga shots mo....pati kasama mo..hehe

  9. @gab,,,i think as early as 6am may byahe na ng fastcraft and pumpboat sa sibulan port,, sibulan port is just 10minutes away from dumaguete via tricycle or multicab,,, 30 minutes lng travel time... Kapag fast craft cnakyan u baba ka ng liloan port may mga ceres bus dun dadaan ng oslob baba ka ng Tan awan sbihin u sa whale shark,,, qng pum boat malapit lng din sa liloan ang pier pero u nid to walk pa papuntang liloan terminal so best choice na ang fastcraft,,, ung sumilon island ay tanaw na sa whale shark watching area pero u have to ride in a tricycle or multicab going to mainit dhil andun port going sumilon,,, last sked trip going to sibulan from cebu port ay 8pm pero mas sure qng 6pm andun kna,,, dont forget to visit heretage park of oslob na nsa mismong bayan;) enjoy

  10. the best and photo with the spider web as foreground. hahaha!

    wow, butanding-watching, i want to try this!

  11. Maraming salamat ha. :) Mukhang maganda talaga yang Kawasan falls.

  12. panalo to! im getting more excited to see oslob. im doing reverse of your iti coming from dumaguete instead. white beach of alcoy is now added to list. nice blog space! kudos!

  13. Oh dang, CEBU! Ilang beses ng nakaplano ang pagpunta ko dito, kaso hindi natutuloy. Tsk..

    Ang anda ng falls.. and the whale sharks! It's great na meron nang Do's and Dont's while watching them. Dahilsa sobrang pagging gentle nitong mga Gentle Giants, naaabuso sila pati na ng mga turista.

    A great post. Thanks for the share..

  14. wow, great photography esp.the "Life and Home". one huge full-packed vacation!!! Happy travels Jeffrey!

  15. I lived in cebu for 2yrs and I love all the places that you've posted. I'm glad you like Cebu. Cheers!

  16. inggit na inggit ako sa butanding encounter nyo ser! nice shots din :D

  17. Gusto ko ma experience yang sa Oslob!! wow! :)

    Saka yung sa Kawasan falls!

  18. Cebu should have been accessible for me..
    dunno why, but I've always skirted this island, never really landing in it!

  19. and i thought Butandings can be seen lng in Sorsogon...

    dami ko talagang na didiscover na places and things while reading blogs, keep on travelling and blogging!

  20. Hey I had no idea may butanding pala sa Oslob. One of my greatest dreams is to swim with the butanding but first I've got to learn to swim first :D

  21. I love how detailed your travel entry is. The falls are indeed magnificent! I always visit Negros Occidental (my dad's hometown) but I've never been to Oriental. Thanks to your post, maybe this summer I will. =)

  22. Missing you quite sometime! Your blog is well documented. Everything is well recorded and the momentous moments were captured. You're a meticulous traveler. Your detailed account of the places you've visited give the clear description of that places and attract your blog readers and I'm of one of those to visit also the said location.

  23. @ sir gil, been busy these past few weeks -turn over coz i was transfered here in mindanao(for something good;)) plus loaded sched for work(even week ends)... Guilt for not updating this blog,dami ko na backlog! Hopefully before this month ends mapost q na mga backlogs,,, tnx sir for following my baby blog,,,

  24. Oh I miss your photography, I am so envy how can you make a great pic out of ordinary

  25. Galing ng Butanding encounter! hindi ko pa nasusubukan yan

  26. never encountered a butanding before... hope i'll have that chance too. Yahweh bless.

  27. Love the photos! Feel na feel ko na ang summer. Hope I get to visit these beautiful places too.. :)

  28. wow ang ganda dyan!!! super like ko yung falls.. ang ganda! gusto ko na lumublob now... ang init e.. hehe ;) hope to explore this part of the philippines too real soon! :)

  29. bagay talaga name ... napakagala mong tao e.

  30. i love tingko beach! gusto ko dun kasi di masyado maraming tao =)

  31. Sino ba naman ang ayaw pumunta sa ganito kagandang lugar lalo pa ngayong summer. Kung pwede pa lang liparin na eh.

    The pics are simply amazing especially that with spider web...ganda!

  32. Ang gaganda ng places! I suddenly missed my hometown. Marami din kasing great spots dun!

  33. very nice narative with complete details

  34. i agree with other comments here ganda ng mga photos.. more travels and keep blogging..i'm inviting you to visit our place too.. :)

  35. Pretty amazing Photos... love it--- I miss my place.. My Cebu----

    Eigroj Stain

  36. nasa cebu lang ako, pero di ko pa napuntahan ang mga lugar na to..ahihihii!

  37. i'm so "inggit". was this just this year? my summer hasn't really begun yet. my daughter's school is still not over.

  38. @rc yap last feb lang,,, @gagay,wow u should plan the jampack suroy suroy na... Ang ganda ng cebu c'mmon;)

  39. Love looking at those falls, so mystic.

  40. @ kathy iluv this job...explore,work,photograph,and write,, tnx guys for dropping here;)

  41. i wonder why Tingko beach is not that famous, pero nagandahan tlga ako sa kanya. ang fine kase ng sand kase sa dagat mismo kaya sarap maligo tas ang clear pa ng water! :)

  42. I just don't know how will I react if I were standing, sitting or sailing beside to this what they call as gentle giant because as I'm looking at the photos now my knees are trembling terribly waaaaaaaaa so scary!

  43. OMG sionee these Giants are really gentle,, kahit wla sa plan u magswimming mapapatalon ka sa tubig sa excitement to meet closer these wonderful/amazing creatures!

  44. Hindi ka masyadong busy Kuya! Ganda2x ng mga photos mo, naka inggit. You also had a very good adventure, envy you much for all of that. Ive been to Cebu but for 4 hours only. didnt enjoy much but I hope soon I will have the same gala like you had. Tnx for the share! :)

  45. i relly love all the photos of Kawasan Falls,ganda ng place .

  46. Wow, I like the falls, ang linaw ng tubig! At ang nipa hut atop a giant rock, astig. Sana mapuntahan ko rin yan Cebu soon. :) BTW, salamat sa pagbisita sa lungga ko. ;)

  47. I wanted to visit those falls for the longest time. The pictures were clear as the waters too. ^_^

  48. That "Life and Home" photo is just wonderful. Anyway, I enjoyed reading your blog :) Keep it up!

  49. Tnx rochelle en all of you guys who dropped here and leaved wonderful comments;) i am more inspired to seriously marry photography jejeje

  50. Kahapon lang Oslob feature sa Kris Tv.. kris even try yung whale shark watching..

  51. Tlaga sheng sheng? Iba tlaga ganda ng Oslob at hindi na kylangan na hanapin ang mga butanding they are living in the place na tlga at kilala na ang mga fishetmen unlike Donsol n may season na di cgurado qng may makikita na whale shark,,, yun nga lang sana mahigpit ung rules na no touch sa butanding as well as the other policies para maprotektahan ang newest attraction in da country;)

  52. Your photos of South Cebu is by far the best! Really appreciate you for photos these. I've been living in Cebu for most of my life, but I have never been to those corners you took snaps of. Just lovely! Keep the photos coming! Now, I'm ashamed by being left out of reality.

  53. tnx Itin for dropping here:) Indeed! Cebu is one full packed Beautiful province worth to visit:)

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  57. Wew! ganda :)
    I'm going to Cebu this December sana makapunta ako sa Kawasan Falls :)

  58. I've been in Oslob, but not in Kawasan Falls yet. For my next vacation I'm going. Thanks for sharing your experiece & pictures, very nice shots.


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