DIY Guide to Aguinid Falls

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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The province of Cebu is no stranger to charming cascades, but most probably haven’t heard of Aguinid Falls. Shadowed by the more popular Kawasan Falls, this exhilarating waterfalls is as marvelous, if not more.

Located in the town of Samboan in the southern part of the province, this multi-level falls dares adventurers to go “hiking” across waterways.

BACKGROUND
Aguinid Falls is comprised of eight levels. The first level’s basically a swimming pool. The second’s the most arduous as it required clambering up the actual cascade. The third level is a massive natural shower while the fourth allows cannonballs. The fifth is the most beautiful, if you ask me, which is great since during our visit the last three levels are no longer accessible.
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At any rate, the entire watercourse is blessed with cool, turquoise waters. The trail is covered with lush canopies, so going during high noon wouldn’t be a problem. Think of it as Canyoneering’s mellowed brother. It may not be as adrenaline-pumping, but it’s as rewarding. 

It still requires a bit more effort to experience the falls, but that’s actually a good thing. Because of this, the place isn’t as crowded as, say, Tumalog Falls

I’m also surprised that the rocks weren’t slippery. The water gushes over sparkling white slabs that were apparently a less sharp, “good kind” of limestone.

Related Adventure: DIY Guide to Osmeña Peak

TIPS AND CONCERNS
But first, the Leave No Trace Principles:

- All guests are required to attend a quick orientation before embarking on the trek.
- A standard and required two guide for up to 10 persons is in place. You’ll find that these guides are necessary along the way. This is for your own safety. 
- As of December 2017, there are no standard rates for tour guides.
- You will indubitably get wet. Prepare accordingly.
- There are wash rooms, stores, and eateries around the registration area.
- There are also parking spaces.
- It will take about three hours to complete the Aguinid Falls adventure.

GETTING THERE
In the South Bus Terminal in Cebu City, take a bus bound for Samboan. You may also take one heading to Bato via Barili. Alight at the Samboan Proper. Here, you can hire motorcycles (habal-habal) to take you to the registration area to the falls. You may also choose to get off at Brgy. Tangbo and opt to walk to the registration area.

Allow me to also mention that should you choose to stay at Bluewater Sumilon, they’d be happy to assist you in this adventure. They also arrange tours to nearby destinations.

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FEES AND BUDGET
(Per person unless otherwise stated)
Bus Fare, Cebu City vv Samboan – Php175 x 2 = Php350
Motorcycle Fare – Php400 good for two
Registration Fee – Php40
Guides Fee no standard rate (Php150 each for example) – Php300

Recommended budget per person inclusive of food and incidentals – Php1,500

Have you been to Aguinid Falls? How was your experience?

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