Mantayupan falls smiles better than Kawasan Falls
Trip Start Dec 05, 2005
83Trip End Dec 12, 2016
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Traffic in Cebu is terrible. Like any major city in the world it's just over crowded, too many taxis, lorries going to slow, and junctions you just pray you will get across, without crashing. I think within the next ten years Cebu will come to a grinding halt and all further expansion will just multiply the issue of traffic. The daily commute will become just impossible, as there is seemily zero money spent on road widening, major improvements, or other methods or transport. The city of Cebu will be suffocated by its own success. That’s why I am living somewhere else !
Rant over.....Needless to say the fiancée and I weaved the little XRM through the traffic, along Gordo, then Escario, then out onto Osmena Fuente roundabout, down to Colon, Talisay, Naga, Carcar
Eventually we reached Moalboal town, a busy hub of tricycles and habal habal riders, with buses and the occasion yellow missile, Ceres Liners. We turned towards the sign for the Beach resorts and headed down the road. I was surprised how far from the town, the resorts are, but it was not long before we’d past the signs we needed to follow and had ended up in a dead end. Turning the bike round a lady offered us accommodation, at cut price, which i had seen cheaper online, and we headed back to where we should have gone. My first choice was Pacitas, but at the junction turned left instead of right, towards Quo Vadis. Weary from the journey, my fiancée with menstrual cramps i decided to take a cheap room there, for one night a walk around looking for cheaper. We got an economy room for 950php and unpacked the bike which breathed a sigh of relief as I removed the bags from it. We took a shower, and Claire climbed into bed, feeling unwell. I then explored and wandered about, the Quo Vadis resort, then along to some others in the strip. A lot like Santa Fe, there is a big foreign bar and restaurant scene, infact just like Santa Fe, many foreigners sitting round drinking beer in between dives
Mayas Native Garden restaurant.
With no kitchen, my fiancée and i had to find a cheap food supply, i joked saying we could eat insects and leaves, but she doesn’t like leaves. Consequently we ate in the many eateries in Moalboal town proper. They were well stocked, the food cheap and the selection wide. Squid in ink, for 75php, and a huge bowl of it, in my mind is a great meal. We ate at the eateries for three days before deciding to blow some of the budget on meals at the restaurants. So on the fourth evening we went out only making it as far as Mayas Native Garden restaurant. We looked at the board outside displaying the specials and the prices were reasonable, considering its a foreign restaurant. An extremely friendly and pretty waitress came and asked us if we were okies and if we would like to look at the menu. Her demeanour made me feel as if she was inviting me into her own home and not into her work place so in we went. The plan was to eat little drink little and use the internet lots, as we’d been using a Globe Tattoo usb stick to collect emails and update fb, at a torturously slow rate...We looked at the menu which was not overly huge like the menu in Marisquera, but had some nice things on it. I opted for the Tuna Steak and Fries, the gf, Pork Curry
Silver Ray Resturant
The plan had only been to stay a short while in Moalboal and just see what it was all about. But the inital three days turned into four then to five, then a week !! WE extended one more night, to take us to a week, and decided to not go to Mayas, for our final meal. After chatting with a Finnish guy, he recommended the Silver Ray Resturant on the northern end of Moalboal strip. So my gf and I walked along the convoluted route to the silver Ray, ignoring the many many foreign priced and owned restaurants on t he way. The Silver Ray is a BBQ joint, with fresh seafood and BBQ foods, layed out on the tables at the front. Its the same set up as everywhere else, u pick wat u want then sit down. Some time later a waitress/waiter appears with the food. The gf and I picked what we wanted, the Blue crab looked great, 500php, but then i remembered before that after crab i had had a really bad belly....Something i didn’t need on the long journey tomorrow. The food was served, and it was just normal BBQ, nothing special, there’s not much you can do to make BBQ great. My gf didn’t like the sauce, but i did, the rice was nice, the beer cold, the sprite refreshing...The bill was excellent value for money, and certainly made us realise that there was cheap places to eat in Moalboal, with no need to go to the town. 8/10 – great value for money.
Kawasan Falls, Cebu.
We’d already had an aborted attempt at going to Kawasan Falls, the weather was overcast, the pictures, memories would of been a waste of time, so we’d simply turned round a rode back. The second attempt was on a lovely day, not sunny but certainly a break in the weather. The ride there through Badian is pleasant with some truly wonderful scenery, kind of ‘glad to be alive’ stuff..We arrived at falls and parked the bike in the 50php parking area (rip off) and walked the 1.5kms to the site after almost having to fight the ‘tour guide’ off. The walk there was a wonderful experience, possibly better than the falls, following the course of the river, flowers and butterflies adorn the green strip as it continues its travels to the sea. Eventally we could hear the falls and then finally see them. I was for some reason, disappointed, everyone talks about Kawasan Falls, but in reality the Casaroro falls are much better, and the Nidulan falls just awesome (both in Negros) at to this i had paid 50php to park, and then 20php each to get in, i felt a little ripped off. My gf and I took an alternative path to the falls, and arrived at a table in the centre of the cascading water, with an excellent picture of the falls. I put my camera on the table as i organised my gorilla tripod, and a large women came rushing over with two chairs, demand 300php from us. I just laughed and waved at her, walking away as i did so. We took our pictures of the falls and watched the people there swimming and riding the raft that takes u under the falls themselves, we were both tempted to jump in ourselves, but the weather was not right, and well we both chickened out. Over all the experience was poor, the falls are loverly don’t get me wrong, but this commercialisation of a natural thing does annoy me, even moreso when people are demanding money from me
If you’ve don’t one why not another. Having completed the Kawasan Falls Experience, we decided to go to Barili some 50 kms away, and started the long ride. We knew the falls were in Barili, location unkown. The ride there was the same as the ride to Moalboal, mainly because its the same National Highway, through some bustling towns, its Barili that surprised me. Everyone going down the west coast of Cebu goes through Barili, its on the highway, and little place made u of a bus stop, some eateries and a few other shops and houses...WRONG.....thats’ just the bus terminus. Turn into Barili itself and you find a busy little town full of life, the market is large, there are many shops and its really quite developed it was something to be amazed by. We asked directions from an older gentleman who was more interested in me than giving directions, however eventually we headed in the right direction, and just outside Barili is the Mantayupan falls. Parking was only 10php and entry 20php, so already cheaper than Kawasan. The falls are just a short walk from the car park and entry, and the route has been lined with pots of plants and every effort has been made to make the place look good, and they have succeeded in my opinion