The Wonder of Nature: Katibawasan Falls, Camiguin
If you are looking for a tranquil location to give you peace of mind, Katibawasan Falls is one of the excellent places. You can find it within Camiguin Island, one destination that offers natural wonders, historical events, festivals, and more. It has a mixture of rural and city vibes with the beautiful festival they celebrate every year.
At Camiguin, you will enjoy several itineraries. Don’t forget to make a list beforehand to ensure you can visit every beautiful area on this island. Adventurous and risk-takers finally have somewhere to go.
People are coming back for more, because of the peaceful scenery and the relaxing atmosphere of the island. More than that, the place offers majestic places to visit. One of these is Katibasawan Falls. The island preserves the beauty of each original location to provide a great traveler’s experience.
Everything you love to do is here in one place. Its background is simple and full of green surroundings. You will feel you are in a safe place, getting a pat from nature. It is only five kilometers away from the southeast of Central Mamabajao.
The Katibasawan Falls is 250 feet high, with rushing cold water to make you feel refreshed instantly. It is the perfect place during the summer season, but you can come at any time. As you enter the Katibasawan, you will see full of ferns surrounding the area. It gives you a forest-like and natural vibe. It seems like a beautiful backdrop of falls.
Camiguin developed this place and showing some signs of improvement every year. The government asks a little payment to continue developing the site. You have the privilege to use their picnic tables, grilling area, and comfort room.
How to Get o Katibawasan Falls
If you are coming from Mambajao towards the southern portion, you only have to drive 600 meters to reach Katibawasan Falls. You will pass concrete, muddy, and rocky road, but once you reach the place, you’ll say it’s all worth it. Bring your friends and family with you, and create quality time together at this picturesque place. Katibasawan Falls provides freshwater, too, in case you get thirsty along the way.
Cagayan de Oro – Katibasawan Falls
You can take a direct flight to Camiguin island from Manila and Cebu.
· Another option is to book, a flight to Laguindingan Airport.
· After you get outside the airport, ride a shuttle for one hour to drop you off at Agora Eastbound Integrated Bus Terminal
· Ride a bus going to Butuan, and ask the driver to drop you off at Balingoan Bus Terminal. The overall traveling hour is an hour to two hours.
· Walk from the Balingoan Bus Terminal to Balingoan Port for 2-3 minutes.
· Take a ferry going to Benoni Port for the maximum travel time of 2 hours.
· Once you arrive at Benoni Port, go to Mambajao for a 30-minute journey via jeep or shuttle transport.
· After the driver drops you off, ride habal-habal or motorela to reach Katibawasan Falls for a 20-30-minute ride.
Once you reach a Camiguin, you will see inns and resorts located near the city. You can try to stay overnight at beaches for a multi-purpose vacation. Besides, the payment between beach cottages with sleeping area and inns has little difference.
You can choose from Balai sa Baibai Resort, Dreamland Beach Resort, Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Retreat and Dive Resort, Hotel Camiguin, Laguna Lodge, B&B Casa Absuelo for resort’s accommodation for low prices. The good thing about staying in this place is you have an opportunity to relax and swim while you book for your stay.
If you want a luxurious stay, you can try out the Bintana sa Paraiso, a combination of beach and resort, with an exquisite landscape.
If in case, you get hungry, you can order palatable dishes from Italian restaurant Luna to try their pasta or pizzas.
The Things to Do while at Camiguin and Katibawasan Falls
Katibawasan Falls can be your stop location while traveling into the entire Mindanao expedition. From Camiguin proper, get ready as you will ride a habal-habal going to the area. You can haggle for the price if you think the charge is unreasonable.
While you are traveling from Camiguin, you will pass through the forest. Don’t worry. The road at first is smooth. You will see vendors along the way. Their natural products are the local’s authentic delicacy, the thin cassava wafers with coconut syrup. You can ask the motorcycle to stop for a little while to buy foods, clothes, kiping, or souvenir at the stall along the way.
As you reach the road further, the road is muddy, especially during the rainy season. That’s why I recommend you to visit the Katibawasan Falls during summer. You can still visit the place within ber-months. Just make sure to expect hassles of transport.
As you approach the sight of the falls’ entrance, you will feel the adrenaline rush inside you. It has a sound of nature that is tingling to the ears. When you reach the gate, you will see a stairway going to the table and fall’s basin. The overall temperature in this place is higher in altitude.
You can bring a jacket with you if you are planning to stay until the afternoon or evening. Expect the water to be cold enough for you to chill while staying at the water for a long time. Ideally, plunge at the water to release the stress away from your body. It is also a good therapy. If you wish to see the entire beauty of Katibawasan Falls, you can walk through the top of the stairway to see a bird’s eye view of the peak of its basin. Bring your camera with you to take a picture of nature.
Yes, the falls have freezing water, but a risk-taker will take no for an answer to try a dip. After a few minutes of staying in there, you will feel your body adjusted with the temperature.
If you are planning to visit Camiguin Island, you can stop by at this place since it is only a few hours away from your destination.
How Much Would It Take to Visit Katibawasan Falls (Budget)
You don’t have to prepare a lot of money to visit this majestic destination, except for the flight, of course. You can stay tuned for Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airline’s discount booking ahead of time to save more money. If you are from Cagayan de Oro, you only have to prepare a small amount of penny. We will provide lists of the budget for every ride and entrance fee.
· Bus from CDO Agora Terminal going to Balingoan Port – P148
· Ferry via Benoni Port – P170
· Terminal fee – P17
· Jeepney via Mambajao – P30
· Rela via Paguia’s guesthouse from Mambajao – P15
· Habal-habal for round-trip ride going to and fro guesthouse – P300
· Katibawasan Fall Entrance – Senior citizen: P24, Children 10 years old and below: P15, and with the regular rate of P30.
If you are in a tight budget, but you want to try their local dishes, you can visit Luna or La Dolce Vita, located in Mambajao. You should not leave the food behind. It might be a great highlight of your tour.
You can visit other Camiguin’s Falls if you still have enough time to wander around. These are Tuasan Falls and Binangawan Falls.
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