Alegria, Cebu: A Noteworthy Town for its Abundance of Caves and Waterfalls
Famous for its Kawayan Festival, Alegria, Cebu is a small town but rich with biodiversity. Magnificent waterfalls and ready-to-explore caves surround the whole town. Just imagine those crystal-clear waters slowly flowing while massive volume pour out from underneath and plunging deep below the surface while you stare in awe. Yes, that’s exactly where you’re focusing your eyes on once you visit this town which takes pride in its natural resources.
Alegria has an estimate population of 20,000 and total of 9 barangays: Compostela, Guadalupe, Legaspi, Lepanto, Madridejos, Montpeller, Poblacion, Santa Filomena, and Valencia. It normally takes about 3 hours to get to this waterfalls-infested town from Cebu city.
Here’s a quick peek at some of the world’s best waterfalls that can only be found in the small town of Alegria, Cebu, reminding us all that some of the most beautiful things in the world could only be hidden in our very towns.
Cambusay & Salay Caves
If you’re into strenuous sports and willing to move from one place to another inside a dark, wet, and bat-infested cave, while taking photos as much as you can and enjoying the view, then this is the best adventure for you. Cambusay cave welcomes any visitors through its huge gaping mouth or by a large opening which enables a small amount of light to get through.
The passageway from Cambusay leads to another opening which you have to trek to get to Salay caves. Salay cave’s opening is smaller compared to Cambusay but the interior of the cave boasts of huge stalactites and stalagmites which should be preserved and protected.
First-timers no need to fret for it only takes about 30 minutes to finish the exploration. Caving definitely isn’t for the squeamish but if you’re looking for a little adventure, then Cambusay and Salay caves in Alegria should be on top of your caving list.
Cambais Falls in Alegria, Cebu is located just a few meters away from the road so you have to do some trekking as part of the short trail on your way to the falls. When you reach an intersection, it is better to ask your tour guide to make sure you’re going to the right falls for it is quite confusing.
Make sure you’re ready to get wet or at least bring extra clothes if you really want to enjoy exploring from the first falls to the second. The second falls is quite deep and you can no longer see the surface.
Whether you go directly to the second falls or the first falls, what’s important is that make sure you get to both to get a glimpse of this majestic view.
You have to do a little trekking down the hill before you get to the Cancalanog Falls. Just by looking at it will bring you instant nostalgia. It’s a complete mixture of Kawasan falls in Badian and Enchanted River in Surigao. That scenic bluish-green color of the water will make you want to jump for joy.
Aside from the clear blue waters, the rock formations and the decrepit bridge were just perfect as if they were placed there with a purpose. For adrenaline junkies over there, this is the perfect time to practice your cliff diving skills. The water is deep and there are no rocks anywhere near the diving spot. Define absolute perfection?
They say that best things in life are free so check out Montpeller falls because one of the best things in your life is just about to happen. Aside from the incredible experience due to unspoiled clear waters and enjoying the peaceful ambiance, the entrance is actually free. So what are you waiting for? Go chase this waterfall now.
If you feel tired of your explorations, then you have to check out Kawa-Kawa falls to give you some sort of shake. As most of the waterfalls are, you have to do a little trekking to get to the actual falls but this one only takes just a few minutes. When you get to the main entrance, you’ll see two big rocks and the water flow is going into different directions. There are three levels for guests and visiting Kawa-kawa completes your waterfall challenge.
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