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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Katibawasan Falls

Katibawasan Falls is one of the treasured gifts nature has blessed the island of Camiguin.According to the locals, the Waterfalls measures about 250 feet high, cascades to a rock pool surrounded by ground orchids, wild ferns, trees and boulders.The falls rushes down into its green pool that is really refreshing for a good swim. Tourist are welcome to swim. It is an ideal place to cool off during hot and humid days. There is however an entrance fee of 30 pesos per person since the falls is maintained by the province. Giant ferns decorate the surrounding land, carpeting the spaces and huge trees and dropping vines provides the backdrop the falls.

Katibawasan Falls is a waterfalls located five kilometers southeast of Mambajao at the foot of Mt. Timpoong in the island of Camiguin. It measures about 250 feet which cascades to a rock pool surrounded by ground orchids, wild ferns, trees and boulders. Ice cold water provides an ideal summer splash to bathers and picnickers. The falls tumble down into a green pool, ideal for a refreshing swim. Giant ferns decorate the surrounding land, carpeting for space with huge trees and dropping vines. Rock picnic tables, seats and cookout facilities are available for use. Considered as one of the treasured gifts nature has bestowed Camiguin, the falls is maintained by the province and visitors are expected to pay a minimal entrance fee.

How to get there:
If you have already rented a vehicle in Camiguin Island, you will have no problem finding this famous spot as the driver ala tour guide will eventually take you there. Please take note that it is advisable not to rent a tricycle or a two wheeled roofed cart attached to a motorcycle the locals call "Rela". There is a certain portion along the paved road that is so steep, the Rela may not have a problem going up without passengers, but going down is a dangerous when the cart is fully loaded as the motorcycle's disc brake is not designed to hold the extra capacity. Tricycles and Relas are now prohibited to climb up past the bridge because an accident that happened 2 years ago. If you brought along your vehicle with you, the falls is really very accessible. If our reference starting point is the town proper of Mambajao, make your way along Camiguin's national highway going south. Not so far from the town, you will see a sign board to your right indicating the way to the Provincial Building and Katibawasan Falls (direction going up the mountain). As you ascend, you will pass by the Provincial building. Another junction will take you to Camiguin Highlands Resort, turn right to continue your way to the Falls. You will reach a bridge which will signal that the ascent is already steep. When you reached the deflection point leveling the road, the pave road will also end. the wide fire (rough) road will lead you to the entrance gate of Katibawasan Falls.


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