The recent influx of numerous waterfalls unearthed in the province made Cebu synonymous to this wondrous phenomenon of nature and Samboan happens to be smack in the middle of this social media trend. I've visited this laid back coastal town countless times already wowing guests I brought with me and I've noticed a big change on my recent visit. The three established waterfalls opened new waterfall levels, there's also a plan to open a restaurant afloat on a brackish lake, a new cave discovered to be made accessible to the public soon and the municipality famous for waterfalls added five newly discovered waterfalls to their stash. This is an update post to the major changes in Samboan that the public might not know of and also serve as an official travel guide for The Bisdak Explorer to this municipality as I wasn't able to properly make one.
It's no wonder why Samboan is one of my favorite town in southern Cebu because it is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the province. Three years ago I'm a complete stranger of what this municipality has to offer. Fast forward now I've been going back here for six times already bringing different guests with me and all of them are always astonished.
Samboan is one of my highly recommended destination in the south of Cebu because most of the attraction here are fairly easy to navigate and even the old folks can enjoy an adventure without the hassle of long distance trekking. The options for adventure offered for people in all walks of life are sufficient enough to cater to everyone's capabilities and limits.
The sleepy municipality is also blessed with stunning & crystal clear beaches and historical century-old structures for those who are not fond of caves & waterfalls. Samboan are still in the process of developing their attractions to make it accessible for tourists. That is probably why in the span of months since my last visit I noticed a huge change in the town.
|the physical logo & tagline "Siempre Samboan" are new!|
This post will serve as an update of what's new in Samboan. I will cover the changes that the current attraction offers and also the newly opened activities they've recently introduced to the public.
Aguinid is the most famous attraction in Samboan and expect numerous tourists here especially on weekends and holidays. So if you want solitary time with the waterfall you should definitely come early around seven in the morning. The peak visit of tourists happens from ten in the morning onwards until it closes.
Folklore says the name "Aguinid" came from man who was lost in the stream and was never found again. It was thought that he was abducted by the faeries and forest elves living in this vicinity.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
The activity made famous here is the upstream river trekking passing through five waterfalls. Each group will be given a minimum of two guides after paying the entrance fee of Php 20.00 per pax and the guide fee is your prerogative.
Most of the river trail you will be passing through are modified for the safety of the guests so expect it to be somewhat synthetic but still retain the innate beauty of nature.
The exhilarating part here is in Level 2 where everyone are expected to climb a waterfall to continue the adventure. There's also a six feet cliff diving opportunity in between Level 4 & Level 5 that's perfect for the newbies who wants to try it for the first time.
They've added ropes now to hold unto in Level 2 ( where you climb the waterfall ) for the safety of the guests because there's a recent accident on that spot. These ropes are an eye sore in photos but I guess this is necessary for a specific group of people.
|climbing LEVEL 5|
|reaching LEVEL 6|
Guides are prerequisite here now and you can never say 'no' to them even if you already know the way but it is still your prerogative in how much you will pay them. I usually give them only Php 50.00
Balaygsawa Falls has three levels but the water is not as tempting as the other waterfall.
Dau Falls is usually close in the peak of the rainy season when the water level of the river rises and current is strong. And also they don't allow anyone in during the day after a heavy rainfall according to our guide.
They also setup a new bamboo chair in the main waterfall and removed the bamboo table.
The locals also carved a cliff diving platform in the left side of Dau Falls.
- Ponong Lake
TREKKING TIME: less than 5 mins
- Kang Yup-ot Spring
- Bartolina Peak
- Calatagan Caves
- Kang Porning Cave
- St. Michael Archangel Church
- Jacob's Ladder ( Escala de Jacob )
- Campanario de Antigua
Naturally, I always stay in Villa Isabella whenever I'm in samboan for a beach front accommodation in a decent price. I like the pink concept of their resort and shore is decent enough (mostly shells than sand ). If you're lucky you'll witness an extremely breathtaking sunset scene here like we did in the past.
The carefree personality of the caretaker is a breath of fresh air. He always let us extend our stay late in the afternoon without additional charges, given there's not a lot of guests around.
Ending your day with a stunning sunset scene and waking up in a refreshing breeze with a relaxing view of the sea will surely make your stay even more rewarding.
LANDMARK: Look for Samboan Medical Clinic or Ponong Lake signage from the main road before reaching the town center if you're coming from Cebu.
You can reach Samboan through the South Bus Terminal in Cebu. It takes around 4 - 5 hours of travel and a fare of Php 170.00 +
The public transportation in Samboan is usually only via habal-habal (motorcycle) good for solo travelers and trike cabs (motorized tricycle) good for small groups. I highly recommend Francis (trike cab driver) who can be your personal tour guide and driver. He also charge a justifiable price on his trips and well acquainted of all the destinations in Samboan. He only charge us Php 300.00 for a day tour all over the touristy spots in the municipality.
Hope you find this DIY guide helpful in your upcoming adventure in Samboan. Do leave comments if you have any further questions or just want to say 'hi!'
DISCLAIMER: I'm not a travel agency which I am mistaken a lot of time so don't bother asking for my rate. I do all these DIY guides for free.