With the aid of experienced habal-habal drivers, who maneuver even on a foot-wide trail, a fifteen-minute assault is realizable. Pressed for time, climbers can be dropped on the saddle in Brgy. Monteverde.
From the peak, the distant islands of Bohol, Negros, Siquijor, and Sumilon punctuate the still sea. One can feel unworthy of the rewards, who barely sacrificed anything in a calm fifteen-minute traipse.
The Three-Drop Binalayan Wonder
Not satisfied with the short walk, wading through the wonderful Samboan waters is a welcome surprise. Trekking in, and not by, the river pleasures the mind. When the coldness of water penetrates the skin and the danger of a slippery riverbed awaits, a river is a microcosm of life.
Aguinid flirtatiously cascades through the rocky riverbed in Brgy. Tangbo. It is a series of cascading falls that concludes in a bluish natural pool. Binalayan, a loud three-drop falls in Brgy. Bonbon, has a deep basin best for afternoon dips. Dao in Brgy. Suba, requiring a challenging 80°–90° descent, is a staggeringly high falls. Its aqua water bespeaks its deepness.
Yes, not all towns are as graced as Samboan.
South Bus Terminal–Samboan P160-P180 (May 2011)
South Bus Terminal–Samboan 4–5 hours