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Dao, Binalayan, and Aguinid Falls in Samboan

Aguinid Falls, Samboan, Cebu
Not all mountains tax its climber to see fulfilling scenery. Not all mountains require six hours or a day to reach the peak. Not all mountains find happiness to see its climber gruel from muscle pain. Not all mountains are like Samboan’s Mt. Bartolina.

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.

Aguinid Falls, Samboan, Cebu

Mt. Bartolina, Samboan, Cebu

Mt. Bartolina

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.

Binalayan Falls

Binalayan Falls

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.

The Mighty Dao Falls

The Mighty Dao Falls

 

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.

Samboan Shore

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South Bus Terminal–Samboan P160-P180 (May 2011)
South Bus Terminal–Samboan 4–5 hours

 

 

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Hi there, I’m Jona! I’m in my early 30s and is currently based in Ha Noi, Vietnam.I primarily write poetry and short stories in Cebuano and lengthy travel essays in English. Blogging has become an outlet to think out loud. I live the life I set for myself. I try to live an unapologetic life. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at backpackingwithabook@gmail.com. Find me somewhere else!

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54 Comments

  1. Urban Pinay says:

    Wow. Beautiful. Where is Samboan by the way?

  2. gabriel says:

    nice place.. you know what ive been following ur blog a couple of months ago..and im amazed of ur talent in capturing the beauty of nature.. naay daghan blog about cebu or the beauty(nature) of our country but not as good as yours. keep up the good the work.. gud day!

  3. gabriel says:

    keep up the good work!

  4. kikit says:

    mam, i love to come here in december. dan and i are spending christmas in dumaguete so kung naa ni sa southern part sa cebu, ok kaayo. ang 15 mins lang? kalingaw gud! 🙂

  5. Christina says:

    Yay I’ve always wanted to visit Samboan. Just never had the time. Sem break’s just around the corner!! Would you recommend a girl going there alone?

  6. jonabering says:

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  8. pag anha namo sa samboan kay beach raman among na abtan. i’ll try to look for these.

    btw, i’m not sure kung makit-an ang bantayan which is far north from the southernmost tip of cebu. 🙂

  9. Sorry for backtracking. Looking at the photos on your sidebar made me realize how a stranger I am to my own hometown.

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  13. yi-ching lin says:

    gorgeous, sharp leaves!

  14. Marky says:

    A mountain with a waterfalls provides an awesome reward to any climber. I remember during my college climbing years, I’d also look forward to a cascading waterfalls in every climb…that one is beautiful.

  15. I love the waterfalls! great respite from my weary and torn soul. I will take on the trip sana. Naudlot kasi ung dati! haha

  16. great waterfalls… seems inviting after a trek in the mountains. wish i could go there the next time i visit cebu 🙂

  17. lovely description of Samboan. nice captures of the falls as well. 🙂

  18. Awesome, I’d so like to go there

  19. mschristiner says:

    Such beautiful photos, I’ve always wanted to go to Cebu. I’ll keep this in mind for my next trip to the Philippines 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  20. Sony Fugaban says:

    Breathtaking images there … Sigh.

  21. amira says:

    nice place.
    where exactly is it?

  22. rutheh says:

    Beautiful images
    Thanks for stopping my blog.

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  24. gia says:

    I’m proud to be from Samboan! 😉

  25. KAP TANGBO says:

    SIEMPRE SAMBOAN!!!
    I am from Samboan…. particularly in Aguinid Valley!!!
    Samboan is a waterfalls capital in Cebu, i guess… It offers waterfalls in AGUINID, BINALAYAN, DAO, TABON, BALAYG-SAWA, VICTORIA, and lots of cool Springs!!! We also have our one and only Lake – Ponong Lake….
    Nice Blog…. very nice….

  26. Keoni Moon says:

    Fabulous pics, I would just love to be there right now.

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  28. Ahamz Baluyos says:

    HI Jona! Love your Blog about the wonders of Cebu..Just like you I’m trying to explore every town in Cebu during my RD (depende sa budget..hehehe). Pila kaha ka oras imong ma spend if you’ll go to Samboan and explore the mountains/falls in your pictures above? Then how much did you spend?

  29. Great posts! I love your romantic writing style :^_^

  30. JES says:

    HELLO PO, KAYA PO BANG MAG START NG 3 OR 4 PM TOURING SAMBOAN PO? SPECIALLY, AGUINID, DAU AND HIDDEN FALLS.?
    ty:))

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