For quite a while now since we heard about dau falls in samboan and how nice the place is. Also, we have been reading a lot of good reviews and appreciations of the beauty of the place.
The original plan was just to drive to lilo-an fast craft’s wharf and drop off my parents-in-law, nephew and niece who will be travelling back to siquijor province after our adventures last week then drive to Badian to meet up with our local guide and operator for canyoneering.
(if you have not read or seen our last week’s adventure, please click the ff links:)
So we left Cebu City at around 3:30AM and drove straight to lilo-an wharf in Santander, Cebu. It took us only around 2 and a half hours as there are no traffic during this hours. We waited for a bit and ate breakfast at their canteen. We always stop by to eat either breakfast or lunch at this canteen everytime we travel going to dumaguete city via fast craft (that if we will not be bringing car). Every time we talked about going there, only one thing comes to my mind -“sisig”. It’s really very yummy and delicious. You’ve got to try it when you’re there.
Well, so much for the “sisig”, fast craft is scheduled to depart at 07:00AM. After the fast craft left for sibulan, negros oriental, we also left and thinking of driving straight to Badian via Bato, samboan, guinatilan, malabuyoc and alegria. But while we are still in samboan, we saw the signage for Aguinid falls. I was joking at my wife and told her, let’s do the aguinid falls adventure again. Well, of course she said NO as we have been there already. Then we passed by at hidden/binalayan falls signage and asked her again if she would want to go there and she said NO again. And then when we passed by at Dau Falls signage, this time, she asked me if i want to go there. i told her i’d love to but it would require around an hour of trekking before getting to the falls and she said she’s fine with it. Then i told her we’re going to be wet and we are not bringing any extra clothes and to my surprise, she said she got it covered as she was expecting that i would decide to go swim at either Kawasan falls or at cangkalanog falls so she packed extra clothes for both of us. By the way, this is just our first adventure together; No kids, no cousins and no teammates.
So off we go! We turned around as we have passed already the access road going to Dau Falls. From the highway, we drove for approximately 1.2KM in a small and narrow road but mostly cemented. We were the first ones to arrive and register. We hired a guide and at exactly 07:30AM on my watch, we started trekking. According to the guide, the trail would be so muddy but he did not mention that there was a flood on the night before this trip. Indeed it is very muddy. We passed by at this hanging bridge which is just less than 20 meter length. Getting there during this time was a bit tricky due to the muds and trail at the side of the river is really slippery and there lots of coconut shells, woods and other shrubs brought by the flood and the previously clean and clear waters flowing into the river now looks like coffee and cream.
After we reached Dau Falls, I was really amazed by the strong water current and the rock formations around the catch basin, the falls itself and the next lower level falls. On the picture, you just have to imagine that there are no garbages, debris and that the water is still turquoise as it was the day before the flood. Overall, this trip was a failure so the moment we got back to the city, we planned for another chasing waterfalls trip. Next time will be Binalayan Falls, Dau falls again, cambais falls and cangcalanog falls.
Well, don’t get me wrong! Though i said it was a failed trip, it is really worth coming back!