Lisa’s Trip to the Philippines – Part 2

We woke up early and watched the sun come up. It was amazing!



We then packed up and hired a private van to take us to Badian, where the Kawasan Falls are located. A van there is a like a mini van but the driver is in a cab and the back is similar to a covered pick up truck with two benches down the side. It was my favorite way to travel because the wind kept us cool.

It cost us $7 to have a private van as opposed to $1 to ride the bus. Sometimes comfort is worth it! The road down was breathtaking.


We arrived at the base of the Kawasan Falls hike pretty early in the morning since we started our trip at about 6:00. It was an easy walk with amazing scenery.



There were some huts along the way. Of course they had roosters! There are three in this picture. Most homes have these perches for their roosters outside.

 The falls.


We swam behind and through the falls. It was amazing and the water was perfect!


After swimming for a while we hiked up to the upper falls but decided to keep going past them. We were told the spring source was about a 15 minute hike farther up.


The upper falls

It wasn’t the actual source of the spring but more falls. John did a little cliff jumping with some new Filipino friends.



The bridge (made out of bamboo) to cross the river to more falls.

Then we headed back down to the upper falls and took another dip before headed back down.

We had hiked in so early we didn’t realize that the little river running next to the path would be affected by the tide coming in. When we went back down it was all filled in. It reminding us of the Amazon.

So beautiful!

The bus ride back to Moal Boal was another adventure in transportation! There were no seats available so it was hang on for your life! Literally!!! I had to use both hands and I was swinging all over the place. Plus the seats are packed with tons of people so its a challenge not to be thrown into them. It was a great upper arm workout. No really, it was!

After we got back we decided to try snorkeling off our beach. HOLY COW! We were shocked. We knew there was some coral but we didn’t really understand that it was all part of a reef. We saw tons of fish, a sea snake, crabs, it was amazing. It was kind of windy so we decided not to stay out too long. We had a little mango and bread for dinner and were in bed by 7:30 again.

We got up early the next morning and went into town to withdraw cash and to shop for some food. This was scuba diving day! Then we were back at 8:30 to catch our boat to Pescador Island. Its a little island that sits across from Moal Boal and is suppose to have amazing diving.


It did not disappoint. We took underwater cameras but mine had a leak so none of my pictures turned out 🙁 We were down about 15 feet down so it was a little too dark for good pictures too with Johns camera.






It was just like swimming into the opening credits of Finding Nemo. It was spectacular. There were thousands of fish! We were down for about 35 minutes. We were hoping to do a second dive but John and I both got a little sick on the way up, and since I was still just recovering from my cold the pressure had been hard on my ears. Since we heard Pescador was the best we didn’t feel to bad about skipping the second dive.

On the way back to the hotel we decided to stop and inquire about a couples massage since there are massage places all over. We found one really nice lady and arranged for her and friend to come over and give us massages at 4:00. Back at the hotel we went snorkeling for a couple of hours, then it was massage time!

My massage was amazing! Johns…well he was abused for most of his. She was twisting him all up and pulling on his arms and legs. Poor kid. It was not relaxing at all for him!

Total cost (per person) for scuba diving and private couples massage in our hotel room – $56. Not bad.


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