Life moves the way it suppose to be leading and sometimes we see ourselves standing in awe while enjoying the God’s gift of nature peacefully hiding in their own innate state before our eyes. I was honored for the unwonted courage I have experienced during our river trekking in Tabili, Catmon, Cebu. I wasn’t expecting much about the place, since I actually haven’t heard much about the Tinubadan Falls.
From the horrible traffic jam we’ve experienced from Cebu City going to Catmon, I try to stay calm and just enjoy the ride. But I can’t deny the fact that I was vexed about how the time run faster than the movement of the bus on the road. Things like this is truly unforeseen and instead of attempting to be irritated by the unexpected situation, I try to close my eyes and have a nap while trying to get a good rest for the coming adventure that has long been waiting ahead of me.
While the sun is busy and excited to move slowly below the skyline. We were in a hurry to have our late lunch. We were supposed to have our lunch at Catmon Native Chicken and try their distinctive native chicken soup, only we were not lucky enough to taste it since we arrived late. Hence, we decided to go to Duko-Duko Restaurant, which is just close to Catmon Native Chicken and we had our lunch there.
We need to take a jouncy motorcycle ride for about 30 minutes in order for us to get to the jump off area where we had to trek going to the enticing river. At the jump off area, we had our group briefing regarding the adventure that we are about to experience and our guide discussed about the do’s and Don’ts or things that should or should not be done during our river trekking and we had our short prayer.
From the jump off area, the trek leading to the enticing river wasn’t really that far which I thought was challenging, but it wasn’t. While getting closer to the river, I heard the sound of the splashing stream water like as if struggling enough, while hitting the huge rocks which makes the sound soothing in my ears. Soon enough, I was in awe while viewing the beautiful cascades on the huge rock. Our tour guide told us that it has been just sampled of the many waterfalls that we will be seeing on our river trekking adventure. We thought to have our upstream river trekking, but since we made it late, then we decided to just trek downstream.
There’s a calm and astounding haven I found and my two little itchy feet couldn’t keep the excitement to traipse along the huge rocks with the enticing sound of a water downstream. I have once again reminded that freely flirting to its innate state is like owning the freedom I have long been fighting to finally feel it in my hands. I recognize that I can’t be selfish to keep you from people who wanted to try your backbreaking nature and would love to commune to your beauty. Hence, I’m sharing you to everyone and hopefully they would love and take care of you as they start traipsing their feet to your awesome world.
So while trekking down, I found myself struggling enough with all the immense rocks and limestone that has all the sharp edges that I have to conquer. I have to be extra careful with all the steps I made, so I won’t end up bringing the bruises home. Cause by just a slight mistake of misleading your feet, you’ll be hitting the sharp edges of rocks. I saw the thick green foliage of the jungle while enjoying the shades that it gives like as if I was on the other side of the universe, trying to explore all the hidden treasures with only my eyes as my witness and my two little feet as my guide.
I discovered a wide open space leveling my eyes while wondering what kind of scenery is waiting me down there. My curiosity dragged me to the border of the cliff while staring down like I was on the edge of the tree with a panoramic view from afar. The water freely flows down while creating stunning cascades with an enticing catching basin that calls you to require a dip in its cold and refreshing water. I heard the wind blowing the leaves of the trees above me while I was embracing the creation that I’m currently in. Yes, I was left in awe while gazing at the sensational beauty of the Tinubdan Falls, like how I seriously stare my long time crush in High School. I was straining to capture beautiful photos, but my photos won’t give justice to the innate beauty of the Tinubdan Falls.
I hate to bid goodbye, but our guide told us that we have to move faster, since we are also planning to end our day, witnessing the spectacular sunset at Sagay Peak, which we were not lucky enough to see it cause we were a bit late. Going downstream was really arduous and there are immense rocks and limestone that we have to conquer. There was the last waterfalls that we have found out just before we ended our river trekking. Truly, it was stunning and we can’t simply leave the Falls without taking a good photo of ourselves with the Falls. Before departing the last Falls, there’s a part of the river where we have to swim to get to the other side and good thing I can swim. There’s an alternative way though if you can’t swim, but you have to ask someone or your guide to help you since it is a bit difficult.
Everyone was elated after our river trekking adventure, but our adventure has not ended so far. We trek going to the Sagay Peak for a sunset scene, but we were not granted a leisure time to make it to the peak. What we did, we stop at the mini store where we inquired if we can still make it to the peak, but according to them we really can’t make it. Hence, we ended up being offered a place where we can change our wet clothes before going back to the City. Truly, there’s always kindness everywhere.
1. Don’t ever go River trekking alone. Wrong direction of your feet could lead to bruises or anything that would cause you regret.
2. Make sure you stick to your guide’s instruction. Don’t create your own system, then follow.
3. Better halt the activities when the sudden rain arrives because the water can create fast currents that would result to dangerous situation.
4. Hypothermia can be a real risk. If you’re the person who’s not used of staying long in a cold water for too long, then you better wear wetsuits and pay attention to your body’s response.
5. Wear your comfortable river trekking shoes for you have to intersect over the crevice rocks and the river.
6. Bring enough water, and make certain to have your stomach filled before doing River trekking.
7. Bring your waterproof camera, Go Pro, or any gadgets that are waterproof. Bringing your DSLR is okay as long as you have a durable dry bag with you.
8. Please remember to leave no trace behind. Take good care of our mother nature. Just enjoy and be responsible enough.
9. Above all PRAY before doing River trekking for God’s guidance and protection.
How To Get There
Go to North Bus Terminal in Mandaue City and ride any bus bound for Bogo or Bantayan or any Bus going to the Northern Part of Cebu and ask the Bus Conductor to drop you off at the Corner of Katambisan, Catmon. You can as well tell the Bus Conductor to drop you off at the Catmon Native Chicken. From there, you can ride a motorcycle going to the drop off area. I highly advice to hire a tour guide going there for safety. You can contact our Guide master with this phone number: +63 999 325 9621. His name is Kyno Lim Dumlao, He is not just responsible and assure your safety, but you’ll be entertained with all his “HUGOT LINES”.
Possible Travel Expenses to Prepare:
North Bus – Catmon (Fare) – Php 78.00
Catmon – North Bus(Fare) – Php 78.00
Tour Guide Fee – Php 200.00
Habal-Habal (Back&Forth) – Php 100
Food (Lunch, Snacks & Dinner) – Php 250
TOTAL – Php 706.00
I would like to thank Nhagz of Nhagzventures for inviting me. I’m so happy to finally meet Ace and Demi of Ace and Demi Travel Stories and for joining us during this trip. I’m as well happy to share another travel memories with Glyster of Chasing Potatoes and for Lovely whom I find her funny, resilient and beautiful. I would wish to say thanks to my friend Aloysius John as well for joining us on this trip. To our master guide Kyno and to his two friends for helping us to experience the memorable and fun river trekking adventure and to the other group who have joined us, thank you so much as well.