Location: Tangbo, Samboan, Cebu
Types: Tiered, Segmented, Fan horsetail

After I made a brief stop in downtown Cebu to meet a tour friend, I quickly made my way to Cebu South Bus Terminal to catch the earliest trip going to Bato via Barili. By my rough calculation I would arrive in Samboan at the break of dawn.

But then I arrived in this southern town of Cebu rather too early. So I took a nap in the Monument of Volunteer Guards. I felt it was quite safe there so no worries.

I asked a habal habal driver to take me to the jump off point of Aguinid Falls. A few moments down the road, I was already in Barangay Tagbong. At 6 AM the village folks were already up and tending to their errands. I asked a few of them how to get to the falls and they kindly showed me the trail.

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Sensing that their kindness was genuine, I even asked a woman if I can leave my backpack at their house. I wanted to just bring my camera and tripod in my trek. A heavy backpack was an unnecessary burden.

At the first tier of Aguinid Falls alone, I was immediately and completely mesmerized. The early morning overcast and cool water were spectacular. Plus, I was the only person out there and that made the experience all the more beautiful.

The locals told me that Aguinid Falls has five waterfalls. So, when I showed them my photos that I only managed to reach the second tier. Somehow disheartened, I leaned on the to the fact that I had a very wonderful early morning trek to the majestic waterfalls of Aguinid.

How To Get There:

  • From Manila: take any Cebu-bound flight of PAL, Cebu Pacific, Zest Air.
  • From Cebu: take a Bato via Barili-bound Ceres bus at Cebu South Bus terminal. Travel time is around three hours.
  • From Samboan: hire a habal habal motorcycle.

Note: This is part of LegendHarry‘s ambitious travel project: Chasing Philippine Waterfalls.


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