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Lambug Beach in Badian offers perfect, peaceful getaway

Fuel cost for a three-hour drive from Lapu-Lapu City to Lambug Beach in Badian, Cebu and back for three vehicles carrying 16 adults and kids. P3,000. Dinner and breakfast. P2,000….

Fuel cost for a three-hour drive from Lapu-Lapu City to Lambug Beach in Badian, Cebu and back for three vehicles carrying 16 adults and kids. P3,000. Dinner and breakfast. P2,000. Overnight stay in two of the resort’s huge rooms. P3,000. Our fun and enjoyment at the powdery fine white sand beach of Lambug. Priceless.

The town center of Badian in southeastern Cebu is a good 96 kilometers from Cebu City and Lambug is 15 minutes more of travel on a narrow though asphalted road. The beach is still a 400-meter walk from the parking area on a footpath cut out through cornfields and muddy ground.

Lambug Beach in Badian

Lambug isn’t as overcrowded as Basdako in Moalboal or the beaches in Mactan Island.

When you reach Lambug Beach, with its wide swath of fine white sand and clean aquamarine water, you can’t help but act like the kids in our party. You squeal with delight and run along the surf. You dive into the water without changing into your beach wear.

Unlike the overcrowded beachfront of Basdako in Moalboal, Lambug offers a peaceful respite from the hubbub of urban life.

Lambug Beach

It’s not the summer season and there was a weather disturbance during our trip but it didn’t make our stay at Lambug Beach in Badian any less fun and memorable.

The overcast skies and strong winds that caused waves on an otherwise calm sea added to the experience.

Kids at play on Lambug Beach in Badian

Kids at play on the beachfront in Lambug, Badian.

We stayed at Magic Beach Resort which is right on the beachfront. It has big beach huts made of native materials. Rooms come with two queen-sized beds and extra pillows and mattresses.

There are tents for rent or you can bring your own and pitch it right on the sand. We did that, too. Until the wind got so strong it almost flattened the tent, some of the children slept there. A few adults kept guard by dozing on mats spread out on the sand.

Magic Beach Resort on Lambug, Badian.

We stayed at Magic Beach Resort.

Spartan amenities

Amenities at Magic Beach Resort are basic at most. There’s no restaurant but you can arrange your food requirements with the caretaker ahead of your stay. A better option is to bring meal ingredients and just cook the dishes yourself.

Be warned though that you have to rough it with the cooking as it is done on a dirty kitchen using firewood. No need to bring a cooler for perishables or drinks since the resort provides a ref for guests to use.

The resort is some distance from the town center so buy ahead anything that you might need during your stay, such as shampoo, soap, sunscreen. The rooms come with extra pillows, mattresses and blankets but towels are not provided so don’t forget to pack some. Shower rooms and toilets are clean but are outside of the beach huts.

Lambug Beach Badian

Lambug has a wide swathe of white sand beachfront with clear water.

Aside from Magic, there are other resorts along Lambug Beach. One of these is Grandeur, which is located right beside Magic. A few resorts offer air-conditioned accommodations.

To book your stay ahead, you can call Magic Beach Resort at 0922 322 5168 (Sun), 0906 307 7210 (Globe), or 0926 120 5042 (TM) (if you’re reading this on the phone, you can tap on the numbers to make the call) or Grandeur Beach Resort at 0926-2789880.

Getting there

Getting to Lambug Beach is as easy as driving south through the South Coastal Road and when it exits at Minglanilla continue on to the Cebu South Road until the Carcar Rotunda where you have to take the right turn for Barili and the rest of the southeastern towns.

After Barili comes the towns of Dumanjug, Ronda, Alcantara and Moalboal before Badian. When you reach the Badian town center, continue driving until you reach a big sign on the right side of the road that marks the turn for the Cebu International Golf Course and Resort. This narrow street also leads farther on to Lambug Beach.

Entrance to Lambug from the highway

Entrance to Lambug from the highway in Badian.

If you’re taking public transport, the easiest way would be to take the bus for Badian at the Cebu South Bus Terminal along N. Bacalso Avenue in Cebu City. Tell the bus helper to drop you off either at the town center or at the Lambug Beach turnoff. From there, there are tricycles for hire that can take you to the beach.

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Kawasan Falls perfect balm to summer heat

If you’ve ever been caught in a cloudburst, when huge drops of rain suddenly fall on you, multiply that feeling a thousand times and you know what it’s like to…

If you’ve ever been caught in a cloudburst, when huge drops of rain suddenly fall on you, multiply that feeling a thousand times and you know what it’s like to stand under Kawasan Falls in Cebu, Philippines.

The tallest of the seven Kawasan Falls is just the right height and has just enough volume to allow visitors to stand under the falling water without it being too painful.

Enterprising locals rent out sturdy rafts made of bamboo for only P300 and ferry groups to cruise under two waterfalls that flow down beside each other.

Rising temperatures drive people to nature sites like Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu.

Rising temperatures drive people to nature sites like Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu.

They tell you that the P300 is for your whole group and for as many times as you want. They probably know from experience that groups only want to go under the water once and only a few ever choose to take a second turn.

Kawasan Falls shower

Local guides brought maneuvered our raft to the smaller of the two waterfalls, probably to get us used to the pounding water.

You think you know how it would feel but nothing prepares you for that great rush of water falling on you. It’s like something solid and heavy has fallen on you, only it does not bounce away but continues down.

It forces your head down. The water is so thick as it falls you must hold your breath or take in water. You stagger to get away but take it from me, you’ll soon get used to it. You will even get to like it.

Our raft travels behind the tallest of the Kawasan Falls so we can take a shower underneath.

Our raft travels behind the tallest of the Kawasan Falls so we can take a shower underneath.

The good thing about the raft is it’s big so you get to step away. We had children with us and soon they were shouting their enjoyment, standing again and again under the water. My 10-year-old son Lennon likened the waterfall shower to as many as 500 water bullets falling down on you at once.

From the small waterfall, we proceeded on to the bigger one. Our raft approached from behind the waterfall and the only way out was to go through it.

Water massage

This second waterfall is much bigger and stronger and the pounding water really hurts when it hits you. So when the raft goes through it to get to the other side, it will hit all of you. There’s no stepping away this time.

If there are children in your group, the guides can shield them from much of the water.

The cool and refreshing water from Kawasan Falls is a perfect balm to the summer heat.

The cool and refreshing water from Kawasan Falls is a perfect balm to the summer heat.

Their advise is for all of you to lie face down on the raft when it goes through the falls. That way, the water does not hit your face and falls evenly all over like a massage. A very hard one, though.

Children or people in your group who can’t swim must wear life vests. It’s easy to fall from the raft into the water which is deep at the foot of the falls. Vests are being rented out for P50 each.

The two tallest Kawasan Falls are part of seven formed by the Matutinao river system in the town of Badian in Cebu as it makes its way to the sea.

Getting there

From the main road, the first two falls are 1.3 kilometers away. If you’re bringing a vehicle, you will have to leave it at a parking area in front of the barangay church. Parking fee is P100.

If you’re just visiting for the day, entrance fee to the falls is P10 for each person, from seven years up. At the waterfall area, you can rent a table for the whole day at only P300.

Staying overnight is possible since there are air-conditioned and fan rooms that can accommodate from two to 15 people and cost 1,000 to 3,500 pesos. Kawasan Falls room rates and contact numbers listed here.

If you don’t want to bring a vehicle, commuting to Kawasan Falls in Badian, which is about 100 kilometers from Cebu City, is easy. Buses regularly leave for the town daily from the South Bus Terminal in Cebu City.

The journey on an air-conditioned Ceres bus is comfortable. Passengers are charged 5 pesos each as terminal fee.

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