Amanda | LVV Travel

Amanda is an Aussie backpacker who loves adventure, waterfalls and everything outdoors. Together with her husband, Daniel, they have been travelling the world for over two years and run LVV Travel. They share travel and backpacking guides and aim to help backpackers travel adventurously and sustainably.

55 Comments

  1. Dianne Kathreen
    3 Oct 2018 @ 1:04 pm

    Hi! Thank you for this very helpful and informative post. I want to know if getting a tour guide is compulsory even if we’re not going to do the Canyoneering? We just want to stay and chill in the first Kawasan falls. Thank you! 🙂

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      3 Oct 2018 @ 9:51 pm

      Hi Dianne, my pleasure. You don’t need a tour guide if you’re just exploring the falls alone – very easy to do. Thanks. Amanda

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  2. Ney
    22 Aug 2018 @ 12:08 pm

    Hi! I love your post! 💕 But can I ask if there’s a bus from kawasan falls that could take you back to the city? I’m planning to have a trip on my own and I don’t want to get lost! HAHAHA Thanks in advance! 😊💕

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      22 Aug 2018 @ 8:30 pm

      Hi Ney, thank you! Yep, to get back to wherever you want to go, just wait on the other side of the road from where you got off. Buses come pretty regularly and you just have to check that it’s going to where you want. It’s pretty hard to get lost so don’t worry!

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  3. J + R
    17 Aug 2018 @ 10:38 pm

    Hi! We enjoyed your post very much! Beautiful photos! Did you use a Neutral Density filter on your camera or used any special camera settings to capture the waterfalls?

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      21 Aug 2018 @ 7:01 am

      Hey guys, thanks so much. Yep, we would have used an ND filter to get a slower shutter speed. We shoot all photos manually if that’s what you mean by special camera settings.

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  4. Roger and Genie Danley
    2 Aug 2018 @ 9:25 am

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. We were already in Moalboal when we found your blog post about Kawasan, so we followed your suggestions and had a great experience. Up at 4 o’clock and there by 0700. Hardly anyone around. We were the first to park in the church lot! So very beautiful but by noon, when we’d already gone to the top falls and back down to our all-day rented table, the crowds were crazy. It just wouldn’t have been the same without your lead. Thanks again. I’m to be a regular follower from now on!

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      3 Aug 2018 @ 6:41 pm

      Hi Roger and Genie, thank you so much for your lovely comment. So great to hear that our post was helpful and glad you guys enjoyed yourself! Cheers, Amanda

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  5. Annjerli Casabuena
    22 Jul 2018 @ 10:39 pm

    I have literally read this same blog of yours at least 3 times now..over and over..and over its too good! I can’t get over as to how beautiful this place is! I’m planning on shooting my engagement pictures there and obviously want to avoid the crowd as much as possible! May I ask what month did you go and was it a weekday or a weekend trip? Hope to hear from you! 🙂

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      24 Jul 2018 @ 5:43 am

      Hey Annjerli, thanks so much! We were there in early April and it was on a weekday. Shooting engagement pictures there would be beautiful but you definitely want to get there early. Perhaps it would be worth reaching out to the owners (I am very sure it’s privately owned) to see if you could book it for a couple of hours for the shoot instead. All the best! Amanda

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  6. Tonkin-Travel Vietnam
    5 Jul 2018 @ 11:10 am

    This is absolutely awesome post! I always want to explore Kawasan Fall and surroundings. Your post is really informative for me and the photos you take look stunning. Thanks for the great post!

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  7. Aris Mojica
    15 May 2018 @ 2:02 pm

    Thank you for the very informative article. May I ask what fitness level the requirement for the canyoneering tour? Thanks in advance!

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      15 May 2018 @ 7:08 pm

      Hi Aris. No worries and thanks for your question. I think a reasonable level of fitness is adequate. You actually have to hike uphill at the start of the tour (around 20 minutes) but then after that, it’s mostly walking through water and then jumping into the water. Let me know if you have any other questions. Amanda

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      • Lars Arvidsson
        30 May 2018 @ 5:32 pm

        Hi Amanda. I did go to Moalboal and Kawasan Falls in my very young age back in 1992 and of course there were no crowds at all there at that time. Im going back there next year and since I got a bit senile since then I don’t remember how far it was to walk up to the falls from the bus stop at the main road. Please help me to remember since I’m going there with an elderly but quite fit person so it’s good to know if it’s a long and hard walk. Was it much uphills?
        We’re planning to be there around 3.00 – 4.00 pm, is it still crowded at that time?
        Thank you in advance.
        Lars

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        • Amanda | LVV Travel
          30 May 2018 @ 10:44 pm

          Hi Lars, thanks for your comment. I think you’re in for a BIG surprise now that the Philippines is a very popular destination. The walk up to falls from the bus stop will take around 20 – 30 minutes depending on pace. Since you are going with elderly people, I recommend that they wear sturdy shoes as the ground gets slippery when wet. I don’t think the walk will be too difficult to the first waterfall. It’s uphill but a steady incline so you can take your time. The walk up to the other falls is a lot more steep and difficult though much shorter in distance. Unfortunately, we left at around 2 pm when it was still busy so I can’t say how busy it will be around 3 – 4 pm, sorry. Thanks. Amanda

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  8. Steven
    22 Apr 2018 @ 9:00 pm

    What if you don’t have any Go Pro? Is there any rentals out there of go Pros?

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    • Amanda | LVV Travel
      23 Apr 2018 @ 1:29 am

      Hi Steven, it really depends on where you’re staying and what’s available in the area. For example, if you’re staying in Moalboal there are a lot of dive shops around so they might have GoPro hire options. Best to get it from wherever you’re staying so that you can take it there for photos then come back and upload the photos immediately before returning the GoPro. Best of luck. Amanda

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  9. Honeymoon Backpackers
    4 Mar 2018 @ 3:00 am

    How amazing is Kawassan falls! Such a great article with awesome advice (we hate crowds too)

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  10. christian paul
    25 Feb 2018 @ 5:48 am

    Hi i’d like to ask if did you do kawasan and canyoneering on separate days?

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    • LVV Travel
      26 Feb 2018 @ 10:12 am

      Hi Christian, no, we did it all in one day. You won’t need more than half a day to enjoy the falls and canyoneering.

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  11. Viola
    24 Feb 2018 @ 10:13 pm

    OMG I so needed this tip! Came at the perfect time. I’m going to Cebu next month and am looking at how to best do the Kawasan Falls. I will look into staying in Maolbaol now if it will help us avoid the tourists haha.

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    • LVV Travel
      26 Feb 2018 @ 10:13 am

      Yay! So good to hear! Definitely check out Moalboal – great snorkelling and diving there too. Amanda

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  12. Katie
    24 Feb 2018 @ 9:33 pm

    A gorgeous place! I am desperate to visit the Philippines so will pin this and use for our planning! Love your pics too!

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  13. Evy
    19 Feb 2018 @ 6:19 am

    Hi ! Thank you sooooo much for sharing your experience ! There were some great tips (vsiting hours, transportation etc) that we will use for our to Moaboal trip in May. Also we will definitely contact Mike for canyoneering.
    However I found on the internet that the Kawasan falls officially open at 9 am, how did you manage to climb to the first waterfall before this time ?

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    • LVV Travel
      19 Feb 2018 @ 11:59 am

      Hi Evy! No worries, thanks for reading. I just checked with Mike and he confirmed that you can still get in early. The waterfalls aren’t gated or anything like that so it shouldn’t be a problem getting through. I do know that canyoneering tours don’t commence earlier though so perhaps that’s why the official time is 9am. Hope that helps! Amanda

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      • Evy
        20 Feb 2018 @ 3:22 am

        Hi Amanda. Thanks for your reply ! We will follow your advice for the Kawasan falls and we also booked a canyoneering tour with Mike. Your blog is so helpful and I’m actually checking all your other trips <3 have a blessed day

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        • LVV Travel
          20 Feb 2018 @ 9:17 am

          Hi Evy, I really appreciate that, thank you so much. You have a blessed day too 🙂 Enjoy Kawasan Falls!

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  14. QuickieTwaveller
    15 Feb 2018 @ 8:36 pm

    My family wanted me to plan a trip to Cebu. Little did I know, we’re already leaving later at 0400H! Good thing I stumble upon your blog! Thanks for the tips!

    Anyhow, few questions just to ensure all is set since i’m travelling with kids.
    -Are there nearby changing area/comfort room, lockers, eateries?
    -How to go back to the city from Kawasan?

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    • LVV Travel
      15 Feb 2018 @ 10:10 pm

      Hi Trisha! Glad to help 🙂 There are eateries (quite expensive and not that great) and lockers available – please see above for how much we paid. The lockers are small though (enough to fit a small bag and belongings but not a big backpack). There are toilets but I’m not sure about changing rooms as we didn’t use them. To get back from Kawasan you take the bus from the opposite side of the road going back in that direction. Hope that helps! Amanda

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  15. Sarah Nolan
    8 Feb 2018 @ 2:27 am

    Did you use your go pro for canyoneering pictures? For the pictures by the falls, did you have someone take your picture for you?

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    • LVV Travel
      8 Feb 2018 @ 2:21 pm

      Hi Sarah, yep we used a GoPro for all canyoneering photos. I wouldn’t really recommend bringing a non-waterproof camera as you spend most of the tour in the water. We take all of our own photos using a tripod. Hope that helps. Amanda

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  16. The Fun-Sized Traveller
    3 Feb 2018 @ 11:47 pm

    I would love to come here early in the morning for a lesser crowd. Great experience you got there! Kawasan falls is on top of my list for 7 waterfalls in South Cebu. The place has a lot to offer and truly a gem.

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    • LVV Travel
      5 Feb 2018 @ 12:47 pm

      Yeah, definitely head there early in the morning 🙂

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  17. Candice
    30 Jan 2018 @ 4:56 pm

    Awesome, incredibly informative! What did you do with all your belongings while canyoneering? Was there a safe dry area to store them so they don’t get banged up/wet?

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    • LVV Travel
      30 Jan 2018 @ 8:17 pm

      We paid for a locker – 100 pesos ($2.60AUD / $2USD) – worth it to not have to worry about our camera gear etc 🙂

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      • Candice
        31 Jan 2018 @ 12:15 am

        Exceleenttt! Loving your travels (might have stalked ya both on insta a little… or a lot ;))

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        • LVV Travel
          31 Jan 2018 @ 8:39 am

          Enjoy!! Haha thanks so much – we don’t mind the stalking!! – Amanda

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  18. Marek
    24 Jan 2018 @ 6:02 pm

    Hello guys .great blog and very handy. I think we’ll try and do the same thing but coming from Oslob instead. I did send a message to mike but he said it would be 1500 per person. Did you have a different tour than he normally offers? Thank you:)

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    • LVV Travel
      26 Jan 2018 @ 10:52 pm

      Hi Marek. No, we didn’t but also, I think he did give us a very discounted price. I think 1500 is very reasonable for the tour. Perhaps if you get a bit of a bigger group together, you may get more of a discount.

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  19. Nkr
    26 Oct 2017 @ 5:42 pm

    Im going alone. So would I be able to get a guide all for myself. Or is it only for groups?
    Because most of the Kawasan falls tour offers package for group or minimum of 2.

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    • LVV Travel
      10 Jan 2018 @ 9:13 am

      Hi there, I’m sure you can tag along with a group. It’s unlikely that they’ll let you you have a guide to yourself without paying a little extra.

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  20. Cebu Tour
    6 Oct 2017 @ 7:32 am

    Beautiful multi level of falls. A popular and most visited falls in Cebu Island. It is also a great site to do the adrenaline-rising activity – Canyoneering or Canyoning.. 🙂 If you’re planning to get there we can be your professional guide.

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  21. Katrina Bituin
    13 Jul 2017 @ 12:22 am

    This article is so nice and informative. Just wondering how long it will take to do the canyoneering? I am travelling with an older crowd and they might not be up for it so I might have to go canyoneering by myself (I won’t miss it for the world). I look forward to your reply! Thanks!

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  22. travellingslacker
    21 Apr 2017 @ 11:06 pm

    Mind-blowing location! Just the sheer colour of the water is so delightful! Also, I must ask, did you get these perfect couple photos with timer or somebody was there to click?

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  23. rhiydwi
    21 Apr 2017 @ 7:03 am

    Your photos are amazing – I bet with the crowds there it’d be hard to get any with just you guys in it!

    I went canyoneering in Ecuador and thought I’d absolutely love it as I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie! It ended up being one of my worst experiences ever – I think I was the complete wrong height so all the falls just kept getting me straight in the face, it felt like being water-boarded or something!
    I’d love to try again somewhere new though – maybe Kawasan 🙂

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  24. businesstravelerswife
    19 Apr 2017 @ 11:36 pm

    I can’t believe that the water is that blue. It’s gorgeous! I would definitely enjoy the canyoneering! Great tips and details on how to enjoy this trip too.

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  25. Daisy
    19 Apr 2017 @ 8:33 pm

    The water is absolutely beautiful! A super informative post, I’ll definitely keep in mind these tactics if I ever do visit. I also adore your bathing suit, it’s gorgeous 🙂

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  26. Gareth
    19 Apr 2017 @ 6:29 pm

    This was a really great account of your time at Kawasan Falls and having been there myself, I can very much emphasise with what you said. Certainly, everything about the place is paradisaical but yup, the crowds can be a problems. Unfortunately my time there was spent battling swathes of Chinese tourists but will definitely keep this advice in mind if I’m ever lucky enough to find myself back there

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  27. Jean
    19 Apr 2017 @ 2:42 pm

    Oh well worth an early wake up call. I’m so jealous that I didn’t get to Cebu on either of my Philippines trips. Seeing how peaceful this looks I’m desperate to go back with my boyfriend. I too love the freedom of travelling without a tour company.

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  28. Bhushavali
    19 Apr 2017 @ 2:04 pm

    OMG! The place looks like a paradise! The 3rd waterfall looks just too good to be true! I hate those organized tours as well as we can’t really pause where we wanna stop & enjoy! Thanks for the FB contact of the guide!

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  29. Anita
    19 Apr 2017 @ 10:39 am

    Wow…just like the previous comment. Your photos are breathtaking, talk about beauty. i keep seeing how beautiful the Philippines is and I cannot wait to go. I hope one day I get to visit.

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  30. Ticking the Bucketlist
    19 Apr 2017 @ 10:35 am

    Wow… the place looks so pristine. We have been to only plitvice waterfalls and since then, would love to explore more of such beautiful wonders. I had never heard of Kawasan until your post … thanks for sharing how to get there!

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