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.

37 Comments

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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