Kawasan Falls, Siquijor's Hidden Fall & Cave
Kawasan Falls in Lazi is one of Siquijor’s underrated waterfalls. Not too many visitors come to this tourist spot in Siquijor. However, for those looking for a unique attraction that not too many know about, Kawasan Falls and cave should be on your list of things to do in Siquijor.
With a tarzan rope that swing from over a hidden cave under the fall, and swimming under the fall and into the cave, you will surely have an adventure at Kawasan falls.
Siquijor island in the Philippines is loaded with waterfalls. Almost all Siquijor waterfalls are in Lazi. This small municipality in South Siquijor crams a number of Siquijor’s best waterfalls in a relatively small area.
With waterfalls just a few minutes from one another, you could easily spend an entire day waterfall hopping while in Siquijor.
Where is Kawasan Falls and Cave
Kawasan Falls and Cave is in a part of Siquijor named Lazi on the South of the island. Lazi is the next town to San Juan and the journey between will be around 30 minutes.
Map from San Juan centre (point A), which is the most popular tourist area in Siquijor, to Kawasan Falls (point B).
The other blue points on map are:
- Locong Falls which is the nearest waterfall to Kawasan
- Cabugsayan Falls
- Cambugahay Falls which is the furthest waterfall to Kawasan on map.
How to Get There
Kawasan Falls is a 30 minute drive South from San Juan. You won’t see any sign indicating the way. However, if you use Google.maps I can confirm the location is correct.
Once you reach the parking area, a guide will be assigned and will lead you to the fall. The downhill trek takes around 10 minutes and is easy enough but does have a few rough patches. The trek can be done in flip flops but trainers are better.
Most tourists in Siquijor rent a scooter during their stay. Siquijor is a laid back island. There are little to no cars and traffic doesn’t exist. Almost all the island has concrete paved roads making it a breeze getting around with your own 2 wheels.
A scooter in Siquijor will cost between Php 250 ($5)/ Php 350 ($7) depending on how many days you keep it. You should get a discount for longer rentals.
An alternative is to rent a tricycle for the day. Tricycles are basically cousins with Thailand’s tuk tuks and are scooters with an enclosed side car. A tricycle isn’t the most comfortable option but will cost around Php 1500 ($32) for the day and can carry up to 4 persons. The price also includes the driver who will suggest a route and best tourist spots.
Kawasan Falls and cave doesn’t have any entrance fee. Neither is there a parking fee. However, you will need a guide who will ask for a donation. Truth is, you don’t really need a guide. From the parking area there is 5/10 minute relatively easy trek that is well marked and will lead you to the fall.
A guide here is mandatory. Our guide was a cheerful guy who also snapped a few shots for us and ended up jumping in the pool. We gave a Php150 ($3) donation since this was one of the best guides we had. The tarzan rope that swings over the pool is Php50 ($1) for unlimited swing.
Kawasan Falls | Siquijor
After our adventure and swinging over the pools at Cambugahay falls, we googled our next Siquijor waterfall. Kawasan falls is almost around the corner and only takes 5 minutes to drive between these 2 waterfalls in Siquijor.
Kawasan Falls was the first waterfall we came across in the Philippines where instead of a fee there was a donation. And a guide which seems to be mandatory. Our guide was really a cheerful lad.
I ran off down the trek almost falling in one rough part. Nothing to worry about here and there is a bamboo railing all along the way if anyone finds difficulty.
Kawasan is like a little hideaway surrounded in jungle and palms and a stream creating the fall.
Although small and not that popular Kawasan is a good adventure. There is a small cave which we needed to swim under the fall to reach. And a tarzan swing sways from over the waterfall.
The tarzan swing here is somewhat dangerous since half the way I was hanging over the rocks above the fall. But it was fun to swing back and forth until finally doing some weird stunt before letting go.
Kawasan in no doubt a great place to consider while in Siquijor especially if you want a place with hardly no visitors. We were alone for over an hour.
Here’s a sneak peek of your adventure at Kawasan Falls!
The guide showed us from where we could swim from under the water and under the rocks to emerge in the pool outside. Such a wonderful experience!
Where to Stay in Siquijor
The best area to stay in Siquijor is straightforward since there is just 1 main tourist area. San Juan is Siquijor’s main tourist town and where almost all tourist stay. Restaurants, beach front bars, a food night market and a range of resorts, guest houses and hostels line this popular area of Siquijor.
San Juan is a 20 minute drive from Siquijor Pier and around 30 minutes from Larena Pier. Although you won’t be close to the ferries, you will be only a 30 minute drive to the best waterfalls in Siquijor and a short walk from thriving marine life at Tubod beach.
How to Get to Siquijor
Getting to Siquijor is straightforward since it is close to Cebu and Bohol. Both Bohol and Cebu are popular islands. So if you are already on one of those islands, you can easily get to Siquijor via ferry or bus + ferry, depending on where you are. Here we have written a detailed article on how to get to Siquijor from Bohol, Cebu and Dumaguete.