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1000-Peso Travel Challenge: Chasing Waterfalls in Malabuyoc and Alegria, Cebu

I am not sure if I have already mentioned this on this blog that one of my travel goals is to visit all the cities and municipalities of Cebu. I have been planning to do this since I created Laagan Nga Bata in 2013. Four years and a new blog name later, I still haven’t ticked this off from my imaginary bucket list.

That is why I decided to challenge myself this year to travel as many spots in Cebu whenever I can, and spend only 1000 pesos or less. My goal here is not only to visit all the beautiful destinations in Cebu, but also to prove how easy it is to travel around our beautiful island without actually burning a hole in my pockets.

Luckily, I have few blogger friends who supports this project and I am happy to share with you that we were successful in doing our first 1000-Peso Travel Challenge!

I originally wanted to visit all the waterfalls in the southwestern side of Cebu, but I don’t think one day is enough to visit all of them that is why I decided to choose the peaceful towns of Malabuyoc and Alegria for now.

Our initial plan was to visit Kabutongan Falls, Montaneza Falls, and Mainit Hotspring in Malabuyoc, and Canlaob Falls, Cambais Falls,  Montpellier Falls, and Cangkalanog Falls in Alegria. But because we left Cebu City a little later than planned, we had to adjust our itinerary and only got to visit Kabutongan, Mainit Spring, Montaneza Falls, and Cangkalanog Falls. It was fine because we definitely enjoyed the whole trip.

Kabutongan Falls in Malabuyoc

Kabutongan Falls is located in Barangay Looc, Malabuyoc. It is one of the places I would surely love to revisit in the future. Or the town of Malabuyoc in general. The place is so peaceful and serene, staying there will actually keep you off the grid.

It was a sheer drop of luck that there was a man in our bus who led us exactly where the road going Kabutongan Falls is. We were supposed to be dropped off at the town center, and from there find a ride going to the waterfalls. Had we not been told the exact location, we would have paid a God-knows-what amount. We only paid an extra 10 pesos to the bus conductor and we were dropped exactly at the spot where the trek should start.

Please note that as of this writing, there are no road signs yet indicating where the falls is. Just inform the bus driver that you are heading to Looc, Malabuyoc – just a few meters away from the bridge. Look for this orange house for reference.

Kabutongan Falls has four levels. It took us about 15 minutes to trek from the main road going to the first level. Unfortunately, upon arrival, we were told that Levels 3 and 4 were temporarily inaccessible due to rock falls. I would have wanted to see the main drop, but rockfalls can be a major hazard so we had to consider our safety first.

But I wasn’t going to get discouraged right away. After all, we had the whole place to ourselves!

I was mesmerized by the clean turquoise basin of the first level. I simply had to take a dip.

Right after our quick dip, we continued our trek to Level 2. We did not stay long at this level though, since we decided it’s time we take our lunch and proceed to our next destination.

Mainit Hot Spring and Montaneza Falls in Malabuyoc

Our arrival at Mainit Hot Spring is the exact opposite of our peaceful and serene trek in Kabutongan Falls. The place is obviously a frequent go-to place to locals and tourists, as we were greeted by a maddening crowd.

The time we finally had the chance to experience the hot spring, we decided to go directly to the area where the temperature is 42.6 ° C! It was scalding hot, none of us actually decided to dip our whole bodies.

Now here’s the funny part; we saw a path leading somewhere so we decided to follow it. We had no idea that path would actually lead us to Montaneza Falls. I knew beforehand that Montaneza Falls is just near Mainit Spring but, I thought the entrance would be somewhere else. Hah!

There were giant boulders everywhere. It was as if we were entering a series of caves. Sadly, we did not finish the whole trek and stopped somewhere in Level 3 or 4 since we did not have the luxury of time, considering we have one more place to go. One day, I would definitely go back to this place!

Cangkalanog Falls in Alegria

Cangkalanog Falls is probably the one place I have been looking forward to visit since I discovered it a year ago. The journey to this place is one hell of a ride, that I thought it was a perfect place to end our quick getaway. It took us about 45 minutes or so to reach Cangkalanog Falls via motorcycle. If I remember it correctly, we passed several hills, and trekked an additional 15-20 minutes, before we reached our destination. I never thought the location of this waterfalls would be so far.

It was all worth it, anyway. The spectacular beauty of the basin is somehow similar to that of Hinatuan Enchanted River in Surigao del Sur. Too bad I don’t know how to swim! I would have jumped right there and then if I had a life vest. Unfortunately, we did not get to rent one.

Instead, we walked a few meters more and settled on this small creek.

Chilling like a boss, huh?

Thanks for joining me Rea, Rome, and Sean! See you soon in our next destination. 🙂



₱ 172 – Bus Fare from Cebu City to Looc, Malabuyoc

₱ 150 – Bus Fare from Alegria to Cebu City

₱ 35 – Tricycle Fare from Looc, Malabuyoc to Mainit Hot Spring

₱ 35 – Tricycle Fare from Mainit Hot Spring to Alegria

₱ 300 – Roundtrip motorcycle Fare to Cangkalanog Falls

Food Expenses:

₱ 45 – Breakfast at South Bus Terminal

₱ 52 – Lunch at an eatery in Malabuyoc

₱ 8 – Snacks

Entrance Fees, Guide Fee, Etc.

₱ 20 – Kabutongan Falls Entrance Fee

₱ 30 – Life Vest rental

₱ 75 – Guide Fee (₱ 300 as a group)

₱ 20 – Mainit Spring Entrance Fee

₱ 30 – Cangkalanog Falls Entrance Fee

TOTAL: ₱ 972


  • In all fairness, we walked too fast going to and from Cangkalanog. We didn’t even rest. Haha. But I realized how far it was from the highway. And yes, worth it because we “owned” the place after. Lol

    I sooo love the fresh air! Looking forward to our next adventures! 😉

    • hannafrej

      Yes! That’s what I really loved about that trip. Wala’y samok. Hehe

  • awesomeeee! below PHP1000 talaga! 🙂 ganda ng lugar. huhu more adventures pa! 🙂



    • hannafrej

      Sama ka na next time pag nasa Cebu ka Jewel!

  • P1000 is not bad. Our group has been planning this since last year, perhaps we’re going to make it this year.

    • hannafrej

      Go go go! 🙂

  • Thank you, Han. You’re the best master adventurer! <3 Until next time!

    • hannafrej

      Ka char sa master adventurer hahaha. Yes, until next time!

  • Emelie Anggoy (of Emelie Empir

    Soo nice! This made me miss our bukid. Can I come on your next adventure? #FcHere 🙂

    • hannafrej

      Of course! You should join us next time. 🙂

  • The 1000 pesos expenses is super sulit fot barkada adventure. I’ve never been to this side of Cebu and would love to visit these waterfalls in the future. Hopefully 1000 is still enough during that time hehehe.

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  • Travelling Dany

    That’s a very interesting project! I like to think I travel savvy but this is very cheap and I don’t know if I could make it, hats off to you!

  • Danish Akhtar Multani

    OMG this looks great and so adventurous to reach these waterfalls. really worth visiting. loved it.

  • Cat Lin

    I’ve heard so many great things about Cebu! Thanks for sharing your adventure! The breakdown of expenses are useful!

  • Hra

    It seems you had an amazing experience in Cebu!! I love your photos, you make me travel there

  • Josie

    Those waters – would do anything to take a dip right about now! Looks like you had a great adventure

  • Maurice Jitty Villaester

    Help me save, senpai. I wanna travel too. Lol. Kidding aside. Kanindot ba sa waterfalls uy. Lahi ta gyud ang iyang appeal sa mga beaches. 🙂

    • hannafrej

      Kuyog na unya next time, MJ! 🙂

  • I hope that i can join the next 1000-peso challenge. I want this kind of stuffs jud ay. Huhu. Sayanga… #crossfingers

  • Ahayyy ka sayang jud wala ko ka apil ani, but there’s always a next time! Maka excite!

    • hannafrej

      Join na sunod, Kat!

  • Han, join gihapon ko sa sunod. You are a great tour guide gyod! <3

    • hannafrej

      Hahaha mag tour guide nalang ko kung wa na koi trabaho. 😀

  • hishiddenletters

    On to our next 1000 Challenge! Hahaha! I really enjoyed this trip. Looking forward to our next one this March! Hahaha!

  • Jullian Robin Sibi

    Wow! Wala kaabot ug P1K! Congrats ninyo Han! Hoping for more 1000-peso challenges to come! 🙂

  • Channel Imperial

    Usa ra gyud akong pangutana. Nganong nag-maoy man si Romeo diha? Hahahaha! Sayang wala ko kaapil. Had an emergency.

  • Maayo unta makakuyog ko mga uban pang 1000-peso challenge puhon. Nindot ni imong gibuhat. Ipadayun hangtud mahuman ang tuig.

  • Awesome adventure! Sayang wala nadayun ang montpeller, nindut sad bya. Hehe. Nalingaw ko ninyu kay nituslob mo drtso sa pinaka init sa Mainit Spring. Hahaha

  • Wandering Soul Scamper

    sayang wa ko kakuyog ani becuase of you know na.. Climb #katkatPaMore

  • Ramzy Magbitang

    Super cost-effective trip! Sulit na sulit gyud! Hope to be able to join the next one!

  • Congrats on the very successful challenge, Han and company! Haha. I will have to convince the partner that this will not put a HUGE dent on our plans. Haha. We really need to get out of the house!

  • Adrenaline Romance

    1,000 pesos for multiple, beautiful destinations! Awesome! 🙂

    • hannafrej

      Thank you, Team Sweetie! Hoping to explore more beautiful destinations in Cebu in the future. 🙂

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