TRAVEL DIARIES: ALIWAGWAG FALLS
It has been quite a while since I last posted about traveling. I surely have a lot to catch up. I travel quite often but I just cannot find the courage to write about these trips on my blog. Maybe because I need to learn more about travel blogging. Or maybe because I am concerned about the quality of the photos and videos I have taken during my travels. I am getting a new camera soon and I am so excited about it! And with this, I think I need to practice more and push myself to document my trips well. One of the things I learned with my #DBSTravelSquad is you really need to do some strategic planning when you have the intentions to write or vlog about your trip. #ParaSaBlog #ParaSaVlog #BloggerDuties
I am inspired to continue my #TravelDiaries because of my #DBSTravelSquad. I have learned a lot from them.
A few weeks ago, we were invited to a 3-day tour around Davao Oriental. This is in line with Davao Oriental's 50th Anniversary. Unfortunately, I was not able to go with them *sobs* because I had to go to work. It so happened that I visited Davao Oriental a few months ago with my friends. So I just thought of writing about it.
This trip was a spontaneous one. I saw my friend (who is also my neighbor) the night before the trip. We had a small talk and she mentioned that they are preparing for a day tour trip the next day. She asked me if I wanted to go with them. And of course, I said yes.
I literally had no sleep. I prepared my things and waited for the time. We left as early as 3 am. We arrived at Aliwagwag Falls Eco Park around 6:30 am. It was still closed so we decided to eat our breakfast at a nearby carenderia. It was rainy so I had coffee, noodles, and bread.
The rain stopped just in time they started receiving guests. The Entrance fee is Php50.00/ adult, Php10/ children ages 12 and below, and free for kids below 3 feet. We went to our cottage and settled down. I did not want to swim because it is too cold! I can already imagine myself shivering to death if I dip myself into the water. Haha! I stayed in the corner of our cottage and covered myself in a blanket. I was not feeling well because I did not get any sleep and the weather made me feel worse. It was cold and the sun was not even shining. I took a nap while trying to keep myself warm.
I woke up and felt much better. The surroundings looked brighter, too. I saw my friends enjoying the water so much. Hindi ako pumunta dito para magbreakfast at matulog. I am so ready to swim! ( I did not go and traveled this far just to eat and sleep. I am so ready to swim!) But yeah, despite that I really cringe at the thought of swimming in such cold water. Hahaha!
Surprisingly, I did not feel cold at all! I mean, yes, it is cold but it was more of relaxing, refreshing and even calming. Thank goodness! I enjoyed swimming so much.
Aliwagwag Falls is considered Philippines' highest waterfalls. Overall, Aliwagwag Falls is 1,100 feet of cascading energy and 20 meters in width. It is made up of more than a hundred of cascading waterfalls. You can also tell that the current is strong by merely looking at the photos. There were certain spots in the Falls wherein you are allowed to swim. I swear you need to visit this wonderful nature.
Aliwagwag Falls Eco Park is located at Cateel, Davao Oriental. Ther are open every day from 8 am to 5 pm. The best time to visit here is during summer or non-typhoon season.