Aside from being a tourist attraction, some of the waterfalls in Samboan also have another role in the town. The Candayvic Falls is not only a place where visitors can while the day away since it also serves another function in the river system. It serves as the source of water for the Dao Falls.
The Candayvic Falls can be found on a hill in Barangay Cañorong and is accessible through a motorcycle. The name Candayvic is supposedly a contraction of the phrase “Kang Inday Marivic” or “For Dear Marivic.” Marivic, or Ma. Victoria Calderon, is the wife of the mayor of the town. She also heads the Samboan Tourism and Heritage Council. Since the waterfalls is one of her projects, local residents have named it after her.
The waterfalls is situated in a remote location, which means visitors will have to bring provisions since there are no stores selling food and drinks in the area. The Candayvic Falls itself is rather modest and may even be considered as a small man-made pool with water flowing down a rock wall. While the river has yet to be fully explored, it has the potential to becoming a canyoneering venue in the town.
The place also has a visitor’s area where tourists can catch their breath after hiking up the hill from the jump-off point. Visitors should be careful in descending down to the falls since the pathway can become slippery, especially during the rainy season. The natural pool in the falls is suitable for both swimmers and non-swimmers. While there is also an area in the place where visitors can dive, it is advisable to make sure they jump into the center where the water is deep.
Visitors should also be careful not to break any of the stalactites in the area as well as keep the place clean by not leaving any garbage in the waterfalls. It is also better to get in touch with the Samboan Tourism Office before going to the Candayvic Falls so that barangay officials in the area can provide all the necessary assistance in getting to the water falls.
The island of Cebu still has a number of unexplored and untapped natural wonders that can become potential tourist drawers in the future. One of them is the Candayvic Falls, which feeds the Dao Falls and has the potential of being a destination for canyoneering activities in the future.
The natural landscape of Cebu has been one of its main tourist drawers with thousands of local and foreign tourists visiting the island each year. Cebu is home to a number of these natural attractions with the Kawasan Falls being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the island. But, there are other towns in Cebu offering their own equally majestic waterfalls.
The town of Samboan in the south is home to a number of these waterfalls with the Dau or Dao Falls being the tallest towering at around 120 meters. While the falls itself is not as impressive as the Kawasan Falls, it is still a sight to behold. It actually resembles a dam with the water cascading down a rock wall. The catch basin itself also has a depth of around six feet while the current is not too strong, which makes it relatively safer to swim in.
It is necessary to go on a thirty-minute hike before reaching the falls itself (but this would depend on your pace). You would have to pass through a bamboo bridge and ladder before reaching the place. Since it is quite isolated, there may be instances when you would have the place to yourself, especially if you go on a weekday. It is advisable, though, to get a guide to bring you to the falls. While the guides would not ask for any payment, it is recommended to give them a suitable amount for accompanying you to the falls.
The Dao Falls is a welcome sight after the workout you went through getting to the place. You may even want to take a dip the moment you reach the place, especially if you hike under the heat of the sun (but, there are some trees that can provide some shade during the hike). If you go there during the rainy season, be prepared to slip and slide since the trail may get somewhat muddy after the rain.
Getting to Samboan
To get to the Dao Falls in Samboan, you would have to take a bus bound for Barili at the Cebu South Bus Terminal. Just make sure to tell the driver or conductor to drop you off at Samboan. The trip will take around three to four hours, depending on the traffic. Upon reaching Samboan, you can hire a motorcycle to get you to the jump off point to the Dao Falls. It is advisable to have an arrangement with the motorcycle for hire driver to come back for you at an appointed time since it may not be easy to get a ride back to the town from the jump off point.
While Iligan in Mindanao may be known as the City of Majestic Waterfalls, Cebu also has its own share of these magnificent natural wonders. The Dao Falls is one of these waterfalls that any visitor should not miss the moment they find themselves in the southern town of Samboan.
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