The Kabukalan Spring is a cold water spring situated at the highest level of the Kawasan Falls system. While the name may have been derived from the Tagalog word “bukal,” which means source, it is interesting to note that the same word in Cebuano means boil. But, since it is also called the source, the name may have come from the Tagalog version of the word.
Similar to many natural attractions on the island, the Kabukalan Spring also has its share of stories of the supernatural kind. Locals say there are engkantos or nature spirits living in the area. A person supposedly dies every two years and these spirits are supposedly responsible for these deaths. Some resort operators in the area believe in these engkantos, but are not convinced that they are responsible for these tragedies. They say it is important to avoid disturbing these engkantos so they will not harm anyone.
You can reach the Kabukalan Spring by getting on a bus with the signboard Bato via Barili at the Cebu South Bus Terminal. The bus will take you to Badian. Just make sure to tell the driver of conductor that you want to get off at the jump off point for the Kawasan Falls. Once you reach Badian, you can trek to the Kawasan Falls and go up to the highest level of the waterfalls.
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