It was a walk down memory lane, as I literally descended the steps that lead to Camiguin’s iconic waterfall, Katibawasan Falls. The first and last time I visited this was 23 years ago, as a teenager who visited the island with seminarians from my high school alma mater, Don Bosco in Cebu City.
It was my second time to see a waterfall, the first was Mantayupan Falls in Barili and like any other teenager new to adventure, I was in awe. Twenty three years later, that sense of wonder at seeing the 250 foot cascade was still there. It was still beautiful, slender as always and dropping to a cool pool below.
Much has changed in the area though. Tourist shops, stores and eateries now line the place before the entrance. There’s now a gate and mandatory entrance fee. But once you go down the steps, and the wonder and magic of Katibawasan returns.
Katibawasan Falls is around 5 kilometers from the town proper of Mambajao, the provincial capital. You can hire a multicab or a habal-habal to reach the area.