During our recent stay at St. Anthony Beach Resort in Tubigagmanok, Asturias, the owner asked us if we wanted to visit a new natural spot in the area called Manguiao Falls. According to the owner, Manguiao Falls is located within his property in Barangay Manguiao. Since not a lot of people know about this place yet, he thought that it was something that we might want to check out. This was definitely something that’s right up my alley! It’s always exciting to discover new spots here in Cebu. Additionally, I can’t even remember the last time I went out on an actual adventure because of this pandemic. So, of course, I said yes to this offer.
Visiting Manguiao Falls
I remember that the drive from the resort in Tubigagmanok to the spot was short. However, if I were to return to that same spot right now, I’m certain that I wouldn’t be able to find it. All I know is that the barangay is called Manguiao and it’s located very close to Danasan in Danao City. (Yes, you read that right!) I already (belatedly) learned that Manguiao Falls is actually a waterfall system that consists of several drops and pools.
After a 20-minute drive, we finally stopped at a small parking space along the road. The owner then told us to then be ready for a short 5-10-minute trek to the waterfall. He added that the trail had just recently been created so we had to take extra caution. In fact, the guys that he hired to clear the trail hadn’t even finished the handrails yet.
The Short Trek
The first few meters down the trail was very tricky as the steps were slippery and the makeshift handrail (metal rope) was rough.
Several meters down, however, we noticed that the steps had been fixed. Although the concrete was still a little wet and the handrails were still pretty unstable, they definitely helped make the descent a little easier. That’s me pretending to take a selfie. Haha.
The rest of the way was a little easier as the handrails and concreting job had been completed.
First Look at Manguiao Falls
After five minutes, I could finally hear the water. And several more minutes later, I finally saw this. My jaw dropped. The water was crystal clear and the sound of the falling water was just heavenly. God, I missed this!
I decided to skip the main waterfall and instead move upstream first to see what the whole waterfall system was like. From the looks of it, I expect to see a lot of mini swimming holes perfect for nice, cool, relaxing private dips. 🙂
Exploring the Area
After a short trek, I saw this. A short drop swimming a truly picturesque swimming hole. What a delight. I wish you could all see this in person because it was just nothing short of magical!
A quick selfie is necessary, of course. Hehe.
That beauty wasn’t enough to stop me, however, as I was still very interested to see what was lies ahead.
Several meters later, I saw yet another beautiful swimming hole. I knew that I was already several meters away from the whole group so I decided to just stop and find the best hole where I can take my first dip.
And then, yes, this had to happen. Hehe. But, seriously, imagine this: crystal clear water, nothing but the sound of water and the trees, and just you enjoying the beauty of nature. It was awesome!
An Enjoyable Dip!
After a few minutes, I went back to that beautiful pool that I saw and found my friends already enjoying it.
The water was so cool and fresh. Nobody wanted to leave!
After more than an hour, we finally headed downstream back to the main waterfall.
This is what the main drop of Manguaio Waterfall looks like from the ground. It was just gorgeous.
And here is a shot of the Manguiao Falls with Asturias town’s very famous delicacy Bingka Dawa. It was so delicious!
By the way, for the record, I took the liberty of calling this Manguiao Falls since this is located in Barangay Manguiao. The truth is, the owner didn’t know what to call it (or what the locals call it). If you happen to know any other name (or the actual name), please let me know.
By the way, here is a quick vlog of my visit. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂
NOTE: If you guys would like to check the place out, it is best to coordinate with St. Anthony Beach Resort. They can arrange a trip for you and your friends. Also, if you ever decide to visit, please be responsible visitors and always pick up your trash, never take rocks or plants with you, and always swim with caution.
So, what do you think about this natural gem in Asturias? Would you like to visit it one day? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!