"As I gazed upon the vast blue ocean's horizon, I remembered the old days when I was running carelessly near the shore line. Now, all I can do is watch the sun setting slowly until the skies turn gold and listen to the rhythm of the ocean's voice."
-Ralph Jason Morre
Barili is a quiet town. Unlike other extravagant places in Cebu, the town has few places to visit that doesn't make your jaw drop all of the time except for the Mantayupan Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in Cebu and the most visited places in Barili. Even though it isn't much of a wow! As a traveler, I still find the things I see in the town interesting. It's still worth checking out. Besides, going home too early isn't worthy without getting to know a little about the town.
*Cebu City to Barili-Take a bus from Southbus Terminal that goes to Barili. Air condition bus costs P75/person and P60/per person if you take the non-aircondition bus. These rates my change. Tell the driver to drop you off at Shamrock, Barili. Travel time is 2.5hrs or less.
*To Mantayupan Falls- Hire a habal-habal/ a motorcycle driver waiting around the town areas. It will cost you P20/person to reach to the place within 10-15min.
*To Sayaw Beach- We hired a motorcycle driver to take us to the beach from Mantayupan Falls (there are drivers waiting outside the entrance). We paid P50/person and reach to the place within 15min.
We entered the place and were welcomed with a mini-garden on the entrance. The place was so green and it felt so refreshing as the breeze chased away the sweat and the hot temperature lurking in our bodies. We were so ready to dip our bodies in the cold water.
We paid an entrance fee of P20/ person. The entrance fee for a child is P10. There is a corkage fee of P50. Good thing we ate our lunch before coming to this place. This popular place is for everybody. With low entrance fee rates, it could become crowded on weekends as families would come and gather, so if you want to enjoy the falls with less crowd then you should come here early in the morning or weekdays. Here you could rent bamboo racks to take you near to the falls or rent a life jacket. They sell foods and souvenirs as well. You could even rent the shower if you want.
I have visited this waterfalls twice already.This time I have experienced the downside of this place. Last 2013, the 1st level of the waterfalls was clean and had a color of aqua blue. There were little waterfalls flowing from above the small cliff but today I don't see the same picture of it. The 1st level of the waterfalls looked like a swamp and there were no water flowing. The waterfalls from the second level isn't flowing with strong current as before. I'm guessing that maybe it is because it's summer and that the water flow would become less than usual. The second downside is that we paid for the shower for P5/ person and there was only one available shower. There were tendencies that people take turns using only one shower without paying and the ones who paid did not get the privilege of the shower. It's quiet annoying. The comfort rooms were not well maintained as well and sometimes it gets really smelly. Honestly, my second visit was a bit disappointing but my swim in Mantayupan falls never failed me and I hope that this place will improve.
We left Barili around 4:30pm. We waited for a bus just outside the beach entrance. According to the most blogs I have read, the last ride for Cebu is 7pm. We just wanted to make sure that we could get back home early by considering the traffic from Carcar to Cebu and the fully occupied buses from Moalboal/Samboan. Getting a Ceres bus was difficult because they were fully occupied so we ended up with a non air condition bus where we stood for hours to Cebu.
My heart was not left in Barili but my voice did. I woke up voiceless after my long trip. I guess the silence of the town drew my voice but that's alright. It is one of the significant things that happened to me in Barili which is enough for me to remember the fun times I had there.