Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Exploring Combilan Cave and Awao Falls

Exit Point of Combilan Cave
 Monkayo, Compostela Valley was my best friend's hometown. Since college I've been visiting their place to explore waterfalls and caves. One of the best tourist destinations  found in Monkayo is COMBILAN CAVE, in Brgy. Casoon and AWAO FALLS in Brgy. Awao, Monkayo, Compostela Valley which can be explored in a day.

From Davao City Overland Terminal, take a bus or van bound for Monkayo, Compostela Valley. Upon arrival at the terminal "skylabs", a single motorcyle with extended wooden seats that can accommodate up to 14 persons are available to take you to Brgy. Casoon.   It is advisable to coordinate with the tourism office of  Monkayo or  the Barangay Officials  before  planning to go to Combilan Cave and Awao Falls.

Natural wonders of  Combilan Cave
This was the hardest part of the trail but actually we were lost at  that  time

Combilan Cave  has many chambers inside so be sure to secure a guide before entering the cave to avoid from getting lost. There was also another cave that has a flowing water inside and when you reached the exit way there was a small stream that you would want to dip in the cold water.

The 2nd  cave on the other side  which has a flowing water inside
Swimming time at the exit of the 2nd cave

Awao Falls is located in Brgy. Awao. You may hire a single motorcycle from Monkayo Terminal  up to the jump off point but since we traveled in group we requested from the tourism office to use their dump truck.   There was no signage from the jump off point  so be sure to hire a local  guide. The trek going down to the waterfalls is only  thirty minutes. 

Awao Falls