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Naawan’s natural wonders unfurling

By : Mark Francisco Mindanao Today/12:24:14am 04/02/2021


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NESTLED 17 kilometers from the national highway in Naawan, Misamis Oriental is what seems to be a virginal-looking waterfalls that is seldom touched by human interference.

NESTLED 17 kilometers from the national highway in Naawan, Misamis Oriental is what seems to be a virginal-looking waterfalls that is seldom touched by human interference.

Bolyok Falls is exactly the kind of tourist spot you’d want to stay and immerse in this time of pandemic where people wish to get as far out congested areas as possible even for a limited time. This famous location was recently renovated and is great for a fun weekend getaway with your friends and family.

To commute to Bolyok Falls, ride a bus to the Naawan bus stop (that’s two hours away from Cagayan de Oro or an hour and a half from Iligan.) Take a habal-habal in crossing going to Bolyok Falls (fare is about P100 to P200 per person). It’d take you 30 minutes to reach the site.

Entrance fee is P30 and cottages range from P150 to P250. They also offer a dormitory for overnight stay at P150 per person.

No swimming attire is imposed so feel free to wear anything you want!

But wait, there’s more. Unknown to many, Naawan is truly blessed with wonders to behold. There are various isolated falls which you can explore in the area. In fact, there are a total of 26 waterfalls in Naawan (which is located in the western part of the province) waiting to be discovered.

Another spot is the Mahanggub water park which is a flowing spring. The management charges P30 per person plus table for rent at only P50 and cottage day-long stay at P150 to P250 depending on capacity.

Then there’s the Kanapulan Falls which is a ten-minute ride from the highway followed by a ten-minute trek through ankle-deep spring at the jump-off point. Just like Bolyok, this unspoiled beauty is also a three-tiered waterfall. Entrance is at P30 with cottages for rent at P50 each.

The relaxing waterfalls and crystal clear pools are truly loved not just by the locals but even by passing visitors exploring the area.

For n these challenging economic times, Naawan municipal tourism officer Jeaneth Grace Larroza is aiming to highlight the spots in her hometown in preparation for the influx of visitors once the pandemic has subsided.

Even now, guests are started to trickling in practicing health safety protocols, of course. These efforts are being supported by the local government unit led by the dynamic and indefatigable Mayor Dennis Roa and by the provincial government of Misamis Oriental under Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano (together with provincial tourism officer Jeffrey Saclot) who has made tourism a banner battlecry in their administration.