Niludhan Falls of Bayawan City,Negros Oriental is approximately 43 kilometers away from city proper. It lies in Brgy. Dawis en route to Bayawan-Mabinay road. Due to its distance and dry season which results too low humidity and rivers drying up, I was hesistant to visit the falls. Nevertheless, I was very eager to appoint a visit the falls before March 2015 ends.
As I was packing my stuff a night before my rest day, I checked the Google Maps for possible route directions to the falls, but still a zero result I got. As i was watching the map, I noticed a route connecting the municipality of Mabinay and Bayawan City. Correspondingly, I searched for possible detailed directions and alternative way to Niludhan Falls. A very helpful travel journal ( http://www.roamingcouple.com ) I found on my search with directions going to Niludhan via Mabinay. Although Niludhan falls is part of Bayawan City, a shorter and alternative way of finding it is passing through Mabinay.
How to get there:
From Dumaguete city bus terminal, take a bus bound to the town of Mabinay. Make sure to inform the ticket man or driver to drop you at Paniabonan junction. Bus fare is P130.00.
Our bus left the terminal at 8:10 ETD. Travel time by public transport runs about an hour and a half to two hours or more. If your driving your own vehicle, a shorter travel time will take you there.
Ongoing road improvements and renovations are still in progress on some parts of Bais-Mabinay road to allow an ease travel by some conveyance.
Note: Drive carefully and observe road signs. Winding roads,stock piles and descending curves ahead the way.
At 10:30 ETA when I was dropped at Paniabonan Mabinay junction. From that junction, another bus you need to ride but you need to wait for an hour or more interval, like on my case, as I arrived at 10:30 am, the next bus was scheduled to pass at 12:00 noon,that bus will pass towards Brgy. Pantao and then Brgy. Dawis where Niludhan Falls is situated.
If you don’t want to wait an hour for scheduled bus, then another option is to ride a motorbike for hire(habal-habal). They demand P200.00 for single commuter, P100.00/pax for double-one way only. I ended up a P350.00 deal with the driver back and forth.
It was already past 11 when I reached Niludhan falls. Such pain in my ass on board an old vehicle over an uneven, rocky, bumpy, dusty and rugged thoroughfare. I enjoyed the ride though, all I can see are sugar canes and sugarcane fields around.
We headed our way back to Paniabonan, it was about quarter to 12 when we arrive. So I went in a nearby canteen for my lunch.
As I am ready for my next itinerary, I ride my way to Mabinay proper through public jeep, it cost me P10.00 to move there.
Mabinay Natural Spring is just a walking distance from town proper and so does Mabinay Spring to Mabinay falls. I went first to Mabinay falls following the directions told by a local.The falls is situated at the back of Mabinay Central School. A 60 meters of swinging hanging bridge connecting Brgy.Bato and Poblacion can be seen after passing a forest. But visitors shouldn’t pass the bridge, I walked at around 5 minutes following a small human trail to my right. Unfortunately, the water dries up and a student said that it will back during rainy season.From the bottom I could just imagine the grace of the falls. Nevertheless, I will be back some other time this year.
The Mabinay Natural Spring on the other hand is a favorite spot among locals in Mabinay to cool down, no wonder as I went inside the area and paid P10.00 for the entrance,mabiyanons flock here for picnics and get together. They also host visitors for overnight accomodation,activities like zipline and kayaking. Amenities include bonfire area,cottages with chairs for rent,pavilion,shower room,boardwalk,camping ground.
For reservations and inquiries please contact these numbers
Where to stay:
Mabinay Hotel Terminal Complex
Address:Poblacion,Mabinay Negros Oriental
Suite Rooms(2 pax)——————P 1,500.00
-free swimming pool
Dormitory type(14 pax)—————-P150.00
-free tv at lobby
1st 4 hours—————P5,000.00