As you all know, I am always fascinated with waterfalls; hence, my unending chase to this natural wonder shall be continued one at a time. The spirit of adventure it offers on long walks and trekking makes my happy feet enthralled leading to an exciting discovery.
A remote waterfall tucked away in the forgotten corner en route to the hinterlands of Sitio Badiang in Brgy.Jantianon of Amlan lies a multi-tiered waterfall of Naibid or Maibid.
I was anxious at first knowing that I couldn’t find any image on Naibid, I was thinking probably its unsafe to go there. I have tried any possible keywords that would link to any information on the waterfalls and more importantly how to go there but the phrase below is all I can see in my search results.
So I decided to contact an associate from Amlan to come along my trip. He have not reached that secluded area in his entire years in Amlan and I’m glad he is interested to see what is in there.
We rode our way to Brgy. Jantianon proper and seek help among the residents, but none of the locals we asked don’t know where it is and haven’t heard of it. 😀 Funny it is when a woman told us that it doesn’t exist in their area.
So we drove further passing through some hilly sugarcane fields and coconuts, the road is starting to get rough and the going gets tough. Most parts of the road are rocky, the clay soils along the unpaved road are really sticky-slippery when wet therefore rainy period isn’t a good time to visit the waterfall.
We paused on one of the houses along the way where there are people we can ask. They warned us about the long-distance hike but I was very eager to continue no matter how far it is,so they recommend us to meet first with the community leader in Sitio Badiang who can also suggest a trail guide. We continued our way up until we reached the jump off point for vehicles. Seriously it was a tough ride for us.
We reached Sitio Badiang at mid morning and we are lucky the community leader was around, we’ve talked to him personally and he was very kind, there were just a few questions he wanted to know, he asked our intention of visiting the area and how did we learn about Naibid. After our chit-chat he suggested a young guy named James to be our trail guide.
James our guide was very silent when we started the walk so we build a conversation with him and learned a lot from him, to make his life story short, he was born in Cebu City, finished his 4th grade,parents left him and ended under the custody of his uncle who was from Amlan. The journey was sincerely a very loooooooooonnnnnnnnggggg walk, true hiking begins after the jump off point of vehicles.The rain kept more challenging on our walk as the soil becomes slippery and muddy.
We passed through river streams and slope areas and barely see people. James advances us to an isolated settlements who’s residents are also his relatives. He lead us to a house at the bottom of the mountain where his relatives-almost of his age leisurely playing basketball. He then convince the four boys to come with us. There were seven of us now in the group, three of them were actually brothers.
More hiking we did this time, mountain slope are getting steep,more exhilarating climb, and more mountain adventure that it pushes my skills to the limits.
Naibid falls is actually a series of waterfalls divided into five layers.The topmost level has the largest and deepest catching basin, the 4th and 3rd level on the other hand has an average height with shallow basin,while the second tier has the highest drop and a deep natural pool,though the first level has no pool, the enormous water drops offers a captivating sight.
Unlike anything else, the second tier of Naibid waterfalls holds a completely spellbinding form as I look at it. The water current drops into a sloping rock where the waters adjoin beneath forming of somewhat like a V shape.
Naibid is completely an unspoiled oasis. It was a highly worthy destination after an exhausting journey,Stunning, isn’t she?