Balilihan Tourist Attractions
The Camugao Falls is located at Barangay San Isidro in the municipality of Balilihan, about 22 kilometers from Tagbilaran City. The falls has a beautiful backdrop of green and lush vegetation with lots of ferns and other tropical plants. The water cascades into a basin forming a natural pool where people can bathe and refresh themselves. To see the falls, one has to go thru a very slippery, mossy and rocky trail which is a challenge for climbers and trekkers.Kawasan Falls
The Kawasan Falls in the municipality of Balilihan is situated about 5 kilometers from the Poblacion and likewise 22 kilometers from Tagbilaran City. The falls is accentuated by a green backdrop of tropical plants and rugged cliffs which is beautiful to behold and cascades into a natural pool. The falls is much shorter compared to Camugao Falls but wider. The falls sits at the center of a network of hiking trails which poses a great challenge to trekkers.
The Niluksoan Falls can be found in Barangay Sal-ing of Balilihan Town and is situated at the foot of a hill with tilled lands at its sides looking so much different from that of Camugao and Kawasan. There are no cliffs or mountain sides to contend with. The thin and clear stream flows into a semi-spherical cone before cascading into a wide basin.
Although the falls is relatively short in terms of height, it is wide and looks like a white, transparent curtain as it falls into the basin. Local folks, especially little kids, jump into the pool using a makeshift diving board made from coconut lumber or jump into the water direct from the coconut trees that line the sides of the pool. “Lukso” means “to jump” and “Niluksuan” refers to a place jumped over. This may be the reason why the place got its name of “Niluksuan Falls”.
The trip to the town of Balilihan coming from Tagbilaran City is estimated at 45 minutes on a bus. At the Poblacion, motorcycles are available for hire to get you near the falls yet one has to walk for another 10 minutes to reach the area of the falls and the pool.
Magsija Swiming Pool
The Magsija Swimming Pool can be found in the municipality of Balilihan, about 24 kilometers from Tagbilaran City. The pool is man-made yet the water is fresh and cool coming from a spring nearby. Rather than go trekking and climbing over rugged terrain to reach the falls of Balilihan, the barrio folks chose to bathe in this pool for a change.Mt. Carmel Hill
The Mt. Carmel Hill can be found right in the heart of Balilihan Town, about 24 kilometers from Tagbilaran City. Atop the hill is a centuries-old Spanish belfry, a tower made from adobe and limestone. These materials were hauled from Baclayon, its mother town, on foot in the years 1835-1844. Withstanding natural calamities and the test of time, the belfry now towers on top of the hill like a sentinel guarding the whole town. Concrete stairways lead to the top of the hill where the belfry stands.
The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church stands in the heart of Balilihan Town, about 22 kilometers from Tagbilaran City. It is a place of worship, a center of faith, of the people of Balilihan which are very pious and religious. The church prides itself of decorative frescoes on its ceilings, replicas of famous ancient artworks that are wonderful to behold.
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