Rushing Water and Lines of Rope

I never thought that I would be able to mark ‘waterfall rappelling’ off my bucket list. Then again, it was never on my bucket list to begin with. But leave it to hubs to find a new activity that I have never heard of and make me fall in love with it.
When we arrived in the Philippines, hubs only had one thing planned and that was waterfall rappelling. The gist of it was that we took about an hour ride in the beast, hiked for 45 up the side of a mountain and then hiked/repelled down waterfalls on the Montaneza River until we reached the bottom. We repelled down a total of five waterfalls, the largest of them being 30 meters.
The walk up the mountain was a little less than enjoyable. The views were fantastic, the company was great, but walking uphill for 45 minutes in what my guess was 100% humidity was not my idea of fun.
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waterfall rappelling, moalboal, philippines
With it being low season right now in the Philippines, we were actually the only two that had signed up for the trip. This was great because we not only could we go at our own pace, but we got to know our guides a whole lot better.
rappelling down waterfalls,moalboal, philippines
action adventure in moalboal, philippines
Rappelling down waterfalls, cebu philippines

This was just one of the many ‘iffy’ walking paths that we had to take. Good thing we had helmets on!

Montaneza River moalboal philippines
Montaneza River moalboal philippines
Go Pro Footage, Cebu Philippines

After we were finished, we ended back where we had started and the driver had prepared a feast of a  meal including fruit, barbecue chicken and fish, rice wrapped in bamboo and and my favorite, shandies. I tried to get hubs to stay behind so he could learn how to cook but it was a no go. 

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I couldn’t get over the landscape in the Philippines. Everything was lush and green when we went and the areas around the river were astounding. I would highly recommend if you ever make it over to the Philippines, find a spot to go repelling!
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The Simple Life

I’ll be the first to admit that the Philippines was not high on my travel bucket list. I’ve heard great things about their beaches but with us being more of the ‘go go go’ type of travelers, beaches alone didn’t draw me in. With the Philippines being just a short four hour flight from Korea and with tickets as low as $150 per person, it’s the perfect getaway for a long, or even in our case, a short relaxing getaway.
Moalboal, Philippines
Moalboal Philippines ocean view
Gorgeous views in Moalboal, Philippines
Children by the water in Cebu Philippines
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Ocean pier in Cebu, Philippines
We stayed at the Tipolo Beach Resort in Moalboal, Philippines, about  two hour drive south of Cebu City. While I admit, it’s nothing luxurious with basic rooms including a bed, wardrobe, mini fridge and nothing else, the genuinely friendly staff and ocean views far made up for it.
Tipolo Beach Resort Cebu Philippines
The hotel has a total of eight rooms, three of which offer prime ocean views. But don’t worry, they are all close enough to the water that you can fall asleep to the sound of the tide breaking against the shore. And that alone is worth the four hour plane ride.
View from Tipolo Beach Resort Cebu Philippines
I can’t speak highly enough about the staff here. They go out of their way to help you and to make sure that your trip is everything you hoped it would be. Many times we sat around chatting with the staff after eating or while we sat by the ocean. This is part of the reason I love staying at smaller accommodations. You have the chance to get to know the staff, their lives and more about their culture.
Tipolo Resort, Moalboal, Philippines
They also had absolutely amazing food! (that’s the most important part right?) Breakfast, lunch and dinner, residents from other resorts walk over to try their food. Wood-brick oven pizzas, mango smoothies and….well we stuck with that because once you find a good thing you should stick with it right? The staff also introduced me to a new drink. This probably isn’t new to anyone else but the concept of mixing beer and Sprite blew my mind. Finally, a beer drink that I can get behind!
Shandis in Cebu Philippines
Brickoven Pizza at Tipolo Beach Resort, Cebu Philippines
As a part of the hotel, they also have a side business, Planet Action Adventures. You can sign up through the hotel to go on day excursions like repelling down waterfalls (what we picked), river climbing (what we want to do next time), horseback riding, mountain biking, and city tours. Below is a picture of the beast that took us to the waterfall location, custom built by the hotel workers.
Plenty of activities at the Tipolo Beach Resort, Cebu Philippines
On our last day, we called a ‘tricycle’ to come pick us up and take us to the taxi stop. These are extremely popular here and both tourists and locals alike use them. Pretty much a small cab attached to a motorbike or bicycle. A great and cheap way to get around. 
Tricyle, Moalboal, Philippines
Tricyle, Moalboal, Philippines
Some of these tricycles serve as food vendors. My favorite by far were the ones that served up fresh pastries. You could see locals carrying around huge bags of these and at only 5pesos(12cents) each (seriously guys…12 cents for fresh pastries. My jaw literally dropped when I converted it), I was stocking up too!
Street food, Philippines
Stay tuned next week when I highlight repelling down waterfalls and our motorbike road trip through the pouring rain!
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