Davao Oriental's Mahan-ob Falls: A Gem Discovered After a Typhoon
Ida Damo | Jul 21, 2016
Nature has a way of healing itself. When Typhoon Pablo hit Cateel, Davao Oriental in December of 2012, forests were denuded and the debris was everywhere.
Cateel’s tourism jewel Aliwagwag Falls has since then restored its glory and the people residing in the municipality have recovered from the aftermath of the typhoon, in fact, Cateeleños have been enjoying the bounty of the sea.
If there's one beautiful thing that happened during the onslaught of the typhoon, it is the discovery of another tourism gem, the Mahan-Ob Falls.
Just 10 minutes away from the town proper and a good 7 to 10-minute walk through grassland and newly-grown trees, Mahan-ob Falls has revealed itself.
The cascades of Mahan-ob are ribbons of white over the dark boulders surrounded by a verdant forest.
You can swim in the pool under the voluminous cascades.
For decades, it has been a favorite swimming spot for locals that have now been uncovered for tourists to enjoy.
How to Get There:
PAL and Cebu Pacific fly daily to Davao City from Manila and Cebu. Cateel is 5 hours away by land from Davao City.
Take the bus from Davao City via the Compostela Valley Road or Mati Road. Bus Lines (Mallen Express, Lyra Express, Floremel Express and Bachelor Express) have daily trips to Cateel from the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal.
Fare is Php270. Private vehicles can take the Compostela Valley Road or Mati Road straight to Cateel proper.
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