“Not much.” Kiamba mused with a wink!
I don’t know if I’m asking a smart question here but why is Sarangani Province geographically split? I know it used to be a part of South Cotabato until it was made an independent province but why the Sarangani Bay and General Santos City in between its land area? Why? I know it shouldn’t bother me but it does and now I can’t un-see it.
It had been so long since I went to the western part of Sarangani Province and mind you its western area was as beautiful as its eastern part. So when Merk and his friend Kenneth were to go to Maasim for a part-time IT servicing job, Fefe and I tagged along. Long story short, we ended up helping them and got paid also. Awesome!
Shortly before noon we were on our way to Kiamba, as actually intended. The last time I went to Kiamba, which was a couple of years ago, I went along with some officemates to Tuka Marine Park. The second time though was more like a new leaf because nothing seemed familiar.
We went to their baywalk and the place had been more beautiful and organized. I saw the registration for Tuka Marine Park; just on the corner of the baywalk, and it was cleaner and welcoming since I could remember. There were a lot of things to love in Kiamba baywalk aside from the [heart] Kiamba#1 landmark.
Small plants and shrubs which were strategically planted provided aesthetic colors as they grow. There were colored patterned tiles, sometimes giving 3D optical illusions, on the baywalk. And there was a bridge, which also served as viewing deck, connecting the baywalk to Lourdes Park. Aside from the absence of the colorful umbrellas hanging on their plaza, Kiamba was proving to be more than we could hope for on this ride.
Primarily, we were looking forward for a short dip in a waterfall in the area so we never really stayed quite long in the baywalk.
Bocay El Falls
This waterfall was the weekend getaway trip for the locals. Despite the rough road and a river to cross, the waterfall was swamped with people having fun. While paying the entrance fee of P25.00, we could already hear the ruckus laughter of the people enjoying the waterfall. It was fun to watch but it was really crowded. There were people sliding down the cascade of the waterfall. Others were silently dipping in groups casually chatting. While there were others who were jumping and diving while onlookers cheered. It was also fun to join the onlookers cheer loudly for some belly flops.
We never stayed long though and we never managed to dip. Knowing that there was another waterfall nearby, we called it quits with Bocay El Falls and checked out the other alternative.
Through a rather well-paved road, Nalus Falls flowed stone-coldly in a private resort. If Bocay El Falls was the cacophony of cheers, Nalus Falls was the deafening echoes of nothing. We were the only person there. Understandably, the construct of the waterfall did not provide enough space for jumping and diving. The huge rocks were obviously perilous which made for a valid conclusion of the absence of many people there. But solitude was the luxury we had afforded for another P25.00. There was no question whether we would be staying in the place.
Nalus Falls had a backdrop of rather interesting forest. The boulders looked like intentionally stacked with the water sneakingly cascaded through the spaces on the rocks.
On the side, there was a narrow pathway upwards. After cautiously jumping from rocks to rocks, we were treated with this:
We had an amazing time at Nalus Falls. It was comforting to know that you could actually opt for loudness or solitude in waterfalls in Kiamba in matter of minutes.
After the relaxing waterfall dip, we were on our two-hour ride back to General Santos City. It was an engaging day. Rewardingly, we grabbed a bite, twice, courtesy of our paycheck.