Alona Beach – Day 2

On Day 2 after treating our sunburns from the day before, we headed out immediately after breakfast to Kawasan Falls, a famous waterfall in the area.alona2 1We took a rented van from the resort to the hiking trail that led to the falls. On the drive, we passed through various farms, shacks, small towns, and jungle areas. At one point, we had to slow down to let some young cows (goats? Again, this trip was awhile ago) get out of the road.alona2 2We hired a guide to walk with us and show us the way when we got to the hiking trail entrance. This is what the resort management told us to do. We thought this was mandatory. It wasn’t.alona2 6So we had paid for the guide, paid the entry fee (locals don’t have to pay) and set out on the walk. Later we were met with more crazy fees like a fee to put our things on a table at the snack bar next to the waterfall, another to have a guide steer our raft under the water fall, etc.alona2 3As we were leaving, we ran into another pair of tourists who were staying in a nearby town. They’d been here before, so they just rented a motorbike (about $1 USD/day), parked it outside, ran the trail, and dove right into the water. All they paid was the entry fee. They told us they were suckers the first time they came too.alona2 5In total it wasn’t very expensive and the scenery was pretty nice, so we weren’t too upset. The waterfall on the other hand, wasn’t actually very impressive. The thing to do there is to lie face down on the raft and let the waterfall give you a massage while the raft passes underneath. As a person who dislikes both massages and being submerged under water, this was not fun.alona2 7But we did see a coconut and some roosters sitting on sticks. Did you know roosters like sitting on sticks?alona2 4This is me waiting for the rain to stop. It rained on and off the whole day.alona3 9When we got back to the resort, we packed our stuff, checked out, and headed to the airport to fly back to Hong Kong. The car drove along the coast most of the way and the views were spectacular. I got to see the sunset one more time before leaving- very cool, but I was more than ready to head back to a city.

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