Aguinid Falls is another epic multi-leveled waterfall located in the Samboan Municipality in South Cebu.
There are five levels of flowing waterfalls, each with opportunity for swimming and jumping into the crystal-blue Cebu jungle water.
Aguinid Falls Location
Aguinid Falls is located roughly 1.5 hours from Moalboal in the Samboan Municipality. This is just south of Ginatilan, where you can find other epic waterfalls such as Inambakan Falls.
The epic 5-levelled waterfall is conveniently located very close to the main coastal road.
I have pinned the exact location for your convenience below.
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Getting to the waterfalls
The best way to get to Aguinid Falls is to take a motorbike or tricycle taxi.
Those coming all the way from Cebu City should expect a long 4-hour drive, so it’s best to stay somewhere close-by.
If you’re planning to stay in Oslob during your trip to Cebu, then perhaps this is the best way to get to Aguinid Falls. This is becauses it is a shorter distance and a very scenic drive around the Southern tip of the island, passing beautiful Sumilon Island on the way.
Once you are at the pin above, turn in at the coastal road turn-off.
At the turn-off, you will most likely be asked by locals to leave your motorbike by their houses. However, you will most likely be charged a fee.
While I completely support locals trying to earn some money from tourism, I believe it’s fair if they tell you the price before-hand. That’s why it’s a good idea to ask how much it will cost first, usually, 10 pesos is enough. For a small fee, they’ll take care of your helmets and motorbike, and you’ll be supporting a local community.
After parking your bike, head up to the ticketing office where you will have to pay the entrance fee.
Aguinid Falls entrance fee 2019
As of early 2018, there is a new program operating at Aguinid Falls. This is a little different to some of the other popular waterfalls in Cebu, as you need to have a guide to visit the multiple waterfall levels.
The entrance fee for Aguinid Falls is 60 pesos per person. This is the municipality fee and does not cover the guide.
There are several local guides waiting for eager travellers. These guides get to operate on a rotating basis, and usually only get one tour per day. They are not paid a wage and rely completely on the tip. The ticketing office is upfront with these details. It is completely up to you how much you’d like to pay the guides after seeing the waterfalls.
The falls themselves have a total of eight levels. However, the upper three levels are reserved for professional canyoneering teams. Therefore, only the first five levels are accessible. In saying that, these levels are still awesome and you could easily spend an entire day exploring them.
Aguinid Falls levels
The first few levels are smaller waterfalls tucked between the jungle canyons. There are steep limestone walls on each side, with dense jungle vines and palms overhanging.
Your guide will take you through the first few levels. On the first two levels, you will need to climb up the waterfall using a fixed rope. Your guides are more than qualified to help you, however it does require some strength and balance to pull yourself up.
There are several deep, aqua-blue pools for swimming and jumping as you progress up the waterfall levels. Take your time and enjoy some of the smaller jumps. Ask your guide for the best places to jump.
The fifth and final level is the masterpiece of Agunid Falls. It is a strangely shaped, limestone and calcium enriched waterfall flowing into a shallow pool. It’s one of the most unique waterfalls in Cebu, and just the right pressure flow to get a nature-massage.
Some tips before you go
Before you make the trip to Aguinid Falls, you might want to know some of these useful tips.
- Bring a dry-bag if you’re bringing any cameras or phones. You will get wet if you want to explore all of the waterfall levels.
- You will need to walk through waist-deep water at times. I recommend either bringing some shoes that you can get wet, or going barefoot.
- Take your time at the waterfalls. You might feel like you don’t want to push your time with the guides, but they usually only get one job per day. Therefore they want to make the most of it.
- Keen for a waterfall exploration day? Why not check out some other waterfalls nearby? Popular Tumalog Falls is not too far away.
- Aguinid Falls closes at 5:00 PM, arrive early to take advantage of a whole day at the waterfalls.
- Avoid using any sunblock or suncream as this might contaminate the river (Tangbo River)
- Make sure you pick up any trash that you bring or see on the path. The municipality do a pretty good job of keeping the waterfall clean, but you could do your part by taking some trash with you.