A complete travel guide to visiting one of the island’s most underrated waterfalls, Cambais Falls in Alegria, Cebu. Includes how to get here, what to expect, and more!
Cambais Falls is a multi-leveled, aqua-blue waterfall and swimming spot located in Alegria, Cebu. It’s conveniently located close to popular tourist hubs such as Oslob or Moalboal.
I consider Cambais Falls to be one of the most underrated waterfalls in Cebu. Here’s a quick guide to exploring Cambais Falls including all the details you’ll need!
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How to Get to Cambais Falls
By far the best way to get to Cambais falls is by motorbike. It will take roughly an hour from Moalboal to reach the waterfall. There isn't much signage indicating the way to Cambais Falls, so it's best to follow Google Maps.
It's a pretty scenic drive along the coast, passing canyoneering companies and the popular Kawasan Falls on the way. Once the maps direct you inland, it's an even more scenic drive up through the valley, past small villages and into the jungle.
The pin below is the starting point. Here you can park your bike next to a small bridge with overhanging trees. There is a small, weathered sign pointing to the trail that heads toward the waterfall.
- Google Maps Pin: "Cambais Falls"
After you've parked your bike, follow the small trail behind you. From here it's approximately 15 minutes until you reach the ticket office.
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Cambais Falls - What to Expect
It's very easy to follow the distinct trail from the parking lot to the ticketing office. The entry cost is 50 pesos per person, which is very reasonable. The management also takes very good care to clean the area as there was little rubbish to be found at all.
I rate this waterfall as one of the best in Cebu if you're looking to relax and beat the crowds. Both times I've been here there have only been some local kids swimming and jumping off the lower levels.
Cambais falls has two main levels. The first is a large, deep turquoise swimming hole. There is also a tall waterfall off to the left and a more powerful, lower fall right next to it.
The swimming hole is quite deep on all sides. Just be mindful of any submerged rocks if jumping.
You can climb with the fixed ropes on the right side of the Cambais Falls to reach the top of the first level. After that, keep going up and you will see a bamboo staircase leading up to level two.
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Due to the thick vegetation, level two has less light shining through. This is great for hotter days cooling off out of the sun. You can also swim at this level, but there aren't any cliff jumping spots.
Cliff Jumping at Cambais Falls
The first time that I visited Cambais Falls, I was shown the cliff-jumping spots by a local canyoneering team. When looking at the waterfall from the ticketing office, you will see the large trickling waterfall on the left. Here there is a fixed rope for climbing to the top of the limestone wall.
The halfway mark is clear with what looks almost like a small cut-out from the limestone. When jumping from here, take care to go straight out to avoid hitting the side. This jump is approximately 6 metres.
For those with more game, you can climb to the very top of this waterfall to tackle the big jump, which is almost 10 meters tall.
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Is Cambais Falls Worth the Trip?
If you're looking for a beautiful waterfall paradise that you can have all to yourself, then of course. Personally, i think it's one of the best little waterfalls in Cebu.
There are plenty of small caves to explore, cliff-jumping spots, and deep swimming holes. The water in Cebu really is some of the bluest in the world. Cambais Falls is an epic jungle oasis definitely not to be missed.
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There are hundreds of waterfalls in Cebu. Some of the best are just around the corner. You can definitely fill a day of exploring Cambais Falls and some other epic waterfalls in Alegria.
Where to Stay to Visit Cambais Falls
The best place to base yourself is in Moalboal as it's close to all of the best things to do and all the epic attractions you'll want to add to your Cebu itinerary. However, if you're planning to travel around the island, then I'd also recommend staying at:
- Cebu City/Mactan
- Sumilon Island
Here are the best hotel picks for each budget.
- Best Luxury Resort in South Cebu: Ancelle Cristo Re - the top-rated luxury resort situated on a private beach near Moalboal where you can snorkel with sea turtles. This hotel is run by three amazing sisters who use their proceeds to support a local orphanage.
- Best Resort in Mactan/Cebu City: Bai Hotel - a great mid-budget resort in Cebu City with large rooms, daily buffet breakfast, and rooftop swimming pool. Located verry close to the Cebu International Airport.
- Backpacker Hostel With a Vibe in Moalboal: Chief Mau - a great hostel with a relaxed backpacker vibe in the heart of Moalboal. Large rooms, an onsite bar, and tours can be booked straight from the front desk.
- Sustainable lodging in Malapascua: Villa Sandra - an awesome treehouse accommodation on Malapascua Island - an awesome place to scuba dive with Thresher Sharks
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Stay on Sumilon Island
Sumilon Bluewater - stay on a pristine private island complete with a beautiful white sandbar and crystal-clear water for swimming and snorkeling.
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I hope that you've enjoyed this quick travel guide to visiting Cambais Falls in Alegria, Cebu. While you're here, make sure to check out some of my other blog posts for more adventure inspiration on the island and others in the Philippines.