Did you know that there are over 1000 Cebu waterfalls? Cebu island is one of the most popular places to visit in the Philippines. It really has it all, epic jungle hikes, amazing snorkeling and diving and of course, some epic blue water jungle waterfalls.
The task of exploring all 1000 Cebu waterfalls is practically impossible. However, I have been exploring quite a few during my time on the island. Here is a roundup of my favorite falls on Cebu.
Cebu Waterfalls Guide
The below list of the best Cebu Waterfalls will give you an insight into planning your Cebu adventures. If you’re looking for the complete, full guides for each waterfall listed, I’ve linked them just below the photos of each waterfall.
The Best Time To Visit Cebu Waterfalls
The best time to visit any of the Cebu Waterfalls will depend on the Typhoon seasons. There are two main seasons in Cebu; Dry and Wet Seasons.
Cebu dry season – December – June
Cebu wet season – June – December
The best time to go waterfall chasing is in the shoulder season, between late December and early June. This will have decent water flow, while avoiding the growing hordes of crowds.
In saying that, many of the below waterfalls are not too crowded. The most popular are Kawasan and Tumalog, where you will certainly see many tourists. You might find that you could have some of the other, lesser-visited falls all to yourself, even in peak season!
LOOKING FOR A FULL LIST OF THINGS TO DO IN CEBU? – READ THE FULL CEBU ADVENTURE GUIDE
Book Your Trip To Cebu
Book Cheap Flights
Still in the planning stage of your trip? Currently, the best and easiest way to find cheap flights are to use Momondo and Skyscanner. Between the two, you’ll be guaranteed to always find the cheapest flight, anywhere in the world.
Book Your Accommodation
Whether you’re looking for hostels, hotels, guest houses, or resorts between Booking.com and Agoda, you’ll always get the best deals. I always search using the map feature to find accommodation in the best locations. Sometimes, if I want to stay in a place a little longer, I’ll use Airbnb.
Book Tours and Transport
You already know that I prefer independent travel. In saying that, sometimes the best and cheapest way to get things done is to just book a tour or package. For the Philippines, I always use Klook, Viator and Get Your Guide.
Don’t Forget Adventure Travel Insurance
If you’re reading this blog then you’re more likely to be seeking adventures over poolside sips. After having my entire bag stolen in Barcelona (including camera gear) I’ve sworn to always have travel insurance. By far, my favorite company for the most comprehensive adventure travel insurance is World Nomads. If you’re on the fence, you can read my article to see if it’s right for you.
Of course, no list of waterfalls on Cebu is complete without the famous Kawasan Falls.
This is the poster-boy for Cebu tourism, and it’s easy to see why. A 10 M+ waterfall flowing directly into a deep, aqua-blue swimming hole surrounded by tall limestone cliffs and jungle vines on each side.
This has made the list because it’s a truly fantastic waterfall. However, it is definitely not as quiet and secluded as some of the other waterfalls on this list.
For this reason, I’ve made a complete blog post about the upper levels of Kawasan Falls. Usually, people who visit Kawasan Falls make the trip to the main waterfall or see the rest on their Canyoneering trips. However, it is totally possible to explore all the upper levels without taking a tour.
There are also some epic caves and cliff jumps to check out – so make sure you don’t skip it. One tip – go early to beat the crowds!
FULL WATERFALL POST: BEST HIDDEN KAWASAN FALLS LEVELS YOU’D PROBABLY MISS, CEBU
Another epic, five-leveled set of Cebu waterfalls not to miss is Aguinid Falls.
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 Cebu Waterfalls.
These waterfalls do require a guide, however it is definitely worth it. There are several levels of deep jungle swimming holes and some small cliff jumps. The top waterfall is a calcium-enriched limestone centrepiece that is one of the most unique Cebu waterfalls on the list.
Aguinid Falls is great for a whole-day adventure. You will need to use ropes to climb up to the higher levels, tread through waist deep water and explore the deep Cebu canyons.
If you’re looking for one of the best and most underrated of all the Cebu waterfalls, then you can’t miss Inambakan Falls.
Inambakan Falls is an incredible five-levelled waterfall. The lower level is a 10 M+ waterfall flowing into a deep, blue swimming hole that rivals Kawasan but without the crowds.
Inambakan Falls is located in the Ginatilan Municipality, only an hour ride from Moalboal. You don’t need a guide to enjoy this waterfall, however if you do visit, then I’d recommend tipping a local to show you the upper levels.
There are some small jump spots, incredible swimming pools and unique jungle landscapes that definitely shouldn’t be missed.
READ MORE: Exploring Inambakan Falls In Ginatilan, Cebu
If you want off the beaten path adventure with a tall, majestic waterfall nestled that looks like it’s straight out of the jungle book, then you have to check out Montpellier Falls.
Montpellier Falls is probably one of the most underrated of the Cebu waterfalls. It seems most people in Cebu tend to skip it for popular Tumalog or Kawasan Falls. However, Montpellier Falls is definitely worth the trip.
This waterfall is located in the Alegria Municipality, just 25 minutes from the main coastal road. It will take you roughly an hour to get here if you’re coming from Moalboal.
Montpellier Waterfall is a tall, single waterfall gently flowing directly onto a large boulder sitting in a deep, blue swimming hole.
READ THE COMPLETE POST: Visiting Montpellier Falls in Alegria, Cebu
If the waterfall itself isn’t enticing enough, then the ride to get here will definitely convince you. Along the way you have opportunities to see incredible views over the coast and a sneak peek into the dense Cebu jungle interior
This is a great spot for escaping the crowds and enjoying an epic waterfall all to yourself.
One of my favourite waterfalls in Cebu is Cambais Falls. Similarly to Montpellier, Cambais is also located in Alegria. If you’re looking to hit two waterfalls in one day, then I’d suggest going to Cambais first, then finishing at Montpellier.
To get here, it will take roughly one hour from Moalboal. You can access this waterfall either by motorbike, tricycle taxi or car. There is a small, unmarked carpark with a short 15-minute walk to reach Cambais Falls.
Once you reach the waterfalls, you will see that it has two main levels. The first of which has two waterfalls both flowing into a deep pool.
The second, upper level has another waterfall and swimming hole, and will require a short rope-climb and walk to reach.
Like some of the other Cebu waterfalls, Cambais Falls has opportunities for cliff jumps. The tallest of which is over 10 M. If you’re looking to jump, check out the full guide linked above.
The last on the round up of best Cebu Waterfalls is Tumalog Falls. Tumalog Falls is located in South Cebu, very close to the Whale Shark operations in Oslob.
The best time to visit this waterfall is early, as it can get very crowded from people taking Cebu waterfall tours after swimming with Whale Sharks.
It takes roughly 20 minutes by motorbike or tricycle taxi to reach Tumalog Falls from Oslob. There is also a steep and scenic walk from the top carpark before reaching the main waterfall.
Tumalog Falls is a single waterfall, trickling down a large, steep wall. This waterfall is more of a gentle flow than a raging waterfall like many others in Cebu. There is a large natural pool underneath for swimming. However, it isn’t too deep, so don’t expect any cliff jumps.
FULL BLOG POST: Tumalog Falls in Oslob, Cebu
However, it is still a great place to swim, relax and is definitely worth visiting while in Cebu, if not just for the convenience of easy access.
Tips for Visiting the Best Cebu Waterfalls
When in Cebu, you have to check out the epic waterfalls. While there are certainly more than six great waterfalls in Cebu, this roundup is the start you need! Below are some quick tips for visiting these epic waterfalls.
- Respect locals by purchasing food or drink at smaller villages surrounding the waterfalls. Although most of the waterfalls aren’t a huge tourist boom (yet), local villages still rely on the small income that tourists bring.
- Rent a motorbike in Cebu. Renting your own motorbike is by far the best way to see the Cebu Waterfalls. This is quite cheap, and should only cost you about 300-450 pesos per day.
- Take a guide. Don’t be too quick to dismiss the local guides at some of the waterfalls. Paying a local kid a few dollars to take you to some secret waterfall levels or show you the best cliff jumps is definitely worth it!
- Remember, when visiting any waterfalls in Cebu, bring all your trash with you. It is often a disappointing sight to see beautiful natural wonders like these waterfalls become ruined by our rubbish.