A complete travel guide to visiting the incredible Tumalog Falls near Oslob, Cebu. Includes how to get here, what to expect and more!
Tumalog Falls is a tall and wide waterfall located close-by the popular tourist hotspot of Oslob on Cebu Island, the Philippines.
Although this waterfall is not known for an impressive flow of water, it’s sheer height and width that impressed us. It’s definitely worth checking out if you are in Cebu, especially those staying near Oslob! In this guide, I’ll outline everything you need to know about visiting the falls, including how to get here, what to expect, and more!
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Tumalog Falls Location on Cebu
Tumalog Falls is located within the Oslob Municipality on Cebu. Due to its close proximity, many people combine a visit to this waterfall with the very popular whale shark tour.
The broader township is known as Barangay Luka, which is close to the popular tourist hub and Whale Shark operations.
Getting to Tumalog Waterfall
The best way to get to Tumalog Falls is to take a motorbike or tricycle to the Tumalog Falls car park. Those coming from Oslob should expect about a 20-minute drive to reach the carpark.
From the main coastal road, the road veers off to a short drive up the hills known as Tumalog Falls Road. I’ve pinned the location of the carpark on the map below.
Once you reach the car park, there will no doubt be several locals asking to take you down the hill to reach Tumalog waterfall on a motorbike. If you want to walk, it’ll only take about 15 minutes downhill to the base of the waterfall.
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Tumalog Falls – What to Expect
Once you arrive at the base of the hill, you will see a small ticketing office. To gain entry to the waterfall area, you will need to pay a 20 peso entry fee per person. This fee goes to the Oslob Municipality and pays for the upkeep and environmental protection of the waterfall.
Tumalog Falls is actually the second most popular waterfall in Cebu. However, this is more due to the location than the caliber of the waterfall.
In saying that, it’s still an epic waterfall for swimming or relaxing on hot days. The maximum height of the waterfall is approximately 100 meters. As mentioned earlier, there isn’t a roaring flow, consider it more of a gentle trickle along a wide, moss-covered wall.
The waterfall is surrounded by lush jungle vegetation and steep limestone cliffs. There are also some scattered rocks around the main swimming hole.
While it is great for swimming, it isn’t as deep as some of the other waterfalls in Cebu. To compensate for the shallow pool, the locals have built up a row of rocks and a concrete path along the banks to trap deeper water.
What to do at Tumalog Falls?
Clearly, Tumalog Falls is a great spot for swimming or general relaxing. There are also some small rock formations to explore.
Though the waterfall is the highlight, I thought that the walk down to the waterfall was also pretty epic. You can get a good view of the waterfall from the top of the hill. If you look out, you can also see the dense jungle of Cebu’s interior.
If you’re looking to save money, the walk down from the carpark is pretty easy. If you aren’t feeling the walk back up however, your money is probably better spent on paying a local to drive you up the hill.
Because Tumalog Falls is located so close to the nearby Whale Shark operations, it’s definitely advised to come here early. When we arrived at approximately 8am, we were the only ones at the waterfall. However, this quickly changed around an hour later after everybody was coming straight from the Whale Shark swim.
Remember to always take any rubbish or trash with you. To help keep Cebu clean, why not get some boosted Karma points and pick up a couple of pieces to take with you.
Where to STay To Visit Tumalog Falls
You’ll have plenty of options to choose from when planning where to stay on Cebu Island.
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In my opinion, 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
Best Luxury Resort in South Cebu: Ancelle Cristo Re
- Amazing free breakfast
- Private beach with great snorkeling (sea turtles)
- Proceeds go to supporting local orphanage
- Ran by three amazing sisters
- 10 minutes walk from Panagsama Beach
- Spacious villas
Best Resort in Mactan/Cebu City: Bai Hotel
- Large rooms
- Daily buffet breakfast
- Close to the international airport
- On-site car rental
- Luxury vibe with rooftop pool
Backpacker Hostel With a Vibe in Moalboal: Chief Mau
- Great backpacker vibe
- Friendly staff
- On-site bar
- Clean, spacious rooms
- Large rooms with shower in each
Sustainable lodging in Malapascua: Villa Sandra
- Built using sustainable and recycled materials including plastic bottles
- Tree house vibe
- Great restaruant with amazing meals
- Awesome atmosphere
- Diving with thresher sharks and onsite island hopping activities
- Stay on the private island of Sumilon
- Amazing snorkeling and swimming in crystal clear water
- Tiny secluded island
- Rent water equipment
- Free boat transfers
More Things to do in Cebu After Tumalog Falls
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this quick travel guide to visiting Tumalog Falls, Oslob, 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.