Tumalog Falls is a tall and wide waterfall located close-by the popular tourist hotspot of Oslob.
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.
Where is Tumalog Falls?
Tumalog Falls is located in Cebu, within the Oslob Municipality. The 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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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.
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