Tumalog Falls, Oslob
About 170 kilometres from Cebu City lies Oslob, a place that has grown increasingly popular recently for swimming with whale sharks. Along with that, are the tourists who wish to “chase waterfalls”, as they like to call it, and Tumalog Falls is amongst the most majestic of them. The pool at this falls is knee-deep, so don’t be worried if you can’t swim!
Kawasan Falls, Badian
Kawasan Falls is located in the mountains of Barangay Matutinao in Badian, and comprises of many waterfalls, that takes a trek of around 1.5 kilometres to get to. The first one is the largest and generally the most crowded, and a bit of a climb will take you up to the other two. Ice cold water makes up the impossibly blue pools, where locals offer a raft service to take you under the fall itself, or in the crevices behind it.
Bugasok Falls, Argao
Slightly differing from the other falls, Bugasok Falls in Argao was used for waterfall rappelling, but lack of a rope means that the rock pool is inaccessible as there is no way back up. Completely surrounded by rock, the little pool into which the water falls is caught within itself, which makes for great picture-taking opportunities, so don’t miss out on that!
Mantayupan Falls, Barili
At 98 metres high, Mantayupan Falls is Cebu’s highest waterfall, so it is without a doubt, its most majestic. A close alternative to Kawasan Falls, Mantayupan Falls is surrounded by Mother Nature. A little man-made help was added to make the trail easier, but it has been left with its natural beauty intact. There is nothing quite like being at the fall itself, surrounded by the elements, feeling the power of the plunging water.
Montpellier Falls, Alegria
Unlike the other falls, this one is absolutely free. That’s right, there’s no entrance charge. However, even if there was, it would be worth it to maintain the pristine beauty that this setting possesses. A trip to Alegria definitely calls for a visit to Montpellier Falls, which is an experience that can only be described as something out of a movie. With the waterfall gushing forth, surrounded by green trees clinging onto the mountain, and vines hanging from above, it’s like a private pool party.
When it comes to Cebu and waterfalls, restricting them to just 5 is incredibly difficult. Waterfalls may all seem pretty similar - water cascading down into a scenic rock pool, surrounded by beauty. In true spirit of nature though, every waterfall is different. Which is why, even though these are the 5 most majestic falls in Cebu according to us - all for different reasons, feel free to explore off the list. Cebu has around 90 “discovered” waterfalls at the moment. Imagine what’s left to be discovered!
Be prepared to trek along narrow winded paths to get to your destination, make sure you are carrying plenty of water and wearing comfy shoes. Most of the places have locals living in the vicinity who are happy to feed you for a small price. Also keep in mind that you don’t just visit a waterfall - you experience one; so carrying a change of clothes and waterproofing your electronics and belongings is essential!
Whether it’s relaxing on the edges of the rock pool, taking a dip, or getting a “massage” from the powerful jet of water, Cebu’s waterfalls are something not to be missed!