When you think of things to do in Cebu, the most common activities that come to mind are visiting the historical sites and churches in the city and feasting on lechon. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you have more time to go around, you’ll find out that there are lots of other things you can do.
The province of Cebu is blessed with many stunning natural sites, including mountain peaks, scenic coastal towns with white beaches and world-class stunning diving spots. For those who like to chase waterfalls, you’re in luck because this province has more than 90 amazing waterfalls documented!
It’ll be a major challenge visiting every one of those, so here are just five beautiful ones you can visit in South Cebu to start you out.
One of the most popular waterfalls in Cebu that has drawn local and international attention is Kawasan Falls in the town of Badian. This beautiful waterfall is a top tourist draw because of its brilliant blue water and refreshing cascades. From the drop-off point from the highway, it’s an easy 15 to 20-minute hike to get there, making it accessible for tourists.
While the main waterfall itself is a sight to behold, for a more extreme adventure, try canyoneering downstream through Kanlaob River starting from Alegria, with the grande finale ending at Kawasan Falls.
Inambakan Falls is a beautiful towering cascade leading to a wide basin with brilliant turquoise waters. Located in Ginatilan, you can get here by taking a 10-minute walk from the jump-off point.
Inambakan Falls has one of the taller waterfalls in the province, reaching over 100 feet high. Locals like to jump into the wide basin from the rocky cliff midway. Be sure to visit the two smaller waterfalls above it, which has more secluded pools for swimming.
Aguinid Falls in Samboan offers visitors a taste of canyoning, as getting there involves trekking upstream to the main cascade at the fifth layer and ascending by rope through some of the cascades and rock formations. Local guides are required even if the trek is relatively easy to ensure the safety of tourists.
In recent years, this waterfall circuit has become more popular, attracting mainly groups and families, so it can get crowded at times. A few of the cascades with water dropping into a shallow pool and small caverns at the back of the cascade provide fun photo ops for tourists.
Binalayan Falls, which is also in Samboan, offers another cool spot for thrill-seekers. The falls has two layers, a small but wide one, which you pass on the way up to the main hidden attraction, a tall and narrow waterfall that drops down into three columns.
Binalayan Falls is one of the more unique looking waterfalls I’ve been to in South Cebu, as its smooth 30-foot cascade falls over small cavern holes. Locals usually like to show off for tourists by climbing up and jumping from the little cave holes into the catch basin below. Meanwhile, the lower level falls has a tire swing that visitors can play in before taking a dip in the basin below.
One of my personal favorites is Dau (or Dao) Falls in Samboan. Getting here involves a 30-minute to one-hour hike from the jump-off point accessible by motorized vehicle. But the view going here, passing groves of coconut trees, hanging bridges and pristine river streams, is just spectacular.
There’s a stairway carved into the cliffs that look just surreal! From the winding path, you can see the tall falls that winds down three levels. The main cascade drops from a massive inclined limestone wall that falls into a circular basin with bright blue water. You look up and you see birds flying over the tall canyons.
When I visited, there were barely any other tourists there, so it immediately felt special. The whole place, including the smaller cascades downstream, feels almost mystical.
Which of these have you been to? Which would you like to visit on your next trip to Cebu? Sound out below!