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Five Waterfalls to Chase Down South

Cebu may be a popular tourist destination primarily because of its beaches, but you’ll find that there are more places to see and activities to try on the island. If you’re more of the adventurous type, then Southern Cebu is one of the best parts to head to, especially if you love natural waterscapes like rivers, springs and waterfalls. In this area alone, there are over fifty waterfalls—which is only a little less than half of the total number of waterfalls on the island.

To get a glimpse of the rich natural beauty that Cebu has to offer, here are five waterfalls that are worth chasing when in the south:

Dao Falls, Samboan

The town of Samboan is home to many waterfalls, and Dao Falls is the highest one, which towers at a majestic 120 meters. It’s interesting to note that the area surrounding Dao Falls looks smooth, similar to a dam, unlike most waterfalls in Cebu that have jagged rocks peeking out in between the rushing water from every level. What makes a trip to Dao Falls adventurous is the trek, which takes about 30 minutes.

Travel time from Cebu City: About 3 and a half hours
How to get there:
Take a bus bound for Bato via Barili at the Cebu City South Bus Terminal. Tell the conductor to drop you off at the Samoan town proper, where you can ride a habal-habal (motorcycle for hire) going to Dao Falls. Once there, locals will welcome you and provide a guide to accompany you on the trek to the falls.

Aguinid Falls, Samboan

This eight-level waterfall is also located in the town of Samboan. Here, travelers are briefed prior to going on the trek, with guides assigned to a group for safety. You can explore up to the fifth level of the falls and take a dip in the cool waters of the many catch basins.

Travel time from Cebu City: About 3 and a half hours
How to get there:
Take a bus bound for Bato via Barili at the Cebu City South Bus Terminal. Tell the conductor to drop you off at the Aguinid Falls in Barangay Tangbo. From there, it’s a ten-minute walk to the falls.

Kawasan Falls, Badian

As one of the most popular waterfalls in the Philippines, Kawasan Falls is a true testament of natural beauty. The place is almost always packed with tourists swimming in the catch basin or taking photos on the bamboo raft. This doesn’t make Kawasan Falls any less beautiful, though, and it’s definitely a must-visit spot.

Travel time from Cebu City: About 3 hours
How to get there:
Take a bus bound for Bato via Barili at the Cebu City South Bus Terminal. Tell the conductor to drop you off at the jump-off point to Kawasan Falls. From there, you can opt between riding a habal-habal or trekking for 15 minutes to get to the falls.

Tumalog Falls, Oslob

The steep road going to Tumalog Falls isn’t a deterrent for visitors wanting to see the place. Once you break through the mist from the falls, you can see that the water rushing down the falls is almost like a translucent curtain. At the bottom lies a shallow pool that you can wade in to enjoy the mist that comes from the waterfall.

Travel time from Cebu City: About 3 and a half hours
How to get there:
Take a bus bound for Bato-Oslob at the Cebu City South Bus Terminal. Tell the conductor to drop you off at the “MB Sunrise View Resort”. From there, get on a habal-habal going to the jump-off point for Tumalog Falls, which will take approximately 15 minutes. You can then trek to the falls, which will take 10 minutes.

Mantayupan Falls, Barili

Mantayupan Falls is quickly picking up to be a must-visit tourist spot with its near-untouched environment. There are two levels, the first one which is about 14 meters, while the second level reaches up to 98 meters high. The area surrounding the waterfall itself is rugged, left to look unspoiled and as natural as possible.

Travel time from Cebu City: About two hours
How to get there:
Take a bus bound for Bato via Barili at the Cebu City South Bus Terminal. Get off at the Shamrock Center, and take a habal-habal to Mantayupan Falls.

The author: Gia Mayola

Gia Mayola enjoys trying new things and going on adventures. Follow her insatiable wanderlust and love for food and fashion on Instagram: @eyasthetics
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