If there’s a place you must never miss when visiting Cebu, it’s Kawasan Falls, one of the most popular waterfalls in the Philippines. If you are an avid user of Instagram like us, you’ll love Kawasan Falls so much as it is one of the most Instagrammable places in Cebu. It is located in Badian, a muncipality in Cebu.
The water in Kawasan Falls is turquoise blue. You can swim and relax in this beautiful waterfalls. You can hike around the area and take nice pictures like we did. You can even rent a bamboo raft and go under the waterfalls, enjoying the experience and taking amazing shots as well. If you’d like to add a little more adventure to your trip, you can also try Kawasan Falls canyoneering.
How To Get To Kawasan Falls
From Cebu City, you have to ride a bus to Badian. The trip lasts around 3-4 hours depending on the traffic and it costs around 140 pesos. Airconditioned bus is of course little bit more expensive than the non-airconditioned ones.
From Kawasan Falls to Oslob riding a bus to Bato. The trip can last 2-3 hours depending on the waiting time riding the second bus.
From Moalboal to Kawasan Falls riding a bus going to Badian will take 30-40 minutes only. There are buses stopping by every 15 minutes. If you are staying in Moalboal where you will find amazing beaches.
The bus will stop just in front of Matutinao Beach Resort in Badian.
How to get to Kawasan Falls from Badian?
Once you leave the bus, you have to walk following the signs to Kawasan Falls. Everything is well indicated so you will surely not get lost. They also offer guide services. It´s not necessary, but if you want to have a local guiding you around the area, you can have one.
Walking to Kawasan Falls, you can find food stalls where you can buy a coconut (as both food and drink!) and a few snacks.
After around five minutes of walking, you will finally get to the entrance of Kawasan Falls. The entrance fee is 40 pesos for foreigners and 20 pesos for locals, so Rachel saved half for the entrance.
Before getting to the first waterfall, you have to walk for another 10 minutes. Well, we took more time than he others since we stopped a few times to take nice shots around the area. The water is so blue and we enjoyed the walk. After 10 minutes of walking, you will find the first waterfall and the most popular one. It´s full of people and there are places to eat and to put your belongings in. You can rent a bamboo raft for 500 pesos or around $10 an hour. Click here to check the exchange rate!
From the waterfall, you can do two things: take nice pictures and swim. The most popular and our favorite spot to take photos in is on the top of the waterfall. You’ll be there in 3 minutes and there is a nice spot where you can see the whole waterfall and even pose for a quick photo.
If you continue up to the second waterfall, it will take you another 10 minutes of hiking. The place is actually so beautiful and there are small waterfalls on the way to explore, if you feel swimming or taking pictures.
Once you get to the second waterfall, you will notice that it is more quiet than the first one. Of course you can also swim here and rent a bamboo raft. They even allow (and encourage!) you to jump from the top of the waterfall! You will see people coming from a higher spot who are in Kawasan Falls canyoneering.
There is one more waterfall, the third one. It can be reached in 15 minutes. The path to this one was steeper than the rest. Despite that, it was still a really good place to hike and take pictures since this is almost deserted since most people just stay in the first and second level.
The third waterfall has an exciting jumping spot where people from the canyoneering expedition are lining up to jump a rope a la Tarzan! There are a few tables in this area for you to eat or rest on.
You can finish the visit in Kawasan Falls within 2-4 hours depending on how much time you want to spend swimming or relaxing there.
Where To Sleep
We stayed at Matutinao Beach Resort which can be found just by the bus stop. It’s a perfect place if you want to sleep close to the waterfalls while having a place where you can find snacks, carinderia and even a church. The resort is very quiet at night and it’s a nice place if you want to swim on the beach a little bit.
We enjoyed flying the drone here and you can also hire a guide or avail a tour package for Kawasan Falls where you can try canyoneering, along with some lunch/dinner. If you will try Kawasan Falls canyoneering, the resort is a good place to clean up and shower afterwards as it is near the bus stop and is very accessible.
If you are planning to stay longer in Cebu, click here to read our full travel guide. If you want to learn about and visit our favorite island in the Philippines, click here and discover what made us fall in love with Palwan. Looking for other things to do near Kawasan Falls and within the island of Cebu? Click here and read our favorite things to do in Moalboal!