Last updated on August 14th, 2018 at 11:54 pm
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. We will explain in this post how to get to Kawasan Falls, what to bring to Kawasan Fallsa and the best time to visit Kawsan Falls.
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 buses are of course little bit more expensive than the non-airconditioned ones.
From Kawasan Falls to Oslob, you will need to ride 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, you can take a bus going to Badian and it will only take 30-40 minutes to get to the falls. There are buses stopping by every 15 minutes if you are staying in Moalboal, where you will find many amazing beaches.
The buses will stop just in front of Matutinao Beach Resort in Badian.
How to get to Kawasan Falls from Badian?
Once you get off the bus, you have to walk and follow the signs pointing to Kawasan Falls. Everything is well indicated so you surely won’t get lost. They also offer guide services for those who want to be sure. It’s not really necessary, but if you want to have a local guiding you around the area, you can have one.
Book your bus/boat tickets online with 12Go Asia.
Best time to visit Kawasan Falls
Since the Philippines is a tropical country with only 2 seasons, it is easy to plan your trips around the country’s warmest and coolest months. Cebu is best explored in the summer. You’ll definitely enjoy Kawasan Falls on its sunny days because the water and the hike is just no good during the rainy season. So, the best time to visit Kawasan Falls in Cebu is from May to October as these are the warmest months here. Click here for accurate updates on Cebu’s weather!
What to bring to Kawasan Falls
If you’re going on an adventure to Kawasan Falls, you should be prepared. After all, exploring the waterfalls (and its different levels) is not your ordinary trip. Remember to bring a sunblock so you can explore the falls and go swimming without worrying about sunburn. A towel and extra clothes are obviously very important, too.
You can bring your own food as the ones on-site tend to be more expensive. Still, there are restaurants that offer pretty affordable meals if you don’t want to bring your own food. You can also buy coconut juice, soda and water in those restaurants after a tiring but fun adventure at Kawasan Falls.
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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 PHP for foreigners and 20 PHP 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 the 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 on. You can rent a bamboo raft for 500 PHP 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 like swimming or taking pictures.
Once you get to the second waterfall, you will notice that it is quieter 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 also 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 because most people prefer to stay in the first and second levels.
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 Stay in Kawasan Falls
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, eat at a carinderia and even visit 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.
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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.
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Where to go after Kawasan Falls
There’s a small island in Cebu just a few hours away from Cebu City and Kawasan Falls called Malapascua. This paradise is a hotspot for divers and is also a great place to relax, meet locals, try local food and watch the sunset. From Cebu City’s Northern Terminal, you can take a bus headed to Maya port. From there, a ferry will take you to the island. The crystal clear waters and friendly people of Malapascua are definitely worth the bus and boat ride!
When you visit the island of Moalboal in Southwestern Cebu, you will have access to some of Cebu’s most breathtaking locations and one-of-a-kind experiences. You can go on a tour of Pescador Island and swim with sardines and sea turtles, go snorkeling in Lambug Beach and encounter beautiful starfishes, enjoy the nightlife at Panagsama Beach and eat all sorts of local food in the area. A ride to Moalboal from the North Bus Terminal costs around 130 PHP.
Another beautiful destination in the southern tip of Cebu is Oslob, a very popular destination for tourists. This is the perfect place to go whale watching early in the morning. It was a truly amazing to see these whale sharks in their natural habitat. You can go to Cebu City’s South Bus Terminal and take a bus to Oslob for 165 PHP.
If you are planning to stay longer in Cebu, click here to read our full travel guide.