There’s no shortage of turquoise colored waterfalls in The Philippines, and southern Cebu is blessed with a number of them all relatively close to each other. After swimming with whale sharks in the morning (if you missed this post CLICK HERE) we opted to chase a few of these beauties and see if they lived up to the hype.
Arm yourself with the names of the waterfalls you want to visit, rent a scooter, and head off!
There is only 1 road that goes along the coast of Cebu, so unless you’re completely useless, it’s hard to get lost, especially because signs point the way to waterfalls along the road.
Upon arrival at the entrances, you will be prompted to pay small entry fees of $1, sign the log books, and and get paired with a local guide if needed (who works off tips $$).
More of an outdoor adventure park, this place is seriously cool!
Hire a guide here, they know the safest and best ways to maneuver through the areas.
You’ll be wading through the bright blue creek, rappelling beside waterfalls and posing in the cascades while your guide snaps pics for you!
A bit more out of the way, this place is seriously remote. As with the other attraction entries, we had to sign a log book upon entry and get paired up with a guide before heading off to the trail. Assuming they stick to the rules and log each visitor, on May 27th we were the first visitors for the ENTIRE month of May!!
A 45 min trek through jungle terrain before arriving at the familiar turquoise colored waters. This seem to be the norm for waterfalls in this area. The waterfall was more of a trickle at that time, but the tall, vertical wall it normally spilled down beautifully displayed the colors in the canyon wall.
Looking for more to do in Cebu??
Make sure to catch the sunset at Osmeña Peak, the highest point in Cebu! Although, getting there takes a bit of wit and help from locals, most of which will have no idea what peak you’re talking about! Bear in mind, there are no signs for the peak along the way, and very little phone reception in the area. The turnoff to the road is not far from the main petrol station in Dalaguete so if you can find this, you’re in the right area.
There are a number of turns to make before arriving at the trail entrance, and groups of young kids on scooters act as the gatekeepers of sorts, offering guided walks up the peak for tips. They can point you in the right direction, or keep you company on the walk up, offering some inquisitive chatty banter that only a cheeky 8 year old could.
Riding through hillside villages set amongst beautiful tropical scenery, you dip up and down canyons, wondering if you’ll ever get there! Depending where you’re based in Cebu, it can be a bit of a mission to get here, but persistence pays off. The hike itself very moderate, and in the end you’re rewarded with a 360 degree view of the coast and rural Cebu.
Plan to start the ascent at least 90 mins before sunset depending on fitness level, as you don’t want to hike down and ride back in complete darkness!
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