Ever heard of Kawasan Falls and its unique blue waters? Located in the jungle, this Instagram famous waterfall is one of the main attraction of the Cebu island in the Philippines. However, being one of the most visited places in the Philippines means also large crowds all the time.
If you are planning to visit, here is everything you need to know about Kawasan Falls to plan and budget your own trip.
When to go to Kawasan Falls
While you can access the falls all year long, avoid the typhoon season between July and September. Rains will make most roads not practicable and the canyoneering activities will likely be canceled.
Whether you decide to go canyoneering or just enjoy the falls for a swim, we highly recommend getting there early. As we mentioned above, the place gets crowded really fast.
Also know that many groups will go canyoneering, forcing you to wait in line to move forward. It took us about 4 hours for the canyoneering experience from arriving at the place to getting geared up, riding the motorbike to the starting point and going down the river.
How to get to Kawasan Falls
There are three main ways to get to the falls. From the Cebu Airport, from Oslob or from Moalboal.
From Cebu Airport
It all comes down whether you are a big group or traveling solo/as a couple. If there are 5 or more of you, consider renting a van. You will get to the place faster and it will be a more comfortable trip.
If the van is not an option, the cheapest option is the bus. Grab a cab from the airport and head to the South Bus terminal.
Take the Ceres Bus to Bato or Samboan via Barili. Make sure it’s via Barili otherwise you’ll end up in the wrong place. If you are not sure, you can always ask the driver or one of the guard. People in the Philippines are very friendly and love to help. Buses without AC costs around 70-90 PHP (1.3-1.7 USD) and buses with AC cost 100-150 PHP (2-3 USD). The buses start as early as 4 a.m. and run every 30mins. Travel time is 2.5 to 3 hours. You can tell the driver you are going to Kawasan Falls and he will let you know when you need to leave the bus.
Oslob is a famous spot for Whale Shark watching even though we won’t recommend it considering how they treat the sharks there. From Oslob take the bus to Bato (buses run every 30 mins) for 30 PHP (0.5 USD). Change at Bato terminal for the bus going to Moalboal which costs 70 PHP (1.3 USD). The bus will stop at Kawasan Falls on the way to Moalboal. The trip should take between 2 to 2.5 hours depending on traffic.
Moalboal is a small fisherman village where you can experience diving with the Sardine run. The place is very close to Kawasan Falls, only 30mins. You can either take the bus but another option is to rent scooters and head there yourself.
We actually went to Kawasan falls from Moalboal using private transportation that was included in our Canyoneering package.
Where to stay
There are some hotels available near Kawasan Falls but it is said to be more expensive. We recommend staying in Moalboal. This small village gets very alive at night, with many travelers meeting for drinks. We met another awesome traveling couple while staying there. 😉
What to do in Kawasan Falls
1. Swimming and relaxing
When arriving at the bus stop, just follow the road. The entrance of the park costs 10 PHP (0.2 USD). Walking to the fall will take you about 30mins. Once you arrive, just enjoy the place, go for a swim and take nice photos. You can rent a table for 100 PHP (2 USD), buy food or enjoy a nice body massage under the waterfall. You will need to rent the raft for that last option which costs 200 PHP (4 USD).
From the main fall, it is possible to hike around. You will be able to find more falls and some high ground spots from where you can jump.
3. Canyoneering in the falls
The good thing about the canyoneering option is that it includes the hiking and swimming. We went for that option and we really had fun doing it, even though we had to wait for our turn due to many people doing the same activity. You can go by yourself if you have the proper equipment. However, we recommend getting a guide since accidents have happened in the past.
We chose to go with the Island Trek Tours Guide. Their package is very complete and includes, transportation from either Cebu, Oslob or Moalboal, equipment, guide, fees and lunch. This only extra we paid was for the raft experience. We highly recommend them as we were even able to arrange a transportation back to Cebu Airport instead of Moalboal.
Once you signed up and got your gear, you will ride a motorcycle and then hike for 30mins to reach the starting point of the canyoneering.
Once again, it all comes down to your plan. Kawasan Falls can be done in one morning or a day depending if you choose the canyoneering option or not. Going for the whole experience? We recommend visiting Island Trek Tours website to see their package prices depending on where you are getting picked up.
We have broken down a budget below for people who decide to skip the canyoneering experience, brought their own food and aren’t spending the night in Kawasan Falls.
|Bus transportation||Php 70-150/Pax or US $1.3 – 3/Pax|
|Park Entrance Fee||Php 10/Pax or US $0.2/Pax|
|Raft experience||Php 200 or US $4 (divided between the number of people)|
|Bus Transportation back||Php 70-150/Pax or US $1.3 – 3/Pax|
|Total (based on 2 people)||Php 250-410/Pax or US $5-8/Pax|
In summary, Kawasan Falls is a truly beautiful place with a unique watercolor. This is the place where you can relax and swim, hike and do some cliff jumping, and where canyoning for beginners is available. However, don’t get your hopes up with the place. Because of its international renown, Kawasan Falls gets very crowded and you are far from the “lost in the jungle” experience.
In the end, it will depend on how much free time you have in your travel schedule. You can go to the fall and just spend as little as a few hours or pick the canyoning and spend the whole day.
Our personal feedbacks:
“Kawasan Falls is far from what you can see on Instagram. While it has its charm and the water has an incredible blue hue, the place gets crowded really fast and we are far from the chasing waterfalls in the jungle adventure. The canyoneering was still a fun thing to do as both of us had never done it before but once again, they were so many people doing it as well that we had a wait for a long time. It took us the whole day to do the canyoneering. In my opinion, you are better off checking out other places in the Philippines where you will be able to find amazing waterfalls as well.”
“Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls was a great experience. It took me forever to jump (if you’re afraid of heights like me, there is only one mandatory jump that isn’t so high, yet scary enough for me), but once I did it, people started clapping (haha). The lunch part was very nice, as they prepare a table with food in the middle of the jungle, without forks or spoons, meaning we had to eat with our hands. Getting on the raft to get a massage under the waterfall was definitely the highlight of Kawasan Falls. The only downside is how crowded the place was.“
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