Location and getting to the Binalay Hidden Falls
The Binalay Hidden Falls in Samboan is a driving distance of about four hours from Cebu city and one and a half hours from Moalboal. On my short trip to Cebu, I did Kawasan Falls, Kawasan canyoneering, Inambakan Falls and Binalay Hidden Falls, all on the same day. My recommendation is to do Kawasan Falls and Kawasan canyoneering on one day, and Inambakan Falls and Binalay Hidden Falls on another.
I was staying at the Blue Orchid Resort in Moalboal located in comfortable driving distance to all the major tourist spots in southern Cebu. I had also hired a driver and private tour guides during my visit to the island (contact information at the end of the post). Leaving the resort at 5 a.m. with my photographer friend Brad Chilby (https://chilby.com.au), we reached the Kawasan Falls around 6 a.m. We finished seeing the falls and doing the canyoneering by 11:30 a.m. after which we headed to the Inambakan Falls. On our way, we stopped for lunch at a seaside restaurant built on stilts, indigenous to the cultures of the Philippines.
About the Binalay Hidden Falls
A roadside sign directs you to the Binalay Hidden Falls. There is a parking lot and a ticketing office just at the entry gate. When you purchase your ticket, it is mandatory to hire a tour guide (even if you have your tour guide with you). There is no fixed amount of money to pay the tour guides. You can pay whatever you want.
A twenty-minute dirt trail lined with coconut trees leads you to the main waterfall. There is a small clearing just before the waterfall with a tyre swing. We stopped here on our way back and enjoyed swinging a few rounds!
When we arrived at the waterfalls, it was somewhat crowded with people climbing into the caves beneath the falls and jumping in the water from the cliffs. It was also getting dark, so we did not stay very long. The waterfalls are locally known as ‘Adidas Falls’ because of the three distinct 'stripes of water' as in the Adidas sign. Cliff jumping is the main activity here even though the water is only 8 ft deep. I don't advise doing it!
My friend's first coconut water drink!
On our way back, we stopped to enjoy the majestic palm trees covering the area. Our guides climbed up the coconut trees and brought us some fresh juicy coconut water to drink. My friend Brad from Australia had his first coconut water drink here!
Sunset on the sea
As we sat back in the car, we were suddenly stunned to see one of the most beautiful sunsets on the sea. We ran outside with our camera, and then down a hill to the sea. There was a boat docked there belonging to a local who lived in a small cottage across the road. For a few pesos, he let us take some photos in his boat.
For my trip to southern Cebu, I hired private guides whom I found online through another travel blog. They are young Filipino boys and licensed canyoneering instructors in Kawasan and live in Badian. They know the island very well. I also hired a driver who lives in Moalboal. They were all helpful, decent people, and we were fortunate to find them. Here are their contact numbers:
Mike Vincent, and you can get in touch with him on Whatsapp at 09363859321 or through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mikevincent.africano.9.
His friend Wilson was the one who took us canyoneering. Wilson's phone number is 09975063173 and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wilson.capacio.
The driver's name is Bogs, and his phone number is 09677201369.