Inambakan Falls is a five-level waterfall in Ginatilan, in southern Cebu in the Philippines. It is a four-hour drive from Cebu city, and about an hour and a half from Moalboal. During my stay in Cebu, I stayed in Moalboal at the Blue Orchid Resort, located in comfortable driving distance to all the major tourist attractions on the south island of Cebu.
Getting to the Inambakan Falls with our tour guide
I visited the Inambakan Falls with my photographer friend Brad Chilby (https://chilby.com.au), the same day after visiting the Kawasan Falls and also doing the canyoneering adventure. Since we had hired private tour guides, we started our day early. Driving from the Blue Orchid Resort in Moalboal around 5:00 a.m. and stopping to get coffee on the way at 7-Eleven (not all 7-Elevens' have coffee in Cebu at 5 a.m.!), we arrived at Kawasan Falls around 6 a.m. Our tour guides Mike and Wilson were already waiting for us with life vests and jackets at the entry gate of the falls. It took us around five hours to visit the falls and do the canyoneering, after which we left for Inambakan Falls. While Kawasan was super crowded, at the Inambakan Falls, there were only a handful of people swimming in their life vests in the sparkling blue pool of water underneath the waterfall.
I also hired a driver who had an Innova car. The driver's name is Bogs, and his phone number is 09677201369. He was a reliable and trustworthy man.
About Inambakan Falls
Inambakan Falls is about a fifty-minute drive from Kawasan Falls. There is an entry fee of 50 pesos per person. Guides are also available for hire. I recommend getting one; otherwise, you might miss the five levels of the waterfall. The main waterfall is about a 100 ft drop into a shimmering pool of blue water ideal for swimming. There is also a cave behind the waterfall.
My experience swimming at the waterfall
Being a good swimmer, I dived into the water without any life vest. Then I started encircling the waterfall to explore the cave behind it. As I was swimming, I got caught in the strong current of the rapidly falling water that almost drowned me. Using every iota of strength within me, I swam back to the front of the waterfall, where I pulled myself over a rock. I do not suggest going swimming here without a life-vest. You can rent or buy the vests at the waterfalls itself. I wore flip-flops to the waterfall.
I also swam in a couple of other pools of crystal clear blue water at the different levels of the waterfall. Surrounded by palm trees, the lush jungle setting of the waterfalls makes it an incredible adventure impossible to miss while touring southern Cebu.
While we spent only two hours at Inambakan Falls, you can make it into a day trip from Moalboal and easily spend 3-4 hours here. You can also combine it with Binalay Hidden Falls in Samboan, about 45 minutes away by car.
After the Inambakan Falls, we headed to the Binalay Hidden Falls.