Kawasan Falls, known for its turquoise blue water, is one of the Philippines' most beautiful waterfalls. It is also the most famous. Located in Badian, Cebu, it is a driving distance of about 30-40 minutes from the town of Moalboal and about 3-4 hours from Cebu city. Since it is a top-rated tourist destination, it gets very crowded. If you want to enjoy the falls without 50 more people swimming in it or snapping photos in the water, your best bet is to arrive there very early. I went there at 6 a.m. and for about an hour and a half had the falls to myself. There is some accommodation available around the waterfalls, or you can stay overnight at Moalboal as I did. I stayed at the Blue Orchid Resort in Moalboal, an excellent base for touring the south island of Cebu.
I visited the waterfalls with a tour guide whom I had hired while planning my trip to the Philippines. If you are only visiting the waterfalls, you don't need a tour guide. However, my purpose was slightly different. Joining me on my trip this time was my friend Brad Chilby, a landscape photographer from Sydney, Australia (https://chilby.com.au). Brad and I also wanted to do photography. Our tour guide not only helped us carry our camera equipment but also knew all the best locations around the falls for taking photos.
After visiting the falls, we also wanted to go canyoneering. My tour guide was a licensed canyoneering guide, and already had helmets and jackets ready for us at 6 a.m. when we arrived at the falls. We ended up hiring him (and his friend) for our entire trip to Cebu. We also hired a driver, who was also a sincere and reliable man. If you are planning a trip to the south island in Cebu, especially the Kawasan Falls, you might want to get in touch with them. Below are their names with contact numbers.
Wilson, tour guide, and canyoneering instructor. Phone: 09975063173
Mike Vincent, tour guide, and canyoneering instructor. Whatsapp: 09363859321
Driver Bogs. Phone: 09677201369
After shooting at the main waterfalls, we made a short hike up to another waterfall, a trendy Instagram spot for taking photos. There is a third waterfall operated by hydro-electric power that causes the water to overflow. It is also a famous Instagram spot. Unfortunately, the water was not overflowing when I visited there. My tour guide informed me that the water usually overflows between 4 and 5 p.m., but it is not guaranteed.
We started our walk back to the car around 9:30 a.m. by which time the place had started to get very crowded!
Tip: If you plan to go to the falls, take a dry bag, insect repellant, water bottle, and sunscreen. Snacks always come in handy. There is a lot of coconut water to buy everywhere in Cebu.