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 stayed at the Blue Orchid Resort in Moalboal, an excellent base for touring the south island of Cebu. Moalboal is the most convenient town to stay while exploring southern Cebu.
(Complete contact information on driver and tour guides is given at the end of the post.)
1. Kawasan Falls
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.
2. Inambakan Falls
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. 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 very early. 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.
3. 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. 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!
Tour guide and driver, contact information
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.