Cebu Island in the Philippines is home to some incredible waterfalls. While Kawasan Falls is the most famous in the region, it may have some competition. Inambakan Falls in Ginatilan, Cebu is an amazing 100-foot waterfall that rushes into one of the best natural swimming pools we have ever seen.
The main waterfall at Inambakan is actually taller than either of the two main waterfalls at Kawasan, making it an extremely impressive sight. We weren’t really too sure what to expect when we visited but we were blown away by the sheer size of Inambakan Falls. After Kawasan, this is definitely the most impressive waterfall on Cebu in terms of size.
Another reason these falls are so awesome is that there are actually spread out across 5 different levels. The upper levels have some cliff jumping spots, caves and loads more waterfalls to check out.
The main waterfall at the first level is the most popular but we couldn’t believe that nobody else seemed to explore further. We took an adventure to the other 4 levels and had them completely to ourselves.
After spending the week exploring the region we highly recommend adding these falls to your South Cebu itinerary. Some of the other must-do activities in the area include Aguinid Falls, Cambais Falls and hiking Osmeña Peak.
Getting to Inambakan Falls
From Cebu City
You will need to make your way to the Cebu South Bus Terminal. From here, take the Ceres bus to Bato via Barili. Tell your driver that you are going to Inambakan Falls and they should know exactly where to let you off. If they don’t, just tell them that you want to get off in Ginatilan town.
From here you will need to take a tricycle or habal-habal to the falls. It is only a 10 to 15-minute drive off the main highway. The entire journey should take between 4-5 hours.
If you are exploring South Cebu, then we always recommend for people to stay in Moalboal. It is the perfect hub to start all of your adventures from. The easiest way to get to the falls from Moalboal is to rent a scooter.
Scooter rentals should cost around 300 PHP ($5.83 USD) per day. It is a 1 hour 20-minute drive from Moalboal to Inambakan. The majority of this drive is on the main highway along the coast and the whole journey is very easy riding on a scooter.
Follow the pin on the map shown above and you will arrive at the entrance to the falls.
If you do not feel comfortable driving yourself, you can catch a tricycle or habal-habal to the falls. Speak to your guest house to find out a decent rate and to organize a driver.
The entrance fee for the falls is just 50 PHP ($1 USD). Such a bargain to visit somewhere this good. There was also a 15 PHP ($0.30 USD) parking fee to park our scooter here. If you decide to just visit the main waterfall at level 1, then there is no need for you to hire a guide. It is a short 5-minute walk down about 100 stairs to reach the main falls.
However, if you want to visit all 5 levels of the falls, and we really recommend that you do because it’s so much fun, then you will need to take a guide with you. The guides will show you the safest places to cliff jump, help carry your stuff and answer any questions you may have about the falls.
The entrance fee that you pay for the falls does not cover the guides’ wages. Make sure that you tip them a reasonable amount for their efforts. We tipped our guides 300 PHP ($5.83 USD) for showing us around and giving us a great time.
Inambakan Falls in Ginatilan, Cebu
For how good these waterfalls are they still are not very busy. Kawasan Falls was absolutely packed when we visited, while there were only around 30 people at the main waterfall here, and nobody else at the upper levels.
It is totally worth making the effort to come to Inambakan Falls and even though it is growing in popularity I would still classify it as one of the hidden gems around southern Cebu. The falls are beautiful and not many people make the trip out here.
We also strongly advise that you visit all 5 levels of the falls. While the upper levels don’t have the same Gatorade blue water as the lower levels, it is the adventure that makes it appealing. Mini canyoneering tours like this have to be one of our favourite things to do. Swimming underneath waterfalls, cliff jumping and rock climbing all make for an awesome day out exploring.
To enjoy all the different waterfalls and rock pools here means that you will have to climb to the top of the falls. It only takes around 15-minutes but it is almost straight up the whole way. We climbed hundreds of stairs to reach the top. You bypass the middle levels as you will enjoy all these spots on the way down and start at level 5.
The canyoneering experience here begins with a 15-foot cliff jump into the emerald green pool below. Our guides gleefully jumped in ahead of us to show us where it was safe. After taking the leap you can swim around the pool, underneath the waterfall and there is even a little cave tucked in behind the waterfall that you can climb into.
I made sure to stick my head underneath the waterfall to fully refresh myself after the hot and sweaty climb and we were off to the next level.
Levels 3 and 4
Unfortunately, due to the low rainfall in the area during our visit there wasn’t enough water in the pool at level 4 for us to swim in. Usually there is a small waterfall and you can jump into the pool from the rocks but that would have resulted in some broken bones for us.
At the third level there is a mini waterfall, a small jump off the rocks and a nice pool to swim around in. We spent some time floating around and enjoying the chilled out vibes. It was wicked to be tucked away in the jungle by ourselves with just the sound of running water for company. A perfect little oasis halfway through our adventure.
Even though the main waterfall was the most spectacular, the waterfall at level 2 was our favourite spot. There is a big waterfall flowing down the rocks into an aquamarine pool. The water colour is incredible and it always blows our minds when we have places like this all to ourselves.
At the base of this waterfall you can clamber up onto the rocks (I gave Roxy abuse for making it look difficult and then proceeded to flop around on the rocks like a seal trying to get up) and lie down in the middle of the water. The water cascades all around you and gives one of the best natural massages ever.
We spent the most time at this level, taking it in turns to lie in the waterfall and swimming in the incredible blue water. It was epic.
While all the adventure and excitement is found at the upper levels of the falls, the main attraction is the giant waterfall at the very bottom level. The waterfall is around 100-feet tall and falls into an insanely blue pool at the bottom.
It felt crowded as we had just enjoyed the rest of the falls to ourselves but in reality there were probably only around 20-30 other people there. If you visit Kawasan Falls you will realise just how few people this actually is. A final swim in this pool looking up as the water gushed over the cliff edge was the perfect way to finish the day.
There were a few different food vendors at the base of the falls and there were huts to rent and hang out in for the day. It would be easy to spend most of the day here, chilling out and enjoying the view. It took us just over an hour to explore Inambakan Falls but that’s because we packed loads of exploring into each day we were in southern Cebu and had more places to see.
- Flip flops are OK – We turned up with trainers but were informed we wouldn’t need them. We explored the falls mainly in bare feet.
- Bring a dry bag – In order to take your phone or camera with you to explore the upper levels of the falls, you will need a dry bag as there is lots of swimming involved.
- Guides are optional – To visit the main waterfall you don’t need a guide. However, to visit the upper levels you need to take a guide with you. Be sure to tip your guide.
- Plan to take 1.5 hours – We completed it in just over an hour but to really enjoy each level we recommend at least 1.5 hours.
- It is not difficult to explore – The hardest part is the climb to the top of the falls. There are no difficult rock climbing sections and no large jumps. If you only visit the base of the falls it is an easy 5-minute walk from the car park.
Where to Stay
When exploring the south end of Cebu Island, we recommend staying in Moalboal. It is the perfect hub to start off on all your adventures. The main tourist area to stay here is actually just outside of Moalboal town centre towards Panagsama Beach.
Budget: J&C Guesthouse – Our choice for budget accommodation and where we stayed while in Moalboal. A private double room with air conditioning cost 1000PHP ($19.56 USD) and this price also included breakfast. It is a short walk to the beach and close to lots of good restaurants.
Mid-range: Moalboal Shaka Traveler’s Place – If you want to stay right on the beach but not break the bank then this is the place for you. They have their own private beach area and a great terrace to watch sunset each night. Shaka also offers dorm rooms for those who want a more social atmosphere.
Luxury: The Blue Orchid Resort – A much more luxurious way to enjoy Moalboal. They have an awesome pool, an on-site dive centre and they are also located right on the water.
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Exploring Inambakan Falls made for such an epic morning. Visiting beautiful waterfalls and getting the adrenaline pumping with some cliff jumps is the definition of our perfect day. If you are looking for a super fun adventure in a beautiful place, then we recommend making the trip out here. You won’t be disappointed.
While discovering the South Cebu region we also recommend checking out some of our other favourite waterfalls such as Aguinid Falls and Cambais Falls. There are loads of amazing waterfalls to discover and few people take the time to really explore the area. There are so many stunning places to visit in Cebu and it is worth taking your time to enable you to fully appreciate the region.
*Please note, prices are a reflection of our experiences while traveling the Philippines in June 2019 and are subject to change. Prices quoted in PHP were the exact prices we paid and USD conversions are listed for your convenience.