Kawasan Falls and how to get there from Cebu or Oslob

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Kawasan Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in the Philippines, especially in Cebu along with Tumalog Falls.

Here awaits turquoise blue water where you can swim around and relax. For those who are more adventurous, one could also embark on a bamboo raft and go for a ride under the waterfall and at the same time receive a tremendous neck massage by the pouring water.

falls of kawasan

How to get to Kawasan Falls

From Cebu City to Kawasan Falls

The buses are running from Cebu City to Kawasan Falls, are starting from the South Bus Terminal. You can take all of the buses going to Bato (via Barili). It is very important that you take the bus to Bato via Barili since the other bus from Cebu to Bato is via Oslob and it stops instead on the east side (Kawasan Falls is located on the west).

If you are not sure which bus or where it departs from, just ask a guard or a bus driver. Everyone are friendly and helpful, so no problem there. When you enter the bus, you could also ask the conductor or the bus driver to notice you when you’re arriving at Kawasan Falls.

I went with the bus company Ceres (yellow buses). However, several bus companies run the same route. The price for a bus with air conditioning is 150 pesos from Cebu City to Kawasan Falls (March 2016). The bus journey takes about 3 hours, but can vary depending on how much traffic there is.

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From Oslob to Kawasan Falls

From Oslob, you should first take a bus to Bato and then change to a bus that goes to Badian or Cebu City (via Barili). The journey takes about 1.5 hours, and the total price is around 100 pesos.

From Moalboal to Kawasan Falls

Another popular destination is Moalboal, and from here it’s also quite easy to get to the falls of Kawasan. Due to the short distance it wouldn’t be that expensive to take a taxi from Moalboal. However, there are local buses that departs as well.

From the bus stop to Kawasan Falls

When you jump off the bus from Cebu, just walk a few meters ahead and look for a giant billboard with pictures of the waterfall and a large text that says “This Way to Kawasan Falls.” If you arrive by bus from Oslob is the sign and the road to the waterfall just behind the bus where it stops.

When jumping off the bus, it’s likely that some locals come up and ask if you need a guide or something similar. Just say no thank you, and follow the road. Some of them argue that the road is dangerous and that it is necessary to have a guide not to get lost. These statements are not true, the road is safe, and it’s easy to find the waterfall.


Arriving at Kawasan Falls

After paying the admission fee of 40 pesos and following the trail for about 10 minutes, you will arrive at the first waterfall. The first one is the largest and most famous waterfall (picture on top). This is the waterfall that most people refer to as Kawasan Falls, and it’s very beautiful, and the water is just as turquoise as the pictures, but to be honest, you shouldn’t expect a quiet paradise.

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Kawasan Falls is a popular attraction both among locals and tourists, and it’s rare to get a quiet moment here. When looking at pictures, it’s easy to fantasize about a serene and calm paradise, but behind the cameras, there are restaurants, table and chairs, and sellers who offer you to go out on the bamboo raft or to eat at their restaurant.

With that said, it’s still an amazing waterfall, and it’s fun to go for a swim, but it is not as peaceful as in the pictures. Expect a beautiful place with lots of people, and you will not be disappointed.

Waterfall number two and three

At the end of the first waterfall, stairs are leading up to the second waterfall. What you will find is a smaller waterfall with crystal clear turquoise water. It’s much quieter up there, and for the one who longs for an adventure, it’s also possible to do some canyoneering.

For those who are adventurous by itself can even go up to a third waterfall, but the way up is quite steep. The third waterfall is a rather tiny one, and personally, I do not think it’s worth the effort to get up there.

Kawasan Waterfall Number Two

Kawasan Waterfall Number Two



Kawasan Falls Canyoneering

If you’re adventurous, you shouldn’t miss out on some canyoneering while visiting this place. If you have your own equipment it’s possible to do it on your own, otherwise, don’t hesitate to contact a tour company before, or when you arrive as there are rental gear available to visitors of Kawasan falls.

More info on Kawasan Falls

It’s located about 130 km southwest of Cebu City and about 60 km from Oslob. The Kawasan Falls is located in the mountains of Barangay Matutinao, Badian, and when you get here, it’s about a 1.5 km walk from the entrance where the bus stops.

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It’s possible to make an overnight stay here in some cottages for about 2500 philippine pesos, and as stated before there are tables and bamboo rafts available for rent as well. Most people come here for a day trip, and if you come here later in the day you should know that it gets quite dark when the sun sets.

You don’t have to be scared or anything, but it can be good to bring a flashlight if you stay until sunset since it will be dark on your way back. The falls of Kawasan is a great day trip for families, couples, solo travelers and basically anyone who just wants to enjoy the beauty of nature and maybe even some adventure by canyoneering or swimming in the turquoise water.


Have you also been to the Kawasan Falls? Share your tips and experience below in the comment section!

23 Comments

  1. marvin March 30, 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    hi dear,
    okay lang ba sa bata age 9 yung papunta mismo sa kawasan falls i mean kakayanin ba nang bata yung trekking papunta dun?thank you

    • Mau May 22, 2018 at 1:10 am - Reply

      Yes. The way going there is actually very easy. Just bring a life vest for him as the water is quite deep.

  2. Rina June 13, 2017 at 4:13 am - Reply

    will visit this waterfalls, your info really helps, thank you

  3. 95Jina July 29, 2017 at 12:35 am - Reply

    Hello blogger, i must say you have very interesting content here.

  4. Phen September 18, 2017 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    hi, thank you! your blog is very informative. we will definitely visit Kawasan falls. takecare! :)

  5. Tin Advincula October 25, 2017 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Hi!
    Is the path to kawasan falls doable for senior citizens and is it advisable to bring a 2-year-old baby there? :)
    Thank you!

    • Alexander Waltner November 1, 2017 at 5:11 am - Reply

      I would say so, it’s a pretty straightforward path. However, to the second and third waterfalls, it will be a more steep path upwards. But the first Kawasan falls should be doable for seniors and parents carrying babies/children.

  6. Imee October 31, 2017 at 4:32 am - Reply

    Thank you! It has been very helpful.

  7. Geri November 8, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Thanks for this.

  8. Iulian November 15, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    I am right now in Bohol and searching for a way to go to Kawasan falls and your article is very very good.
    Thank you so much!

  9. Coleen Zee November 21, 2017 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Hi, do you know how to get to Oslob if you’re from Kawasan?

  10. Tonkin - Travel Vietnam November 25, 2017 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Oh, I haven’t seen such a beautiful waterfall like Kawasan Fall before. I really like the turquoise water and fresh and cool atmosphere there. It seems that jumping into the falls is very funny, have you tried that?

  11. Licelle December 6, 2017 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Hello. Do you know how to get to oslob from cebu city? Rates and fees? Thank you

    • Charles January 8, 2018 at 4:24 pm - Reply

      Hi, Uber driver here. You may email me for rates. Thanks.

  12. Alex&Nanda - Put The Suit Away December 17, 2017 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Great article Alex!

    We also went to Kawasan Falls and did the whole canyoneering adventure! A lot of fun but it really gets super crowded there! ?

  13. Guy December 18, 2017 at 7:38 am - Reply

    well thank you very much for this article. I think I will take a bus from CEB (I am flying into CEB) to the falls, then after when I leave I’ll take a bus to Oslob. Is this doable? Do the buses just sit there or is there a schedule? Thanks so much!!!

  14. Rjay January 26, 2018 at 7:18 am - Reply

    Hi Alex, I just want to ask if there’s a locker/baggage counter for your things. I’m planning to side trip Kawasan Falls before going to Oslob for Whaleshark Watching. Thanks

  15. Rachel February 22, 2018 at 2:53 am - Reply

    Hello, we’re going to Cebu on May 2018. I’m with my family and a my 9 month baby. Would it be okay to include Kawasan Fall for our itinerary?

    • Alexander Waltner March 12, 2018 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      Hello, yes, going to the first cascade is very easy. Also, the second one is fairly easy if you carry your baby. Bringing a stroller to Kawasan Falls might not be the best idea though.

  16. Barbie carandang April 3, 2018 at 2:31 am - Reply

    Hello what earliest time we can ride a bus going to kawasan falls? What are nearby good area to go near kawasan?

    • Alexander Waltner April 3, 2018 at 11:17 am - Reply

      I suggest you to go to the bus station and ask for an updated timetable, but we went around 7 in the morning from Cebu.

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