How to Get to Kawasan Falls.

January 10, 2020

How to Get to Kawasan Falls.


Asia, Philippines, Travel Guides

How to Get to Kawasan Falls.
How to Get to Kawasan Falls

Kawasan Falls is one of the most picturesque and popular waterfalls in the Philippines. The stunning turquoise blue water and the incredibly fun canyoneering excursions make it a must-visit during your time in Cebu.

The falls are about three hours south of Cebu City. You can take a bus directly from Cebu to Badian (where Kawasan Falls are located). But we wouldn’t recommend it as there’s not much else to do in the area apart from the waterfalls. And if you’re not staying there, it would be pretty difficult to find a place to store your luggage. Instead, we suggest staying in Moaboal, which is about 45 minutes north of Kawasan Falls.

How to Get to Kawasan Falls


How to get to Moalboal from Cebu:

You can take a bus, private van, or private car/taxi from Cebu City.


The cheapest option is a Ceres bus, which is the Philippines largest bus company. It took about 2 and a half hours and cost 156 PHP ($3 USD) per person. This was for an air conditioned bus. Although it was night and we probably didn’t need it if we had rolled the windows down, especially with how fast the driver was going. Buses without air conditioning cost slightly less. But honestly it’s always pretty hot in the Philippines, so it’s worth it in our opinion. You aren’t able to book a bus online, but can find the schedule here. More details on how to take the bus below.


You can either take a taxi straight from the airport* for 2,000-2500 PHP ($40-$50 USD). Or book one ahead of time and save you the hassle of negotiating using Klook for around $44 USD. A taxi from the airport will likely cost you more than one you can find and negotiate with from the city. We talked one down to $35 USD for the trip. We considered it, because we were told it was a holiday and we’d be waiting for a bus for hours. But we ended up going to the bus station and walking straight on an empty bus and are glad we saved the $30.


There’s also the option of a shared van transfer on Klook for around $17. These are cheaper than taxis, more convenient than buses, But if they fill up, they can be pretty uncomfortable. If you’re not one for booking ahead, you can find public vans for 120 PHP ($2 USD) at the GT Express Terminal in Cebu. This method takes about 2 hours from the terminal to the town center of Moalboal.
*If you like Uber, then you can always use Grab, a Singapore based ridesharing company.
  • We decided to take the bus and the experience was totally fine for the price. We had to make a stop at the SM City mall in Cebu, which is huge by the way, for some photography equipment repairs and replacements. So we took an airport bus there for 25 PHP ($0.50 USD). From the mall, we took a taxi for 150 PHP ($3 USD) to the Cebu South Bus Terminal. Once we got to the terminal, we just followed the instructions of the employees to find the correct big yellow Ceres bus, and we didn’t have any issues.

The most confusing part about the experience for us was payment. We paid up front as we entered the bus terminal. But they didn’t have change and told us we could get it on the bus. We did get our change from the driver on the bus, but we had to be patient and trust them. The bus we took was practically empty, so it was decently comfortable with all the extra space. The bus had a few TV’s that played some recent Hollywood movies. So the trip went by pretty quickly.

  • If you decided to take the bus or a van, you’ll be dropped off next to the highway (there’s a 7-Eleven nearby for reference). And then you’ll need to grab a tricycle to your hotel. We paid 250 PHP ($5 USD) to get to the hotel area of Panagsama Beach. Which is about a 10-15 minute tricycle ride. The typical cost is closer to 100-150 PHP ($2-3 USD) but it was about 1 am when we arrived. And we were tired and didn’t have too many options of tricyclists to barter with.



 Arrange a motorcycle (and helmet) rental for the morning. If you can’t find a location close to your hotel, check with the receptionist. As they’ll most likely be happy to help you arrange a rental. We stayed at D’ Gecko Hotel and it was very basic, but clean, comfortable. And right next to the beach with the Sardine Runs. Plus, there was a motorbike rental right next store. The motorbike rental cost us 300 PHP ($6 USD) for 24 hours.
Because Kawasan Falls is so popular, you’ll definitely want to get there early.

There’s no strict opening time for the falls, so leave as early as you’d like for the 45 minute ride. We arrived around 7 am and there were only a few other people there. But since the falls are so much bigger than just the first falls, as people moved on, we did have some moments where we had the falls all to ourselves. However, by the time we left, around 11 am, it was already getting pretty crowded. So if you don’t want to fight the crowds, we recommend getting there as early as possible.

From the hotel area of Moalboal, make your way to the highway you got dropped off at when you arrived to Moalboal and head south.

Be careful of buses as you take the main road to Kawasan. As they often take wide turns and go fast. But early in the morning, you shouldn’t come across too many.

Stay on the main road and after about 20+ kilometers and 45 minutes, you’ll start to see plenty of signs and people telling you to stop to join their canyoneering experience.

That’s a good sign you’re close! To the left of the road, you’ll find a pedestrian only path. Where you’ll park your bike and then walk up all the way to the falls. We parked in a church parking lot a man directed us to (see map below). He asked for 10 pesos to watch our bike, and it was still there when we got back. You could also try to find parking along the road for free. But that seemed like a hassle.

getting to kawasan from moalboal
It’s a pretty easy 15-minute walk from where you park your bike to the falls.

There’s a slight incline, but it’s more of a walk than a hike. After about 5 minutes, you’ll reach an entrance stand. And be asked to pay the entry fee of 45 PHP ($1 USD). Take note of the signs stating what you can and can’t be charged for at the falls. So you don’t end up paying for anything extra. The famous raft that a lot of people take pictures on (which you could pay extra for) is no longer there as of October 2019.

You’ll know when you’ve arrived at the falls because, well, you can’t miss them!

There are multiple levels to the falls, so don’t stop once you get to the first falls. Check out the upper levels too! That’s where we spent most of our time playing on the rope swings, rock slides, and natural pools we found there. It was about a 20-minute hike up from the main falls to get that area. But there are stairs and bridges along the way, and it’s a pretty straightforward path to get there.

Plan to spend anywhere from 2-5 hours at the falls.

It’s like a giant playground and there’s so much to see, so give yourself plenty of time to enjoy them. On your way out, grab a fresh coconut or local homemade chocolate donut from one of the stands. We regret not getting more!

If you’re not interested in Moalboal, you can stay in two other towns:
  • Oslob is another popular tourist destination and it’s about an hour southeast of Kawasan Falls. So it isn’t much farther from the falls than Moalboal.

  • Badian is the closest town to Kawasan, but you won’t find much else to do apart from the falls in the area, which is why we suggest staying in Moalboal or Oslob.

*Other things to note: One of our only dishonest experiences in the Philippines was when we were leaving the Cebu airport and looking for a taxi to take us to our hotel. A man approached us as we exited the airport terminal. He presented himself as an official and told us all prices were fixed for taxis and showed us a nicely laminated sheet with how much it would cost us to get to our hotel. I had previously read about taxis online and knew you could do metered fares, so I was hesitant to believe him.
We asked him about the other taxis and he said that his fixed prices were the only option we had. We ignored him and approached the taxis where we spoke with an actual official that shared the true prices with us, which were a fraction of what the other man wanted to charge us. Whether you’re taking a bus or a taxi, approach the ticket stands before agreeing to any prices. This doesn’t mean a metered rate is always better than a fixed price, because it is possible to negotiate a fixed rate, especially for a long trip.

Where to Stay in Moalboal:

Budget: D’Gecko Hotel

Mid-Range: Parrot Resort Moalboal

Mid-Range: Turtle Bay Dive Resort


How to Get to Kawasan Falls
How to Get to Kawasan Falls
How to Get to Kawasan Falls

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