A Unique South Cebu Itinerary: Chasing Waterfalls in Samboan and Ginatilan

A typical adventure trip to Cebu typically consists of a combination of city and Southern Cebu tour. However, with Cebu’s countless offerings, you will never run out of beautiful places to explore and activities to try in the province. This post will feature some of Southern Cebu’s most majestic waterfalls located in Samboan and Ginatilan.

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Pre Travel Guide

pink-airplane-mode-on-512.jpg Where to book flights?

  • Cebu Pacific Airlines
    • Cebu Pacific offers numerous direct flights from Manila to Cebu daily. Being the largest low-cost carrier in the country, you may book your flights at an affordable rate. [ Book your flights here: Cebu Pacific Official Website ]
  • Philippine Airlines
    • Philippine Airlines flies from Manila to Cebu at least five times a day. It also offers flights from Clark and Cebu. PAL is officially a global 4-star airline that offers affordable rates without compromising comfort and quality. [ You may book your flights now at Philippine Airlines Official Website]
  • AirAsia
    • AirAsia also offers direct flights between Manila and Cebu. They have numerous flight frequencies a day for a very affordable price. [ You may book your flights now at Air Asia Airlines Official Website]
  • Budget Tips:
    • Visit their websites regularly to keep yourself updated about their promos and discounts.
    • Like their Facebook Pages to be updated. (You can also use the “See First” option for higher chances of being the first to know about their promos.)

You will land in Mactan-Cebu International Airport which is the gateway to Cebu. To reach South Cebu, you may ride the following:

  • By Taxi + Bus: There are several taxis available outside the airport. You may also book a grab going to South Bus Terminal. Travel time is 40-45 PHP, and fare is approx. 250PHP. From South Bus Terminal, there are several buses available en route to South Cebu.
  • By Sugbo Transit bus + Bus: Sugbo Transit Bus are available every houe that will take you  from Mactan Airport to the South Bus Terminal. Fare is approx. 40 PHP. From South Bus Terminal, there are several buses available en route to South Cebu.

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If you want to explore the Southern part of Cebu, go to South Bus Terminal which houses bus trips to downtown Cebu. Do take note that Southern Cebu has two routes: via Oslob which passes through Dalaguete and Oslob; and via Barili which passes through Badian. The fee varies on your destination.

To get around the areas in South Cebu, you may hire a habal-habal or a tricycle. The fare starts at Php 50 per person depending on the destination.


77b94a5ca91d20947b7dbfd94955b5e0_house-outline-clipart-clipart-house-outline-free-clipart_558-595.png Where to stay?

  • Name of Place: Fantasy Lodge
  • Our experience:I had such a great time staying at Fantasy Lodge. The place was not only relaxing, it was also near tourist attractions which made it convenient for us. Fantasy Lodge provides a unique experience for tourists who are looking for something different or adventurous. The resort is a hidden gem that is surrounded by forests and waterfalls. It gives a combination of lush mountainside and stunning sea views. Not to mention that guests can stay in villas with splendid beach views. The eco-friendly resort is a perfect place to reconnect with nature and experience the natural wonders of our country. The interiors are cozy and comfortable. The staff are all very friendly and accommodating. The ambience was so calming and peaceful. The best feature of the resort for me was the Kawa Bath overlooking the sea!
  • Rates:
    • Standard Room – Php 2,530
    • Standard Family Room – Php 3,530
    • Superior Couple Room – Php 3,910
    • Deluxe Honeymoon Suite – Php 4,120
    • Superior Family Room – Php 5,060
    • Deluxe Bungalow with Seaview – 5,750
  • Access: The great thing about Fantasy Lodge is that it is conveniently located in the South of Cebu near famous destinations like Sumilon Island, Lambug Beach, Tumalog Falls, and Osmeña Peak. However, if you are game to discover the unexplored and if you’re into chasing waterfalls, you may also visit the not-so-popular yet majestic destinations like Aguinid Falls, Dao Falls, Kawasan Falls, Hidden Falls, and Inambakan Falls—all of which are easily accessible from Fantasy Lodge.
    • To get to Fantasy Lodge from Cebu, just take a bus headed to Samboan in South Cebu Bus Terminal. Tell the conductor to drop you off at Fantasy Lodge. The fee is Php 175 per person and the journey takes around 4 hours.
  • Address: Fantasy Lodge is located in Barangay Dalahikan Samboan (Cebu) Philippines. If you have any inquiries, you may contact them at +63 917 700 6027 or email them at fantasylodgecebu@gmail.com.

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Places To Visit

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Aguinid Falls

Aguinid Falls consists of beautiful rock formations and a majestic multi-tiered system of waterfalls. As a matter of fact, it has 8 levels. Five of which is accessible to tourists. The falls has become one of the top natural attractions in Cebu. The trek is relatively easy. It will only take five minutes to reach the first level of the falls. Although, the trail is very slippery so be careful and always watch your step. Each level offers a different difficulty. The best part? Each level of the falls is very Instagram-worthy.


  • How to get there
    • From Cebu City, you may hop on a bus to Bato via Barili. Fare is about Php 175 per person and it will take about 4 hours. Get off at Samboan and hire a habal-habal to the registration area.
    • From Fantasy Lodge, Aguinid Falls is just one tricycle ride away. The fare costs Php 7 and the travel time is 5-10 minutes.
  • Fees
    • Entrance Fee is Php 40 for Filipinos and Php 60 for foreigners.
    • You do not need to hire a guide if you think you can make it on your own.

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Binalayan Hidden Falls

Binayalan Hidden falls is a two-in-one waterfalls that is just five minutes away from Aguinid Falls. It offers impressive views and stunning backgrounds for photos! The word “hidden” suits the place well as the falls can be found in the midst of the forest. It is not as crowded as Aguinid falls and the very popular Kawasan falls which makes it one of Cebu’s best-kept secrets. Binalayan Hidden Falls is the perfect place to wind down, relax, and be one with nature.


  • How to get there
    • From Cebu City, you may hop on a bus to Bato via Barili. Fare is about Php 175 per person and it will take about 4 hours. Get off at Samboan and hire a habal-habal to the registration area.
    • From Fantasy Lodge, Binalayan Hidden Falls is just one tricycle ride away. The fare costs Php 7 and the travel time is 5-10 minutes.
    • From Aguinid Falls, you may reach Binalayan Falls by riding a tricycle which costs Php 7.
  • Fees
    • Entrance fee is Php 10.
    • Guide is not necessary as the trail is well established.

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Dao Falls

Also located in Samboan is the town’s highest waterfalls. Dau Falls is also considered as one of the most beautiful attractions in Cebu and it has also gained popularity over the years. Compared to Aguinid Falls and Binalayan Hidden Falls, Dau Falls is located the farthest from the town proper. Dau Falls is situated in Suba which is a highland barangay. The trek was difficult, lengthy, and challenging. It took us around 30-45 minutes before we reached the falls. But it was so worth it. I really enjoyed the falls. The water is so refreshing and the view was magnificent. Dau Falls rises at about a hundred feet. It was just breathtaking. All our exhaustion was paved.


  • How to get there
    • From Cebu City, you may hop on a bus to Bato via Barili. Fare is about Php 175 per person and it will take about 4 hours. Get off at Dau Falls and hire a tricycle to the registration area which costs Php 30 per head.
  • Fees
    • Entrance fee is Php 20.

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Inambakan Falls

Inambakan Falls is located in the municipality of Ginatilan. It features a 100-foot falls that falls down directly to the pristine pool. It’s nice to swim around although be extra careful as the surge of the water can be really powerful. The depth of the main pool is around eight feet. A small cave can be found behind the falls. There is also a shallow pool that can be found beside the main pool where you can take nice photos. Speaking of which, the rocks around the falls are also very photogenic, so be sure to take lots of photos. The main attraction is still the main waterfalls which was truly captivating.


  • How to get there
    • From Cebu City, take a bus heading for Bato via Barili. Get off at Ginatilan. The trip takes around three hours. Get off at the town proper and from there, ride a habal-habal to the jump-off point of Inambakan Falls. The fare is Php 25.
  • Fees
    • Entrance fee is Php 10.

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Itinerary:

Day 0:

  • Arrival in Mactan Cebu International Airport
  • Travel to South Cebu (Approx. 6 Hours Travel Time)
  • Free Time

Day 1:

  • 8:00AM- 3:00PM: Inambakan Falls
  • Free Time

Day 2:

  • 8:00AM- 12:00PM: Aguinid Falls
  • 1:00PM- 3:00PM: Binalayan Hidden Falls
  • 3:00-5:30PM: Dao Falls

One thing I have learned from the past few years that I have been traveling around is that it’s always nice to plan ahead of your trips, but the best moments are most likely experienced when you let spontaneity take over. There are a ton of popular destinations around the country, but sometimes, the off-beaten path is worth the try. You will end up discovering the unexplored and it will be worth it. It’s nice to be somewhere secluded for a while, away from the flock of tourists and just be in a calming environment.

So, pack your bags and head down to South Cebu for an adventure of a lifetime! YES?

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