Important Kawasan Falls Info
Get To Kawasan Falls Early To Avoid Crowds
Avoid Weekend Crowds
Bring Your Swimsuit
Kawasan Falls has amazingly blue water for a freshwater pool. Even the stream water looks incredibly clear and blue as it flows down the river. It’s an easy 10-15 min walk from the parking lot. It’s cheap, if you avoid all of the up sells & tourist traps.
I knocked a cool point off for the extra fees and hard selling of stuff you don’t need. The hard sell of the extra & ultra touristy stuff is the downfall here. Everything has a cost once you get to the falls, tables, chairs, rafts, even the bathrooms have a higher than average fee here atP20/visit (P5 is standard for a private bathroom visit in PH).
While I didn’t personally experience a hard sell on a guide, many foreigners will be told that it is hard to find the falls and that you must hire a guide. It is extremely easy to find and you do not need a guide, unless you feel like donating $2 to a local to show you around & at $2 (P100), I figure why not. Don’t pay more unless your guide goes out of their way to make your trip to Kawasan Falls unforgettable. If you are on a tight budget, skip the guide & enjoy Kawasan falls on your own!
How To Get To Kawasan Falls
From Cebu: From Dumaguete: From Oslob: By Car/Motorbike:
Take a bus from the South Bus Terminal bound for Moalboal /Kawasan Falls
Take the ferry from the port just north of town to Cebu. Take a tricycle to the bus stataion (P50) Get a bus headed north to Kawasan Falls.
Take a bus going South and transfer to the bus to Moalboal /Kawasan Falls at the station.
Take the national highway south from Cebu City. When you reach Carcar take the road to Birili / Moalboal. Kawasan is about 45min south of Moalboal.
Where To Stay At Kawasan Falls
There are rooms right at the base of Kawasan falls. They run between P1500-3000/night. There is a restaurant there as well.
You can also stay in Moalboal and day trip to the falls.
|Babu Backpackers Inn, Panagsama Beach||+63 933 336 3924||P300/700 dorm/double|
|Barefoot White Beach Resort||–||–|
|Mayas Native Garden||+63 915 480 96 10||–|
|Moalboal Backpacker Lodge||+63 905 227 8096||P275/350/480, weekly discounts|
|Nidos Garden, Panagsama Beach||+63 32 474 3068||P980 per night|
|Quo Vadis Dive Resort, Panagsama Beach||+63 32 474 3068||P1,275 – 3,600|
|Rositas Cottages||+63 916 920 5618||P1200-2400|
|Sea Turtle House||+63 918 356 1122|
|SeaBreeze Cottages, Tapales Road, Barangay Basdiot,||+63 929 111 6557||P1500|
|Sunshine Pension House||P850|
|Susan’s Beachside Resort and Restaurant||P1000 fan and P1500 aircon|
|Turtle Bay Dive Resort||+63 32 316 4133||P300/700 dorm/double|
My Kawasan Falls Experience
I got to Kawasan Falls quite late during my visit in March of 2017. It was starting to get fairly dark by the time I arrived at the falls. There are actually 3 levels of falls here but due to my time constraints I only checked out the lower falls. There were a TON of people walking back as I was walking in, so that told me that it is an extremely busy spot during the day so if I was planning this as my main activity for the day I would try to get there as early as possible to avoid the crowds. Luckily being so late worked in my favor and there were only about 10 or 12 people still in the water when I got there.
I took a few pictures/videos and a quick dip in the water.
There was a little bit of a current but not enough to be dangerous, well unless you are a weak swimmer (many locals here are). You can rent a life jacket for $1 if you want to (Again with those fees!). But if you are a confident swimmer just jump in. The water is a bit cold by Filipino standards, but being a Canadian it was the temperature of a warm lake in Canada so I jumped right in 🙂
Overall Kawasan is a worthwhile destination if you are planning to head to Moalboal, Osmena Peak or Oslob for the Whale sharks.