Kawasan Falls, Cebu, Philippines

An early morning rise out of bed got us to the Kawasan Waterfalls without any tourist crowd around. The turquoise water changing shade across the morning light and the light roar of a 15 meter waterfall was a sight to see. We had the place to ourselves for a good thirty or more minutes of time – while we enjoyed swimming and sipping on a coffee.


Kawasan is a 40 minute drive outside the city of Moalboal – three hours from the main city of Cebu. It’s probably the most iconic place on the island. You can hire a tuk-tuk once you get to Moalboal for about 700 pesos roundtrip and can take up to 4 people on the ride. Once you get dropped off, you’ll hike up a concrete path for twenty to thirty minutes and can spend time looking at the numerous waterfalls. We decided to stay at waterfall number two, as this was empty at the time we got there. The first falls is more impressive due to the higher falls, and more turquoise water, but it is surrounded by food stalls and you can’t really take it all in due to the crowd. 

Here’s the view from the second falls. The first waterfalls (lower-most) is the most famous of the falls. You have to get there early to enjoy it without the crowds. On this smaller falls, you’ll find a bit of peacefulness and can enjoy the scenery a bit more.

Continuing up past the second waterfall, you’ll get to the third set of pools. Here’s a rope swing and a nice natural rock water slide. There’s a lot less people up at this one so you’ll really enjoy it.

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