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Top 10 Waterfalls in Visayas

Written by Patrick

Whether you seek tranquility or adventure, these top waterfalls in the Visayas have something to offer. 

Welcome to the mesmerizing world of the Visayas, a region in the Philippines renowned for its stunning natural wonders.  Among the myriad of breathtaking landscapes that grace the island group, one stands tall, both in literal height and awe-inspiring beauty: its magnificent waterfalls.  Nestled amidst lush forests and scenic landscapes, the top waterfalls of Visayas cascade down with sheer grace and power, captivating the hearts of travelers and adventurers alike. From enchanting emerald pools to thundering torrents of water, each waterfall in Visayas possesses a unique charm that beckons you to immerse yourself in the magic of nature’s grandeur.

Join us on an exhilarating journey as we uncover the top waterfalls in Visayas, where the harmony of rushing water, verdant surroundings, and an ethereal atmosphere will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime. 

1 | Kawasan Falls

Kawasan Falls

Caption: Kawasan Falls

Location: Badian, Cebu

One of the most popular waterfalls in the Visayas and the country, Kawasan Falls is a multi-tier waterfall found at the foot of Mantalongan Mountain Range in Badian, Cebu.  The waterfalls are picture-perfect with the lush greenery and natural pools where people can take a refreshing dip into the cool turquoise water.

Considering that the waterfalls are found amidst the forest, an uphill hike is necessary to reach the first waterfall which is also the largest and usually crowded among the three-layer falls.  Adventurous souls can indulge in the exhilarating experience of canyoneering, where they navigate through rocky gorges and plunge into deep pools under the expert guidance of local guides.

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2 | Cambugahay Falls

Cambugahay Falls

Caption: Cambugahay Fall

Location: Lazi, Siquijor

A popular tourist spot in Siquijor, Cambugahay Falls is a three-tiered waterfall with a large natural pool at the bottom tier where people can enjoy the multiple rope swings, rubber rings, and rafts.  While the drops are short, Cambugahay Falls has placid green waters and lush surroundings adding to its beauty.

It can be easily accessed from the road and is ideal for everyone including small children as it only takes a few minutes to walk down the falls.  And being a popular attraction, remember that it can get crowded on weekends and holidays.

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3 | Mag-Aso Falls

Location: Kabankalan, Negros Occidental

Located in a secluded spot amidst the rich greenery of Negros Occidental, the falls offer a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life.  To reach the falls, visitors typically follow a scenic trail, trekking through a tropical landscape characterized by lush vegetation and the soothing sounds of nature.

The name “Mag-Aso” is derived from the local dialect, meaning “smoke,” due to the mist that rises from the impact of the water, adding to the falls’ mystical allure.  Visitors can take a dip in the cool waters, indulge in picnics by the banks, or simply immerse themselves in the serenity of the surrounding landscape.

4 | Pulangbato Falls

Location: Valencia, Negros Oriental

Aptly named after its rust-red hues, “Pulang bato” translates to “red rock” in the local language. This unique feature is attributed to the presence of natural minerals that tint the rocks, lending a distinct and captivating character to the cascades.  Aside from its picturesque beauty, Pulangbato Falls also offers a natural therapeutic experience, as the water is believed to possess healing properties.

5 | Casaroro Falls

Location: Valencia, Negros Oriental

With a height of about 30 meters (100 feet), Casaroro Falls’ allure lies not only in its majestic height but also in its intimate setting.  It is surrounded by steep rock formations and luxuriant foliage.  Reaching the waterfall requires a hike through a series of descending concrete stairs and river trek.

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6 | Tumalog Falls

Location: Oslob, Cebu

Tumalog Falls’ unique charm lies in its curtain-like cascade, where water gracefully descends from the rock cliffs, creating a dreamlike ambience.  Its fine, delicate streams give the impression of floating cotton, earning its nickname “Toslob Falls” or “Magical Falls”.  The best time to visit Tumalog Falls is during the early weeks of the rainy season so the water is sufficient enough to create such a beautiful cascade.

7 | Aguinid Falls

Location: Samboan, Cebu

Aguinid Falls boasts a series of five mesmerizing cascades, each with its own unique charm and character. Travelers ascend through the falls, navigating over limestone formations and through refreshing pools, guided by friendly locals who are well-versed in the trek’s intricacies.  The falls’ name, “Aguinid,” is derived from the local dialect, meaning “where the water flows,” aptly capturing the essence of this enchanting destination.  Adventurous souls can take delight in canyoneering activities, rappelling down the falls’ vertical walls, making Aguinid Falls a paradise for thrill-seekers seeking an adrenaline rush amidst breathtaking scenery.

8 | Lugnason Falls

Location: San Juan, Siquijor

Located less than one hour from the more popular Cambugahay Falls, Lugnason Falls is a hidden gem in San Juan.  Getting to the waterfall requires little to no challenge due to several developments added in the area such as concrete stairs with railings as well as man made pools in addition to natural rock pools.  Best to visit during the rainy season as the waterfall sometimes dries out during the dry season.

9 | Can-umantad Falls

Can-umantad Falls

Caption: Can-umantad Falls | Image Source

Location: Candijay, Bohol

Cascading from a towering height of approximately 18 meters (60 feet), Can-umantad Falls is situated amidst lush greenery and verdant vegetation.  Its secluded location provides a serene atmosphere, perfect for relaxation and contemplation.  Getting to the waterfall can be challenging because you either drive through the windy and steep road or embark on a 15-minute trek which includes going up and down the stairs from the restaurant.  Either way, you will be rewarded with a delightful respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.

10 | Binalayan Hidden Falls

Binalayan Hidden Falls

Caption: Binalayan Hidden Falls | Image Source

Location: Samboan, Cebu

Also known as the “Triple Drop Falls” and “Adidas Waterfall”, Binalayan Hidden Falls got its nicknames from its three cascading tiers.  The journey to Binalayan Hidden Falls is an adventure in itself as it is accessible through an exciting trek of about 20 minutes through a pathway lined with palm trees and rocky terrains.  More adventurous explorers can treat themselves to cliff jumping and caving in addition to swimming in the natural pools at the bottom of the waterfall.

Other mesmerizing waterfalls found in the Visayas region include Inambakan Falls, Pahangog Falls (Dimiao Twin Falls), Cambais Falls, and Mantayupan Falls.

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Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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