It’s hard to resist the allure of a waterfall. Limpid pools, intricate rock formations, the sound of gushing water — what’s not to love? Make your way to these popular natural attractions around the Philippines for some awe-inspiring sights and sounds.
Kawasan Falls, Cebu
Bright turquoise waters, lush greenery and fresh air — that’s what you’ll get at Kawasan, one of the country’s best-known waterfalls. It’s located in the town of Badian, which is just under an hour from Cebu’s diving paradise of Moalboal. Take your time to explore the vicinity — you can spend an entire day here swimming, canyoneering or simply soaking up the sights.
Also read: Canyoneering in Cebu
Tinago Falls, Iligan
Fun fact: Iligan City is home to over 20 amazing waterfalls! It wasn’t easy picking our favorite, but we had to go with Tinago Falls. The name Tinago translates to “hidden”, which describes the waterfall perfectly; it’s tucked away in a deep, narrow gorge that’s accessible via a winding 500-step staircase. Once here, you can swim around in the blue-green waters or do a little cliff diving if you dare.
Pagsanjan Falls, Laguna
Here, it’s more about the journey and less about the destination. Embark on a one-hour ride on a wooden canoe that will take you up the Bumbungan and Balanac Rivers to Pagsanjan Falls — one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Then, once you’re done admiring its beauty, you’ll have to make your way back down the river, navigating 14 rapids along the way!
Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig
This splendid, multi-tiered waterfall is one of the jewels of Bislig City in Surigao del Sur. At around 95m wide and 55m high, it’s surrounded by forested hills. Take a day trip here and pack some light bites — there are picnic tables around the area that you can use.
Asik-Asik Falls, North Cotabato
Unlike many of the waterfalls on this list, Asik-Asik is a bit of a secret. It was only recently discovered in 2012; since then, only a handful of adventurers have ventured forth to this remote spot. That’ll soon change, though — the waterfall is a magical sight, with a curtain of gently flowing water stretching across a 140m-wide rock face.
Cambugahay Falls, Siquijor
The easily accessible falls of Cambugahay is one of Siquijor’s biggest attractions, with clear blue waters that are oh-so-inviting. The best way to jump in? Make like Tarzan, and use the rope swings found on both the first and third tiers of the falls.
Tamaraw Falls, Puerto Galera
Once you’re done visiting the beautiful beaches of Puerto Galera, hop on a jeepney headed for Calapan and drop by this 423ft wonder. Just off the main Puerto Galera–Calapan Road, Tamaraw Falls is situated about 13km from town. Do note that the place can get pretty packed on weekends, so consider visiting on a weekday for some peace and quiet.