Aguinid Falls Cebu is one of the most unique and exciting waterfalls in the Philippines. The multi-tiered Aguinid Falls is one heck of an adventure and I highly recommend adding it to your list of things to do in Cebu!
Aguinid Falls is not quite as popular as Kawasan Falls just up the road, but the word is spreading quickly about this awesome destination that supports eco-tourism.
I spent a couple of hours adventuring at Aguinid Falls Cebu and have put together this detailed guide including how to get there, how much it costs and what to expect!
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WHERE IS AGUINID FALLS
Aguinid Falls is located in the small village of Samboan in the south of Cebu island in the Philippines.
Samboan is 150km southwest of Cebu City and public buses run every hour on a daily basis from Cebu South Bus Terminal to Moalboal and Oslob. The cost of the bus is around 150 pesos.
Aguinid Falls Samboan is best visited from the nearby beach town of Oslob, which is just 22km away and approximately a thirty-minute drive.
You can also visit Aguinid Falls from Moalboal, which is 56km away and this drive takes around one hour and twenty minutes.
HOW TO GET TO AGUINID FALLS CEBU
The best way to reach Aguinid Falls is to rent a scooter in Oslob or Moalboal and make your own way over to these falls in Samboan.
Scooter rental in the Philippines generally costs around 400 pesos per day. There are many scooter rental stores located in Moalboal and Oslob where you can get your hands on some wheels.
Alternatively, you can rent a car for the time you plan to spend in Cebu and travel around the island at your own pace.
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Idyllic scenes at Aguinid Falls Cebu
AGUINID WATERFALLS ENTRANCE FEE
In recent years the entrance fee for Aguinid Falls was 60 pesos but as of July 2019, the price has increased.
The new entrance fee to Aguinid Falls Samboan is 300 pesos which includes compulsory safety equipment (wet shoes, helmet and life jacket), two guides and also the tip for the guides.
It’s definitely not the cheapest waterfall I’ve been to but the money spent was well worth the adventure!
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ARRIVING AT AGUINID FALLS CEBU
When you arrive at the entrance to Aguinid Falls, you’ll first have to pay the entrance fee at the ticket office and sign your name and nationality in the book. For a waterfall in nature, this setup seemed pretty official and unnecessary but that’s just how they roll in the Philippines.
Once you’ve paid up, your guides will get you fitted with some wet shoes, life jacket and a helmet. I was a little turned off by the bright orange life jackets and helmet but once we entered the trailhead to the falls the guides were pretty chill and let us take off the gear at our own will.
I would advise leaving your non-waterproof belongings and valuables with the staff at the front entrance as you will get super wet on the Aguinid Falls adventure. Don’t worry, it is perfectly safe and they will take good care of your items.
I always carry a waterproof dry bag with me especially on these waterfall adventures and I was able to put my Sony a7ii camera and lenses inside. I also use a GoPro Hero 8 which is completely waterproof.
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About to gear up at Aguinid Waterfalls
WHAT TO EXPECT AT AGUINID FALLS CEBU
As I mentioned earlier, Aguinid Falls in Cebu is a multi-tiered waterfall with eight levels of falls to be exact. Eight freakin’ waterfalls, can you believe it?!
Although the locals say there are eight levels of falls, only six levels are currently accessible as they are still working to improve the trail to the higher levels.
This is not your typical waterfall where you take a short trek in, go for a dip and take photos, but rather an epic and very physical adventure that involves jumping, climbing ropes and navigating your way through the cascading falls.
It took us around two hours to complete the Aguinid Falls tour but that included many stops to take photos. For the average person, it would take around one hour from start to finish.
AGUINID FALLS – LEVEL ONE
Once you begin the adventure along the trail to the first level of Aguinid Falls, it doesn’t take long until you will be completely submerged under the canopy of a dense forest and feeling completely cut off from the outside world.
The first level of Aguinid Falls is a shallow milky-blue rockpool with a climbable cave on one side and cascading falls on the other. This is your first opportunity to get in the water for a refreshing dip.
Beginning of the Aguinid Falls trail
Level one of Aguinid Falls Cebu
Milky blue rockpool at Aguinid Falls
AGUINID FALLS – LEVEL TWO
The adventure continues to level two of Aguinid Falls Samboan which involves scaling a rock face using the rope as aid and there are also foot holes that have been chiseled out on the rock to assist with the climb.
Don’t worry, your guide will go first and you just have to follow their lead. If you do feel like you need some assistance, don’t hesitate to ask your guides for help, that’s what they are there for!
At the top, we found a few rockpools that were too irresistible not to go for a dip!
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Ultimate jungle vibes on level two of Aguinid Waterfall
AGUINID FALLS CEBU – LEVEL THREE
Level three of Aguinid Falls Cebu was probably my favorite spot along the trail and this is where you’ll definitely want to take your camera out to get some happy snaps.
Yet another milky-blue pool reveals itself as you come around the bend and a naturally carved rock cave lays at the furthest end of the rockpool.
I jumped straight in and swam over to the other end of the rockpool and scaled the rock for a quick shower under the curtain of falls. Gotta love a free shower in nature.
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Level three at Aguinid Falls
Natural shower at Aguinid Falls
Turquoise pools at Aguinid Falls Samboan Cebu
AGUINID FALLS – LEVEL FOUR
On level four of Aguinid Falls is where you will find the rock jump and more turquoise rock pools.
The rock jump is quite easy and super fun which is only two meters high above the surface. The pool you’ll land in is only around two meters deep so I wouldn’t recommend diving headfirst as I did touch the bottom with my feet when I jumped.
Level four is also a great spot to take some photos so you may want to keep your camera at the ready to capture all the action!
Two-meter rock jump at Aguinid Falls Cebu
Level four of Aguinid Waterfalls
AGUINID FALLS SAMBOAN – LEVEL FIVE
Yet again I was jaw-dropped when we reached level five of Aguinid Falls. This epic set of falls features an enormous limestone rock that has been naturally sculpted by the consistent water flow and framed with vibrant hanging vines.
We stopped here for around ten minutes or so, marveling at this intriguing set of falls.
If you look closely in the image below, you’ll see an orange-colored rope on the left-hand side of the falls. Yep, that’s the way up to level six!
Level five of Aguinid Falls Cebu
AGUINID FALLS CEBU- LEVEL SIX
The final level of Aguinid Falls Cebu was the most challenging of them all. A vertical climb from level five to six using the rope as aid and continuous water gushing down from the falls above is what made this section more challenging.
In saying that, this section was also the most fun I had on the trail because I love a good challenge and it was all part of the Aguinid Falls experience.
At the top lies yet another tranquil pool of milky-blue goodness and the sixth waterfall on the Aguinid Falls trail.
This is the last leg of the adventure and it involves one more vertical climb up a waterfall to reach the trail end. This climb was quite difficult and tricky, so we had the guides help hoist us up to reach the top.
The good news when you reach the last level of Aguinid Falls is that you don’t have to go back the same way you came up. There is an easy walking trail to the side of the valley that leads all the way back to the starting point which takes around ten minutes.
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Level six at Aguinid Falls
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WHERE TO STAY NEAR OSMENA PEAK
Moalboal has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Moalboal to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Dolphin House Resort Moalboal
Dolphin House is the best luxury accommodation in Moalboal. A stone’s throw away from the ocean, this accommodation offers a swimming pool, restaurant and bar, free wifi and ocean views. There are double rooms, triple rooms, family rooms and bungalows available at Dolphin House Resort. Snorkeling, diving, activities and bike rental can also be organised at reception. Best place to stay for families, friends and couples.
Mid Range: Pescadores Seaview Suites
One of the most recommended places to stay in Moalboal. For less than $40 a night, Pescadores Suites offers double rooms, twin rooms and a garden villa. There is an outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace, restaurant, mini-market, table tennis, billiards, board games, karaoke room and wellness spa. Great place to stay for friends and couples.
Budget: Chief Mau Hostel
The best budget accommodation in Moalboal! Centrally located just minutes from the beach and one hours drive to Osmena Peak, Chief Mau hostel offers dorm rooms and private rooms for as little as $8. There owner Trish is super lovely and goes out of her way to make all of her guests feel welcome and comfortable. There is a shared lounge with hammocks, billiards table and an in-house restaurant and bar serving up the best western food in Moalboal. There is free wifi throughout the property. Perfect for solo travelers and friends.
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Another option for accommodation on Cebu is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR CEBU
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 year worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF AGUINID FALLS
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