Inambakan Falls in Ginatilan is at the top of my Best Cebu Waterfalls list for a couple of good reasons! One being the blue gatorade-colored springs and jungle surrounds at this location and two because there are multiple levels to explore at Inambakan Falls which makes this spot so epic and unique!
I spent a couple of hours adventuring at Inambakan 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 INAMBAKAN FALLS
Inambakan Falls is located in the small village of Ginatilan in the south of Cebu Island in the Philippines.
Ginatilan is 140km 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.
Inambakan Falls Ginatilan is best visited from the nearby beach town of Oslob, which is just 33km away and approximately a 45-minute drive.
You can also visit Inambakan Falls from Moalboal, which is 52km away and this drive takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
HOW TO GET TO INAMBAKAN FALLS CEBU
The best way to reach Inambakan Falls is to rent a scooter in Oslob or Moalboal and make your own way over to this Cebu waterfall in Ginatilan.
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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Inambakan Falls in Cebu
INAMBAKAN FALLS ENTRANCE FEE
The entrance fee at Inambakan Falls is 50 pesos and an additional 10 pesos for parking.
At the jump-off point at Inambakan Falls, local guides will offer to take you down to the falls but this is not necessary as the trail is clearly marked. If you do decide to take a guide for this adventure, it is courtesy to tip them around 50 pesos.
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT INAMBAKAN FALLS
As I mentioned earlier, Inambakan Falls in Cebu is a multi-tiered waterfall with around 5 different levels of falls!
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 hiking and navigating your way up to the different levels of Inambakan Falls.
It took us around two hours to complete the Inambakan Falls adventure but that included many stops to take photos. For the average person, it would take around one hour from start to finish.
The hike down to the main falls takes no more than 5 minutes from the jump-off point and the trail winds upstream until it emerges at the base of the 100-foot tall Inambakan Falls.
My favorite feature of Inambakan falls is the milky blue pool of water in the catch basin which gets its color from the limestone cliffs that surround the falls. It seriously looks inviting enough to drink!
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The trail to Inambakan Falls
Milky blue pools at Inambakan Waterfall
THE UPPER LEVELS OF INAMBAKAN FALLS
Once you’ve taken a dip in the milky blue waters at the main set of falls, continue hiking along the trail and up the stairs to the next few levels of these Ginatilan Falls.
You can stop in at the second level of Inambakan which features a shallow rock pool right at the top of the main set of falls. Watch your step on the rocks at this spot as they are very slippery and it’s a long way down if you fall.
At the level up from here was my favorite because there are several cliff jumping spots into a number of refreshing rock pools. I did a depth check first before throwing myself off different rocks into the crystalline waters of Inambakan Falls.
Continuing on, I followed the trail up a little higher to the top level of Inambakan Falls which features a large swimming hole and more cliff jumping spots. The lush jungle that surrounds the area contrasts beautifully off of the water and adds to the tranquility of this epic Cebu waterfall!
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The leg-burning stairs at Inambakan Falls
Rock jumping at Inambakan Falls
Drone shot of Inambakan Falls
Shallow pools at Inambakan Falls
Top level of Inambakan Falls Ginatilan
FINAL THOUGHTS OF INAMBAKAN FALLS
Inambakan Falls was hands down one of my favorite adventures that I had while traveling around Cebu and it’s suitable for all sorts of travelers. If you’re up for a full day of adventuring, definitely add Inambakan Falls to your south Cebu itinerary.
On the same day, you can combine Inambakan Falls with a few other Cebu Waterfalls which I have listed below:
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WHERE TO STAY IN MOALBOAL
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 and luxury travelers. 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, 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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WHERE TO STAY IN OSLOB
Oslob has dozens of accommodation options to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Oslob to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Oslob Whale Shark Resort
The Oslob Whale Shark Resort is one of the best accommodations in Oslob. Featuring a restaurant, sun terrace, outdoor swimming pool, shared lounge and a private beach. There are deluxe rooms and family rooms available each fitted with a flat-screen tv, large bed, spacious living, free wifi and private bathroom. Continental breakfast is also included for all guests. Perfect for families, couples, and friends.
Mid Range: Ocean View Lodging House
Ocean View Lodging House is a value pick accommodation in Oslob. Located close to the Oslob Whale Sharks, this property offers unbeatable seaside rooms and free wifi. There are double rooms, family rooms and quadruple rooms available to choose from. Each room has air-conditioning, spacious living, private bathroom and ocean views. Perfect place to stay for families, couples and friends.
Budget: La Lune Oslob Hostel
The best budget hostel in Oslob with great reviews anf located in the center of town close to the Oslob Whale Sharks. This property offers a shared lounge and free wifi. There are mixed dorms, female dorms and a quadruple room available to choose from with a shared bathroom. It’s basic but perfect for solo travelers and couples.
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Another option for accommodation in Cebu is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Cebu.
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I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about Inambakan Falls Ginatilan, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
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