Tumalog Falls in Oslob is undoubtedly one of the best waterfalls in Cebu! A visit to Tumalog Falls is typically combined with the Oslob Whale Shark Tour which is another great activity you can add to your South Cebu itinerary!
I have put together this easy to follow guide of Tumalog Falls including how to get there, what to expect and other things to do in the area!
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WHERE IS TUMALOG FALLS
Tumalog Falls is located in the town of Oslob in the south of Cebu Island in the Philippines.
Oslob is 130km south of Cebu City and public buses run every hour on a daily basis from Cebu South Bus Terminal to Oslob. The cost of the bus is around 150 pesos.
HOW TO GET TO TUMALOG FALLS CEBU
The best way to reach Tumalog Falls is to rent a scooter in Oslob and make the 10 minute drive from the center of town to these falls in Cebu.
Scooter rental in the Philippines generally costs around 400 pesos per day. There are a few scooter rental stores along the main road in 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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BOOK A TOUR TO TUMALOG FALLS IN OSLOB
There is one tour that I can recommend which is a full-day trip from Cebu City and it includes swimming with whale sharks in Oslob and a visit to Tumalog Falls.
This particular tour is the most top-rated Oslob Whale Shark + Tumalog Falls Tour with hundreds of great reviews and thousands of bookings.
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The tour includes the following:
- Hotel pick-up from Cebu City or Mactan between 4:00am and 5:00am
- 3-hour scenic coastal drive to Oslob
- All entrance fees and snorkeling fees
- 30 minutes snorkeling with the Oslob Whale Sharks
- A visit to Tumalog Falls
- Return transfers back to your hotel in Cebu City
Taking a dip at Oslob Tumalog Falls
The curtain of falls at Tumalog Falls Oslob
TUMALOG FALLS ENTRANCE FEE
The Tumalog Falls entrance fee is 20 pesos if you plan to visit without a tour.
Opening times at Tumalog falls is Monday to Sunday from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm.
ARRIVING AT TUMALOG FALLS
It’s a short 5 to 10 minute drive from Oslob town to reach the jump-off point at Tumalog Falls. From here, the road down to the falls is very steep and cars are not able to drive down but a scooter will be fine.
Alternatively, you can jump on the back of a habal habal to take you down the hill to the entrance of Tumalog Falls which is an additional 50 pesos.
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The trailhead to Tumalog Falls
WHAT TO EXPECT AT TUMALOG FALLS
Tumalog Falls is quite unique, featuring a mellow curtain of water falling down the face of a monolithic limestone cliff. There is a large swimming area at the base of the falls where you can take a dip to cool off. The color of the water in the basin is that classic milky blue tinge that the Philippines is most famous for!
Tumalog Falls Oslob is surrounded by tall bamboo and mossy walls adding to the jungle vibes that you will find here. A large cave can also be found on the left-hand side of the falls if you wish to explore deeper and get another cool perspective of Tumalog Falls from inside.
There are change rooms and toilet facilities for guests to use and also a small sari sari store if you wish to buy some water and light snacks.
I recommend spending around 1 hour at Tumalog Waterfalls before continuing on to explore more spots in South Cebu.
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The cave at Tumalog Falls Cebu
Monolithic cliff at Tumalog Falls
Milky blue springs at Tumalog Falls Oslob Cebu
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST NEAR TUMALOG FALLS
There are many other Cebu tourist spots nearby to Tumalog Falls which I have listed below:
TUMALOG FALLS LOCATION
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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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