THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO TUMALOG FALLS!
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 are 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 at Tumalog Falls 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 Falls 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
If you don’t want to return to Cebu City and wish to stay in Oslob this can be done as there are dozens of accommodation options to choose from near Tumalog Falls.
I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Oslob to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
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 near Tumalog Falls is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR TUMALOG FALLS
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 TUMALOG FALLS
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