With over 7,000 fascinating islands, breathtaking waterfalls in the Philippines, diverse geography, palatable cuisine, and hospitable people—the country is a paradise that travelers make sure to include in their bucket list. 

And for people who want extra adventures, they aim to see nature’s best no matter how hard the journey will be. Most travelers like to see the amazing falls in the Philippines even though it includes hours of trekking. From the iconic Kawasan falls in Cebu to the stunning Laguna waterfalls, there are tons of refreshing cascades to see.

10 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in the Philippines

Fall head over heels with these 10 stunning waterfalls in the Philippines you should visit at least once.

  • Hulugan Falls – One of the most popular falls near Manila because of the majestic view it offers.
  • Hidden Falls – It is smaller than the Hulugan and is more difficult to reach.
  • Pagsanjan Falls Laguna – One of Laguna’s major attractions and among the best falls near Manila to visit.
  • Limunsudan Falls – It is one of the largest falls in the country. Standing at 900 feet, this waterfall comprises two distinct tiers.
  • Pahangog Twin Falls – The twin falls is about 98 feet in height and surrounded by lush vegetation, including beautiful orchids.
  • Kawasan Falls – Its turquoise waters charm its visitors making it an Instagram favorite destination in Cebu.
  • Inambakan Falls – Standing at 100 feet, the aquamarine waters of Inambakan Falls Cebu plunge down into a pool, deep enough for a good swim.
  • Tinago Falls – Hidden deep within a jungle in Iligan City is an incredible waterfall that plunges into a dazzling blue-green pool.
  • Cambugahay Falls – Famous for its turquoise clean and warm water originating from natural springs. 
  • Kaparkan Falls – It’s one of the most unique falls in the Philippines. Kaparkan Falls is literally a high-terraced waterfall, filled with a number of small basins.

We’ve listed 10 of the most stunning waterfalls in the Philippines that will blow your mind!

10. Hulugan Falls

hulugan falls waterfall in the philippines

While Laguna is best known for hot and cold springs, it is also home to numerous waterfalls that became a favorite weekend destination of city dwellers. One of the most famous is the Hulugan Falls Laguna in Luisiana. It’s recommended to go here early in the morning so you can see the rainbow that’s always there around 9am. Going here from the main town just takes about 30 minutes but it’s climbing back up that’s quite the challenge. Nevertheless, this Luisiana Laguna Falls is indeed nothing short of amazing.

9. Hidden Falls

hidden falls in the philippines

Another falls near Manila is the Hidden Falls. This waterfall is near the Hulugan Falls and is tucked in by giant boulders, hence the name. Hidden Falls Laguna is smaller than the Hulugan and is more difficult to reach. If you’re planning to go here, be careful as the trail is steep and risky. 

8. Pagsanjan Falls Laguna

pagsanjan waterfall in the philippines

Approximately 300 feet tall, Pagsanjan Falls Laguna is one of the province’s major attractions and among the best falls near Manila to visit. To get to this three-tiered falls, you’ll either have to take the thrilling indigenous dugout canoe ride or enjoy a hike. 

7. Limunsudan Falls

astounding view of the limunsudan falls

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Limunsudan falls, located in Iligan City, is one of the largest falls in the country. Standing at 900 feet, this waterfall comprises two distinct tiers. Not many tourists brave this waterfall because of its remote and difficult-to-access location. It takes at least a 3 to 4 hour one-way drive from Cagayan de Oro which is the most “convenient” jump-off-point to the waterfall. And to our surprise, not many locals know about Limunsudan Falls, too! Take advantage of it and be among the first ones to see this majestic falls.

6. Pahangog Twin Falls 

the beautiful blue green water of pahangog falls

Done touring the breathtaking Chocolate Hills or having that buwis-buhay picture taking in Man-made Forest? It’s now time to have yourself relaxed at the famous Pahangog Twin Falls Bohol located in Dimiao town. The twin falls is about 98 feet in height and surrounded by lush vegetation, including beautiful orchids. There are also cottages for rent, with fees ranging from P50 to P100 per day.

5. Kawasan Falls

turquoise water of the stunning kawasan falls

There’s no doubt that Kawasan falls is considered as one of the most stunning waterfalls in the Philippines. Its turquoise waters charm its visitors making it an Instagram favorite destination. This falls in Cebu South is never a disappointment to anyone who has been here. Kawasan Falls Philippines should never be missed!

Related article: Kawasan Falls: A Spectacle of Nature’s Grandeur and Charm

4. Inambakan Falls

aerial view of inambakan falls

Aside from the Kawasan falls in Cebu, Inambakan is also a great destination for waterfall-hopping. Located at the town of Ginatilan that is most commonly known for its marine activities like diving, swimming, and whale watching, not many tourists are aware of this gem. Standing at 100 feet, the aquamarine waters of Inambakan Falls Cebu plunge down into a pool, deep enough for a good swim.

3. Tinago Falls

tourists riding a bamboo raft near the waterfall

Hidden deep within a jungle in Iligan City is an incredible waterfall that plunges into a dazzling blue-green pool. Tucked within a ravine, this majestic waterfall’s name fittingly means “hidden.” Standing at 240 feet, Tinago Falls Mindanao is surrounded by colossal rock structures dotted by thick masses of trees and natural foliage. This waterfall’s charm leaves visitors in awe. 

Suggested read: Discovering the Enchanting Hidden Beauty of Tinago Falls

2. Cambugahay Falls

the majestic view of cambugahay falls

Some people don’t consider Siquijor province as their travel destination because of the old beliefs like it’s full of mystic traditions such as witchcraft, healing, spiritual rituals. While we don’t have any proof that those aren’t true or not, it’s actually a good place to explore especially with the beautiful Siquijor waterfalls. Located at the town of Lazi, Cambugahay Falls is considered as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Philippines. This Siquijor waterfalls is a sure-hit for tourists because of its turquoise clean and warm water originating from natural springs. 

1. Kaparkan Falls

man at kaparkan falls

Photo credits to Rai Sean

To top this list, we’ll give the crown to none other than, Kaparkan Falls! Kaparkan Falls, also known as Mulawin Falls, is found in Sitio Kaparkan, Barangay Caganayan, Tineg in Abra Province. It is literally a high-terraced waterfall, filled with a number of small basins. The best time to go to Kaparkan Falls are the months of August and September during the rainy season. There can never be a waterfall in the country that may look as grand as this.

Now that you’ve seen the best of Philippines’ waterfalls, it’s now time to look for your hotel. Be sure to book only the trusted budget hotels near these areas. ZEN Rooms have hotels there that offer quality accommodation at a very affordable price.

Frequently Asked Questions About Waterfalls in the Philippines

Q: What is the highest waterfalls in the Philippines?

A: Known for its staircase-like boulders, Aliwagwag Falls has become a top tourist destination in the province. This picturesque 84-tiered falls with more than 130 cascades stands at 1,110 feet making it the highest waterfall in the Philippines. 

Q: Can we swim in Maria Cristina Falls?

A: No. Swimming is not allowed in Maria Cristina Falls. The 320-foot waterfall has a strong current that has been estimated to have a capacity of around 200 megawatts, that supplies 70% of Mindanao’s electricity. Because of this, people can’t swim in the Maria Cristina Falls.

Q: What are the beautiful waterfalls in the Philippines?

A: Here are some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Philippines:

Fall head over heels with these 10 stunning waterfalls in the Philippines you should visit at least once.

  • Hulugan Falls
  • Hidden Falls
  • Pagsanjan Falls Laguna
  • Limunsudan Falls
  • Pahangog Twin Falls
  • Kawasan Falls
  • Inambakan Falls
  • Tinago Falls
  • Cambugahay Falls 
  • Kaparkan Falls

Q: How to get to Kawasan Falls?

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From Cebu South Bus Terminal, take the bus going to the town of Badian. The trip will take around two hours depending on the traffic. Bus fare is P130, one way.

Tell the bus conductor that you’re headed to Kawasan so that they can drop you off at the national highway. From the highway, you will walk around 15 minutes to get to the Kawasan Falls. 

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The water of the bluest of blues is a common sight in Cebu. From its stunning beaches in Bantayan to Kawasan Falls in Badian—Cebu is never a disappointment and always catching its visitors’ hearts.

What draws local and foreign tourists alike to this beautiful destination is this majestic falls’ turquoise water in Southern Cebu. Perhaps, thanks to social media that contributed a lot to keeping the flame of interest alive for Kawasan Falls. 

It is located at the foot of Mantalongon Mountain Range, approximately one kilometer from the national road of Badian and at least four hours of trekking from Osmeña Peak of Dalaguete. 

Aside from its stunning view and turquoise water, Kawasan canyoneering has also brought an influx of adventurous travelers in town. 

Things to do in Kawasan Falls

man canyoneering kawasan falls cebu

In Cebu, there are many activities that you can try depending on your interests. If you’re more of a laid back person who wants a chill trip, you can book a City tour and go island hopping in Northern Cebu. But if you want thrilling adventures, Southern Cebu is the place to be!

1. Canyoneering – Kawasan Falls tour is not complete without Kawasan canyoneering! It is, after all, the main and most famous activity in the area. People come here just for canyoneering! This is perfect for those adrenaline junkies who love thrilling adventures. In canyoneering, you’ll be doing rappelling, water rafting, and of course, waterfall jumping!

2. Rent a bamboo raft – Want a picture for the ‘gram like no other? Or just want to sail around the Kawasan Falls? You can do all these by renting a bamboo raft. It costs about P300 that can accommodate up to 20 persons.

3. Swimming – If you’re not up for Kawasan canyoneering, you can still enjoy the famous turquoise water of this waterfall and take your time swimming! You can do stroke tricks or just float around the area. To make this more fun, call your travel buddies and ask them to join you form a star while floating and ask your local guide to take a group photo.

4. Picnic – Since food is allowed in Kawasan, it’s the best time to have a picnic with your family or friends. But please be mindful of the trash and waste. Store them or throw them properly and not just leave in the area.

5. Shower massage – Go near where the water drops and get your massage fix by the falls! Its flow is strong enough to massage your back and get the relaxation you need.

Kawasan Falls Entrance Fee

tourists and cottages in kawasan falls

Kawasan Falls entrance fee is P40 per person. Cottages and picnic tables are available for rent while those planning to stay overnight may opt to get a room for as low as P1,000 if your Kawasan Falls hotel is far. Food is also not a problem when you go here because you can bring your own or order in the restaurants in the area. 

How to get to Kawasan

man standing on a bamboo raft

From Cebu South Bus Terminal, take the bus going to the town of Badian. The trip will take around two hours depending on the traffic. Bus fare is P130, one way.

Tell the bus conductor that you’re headed to Kawasan so that they can drop you off at the national highway. From the highway, you will walk around 15 minutes to get to the Kawasan Falls. 

Kawasan Falls Map

Booking a Kawasan Falls tour will make the trip easier because your guide will handle all the logistics. But if you’re doing it yourself, here’s a map to guide you to go to Kawasan.

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