During our chasing waterfalls adventure in Cebu, our driver and tour guide recommended Binalayan Falls in Samboan, Cebu.
Binalayan falls is comprised of two levels and also has blue-tinted water. It’s a great South Cebu destination to add to your itinerary. And like us, you can visit several waterfalls including this one in a day such as Aguinid falls or Kawasan falls.
If you’re planning on visiting the Binalayan falls in Cebu, we’ve got you covered! Here’s everything you need to know about this awesome waterfall.
How to Get to Binalayan Falls
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From Cebu city, ride a bus at the South Cebu Terminal heading to Samboan. When you’re in Samboan, ride a habal-habal to bring you to the registration area of Binalayan Falls.
If you’re coming from Oslob or Moalboal, you can rent a motorcycle/scooter/car and drive to Binalayan falls. You can use Google Maps to find where Binalayan falls is. It’s marked there.
After registering, you’ll be paired with a guide. And just like most of the waterfalls in Cebu, the guide’s payment is up to you.
Now, to get to the waterfalls, you’ll have to walk for about 15 minutes passing by trees and creeks. There are no steep paths, unlike in Dao falls, so the difficulty level is quite easy.
Here’s a map to Binalayan falls to help you plan your trip.
Don’t forget to pay the fees
- Entrance Fee: P40 (0.8 USD) per head
- Parking Fee: P50 (1 USD) for cars and P10 (0.1 USD) for motorcycles
- Guide Fee: No fixed rate, it’s up to you how much you’ll pay
About the Binalayan Falls
Also known as Hidden falls, Binalayan isn’t hidden at all. It has two levels two pools perfect for swimming or cliff jumping.
Our guide even talked about how perfect the first level is for a water massage. How? Just sit under the waterfall and you get an instant massage. Pretty awesome, eh? You can also do cliff jumping here at the first level.
The Binalayan hidden falls is perfect for a picnic. Just a few meters away from the waterfall is a small pond and a swing. Beside it are tables and chairs great for eating lunch or snacks.
The second level (main falls), on the other hand, has a man-made pool with a maximum depth of 8 ft. There are several spots beside the falls for cliff jumping but be careful. You can ask the guides which spot is the best place for jumping.
Travel Tip: Don’t forget to get a travel insurance. If something happens, it’ll save you a lot of money.
Where to Stay in Cebu
When planning your trip to Cebu, it’s best that you book months before your travel date. This is to ensure that you have a place to sleep the night in. Here are some that I’d recommend for you to book.
- RedDoorz Plus near Mango Avenue Cebu – Check Price and Availability
- Pillows Hotel Cebu – Check Price and Availability
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Check Price and Availability
- Escario Central Hotel – Check Price and Availability
- Grazie’s Studio Apartment – Check Price and Availability
- Murals Mactan – Check Price and Availability
- Liquid Soul Dive Hostel – Check Price and Availability
- Taro Hometel – Check Price and Availability
- Little Norway Guesthouse – Check Price and Availability
- Acrige Apartelle – Check Price and Availability
- Zhamira Avior’s Condominium – Check Price and Availability
- Beyond Island – Check Price and Availability
- Cebu R Hotel – Mabolo – Check Price and Availability
- One Central Hotel – Check Price and Availability
- Mandarin Plaza Hotel – Check Price and Availability
- Harolds Hotel – Check Price and Availability
- Alpa City Suites Hotel – Check Price and Availability
- Allure Hotel & Suites – Check Price and Availability
- Zerenity Hotel and Suites – Check Price and Availability
- Summit Galleria Cebu – Check Price and Availability
- St. Mark Hotel – Check Price and Availability
- Cebu Hotel Plus – Check Price and Availability
- Carl‘s Island Inn – Check Price and Availability
- Kota Beach Resort – Check Price and Availability
- Kandugyap House By The Sea – Check Price and Availability
- Carolina del Mar – Check Price and Availability
- AJ Family Vacation Home – Check Price and Availability
- Soderberg – Check Price and Availability
- Ocean Safari Suites – Check Price and Availability
- Bai Hotel – Check Price and Availability
- Seda Ayala Center Cebu – Check Price and Availability
- Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Hotel – Check Price and Availability
- Red Planet Cebu – Check Price and Availability
- Golden Prince Hotel & Suites – Check Price and Availability
- Bayfront Hotel Cebu – Check Price and Availability
- Quest Hotel and Conference Center Cebu – Check Price and Availability
- Diamond Suites & Residences – Check Price and Availability
- Tongo Hill Cottages – Check Price and Availability
- Ravenala Beach Bungalows – Check Price and Availability
- Oceanfront Paradise Resort – Check Price and Availability
- Pearl of Santa Fe – Check Price and Availability
Aside from hotels and resorts, you can also opt to stay at an Airbnb.
Responsible Travel Tips
When traveling to one place, make sure you practice responsible tourism. Here are some tips to do so.
1. Respect the environment
Don’t litter. Please hold onto your trash until you find a garbage can.
2. Avoid single-use plastic
Bring your eco bag and refuse single-use plastic.
3. Shop local
Keep the traditional crafts alive and support local artisans. Buy from them. And try not to haggle, P20 may seem small to you but it can mean a lot to them.
4. Always ask permission
Be sure to ask for permission first when taking photos or videos especially when it comes to children
What to Pack for Cebu
- Eco-friendly Reusable Water Bottle
- Light Rain Jacket (especially from June to November)
- T-shirts, a nice top, and a long-sleeved shirt
- Aqua Shoes
- Day Bag
- Power Adapter
- Universal Waterproof Phone Case
- Packing Cubes
- Microfiber Towel
- Travel Insurance
- Money Belt
- sneakers, hiking shoes (if you’re planning to hike) and some flats
- reusable straw and reusable bag (no to single-use plastic!)
Related Article: The Only Travel Packing List You’ll Ever Need (Trust Me)
Our Camera Gear
- Mirrorless Camera: Fujifilm XT3
- Lenses: Fujifilm Fujinon kit lens (18-55mm) | Fujinon 35mm f2 | Fujinon 50mm f2
- Drone: DJI Mavic Pro 2
- GoPro: GoPro Hero Black 7
- Power Bank: Romoss Powerbank
- Camera Backpack: Case Logic Camera and Laptop Backpack
- Monopod: Ifootage Cobra 2 a180
- Mic: Rode VideoMicro
- Gimbal: Zhiyun Weebill-S
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