Dao Falls Travel Guide: Samboan, Cebu

Dao Falls

If you ask me where’s my favorite waterfall in Cebu, I’d tell you “Dao Falls”. With its blue-tinted waters and enchanting trails, a trip to this stunning waterfall is definitely worth it!

Here’s everything you need to know on how to visit the highest waterfall in Samboan, Dao falls without any tours.

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How to Get to Dao Falls

Dao falls is located in Samboan, Cebu and 1.5 hours drive away from Moalboal.

From Cebu City, Dao falls is four hours away. You can opt to rent a car or ride a bus heading to Bao or Lilon plying the Barili or Samboan route. Get off at Dao Eskina and ride a tricycle to the trailhead of the waterfalls.

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Here’s a map to Dao falls to help you plan your trip.


Here are the fees to be collected at the trailhead.

  • Environmental Fee: P20 (0.4 USD) per head
  • Parking Fee: P40 (0.8 USD)
  • Guide Fee: No fixed rate, it’s up to you how much you’ll pay

Dao Falls Trekking and Main Falls

Time To Reach the Main Falls: 25 to 30 mins

From the trailhead, you’ll pass by several coconut trees until you reach 100+ steps going down to river. From here, proceed to either walk on the bamboo bridge or use another trail. I was a bit skeptical about walking on the bamboo bridge but our guide assured us that it was strong enough.

Dao Falls

After the bridge, you’ll walk along the river which becomes narrower as you get near the main falls. Depending on the season, the waters in the river can reach up to your waist so be sure to bring a dry bag to store important stuff and have a waterproof camera ready.

Dao Falls
Dao Falls

The trail is what sets Dao falls apart from all the other waterfalls in Cebu. You’ll be immersed in a jungle hike past canyon walls, bamboo railings and limestone paths to the beautiful main waterfall.

The Dao waterfall cascades down a limestone wall to a large Gatorade blue basin.

Dao Falls

Travel Tips

Here are a few things to note when visiting Dao waterfall.

  • The trail is quite slippery. Use non-slip footwear.
  • Read our list of the best waterfalls to visit in Cebu.
  • The best months to visit are from November to April during the dry season for the best turquoise blue color.
  • Got a drone? Send it up and get a great view of  the waterfall.
Dao Falls

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.


Cebu City


Bogo City






Cebu City

Bantayan Island






Cebu City


Bantayan Island

Airbnb Cebu

Aside from hotels and resorts, you can also opt to stay at an Airbnb.

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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.

Related: 16 Eco-Friendly Travel Products for the Earth-Loving You

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

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