Jesse McLaughlan

Travelled to 14 countries / regions

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Visited Cebu & Inambakan Falls in 2019



Asia > Philippines > Inambakan Falls > Useful Info
Updated on Oct 20, 2019 Useful Info

Best way to get to Inambakan Falls from Cebu City, Philippines

  • Inambakan Falls is located in the southern part of Cebu island (Google Maps link), about 130km south of Cebu City. It's not the easiest place to get to from Cebu City; in fact I couldn't find any organized tours from Cebu City, so I had to DIY it (the only tours to the Falls I found were from Moalboal)
  • From Cebu City, the best way to travel get to Inambakan Falls is to take a coach bus to the town of Ginatilan, and then take a habal-habal (motorcycle taxi) to the Falls. More details and step-by-step guide below
  • The total travel time is 5-6 hours. You need to leave very early in the morning (by 5am if possible) if you want to get back to Cebu in the same day
  • Here's a map overview of where everything is at:

  • Here's the step-by-step guide to get from Cebu City to Inambakan Falls
  • Step 1) Take a coach bus from Cebu City to the town of Ginatilan
  • The town of Ginatilan (located here) is the closest town to the Inambakan Falls
  • The coach buses from Cebu City to Ginatilan are operated by Ceres Liner. They depart from Cebu City South Bus Terminal, located here. You can take a tricycle (motor taxi) or jeepney to the station for $2-$4USD from pretty much anywhere in the city
  • At the terminal, you need to get on the Ceres Liner bus to Bato via Barili. Bato is the final destination of the bus, past the town of Ginatilan. Be careful that there are a number of buses to Bato run by Ceres Line departing from the South Terminal, so make sure you get on the one via Barili since it's the only one that will drop by Ginatilan. In the terminal, look for this sign and bus:User submitted photo of Inambakan FallsUser submitted photo of Inambakan Falls
  • Fare for the bus is ~180 pesos ($3.5USD) per person
  • There are both air conditioned and non-air conditioned buses running on this route. Make sure you clarify with the ticketing person you're getting on the right bus
  • The buses run between 1am and 10pm everyday. The air conditioned buses run between 4am and 6pm everyday. There's usually one bus every hour
  • I couldn't find any official schedules published online, but take a look at this website which has the schedule for 2019
  • Take the bus for ~4 hours until the town of Ginatilan. It's best to tell the driver that you need to get off in Ginatilan and have him notify you when you approach the stop. Although I also recommend tracking your progress on your phone GPS and make sure you get off the bus around this spot in Ginatilan

  • Step 2) Take a habal-habal (motorcycle taxi) to the Inambakan Falls
  • After you get off the bus in Ginatilan, walk around the main road and look for a habal-habal to take you to the falls. Habal habals are what the locals call motorcycle taxis. You will usually find a lot of them just waiting to pick up passengers around the St. Gregory Church area (here)User submitted photo of Inambakan Falls
  • Price for the habal-habal is ~40-80 pesos ($0.75-$1.5 USD) per person to the falls depending on time of the day and how hard to negotiate
  • Travel time is 30 minutes from the town of Ginatilan to the entrance of the falls. Note that the road is very bumpy, you might want to tell your driver to slow down a bit because they drive very fast. This is what the entrance to the falls look like:User submitted photo of Inambakan Falls
  • Entry price to the falls is 50 pesos per person which you will pay at the entrance
  • Then you will need to walk along a path for 10 minutes to get to the falls itself. This path is very clearly marked staircase - you won't get lost

  • Step 3) Return to Cebu
  • After you're done at the falls and ready to return, simply trace back the steps
  • Walk back to from the Falls to the entrance. There should be a bunch of habal-habals waiting there for passengers to take back to Ginatilan
  • Once you get back to Ginatilan, on the main road, you can catch the Ceres Liner bus back to Cebu. The last bus of the day should pass by Ginatilan by 7:20pm. However, given that this is Philippines I highly recommend giving yourself plenty of hours before the last scheduled bus. I took the return bus at around 4:30pm which got me to Cebu South Bus Terminal by about 8:30pm
  • I highly recommend checking with the Ceres Liner bus driver on your way to the Falls what's the schedule of the return buses to Cebu City. They change from the time to time and it's hard to find an official published schedule

  • Check out this video (not mine) but was very helpful when I was planning this trip