Tumalog Falls Oslob, Cebu Philippines


Tumalog Falls of Oslob

After we had our Whale Shark "Butanding" experience, off we went to the hidden and breathtaking curtain-like waterfalls of OslobLet's go!

How to get there: Cebu City to Oslob (Updated 2019)

From the Mactan-Cebu International Airport:
You can take a cab to go to the South bus terminal.  The estimated fare is 250 PHP – 350 PHP, depending on traffic.  Or you can take it straight to Barangay ("Brgy" for short) Tan-awan in Oslob, but we try for the cheapest travel method, which is by bus. 

Alternatively, if you're familiar with Uber and/or Lyft, then you can download and use the mobile app, Grab, to book your transportation. 

Travel time from Airport to South Bus Terminal: 1 hour (depending on traffic)

From Cebu City:
Take a cab or jeepney to South Bus Terminal which is a few meters away from Elizabeth Mall.  The terminal is clean and organized.  Buy your ticket at the counter and make sure to read the board signs placed in front of the windshield mirror before hopping inside the bus.

From the South bus terminal: take the Ceres Bus 

Buses Operate from 1 AM – 9 PM 

Bus Fare: 150 PHP – 180 PHP 
Bus Route: Bato via Liloan to Oslob 
Drop-Off: Brgy. Tan-awan in Oslob 
Travel Time (bus/private car): 3-4 hours

Prices may have changed.  

Another alternative if you're around these two towns:

From Bato to Oslob:
Bus Fare: 40 PHP – 60 PHP
Travel Time: 20 – 30 minutes  

From Moalboal to Oslob: 
Bus Fare: 100 PHP – 150 PHP
Travel Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes – 2 hours (1 hour+ to the town of Bato plus another 20 minutes) 

Power outlets: are commonly type A, with standard voltage 220 V and frequency 60 Hz.  Be sure to bring a universal plug adapter!
Money matters:  We recommend getting your currency exchanged via Western Union (WU) since you'll get a better rate than at the airport.  You can send your travel budget to yourself and pick up the exchanged amount at the local WU.
Convenient phone apps:  Grab for transportation.

Survival Terms
CR is the term for the toilet
Salamat means "thank you"

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If you're coming from Butanding whale-watching like us:
Just watch out for any Tumalog Falls signs along the road or show your biggest smile and ask the locals to avoid getting lost.

Whale Shark Briefing Area going to The Falls
via Motorcycle/Van (2-way): 100 PHP - 120 PHP
Travel time: 20-30 minutes
Entrance Fee: 20 PHP

There's a parking area for vehicles but starting from the steep road, only motorcycles/'habal-habal' are allowed.  Even if the road has been cemented, it's a treacherous drive so be careful especially going downhill.  It's advisable to avoid riding the motorcycle/'habal-habal' for safety purposes.

A nice walk will make you appreciate nature even better.  Walking to the falls will only take around 10 minutes, depending on your pace. The scenery along the way was beautiful; when the waterfall was in sight, it was definitely worth the travel.  Plus, during that day, a rugby team from another country was also there to experience the captivating waterfall.  What a great eye candy day!

There's always something mysterious about waterfalls; their beauty is always hidden from the world.  In order for you to see its wonders, you have to travel distances — walk for minutes or even hours before you reach your destination.  However, what awaits you at the end of the prolonged waiting is worth all the sweat.

I stood in awe as I looked up at what was above me.  Iwas like being under an enormous shower — sprinkles of water were everywhere as the wind gently blew from the sides.

Perfectly distant from the waterfall were 
three chopped wood stumps.  As I sat on one of them, I wondered if they were meant to be chairs, placed just far enough from the waterfall's mist.  I decided to lay down and smiled at the scenery before my eyes.  

When I tried to bend my head backward, the view was spectacular.  This is what it looked like: the clear blue sky meeting the trees above the waterfalls, branches perfectly covering the blazing sun, and the shower of curtains filling my eyes with wonder.  If there's star-gazing at night, then there must also be daylight-gazing. 

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Do you want more adventure?
If you still have one more day to spare why not go to Sumilon Island and have a relaxing weekend by the beach.

Where am I going next?
My next adventure is to check out a UNESCO World Heritage, The Chocolate Hills of Bohol.


  1. Replies
    1. definitely! while you're in Oslob try the Whale Shark Experience. It's an unforgettable experience with the gentle giants of the sea! ^__^

  2. hi. is the falls safe for children? i'm bringing my family to oslob this july and we want to explore tumalog falls too. just wondering though if it's children friendly because i'm bring my daughters 9, 6 and 1yo. thanks!

    1. Hi Jobert,

      The falls I came upon is the one closer to the entrance post. If I remembered it correctly I think the water level there is as low as ankle deep, or maybe just below the knee. It's a bit slippery so better watch out for that. However, the ride going to the falls is a bit scary so I don't recommend you to take the motorcyle. In addition to that, it's a strenuous walk going to the falls. I'm not sure if it's the right spot for your kids.

  3. i will be in oslob this sunday.. are they open for local tourists even on sundays?

    1. Hey Blaize,

      I'm not sure with Tumalog Falls, I hope they have the same schedule with the Butanding Activity. Whale shark watching is open everyday from 6 AM to 12:30PM.

      Try to contact them through email or SMS: info@oslobwhalesharks.com / +63 923 817 0837

      They offer packages for both activities so maybe they can provide you accurate information regarding this matter.

      Thanks for dropping by! ^__^

  4. Hi san po ung terminal ng van going to the falls? My friend and I are planning to go to oslob as well. What is the earliest schedule of the bus?
    Wanna see the gentlegiants too! :)

    1. Hello Cj,

      There's a lot of motorcycles and vans parked around the corner where you'll have your whale shark watching. No worries about that.

      The earliest bus schedule I've tried was with Ceres Bus Liner around 3 in the morning.

      Its better to be there by 6 am where only a few tourist is around.

      Safe trip and have a blast. 😆

  5. Hi ^^ Could i ask how to get to tumalog falls from whale watching place?
    how long is the "walking time" to go to the falls? If i take the van, how much will it be for 2?. Thanks.

    1. Hi

      After you're done with the whale watching activity you can check out the motorcycles parked nearby the area. They usually offer rides going to Tumalog Falls, maybe it's around 150 php nowadays or you can try to bargain with the driver. It's not that far maybe travel time would be less than 20-30 mins.

      Thank you for stopping by.

      Be safe and have fun!