Kawasan Falls

Cebu in Focus - Kawasan Falls

A cozy trek... A peaceful river.. A gentle hush of rushing ice cool water.. All this and more in Badian's Kawasan Falls!

Just 130 kilometers southwest of Cebu City and about three hours bus ride, the Kawasan Falls is located inside the mountains of Barangay Matutinao, Badian. From the entrance you will have to trek uphill for about thirty minutes, depending on your pace, to get to the first waterfall. Along the way, souvenir shops selling accessories such as beaded necklace, bracelets, and Kawasan print t-shirts are available for sale if you want to bring home souviners with you.

Kawasan has three waterfalls. The first one is mainly the largest of the three, and is usually the most crowded. An uphill climb for fifteen minutes will take you to the second falls, and another, to the third. You may bring in food, or buy from the resort's restaurants. Cottages and tables are also available for rent, as well as rooms for overnight stay. You may rent a raft to take you around the "pool" or for a refreshing "shower massage" under the falling water. Life vests are also available for a very affordable price.

The pathway may be very dark once the sun sets so its best to have a flashlight at hand. One should be extra careful in going down the slope especially those descending from the second or third falls to avoid mishaps or accidents.

Kawasan Falls is a popular get-away destination in the southern part of Cebu to locals and foreigners alike. With its lush tropical trees and plants everywhere, peaceful flow of the river as it gracefully rushes to the distant sea, the sound of the waterfalls on the background, friends and loved ones enjoying the cool and deep fresh water, everything around just seems so relaxed, simple and very serene.

Just nature as it should be.

Cebu in Focus - Kawasan FallsCebu in Focus - Kawasan Falls

by: Aireen Quisido
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    Comments on “Kawasan Falls”

  1. Dwain
    Florida USA
    Thank you for your informative and timely report on one of the natural
    beauties of the Philippines. I will be making my second trip to the Islands this
    September and had already planned to visit the falls and other nature scenes.
    Reading your article has made me even more anxious to visit and experience your
    wonderful country.
  2. Mardio Nadera
    Makati City
    wowkawasan . . . one of the most beautifull falls ive ever seen . . .
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  3. Peter
    Warsaw, Poland
    It is my first trip to Philippines. Time spend in Kawasan will always stay
    in my memory as one of the BEST trip in my life :-) Peace, fresh air, wonderful
    river, beautiful landscapes, the real power of the nature, fantastic views.
    Kawasan Falls makes you say KAWASOME instead of awesome ;-)
  4. Ken Russell S.
    New York City, U.S.A.
    Great Place to see natural beauty of nature...falls.
    Prestine river runs, Massive limestone overhangs w/ native
    trees, moss' on rocks, overall landscape is awe-inspiring.
    Locals are nice and welcomed us. Great place to escape from
    hectic city life....like New York Metropolis. I would recommed
    this nice place to all visitors in Cebu.
  5. Ojie
    For me, the kawasan great and beautiful and very cold water.... case
    of that is its very long walk i will request for the way to go there in the
    entrance and not parking area for private...... thats all tnx...
  6. buragda
    Cebu City
    da best
  7. guido
    very nice...i was very close to nature in kawasan......
  8. Angelique Pino
    My friends just had their trip to kawasan last week and when i got to
    see their pics there,i got this feeling that i really have to go and get to see
    the breathtaking kawasan falls...thanks to this page,this has added my
  9. Jonah Saceda
    Guadalupe, Cebu
    I've been there and its very nice with cold water... nice to swim
    with your loved ones
  10. Levy Antipuesto
    Kawasan its a lovely falls in the philippines
  11. Mary McDermid
    Ottawa ,Canada
    I will be going this coming May.. goood informative, and able to find
    out things love to do. thank you
  12. feliza
    talisay city, cebu
    i have been to kawsan like 3 times already but that was about 2 to 3
    years ago. i wanna go back there to see what are the new things they have added
    in the place.......kawasan, one of the collest places in town
  13. Leleth Limatoc
    I've ben there in Kawasan, it's really nice in there i still wanna
    go back this may 2006 hope to see you there....
  14. Heide
    The word 'kawasan' in Visayan actually means falls so if you say
    Kawasan Falls, it is redundant. Just like when you say PIN number or ATM
    machine. Well, just some enlightenment. I got this from my Philosophy professor
    in college, the ever-energetic Boy Diluvio who is a native of Badian. Hello,
    Sir and everyone in USC. I miss Cebu na jud, I'll be home soon.
  15. May Tan
    Ormoc City
    wow.....I've been there in kawasan the water is so fresh and cold
    and wow.....i love to swim there with my love one..hmmm..
  16. Cashiel Ong-Vano
    Cebu City
    I would like to ask if anybody knows the entrance rate in kawasan? how much is
    their day time cottage and over night cottage. Lastly where can i call for
  17. Joe Johnson
    Los Angeles
    Its an okay place, its a long walk from the parking area to the
    falls, there are people to help you carry your things for a fee of course its
    not special there are better waterfalls in the country, Maria Chistina, theres
    one in Lunga which you have to ride a small boat to get to. And many others
    Kawasan is far from the best.
  18. adventurer
    I've been to kawasan many times already and all i can say is that is
    a great place to unwind. let the cool water wash away your problems. by the
    way, last time i checked, the kawasan entrance is only 10 pesos and the
    overnight cottage is 500 pesos.
  19. roland chiong
    Cebu City
    I'm from Cebu, Philippines. I've been going to kawasan since i was
    in my elementary years. Though I've been there a lot of times already, every
    trip to the falls i made always felt to me like its my first. I've always been
    enchanted with natural land and water scape from the point i start walking on
    the trail by the matutinao river up to the first, 2nd, and 3rd falls. The trip
    alone is naturally kawasome (awesome), reaching the falls is a bonus you
    recieved that tops everything beautiful you've seen and encounterd along the
    Anyone who says its less than beautiful is no less blind as a bat hanging
    upside down in a cold dark cave.
  20. jany
    cebu city
    yes, kawasan is a beautiful place. i've been there lots of times and
    the last time i went there was just about last week. me and my mountaineering
    buddies took an 8 hour trek from osmeņa's peak to kawasan and the sight of it
    just made the trek worth while......
  21. Junn Lauro
    Riyadh, K.S.A.
    during vacation last 2002 and we did enjoy every minute of our stay
    there. I would love to come back-beautiful CEBU!
  22. marj
    san carlos city neg. occ.
  23. reg
    my friends and i are planning to go to kawasan and take an overnight stay.
    can anyone help me locating their contact no.? just wna make sure they have
    available rooms for us. thanks a lot! please email me at iconpool@yahoo.com
  24. marcia arnaiz
    im planning to visit in your place, as what iv seen,, its really nature
    ,,and i like this place ,,,,,,its fall of nature and can i ask some information
    how to go ,and how much per night there ,, thanks
  25. Angel Lopez
    Cebu City
    Hi, am planning of exploring the beauty of Kawasan in April, can anyone
    (i.e. moderator of this site)send me an email about cottage rates, entrance fee
    per head, and food and drinks rate in there inhouse restaurant. I really need to
    have a rough estimate as of the moment. I need to tag along friends from Manila,
    I just want to make sure that before we'll finalize on our plan of visiting
    Kawasan, we'll still be within our budget. Yah know, we need to be aware of that
    also bec so as not to ruin our vacation extravaganza...
    To Moderators of this site: I would really appreciate your feedback about this
    endeavor, please send me an email. Thanks! More power to Cebu Central!
  26. aileen
    kawasan is a very nice place for adventure trekker..truly amazing!!
    display of beauty and transition is what kawasan falls is!!!
    a highly-recommended place to visit..
    im planning to go back there and have an overnight stay..=)
    well,guys..c u there!!
  27. guest 23
    pasay manila
    kawasan is the best place for vacation and for relaxation of your mind.
    maganda talaga. pero one thing na pag pumunta kayo don wag magtiwala sa mga
    manloloko na mga guide guide daw nang kawasan kasi manghingi yan nang pera pag
    pumunta kayo don wag kayo mag pasama nang guide guide patungo kawasan hinde kayo
    mawawala dahil walng ibang daan street lang kayo don. yan ang tandaan nyo wag
    maniwala sa mga senasabi nila be the one to explore thier.......balik ako next
    year sa kawasan
  28. Steffi Lopez
    you know what guys? Last New Year, me and my family have been there...that
    was my 4th time to visit Kawasan Falls...It's really really beautiful out there.
    The water is so cool that makes you relax..
    we have to take a long walk to get to the falls, the place is so cool, makes your
    mind relax...when i 1st visited Kawasan Falls, i was so amazed...didn't think
    that God's creation was so beautiful...."The coolest of all cools"...^_^
  29. Marissa V. Tablatin
    Baguio City
    Please give us information about the available room seven adult persons: 6
    females and 1 male and how far it Kawasan from Cebu proper?
  30. James
    i am from the place and im totally longing to come to kawasan again
  31. Marc Houle
    California / living in Cebu now
    I went yesterday.. Its really nice, but maybe not for ever. The plastic
    bags and things are envading, like much of the philippines. Business has taken
    its grip at the falls, expect many people and not quiet, unless you go very early
    or late. I have been to nicer place in philippines, but i wont say, because its
    even nicer....come and explore for yourself.... I will give one clue.... its the
    island called fire island..... and near cebu...
  32. seig ba
    you can go in kawasan thiers a place na sila lang nag offer nang air con
    in willys places don kami nag stay
    maganda don 1st falls call 09069608646
  33. Belle Tan
    I was born and grown up in that place. And i experienced and enjoyed the
    gift of nature.Yes its true, the place is nice but not forever since some people
    who are coming in and out in that place are too cruel to throw their garbage
    anywhere and i hope you are not one of them.
  34. Malou Royo
    Cebu City
    Really such a beautiful place to see. We went there last April 21, 2007.
    We took a Ceres Bus Via Barili. The bus fare from Cebu to Badian costs 105
    pesos. Before you reach the falls, u have to pay 10 pesos for the entrance fee.
    You have to wear slippers so that it's easy for you to walk on some rocky paths.
    When you reach the first falls, there are already small cottages worth 300 pesos.
    For those rooms for overnight, it costs from 800 to 2000 depending on the number
    of persons who will occupy then. You have to bring your own food because the food
    there are very expensive. Even the softdrinks like the Litro Size Coke cost 45
    pesos. Imagine twice the price. If you want to wear life vests, you have to pay
    another 30 pesos. If you want to experience to go under the falls and have a
    natural massage, you can ride on a bamboo raft that costs 300 pesos. Whew, so
    expensive huh! but it's worth naman.
    How i wish, i have a house in Badian so that anytime i could take a swim in it's
    cool waters and have a refreshing and relaxing feeling. " So kamo dira, Tara na sa
  35. Anna Wang
    thanks u so much for the info..am planning to bring my kids to kawasan..i
    went to kawasan for the firts time way back 1996 with my BF, which is now my
    husband of 10years..Kawasan really very memorable & close to our heart..I want my
    kids to experience and share with them how wonderful place is this.. which been
    part of our life..looking forward! Thanks for the info guys..
  36. Alfonso Alvarado
    Las Piņas
    I've been to Kawasan Falls.And it's great!It's 38 feet deep,and the
    water is cold..But this place is really stunning when you see it in real.
  37. Christine Marie
    Cebu City
    hi,got a little question from you! were planning to go out of town this
    may and weve decided to have a over night their in the kawasan falls..is their
    any cottages were we can stay for a night???may u give me an idea whats the price
    with it aswell plss??i havent been their......thanksss a lot!
  38. marivic solon
    Cebu City
    just want to inquirehow much is the rate for cottage when we stay
    overnight there.
    pls. reply.
  39. jenina
    cebu city lahug
    its very exciting and very enjoying specially when u go under the falls it
    will massage ur body. the water is cold i'm sure that you will enjoy when u
  40. rhenoire cruize
    vancouver, canada
    i was there with my mark anthony tamsi tampus. it was not really that nice
    but somehow it was cool. gee yahhhh...
  41. Trent Omand
    Vancouver, Canada
    I was at Kawasen Falls in June of this year and it was incredable!!
    The trek up to the falls along the river was beautiful, the sights and sounds, even
    the smell of the jungle was refreashing for me. Kawsen Falls will foreven remain a
    tresure in my memory...and i can't wait to see it again in Aug next year
  42. gracey
    hi guys.... Im an Iliganon (Iligan; City of Waterfalls) and yes there are
    lots of beautiful waterfalls back there- but trust me, KAWASAN is nice too. I've
    been there and will be there again this weekend. I just hope that the CEBU GOV
    will help preserve the area- we wouldn't want such beauty to go to waste...

  43. gracey
    hi guys.... Im an Iliganon (Iligan; City of Waterfalls) and yes there are
    lots of beautiful waterfalls back there- but trust me, KAWASAN is nice too. I've
    been there and will be there again this weekend. I just hope that the CEBU GOV
    will help preserve the area- we wouldn't want such beauty to go to waste...

  44. jing kupers
    cebu south
    we heared a lot about kawasan falls,but nobody tells me if its safe for my
    young kids.we hope to come and spend time together in the falls and make a nice
    family pics.can someone forward me any info.about cottages,entrance rates and
    foods.thank you.
  45. mel aries deadio
    i.t. park cebu city
    i'll be there in kawasan soon...hehe
  46. may
    chicago, illinois
    hello ! been to Kawasan Falls long before it was discovered by tourist.
    and all I can say , " what a beautiful place to be ".. my co-workers told me
    it's a haunted falls, pero dili di-ay ila lang ako gi-binu-a-ngan. lots of fun
    memories to treasure.. go and explore.( b-4 wala gyud bayad ). i hope to see
    Kawasan on my next PI trip.
    more power !
  47. joyce
    how much does an overnight stay cost in the first fall area? and do you
    have a contact number so i can make reservation? please give me suggestion.
    please please please. thank you ahead.
    I have been to kawasan once....
    the place was great and very very cold it suit for lovers... geeeee
  49. clody caballero
    tangke, city of naga, cebu
    it,s really nice to visit kawasan falls. i've been there two times 4 yrs ago together with some expats. i missed to go there again!

    clody (sakhalin, russia)
  50. Mae Gilbert
    Virginia, USA
    Hi, I'm from Cebu City, my native hometown. My family and I, are planning to go to the Philippines this coming July 2008. Can anyone tell me what's the nicest place to stay in Kawasan? Plan to stay for 2 days. Thanks!!
  51. Mae Gilbert
    Virginia, USA
    Hi, I'm from Cebu City, my native hometown. My family and I, are planning to go to the Philippines this coming July 2008. Can anyone tell me what's the nicest place to stay in Kawasan? Plan to stay for 2 days. Thanks!!
  52. Myryl Mendoza
    Cebu City
    Kawasan is a very beautiful place...I even have that naughty idea to jump directly to the stream when i already saw it...hahhaha!!!...But you rather go trekking around before you swim...the area is protected because of its diversity.....careful tingali kasab.an mo sa mga rangers....the only thing that i don't like in kawasan was the loud music in our cottage...grabe!!mura mi ug nangadto ug discohan...hmp!..I was expecting a very quiet place then and I was just disappointed...But my trip there was very memorable...i am going back there one of tehse days...
  53. Cris
    Germany-Cebu City
    Hello All,

    Please help me how to get there to Kawasan Falls?how long it take by bus?

    I have a son who 1 years old. i want to bring my family and son for surprise for them?

    Please tell me if is easy to get there without wasting time.

    thank you

    PLEASE EMAIL AT:cristie.dt007@hotmail.com
  54. Aubrey Ozoa
    Cebu City
    Hi! My friend and I will go to Kawasan Falls this weekend... I'm kind of excited... Hope it's really nice there...
  55. Cecelia
    Cebu City
    Hey, I wanted to go to kawasan with my friends this July 19-20. Pwede mangayo ug details pila ang possible gasto padung didto then contact numbers pud sa mga pde ma overnytan na place didto..thanks kau...pls send me a mail at frozen14386@yahoo.com. thanks :D
  56. Sherwin Tesio
    Teletech Cebu
    WOW, Awesome place to go, I'd really want to go there again and again and again for a million times.
  57. mary glory joy Mallorca
    famy laguna
    kawasan falls was a very natural beauty of nature!!!!!because of its exotic ambiance!!!
  58. courtney
    do you have any info about the cottages?
  59. Jeffrey
    Mandaue City
    entrance fee is Php10. children 7 yrs and below no charge. cottages at Php300.00 . overnight cottages at Php1,000.00. 1.5soda drinks at 65.00 while 8oz P20.00 ---- transport from cebu terminal to badian at P107.00.
  60. therese
    beautiful place!!!!
  61. rudah
  62. ly
    hi we planning to go vacation in cebu my born place and we wanted to go kawasan fall on this december if its that good season and it is safe for the kids,pls reply
  63. ly
    hi we planning to go vacation in cebu my born place and we wanted to go kawasan fall on this december if its that good season and it is safe for the kids,pls reply
  64. anna
    its really amazing to stay there overnight how can we contact?do we have to book earlier for the accomadation maybe?/thank you
  65. megz
    las piņas city
    I was there with my friends last august 15. My bestfriend brought me there.. and it was amazing! There are 3 giant falls - like there's one in every level.. so you have to keep climbing which is thrilling and tiring but worth it! You just have to pay PhP10 and you can rent a room if you wanna stay overnight, which we did.. very cheap... you can also ask the caretaker of the place you're staying to cook for you if you're bringing raw food (from the market) at only Php50 per cooking. Great huh!
  66. athens
    quezon city
    Kawasan Falls was indeed worth it! Our trip to Cebu was supposedly city tour, then we were informed that we were going to Badian! I knew it was too far from the city, but we didn't have much choice... when we started walking, we thought of nothing but tiredness... we did walk uphill! i didn't imagine how i was able to walk that far, considering we were on sleepers for we were ready for a water dip! gosh, up we go til we reached the 1st falls, but we didn't stop there, our guide brought us up... up to were the falls came from... after almost an hour hiking uphill we were amazed to see the water falls source! and i mean it, it was so amazing to see God's creation... the water so powerful just came from a hole of not more that 1 sq.m.?
    You will be so thankful that you will witness the beauty of nature... amazing as it is, it was nature to the maximum!!!!
    I might go back there someday... but this time i will definitely stay longer...
  67. ieneeha mahajaed
    kawasan is is of the beautiful spot in cebu that why many tourist are now enjoying to go there...hope someday i mkapunta din kamwe jan....see yah keep up the cleanliness...
  68. ieneeha mahajaed
    kawasan is is of the beautiful spot in cebu that why many tourist are now enjoying to go there...hope someday i mkapunta din kamwe jan....see yah keep up the cleanliness...