Inambakan Falls, Ginatilan | Photo by Toby Kulot

I used to be very hesitant to try on water adventures such as braving waterfalls because I have always had this notion that waterfalls would kill me.

Strong currents make me tremble, and what more the deep? Jumping into the water is not even an option for me so going to tall waterfalls would freak me out.

But not anymore.

When I realized that Cebu is more than a home for me, I began taking more risks that led me to explore the natural beauty of my hometown. Cebu is not just a place to eat good lechon, it is more than that. The white sand beaches, mountaintops, high peaks and the mysterious waterfalls make up to what Cebu is all about– and many more.

Inambakan Falls, Ginatilan | Photo by Toby Kulot
Inambakan Falls, Ginatilan | Photo by Toby Kulot

Taking one step at a time, I started stepping foot on my fears and conquered them one by one. Waterfalls aren’t scary at all. They may have deep basins but when you get to the pool, you will just look up to its magnificence like it didn’t make your knees tremble and heart pump too much blood.

Among the grandest falls in Cebu is located in Ginatilan, in the southern part of the province. It is called Inambakan Falls. It may not be as grandeur as Kawasan Falls, but it stands tall and magnificent in its own way nevertheless.

It is protected by giant rocks that you can climb and from the top, see the most magical view of the falls. From the high points, you can jump off the cliff and make the most out of the trip.

Let us explore more of the untouched attraction in the southern part of Cebu.

Inambakan Falls, Ginatilan | Photo by Venz Lester

The travel time from Cebu City to Ginatilan is approximately 4 to 5 hours (depending on the traffic) but if you start early, you may arrive earlier. Your adventure begins the moment you step foot on the ground so get off at the town proper and from there, look for a habal-habal that will take you to the alluring Inambakan Falls right away.

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Habal-habal or motorcycles for hire are usually seen everywhere in the town. Wherever you start your journey from, you can always find a vacant motorcycle to take you anywhere you want. However, there is no fixed price or a rought estimate simply because the drivers will decide on the amount. The fare would probably run around 50 pesos to 100 pesos per head. The good thing, though, is that you can negotiate with the price but don’t abuse your drivers!

Motorcycle drivers in areas like Ginatilan drive really fast, even on bumpy roads. If you are not used to this kind of trip, you may want to find another option (maybe bring a car) but for now, hiring one is the best since you need them to take you to the falls’ drop off point.

Inambakan Falls, Ginatilan | Photo by Neilson Alon Aloyan
Inambakan Falls, Ginatilan | Photo by Neilson Alon Aloyan

After the long 20-minute habal-habal ride, you will arrive at the entrance/registration area where you will be required to pay a little amount of 50 pesos to enter. You also get a life jacket upon entering. After that, a 10-minute trek to the falls will begin.

The trek is not too hard because the pathways are cemented, so don’t worry about hiking slippery or rocky pathways.

A few steps more and you will see the marvelous sight of the Inambakan Falls.

The water bravely rushes to the pool which illustrates its strength and tallness. It looks like a queen on a grand entrance. It doesn’t look harmful yet it feels powerful.

The pool that catches the water is not too deep but is deep enough for non-swimmers like me. The depth is around 8 feet but there is a nice, shallow part where non-swimmers and kids can take a nice dip to.

The water is cold and very clean. From the pool’s sight, you will surely be in awe by how the waterfall expresses its genuine glory in a delightful manner, and by how big rocks engulf the entire pool, creating a very strong and private spot for travelers to enjoy.

Inambakan Falls, Ginatilan | Photo by Zeljan Catubig
Inambakan Falls, Ginatilan | Photo by Zeljan Catubig

If you are commuting, you have to start at the South Bus Terminal. To enjoy the most of the trip, start traveling before the sun rises. Hail a bus that is bound for Samboan. To be sure, ask the drivers or attendants which bus will take you to Ginatilan.

The pool is not too deep but is deep enough for non-swimmers like me. The depth is 8 feet but there is a nice, shallow part where non-swimmers and kids can take a nice dip. The water is cold and very clean. From the pool’s sight, you will surely be in awe by how the waterfall expresses its genuine glory in a delightful manner, and by how big rocks engulf the entire pool, creating a very strong and private spot for travelers to enjoy.

Inambakan Falls, Ginatilan | Photo by Jhem Garcia
Inambakan Falls, Ginatilan | Photo by Jhem Garcia

The entire pool may not be as big as you imagined, but rest assured you will enjoy jumping off the cliff and swimming in the plunge pool. If you are afraid, please don’t take off your life jackets and don’t go near the plunge.

Waterfalls are very personal and special because each has their own personality. There are very strong fall very mellow ones but this one, I believe, belong to the strong ones, but not quite.

You can still relax around the rushing current without having to be scared or feeling fearful that you might be taken into the deep because as mentioned, there ia s very shallow part where you and even kids can reach.

I hope now that summer has started to heat up the Philippines a lot more, people would begin exploring the deepest and the farthest parts of the country. It is time to discover the natural resources that we were blessed with, starting in our own province.

Cebu is beautiful. Don’t just focus on its potentials, but focus on what it is today.

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