Tumalog Falls

Have you been to Tumalog Falls?

Tumalog Falls is so difficult to shoot fully even if one used an ultrawide lens. This is a stitched version.

Tumalog Falls is so difficult to shoot fully even if one used an ultrawide lens. This is a stitched version.

The town of Oslob is not only known for its old church, an abandoned fortified settlement, watchtowers and whale sharks. There’s also a newer attraction: Tumalog Falls. Most tourists and visitors who do the whale shark swimming in Tanawan, Oslob usually include this waterfall in their itinerary.

This cascade is quite accessible and just a kilometer away from the whale shark watching area. From the main highway, there’s a signage giving the direction and its a short uphill drive. Although it is quite near the highway, it does involve steep ascents and descents.

Man at the dammed up basin gives scale to the falls

Man at the dammed up basin gives scale to the falls

From the waterfall entrance and parking lot, a fee is collected and going down the steep cemented road, you will already see the upper part of Tumalog Falls. It makes you excited that you’ll just hasten your pace.

The waterfall is high, probably more than a hundred feet in an area that is surrounded with forest. The water has been dammed up thus, a shallow basin has formed. The water drop is not that strong, more like a shower that staying under the drop is one of the best way to experience this cascade. A little farther from the basin is a natural shallow pool that is also good for a dip.

Before I’d visited Tumalog Falls in Oslob, I’ve only been to two others in Cebu: Kawasan Falls in Badian and Mantayupan Falls in Barili. But there are still many more in Southern Cebu.

Along the road and after the waterfall, this clear pool is so inviting

Along the road and after the waterfall, this clear pool is so inviting

Tumalog Falls in Oslob is quite high but the water is not strong enough to produce a powerful surge

Tumalog Falls in Oslob is quite high but the water is not strong enough to produce a powerful surge

The clear, shallow basin of the waterfalls

The clear, shallow basin of the waterfalls

Looking up!

Looking up!

The lower part of the falls

The lower part of the falls

Forested area within the vicinity of Tumalog Falls in Oslob

Forested area within the vicinity of Tumalog Falls in Oslob

Left, steep road going down with a view of Tumalog Falls; right, closer view of the waterfall as seen from the road

Left, steep road going down with a view of Tumalog Falls; right, closer view of the waterfall as seen from the road

GETTING THERE: Tumalog Falls is quite accessible that one can hire a multicab jeep or habal-habal from the whale shark watchingarea. P200 is the usual rate and will already take you to the waterfall entrance. A fee is collected. From there, a cemented road that is quite steep at the start leads to the waterfall.

Oslob is around three hours from Cebu City and there are several buses, both non-air and aircon from the Cebu South Bus Terminal. Just tell the driver where you will go down.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

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    November 19, 2014 @ 18:55

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