Cambais Falls in Alegria is a place for nature lovers! Located in a picturesque jungle setting in South Cebu, at first glance it could be a waterfall from a movie set. It consists of two waterfalls which flow into a stunning turquoise coloured swimming pool surrounded with lush green ferns and trees.
Spending a day chasing waterfalls whilst visiting the Philippines, is definitely one of the awesome things to do in Moalboal. Cambais Falls can easily be twinned with Montpellier Falls, Cambughay Falls, Aguinid Falls, Inambakan Falls, Dao Falls, and should be added to your Cebu itinerary. Many people visit Cambais Falls before a sunset trip to Osmena Peak, others enjoy the refreshing dip after their daytime hike.
Cambais Falls is dreamy to look at, and the inviting rock pool is screaming out for a bucket list experience in the Philippines, who wouldn’t want to swim in a jungle waterfall? In a series of articles showing day trips from Moalboal, Moalboal Eco Lodge share why you should add Cambais Falls to your agenda, a hidden gem that shouldn’t be missed.
Entrance Fee: P50, and P100 for a guide to the 2nd level*
Parking Fee: FREE
Toilets on site: No
Food/Drinks for sale: No
Difficulty level: Easy
Footwear: Water shoes
Additional Information: Closed first Monday of the month
Note: Take only photos, leave only footprints; there are no bins here so take your trash away with you. Be a responsible tourist, and don’t litter this lovely slice of nature.
*Prices are subject to change at any time.
From Moalboal, Cambais Falls is located in Alegria, about an hour away from our Eco Lodge (directions at the bottom of this post). The drive to Cambais Falls is relatively easy, and because of its location about 30 minutes south of the famous canyoneering at Kawasan Falls, you could easily combine the two adventures if you want an adrenaline filled day. Alternatively, you could stop at Lambug Beach if you prefer a more relaxing trip.
The journey south to Cambais Falls is a pretty scenic drive along the coast, and as you head inland up towards the mountains, you will pass through valleys and small villages until you feel as if you are in the middle of nowhere. The views through the lush greenery to the ocean is very pretty, and worth taking a moment to stop and take it all in.
After parking our motorbike next to a small bridge with overhanging trees, we noticed a weathered sign pointing to the trail which heads towards the waterfall and ticket office.
We walked for around 15-20 minutes along a muddy path through a farming area with cabbages, corn and other crops growing all around. We visited during August when it sometimes rains a lot, and had to walk through a few puddles treading carefully in areas to ensure we didn’t slip. If the weather is dry, you could easily walk in flip-flops, but I always wear walking shoes when chasing waterfalls as I like to be prepared.
The view was beautiful as we strolled alongside a stream, the sound of a river gently flowing over rocks was music to my ears.
After the ticket office, it’s only a minute’s walk to reach the lower level of Cambais Falls. We were greeted with a large, turquoise swimming pool comparable to the famous Kawasan Falls but far more secluded. It’s surrounded by trees, and water cascades over the limestone rocks. With just the sound of nature, on this visit we were totally alone.
There is a second level higher up which involves climbing up through the waterfall using a rope, then walking over a bamboo ladder so not everyone chooses to do this. You can only do this with a guide but we were content with enjoying the scenery of this stunning piece of paradise which we had all to ourselves.
We spent some time basking in its beauty, floating around looking up at the gorgeous view, then it was time to move onto our next waterfall, and the exciting adventure that would await us.
When is the best time to visit Cambais Falls?
For a quieter experience, it’s best to visit Cambais Falls during the week. If you want to interact with locals having fun, visit on a Sunday.
During the dry season, there may not be as much water flowing but the path will be easier to walk across and the swimming pool should be a clear turquoise.
If it’s monsoon or wet season, after lots of rain the walking trail is slippery with puddles, and the swimming pool may be brown so not as pretty but that is just nature.
How to get to Cambais Falls
From Moalboal, head south along the Highway for about an hour to the Municipality of Alegria.
When you see the large white “Welcome to Alegria” sign on the right, at the next PPF petrol station take a left turning up a hill. Keep on driving for about 15 minutes.
Tip: Download Google Offline Map for the area, and type in Cambais Falls which will navigate you to your destination.
Where to stay in Moalboal
When visiting Moalboal, Moalboal Eco Lodge is the perfect place to stay. Located in the middle of a peaceful field with no traffic noise, it’s close enough to amenities, but far away so you can have a good night’s sleep. There is plenty of space to observe physical distancing at the Eco Lodge.
Nestled in amongst palm trees, bamboo and coconut trees, Moalboal Eco Lodge have beautiful Bamboo Cottages suitable for solo travellers, couples and friends. We have two private rooms and a spacious 4-6 bed family room, a breakfast area, kitchen, and a stunning hammock/yoga/sunset deck. Take a look at our rooms!
Visit our Eco Shop* for your plastic free,
zero waste, palm oil free products for use every day!
(*10% from every purchase is donated to help street dogs in Moalboal)
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