When it comes to waterfalls in the Philippines, Cebu isn’t exactly the first place that comes to mind.
However, you would be surprised to find out that the island actually has a few hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered. The southern town of Samboan, for example, is considered as the waterfalls capital in Cebu. But, if you are pressed for time and can’t endure the 4-hour-long bus ride, you can just opt to visit the much nearer town of Barili.
Barili, whose name is said to have come from the loy-a loy-a, or balili vine, that grew around the trunk of a huge tree. It eventually evolved into Barili since the original balili name was hard on the Castilian tongue.
The town of Barili is known for many things. Perhaps among the many prominent landmarks here is Shamrock, which is known for its otap and other Cebuano delicacies.
But, another famous place that has been getting a lot of attention from tourists is Mantayupan Falls.
Swimming in Mantayupan Falls
Mantayupan Falls is actually made up of two levels. The first one has three cascading waters, the highest of which is around 14 meters. Meanwhile, the second level has a waterfall reaching up to 98 meters high.
Although the entire area has been developed into a park to provide convenience to guests, it still maintains its rugged atmosphere and unspoiled environment.
You can take a dip in its cold waters but you will have to be careful as it can immediately go deep without warning.
If swimming isn’t what you feel like doing, you can always take a break and sit down on any of the picnic tables near the waterfalls. You can either buy food for the numerous mini food stalls inside the park or you can opt to pack your own food or even cook it there.
- Entrance Fee – Php 20/pax
- Tables – Php 200-300
How to Get to Mantayupan Falls in Barili
To get to Mantayupan Falls, simply hop on board a bus bound for Bato via Barili at the Cebu City South Bus Terminal. Choose from the air conditioned and non-airconditioned units there.
Your stop will be at the Shamrock Center, which is a mandatory bus stop for the Ceres bus liner. The bus ride will cost around Php70 and will take about two hours.
Once at the bus stop, simply take a habal-habal (motorcycle) ride to Mantayupan Falls. This ride costs around Php20 to Php30.
Entrance fee to Mantayupan Falls, also called Ambakan Falls by the locals, is pegged at Php10 per person. If you bring your car or motorcycle, you will also have to pay for the parking fees.
The trek to the second level of the waterfalls takes about five minutes and involves walking up stairs and paved walkways with railings.