TUMALOG FALLS / PHILIPPINES

Tumalog Falls, Oslob, Philippines - Where nature takes over your soul whether you want it or not. Trust me, you want it.

Tumalog Falls, Oslob, Philippines - Where nature takes over your soul whether you want it or not. Trust me, you want it.

Jump into the cool waters and sights of a real life Fern Gully. Tumalog Falls, located in Oslob of the Cebu island in the Philippines is one of the few last pristine falls you can enjoy ALMOST alone.

Our journey began before dawn, before the sun slipped it’s lazy beams across the seas surrounding Cebu and before the locals began their tasks. Our day was full of adventure just as our night before was full of Tanduay, the local and extremely affordable rum. It’s basically free. Not really, but it goes down mighty smooth. With a large bottle costing less than $5 USD it’s the preferred drink.

Easy to get “Tanduay-ed”, the verb equivalent when you’ve had enough of the sweet local rum to acquire rosy cheeks and a case of the giggles. Here we are enjoying a sip of the firewater with a fresh halved coconut that our accommodating host climbed to the top of a palm to retrieve.

Easy to get “Tanduay-ed”, the verb equivalent when you’ve had enough of the sweet local rum to acquire rosy cheeks and a case of the giggles. Here we are enjoying a sip of the firewater with a fresh halved coconut that our accommodating host climbed to the top of a palm to retrieve.

Tumalog Falls, that shade of blue only located in your dreams of waterfall splendor and nature’s glory. Put this fantastic island of magic on your bucket list.

Tumalog Falls, that shade of blue only located in your dreams of waterfall splendor and nature’s glory. Put this fantastic island of magic on your bucket list.

Needless to say, we may have been a smidge bit under the rum weather. Hangover? Assist yourself into the curing waters of the Tumalog Falls. Which we most certainly did.

Back to the story, our journey would include a drive through the countryside, a breakfast of local fare including the addictive sweet rice and mango, a swim with the magnificent and HUGE whale sharks that navigate the waters of Cebu, and a hike and dip into the serene Tumalog Falls which is what we will cover in this post. No worries, I will cover the whale shark experience soon! They are a top activity in Oslob, Cebu.

We reach a busy setting hillside with locals trapezing, like they were born doing it and some probably were, on dirt bikes around passing tourists, roosters and the like. The sun is high over our heads and we are eager to dip ourselves into something liquid after enjoying our morning activities. The extremely polit and attentive Philippine girl who was leading our small pack of three hailed down motorbikes and negotiated our voyage down to the falls.

This is not for the faint of heart. If you don’t enjoy the thrill of rollercoasters, you should not hop on the back of a moto to Tumalog Falls. You should walk, walk slowly and surely of each footstep because it is one of the steepest roads that I have ever traversed.

That being said, the ride was exhilarating and you are met with immediate views of moss covered rock lined with wild orchids, drips of mother nature slowly cascading of the rocky sides, cliff swallows darting for their blue backed dragonfly prey, and in the middle, a serene plummet of water chasing itself into an azure pool.

Dip your toes into one of the adjacent pools for a quick pedicuring nip from the local guppies. Nothing like fresh toes!

Dip your toes into one of the adjacent pools for a quick pedicuring nip from the local guppies. Nothing like fresh toes!

The combinations of sound and sight can remove you from the past or future, leaving you in the present. Where one should try to be.

Being a fan of orchids, it was an enchanting mixture seeing the colorful purple faces pop out from cracks of lichen and moss. Like eager beauties ready for their day of debutante. Also, being a fan of birds, watching the cliff swallows plunge and dip just above the water mesmerized me for quite some time. It’s easy to get lost in the details at Tumalog Falls. It’s easy to forget the nagging tasks of your usual itinerary, to allows yourself a total immersion into nature.

Looking to dip into nature’s serenity? Head to Oslob of Cebu island in the Philippines. You won’t be disappointed.

*There are many tour agencies, locals, and guides that can give you a wonderful activity experience in the Philippines. Be sure to do your research, cover reviews, and use your best instinct regarding selecting one. Most islands depend on tourism and wish to leave the traveler with the best possible experience.*

-Learn more about birding in the Philippines HERE!
-Learn more about travelling with Lonely Planet to the Philippines HERE!


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