BINALAYAN FALLS (HIDDEN FALLS) IN SAMBOAN, CEBU
Tucked away in Samboan is a beautiful waterfall at the end of a tranquil jungle trail. It is also the place of one of the most dangerous cliff jumps I’ve ever done in my life. It’s a beautiful but short little adventure, which you can combine with the other waterfalls in the Samboan region of Cebu.
Binalayan Waterfall is also known as ‘Hidden Falls’. Like many ‘hidden’ places around the world, it is not hidden at all. It is advertised with a road from the sign, which directs you to a parking lot and the ticket office.
The trail only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish but provides a beautiful coconut palm-lined path and peaceful scenery. Most of the path is a steady dirt trail, which we traversed in flip-flops. Enormous palm trees cover the land. One of our guides showed off his rapid climbing skills and gathered some coconuts for us, which was super impressive.
There are three small river crossings so water shoes or flip-flops are recommended for this trail.
After about 15 minutes into the trek, you will reach a small clearing. Here there is a plateau of water where there are several benches and a tire swing. It’s a nice spot to relax before heading into the waterfall.
A small staircase leads up to the waterfall which the locals have nicknamed, ‘Adidas Waterfall’. This is because three distinct flows of water strike down like the famous three Adidas stripes. You can swim in this waterfall or the smaller waterfall on the level below. However, it is the caves and cliff jumping that are the main activity.
It is possible to climb up into the caves inside the waterfall and then jump down. Be warned this water is 8ft deep at the maximum. There is also a spot to jump on the left side of the waterfall from a similar height to the caves. From that height, you will probably touch the ground but should be okay. The guides asked me if I wanted to jump and we ended up going to a higher level. I have to say it was one of my dumbest jumps. The water is 8ft deep and I had tested that but I still jumped. I hit the ground pretty hit and luckily with bent knees. I definitely do not suggest jumping from the second level. Having said that, the locals who are absolute legends at cliff jumping, send jumps from even higher. That should not encourage you to do so as you are likely to break a leg or both. Jump from the lower levels or just enjoy the pool!
HOW TO GET TO BINALAYAN FALLS
Binalayan Falls is super easy to find. It is marked here on the Google Map below and the pin is accurate. From the main road, there is a sign and you follow that into the parking lot.
ADVENTURE BAG FROM SAMBOAN WATERFALL ADVENTURES
This is an adventure bag. It is full of trash. Every time I go on an adventure I collect one adventure bag full of trash. It’s my small way of saying thanks to mother nature for allowing me to enjoy her beautiful creations. If we have time to go on an adventure we have time to collect an adventure bag on the way back out of the trail once we have enjoyed the waterfall, the hike or the beach. Adventure hard!
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