Kabutongan Falls: A magical adventure hidden in Malabuyoc

Kabutongan Falls is a four-level waterfall that was seemingly created for those who love canyoneering.

It has a magical adventure prepared for those who dare to explore it’s challenging yet very captivating trails. It is considered to be one of the most hidden waterfall systems within the island and just as it is difficult to find, it is also quite difficult to conquer.

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Photo by Earl FCG
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Photo by Mitsu Honda

Tucked in a forest area deep within Brgy. Looc of Malabuyoc, Kabutongan Falls hides an incomparable beauty within the thickets of trees and bushes that thrive in the distant barangay. The main cascade of Kabutongan Falls can be reached within 45 minutes to an hour of upstream river trekking from the trailhead.  

The trail going to Kabutongan Falls follows glistening waters of a narrow stream flow from up the canyon and leads to the waterfall haven. The trail itself going to the waterfalls is a magical adventure as people pass by smaller cascades and other natural pools.

Photo by Mitsu Honda
Photo by Earl FCG
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Photo by Rayg Pil
Photo by Rodica Fosnea

The main waterfall builds up on a lovely turquoise pool enclosed in giant stone walls freckled with the green of plants and other foliage. Within the enclosure of the smooth stones is like a secluded paradise of blue and green. Many who have visited the waterfalls claim to have a surreal and otherworldly experience within the confines of Kabutongan Falls.

The rejuvenating water and the comforting silence that fills the atmosphere definitely calms the mind and the body. Exploring deeper leads to a small cascade that hides behind it a secret cave that hides wonders and mysteries known only to those who have explored it.

Photo by Ronex D Bonex
Photo by Alice Masterman
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  • Entrance Fee: P100 per person, includes life jacket
  • Guide Fee: To be negotiated with your guide


Exact location: Brgy. Looc, Malabuyoc, Cebu- 3 to 4 hours away from Cebu City

BY BUS: Find your way to Cebu South Bus Terminal and ride a bus that’s bound for Bato-Santander via Barili. Get off at Malabuyoc Poblacion. From the poblacion, ride a tricycle and ask the driver to take you to the trailhead of Kabutongan at San Isidro Chapel in Brgy. Looc.

Jerome Palomaria
Jerome Palomaria
"The world deserves the beauty of the Queen."

Writer | Cebu City

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