It’s been awhile since our last adventure in Catmon, Cebu and it’s been awhile as well that we did an adventure with friends. For the last 10 or more adventures, it has always been just the members of the family since most of our friends and cousins are working in a call center and they have a change of schedules where they have to work on the weekends. But this time, we have new joiners. This is actually just their first time to join our trip (hopefully not the last).
This is actually our second adventure here in Catmon, Cebu. The first one was around a year ago at Esoy Hot Springs.
Getting to Tinubdan Falls
Total distance from Cebu City to Tinubdan Falls in Catmon Cebu is just around 64 kilometers. Of that 64 kilometers, approximately 6 kilometers is the distance from the intersection at the highway to Tinubdan Falls. It only took us around an hour and 15 minutes to get to the intersection to tinubdan falls from Cebu City as traffic wasn’t so bad that time. Unfortunately, it took us almost an hour to reach to the parking area for the falls due to narrow and lots of holes on the road. Prior to arriving at Tinubdan Falls, you will be passing through esoy hot springs, just probably about 1 kilometer away.
From the parking area, we have to walk for at least 10 minutes to get to the falls.
The Tinubdan Falls
The name Tinubdan would mean in cebuano “source”. According to the local and care taker of the place, it was used as a source for power/electricity during the world war II. He added that this is just the first falls and there are a couple of smaller waterfalls along the trail down including the one in esoy hot springs. He mentioned at least 4 waterfalls but unfortunately I can’t remember any of those names.
There are at least 6 waterfalls formed in the area going to 2 catch basins. The depth of the first one is roughly 6 feet tops and the one at the bottom is just 2-3 feet tops. Obviously not ideal for jumping. The stones here are too slippery mostly, could be a sign that the place has limited visits yet. While talking to the care taker, I told him that some other places especially waterfalls like Aguinid Falls in Samboan, Cebu, they have ropes for the people to hold on. I even mentioned that in canyoneering, they are also using ropes.
During our stay here, there was an incident where a kid who does not know how to swim slid and fall on the basin and almost drowned. Thankfully my sister-in-law was there to pull her out of the basin.
If you want to try this adventure, you better include esoy hot springs since it is just along the way and somehow save up some transportation cost by finishing both tinubdan falls adventure and esoy hot springs in just one trip.