Location of Binalayan (Hidden) Falls
Binalayan Falls, also known as Hidden Falls is located at Samboan, Cebu approximately 154 kilometers from Cebu City or 4 hours drive depending on traffic of course and approximately 28 kilometers or around 30 minute drive from barangay tan-awan, Oslob where the popular whale shark watching adventure is located.
Getting to Binalayan Hidden Falls
You have some options in getting here. One is through a Bus from Cebu South Bus terminal or simply hire tourist van/transport or cebu rent-a-van for convenience or if you have access to a private car, the better. After registration, the association will assign a guide for you. Number of guides will also depend on the size of the group. We were 7 when we did our adventure here in Binalayan Hidden Falls so we had 2 guides. Guide Fee by the way is just voluntary but please give them a little extra as some of them (if not all) consider it as their source of income. I believe a Php100 – Php150 / guide is fair but if you can still give a little more than that, it would be great. From the registration area, you’ll still have to trek for approximately 15 minutes. Trail going to the falls is easy same as the trail going to Kawasan Falls.
After the short trek, you can take a rest at their swing (if you want) at the first level of the falls before swimming.
Level 1 of Binalayan Hidden Falls
The basin of the first level is small with an area of approximately 16 square meters only and depth is just around 2 – 3 feet tops making it ideal for swimming of your kids. The height of the falls is probably just around 18 – 20 feet. There is a stairs at the right side of the first level falls which will lead us to the next and bigger falls.
Level 2 of Binalayan Hidden Falls
Just after a couple of steps from the first falls, you will be greeted by the sound of the water and mist from the main falls. The height of the falls is around 25 meters and depth at the center of the basin is approximately 10 feet making it safe for cliff jumping. Just getting the feel of doing canyoneering like what we did approximately a year ago. The climb for my first jump was easy as there are some sort of stairs (just a small holes on the stones where you can hold and place your foot for the climb). So there you go, first jump is at 10 meters high (approximately 32 feet). The second climb was a bit difficult. Our guide has to climb first so he can pull me up and not just that, once you are on the first hole, you still have to climb or to crawl through the next hole underneath the falls. Jumping here wasn’t like the other jumps I have done in kawasan falls canyoneering or other waterfalls. You would be standing in most cliff jumps but this time, I have to be seated before I can jump to avoid hitting your head on the stones above the hole.
Why is it called a side trip for Whaleshark Watching in Oslob?
This is just an option. During this trip, we have to stop by at the whale shark watching area to meet and greet our guests who are doing whaleshark watching adventure in Oslob. In most of our tour packages, the waterfall option for the side trip after whale watching is the tumalog falls which is also located in Oslob. But since some guests prefers to include kawasan falls in their itinerary on the same day instead of tumalog falls and sumilon island sandbar, we are opening binalayan falls as option since it will be along the way to kawasan falls from Oslob, Cebu.
(PS. We are sorry for the quality of the pictures. We let our guide take it without making the camera adjustments first.)