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Another attraction in Oslob - Tumalog Falls
September 12, 2014
Oslob, Cebu in the Philippines, has become a popular destination for up close and personal encounters with the whale sharks. For some, this experience might be too 'aquarium-like' due to the whale shark feeding practices by the locals to attract the whale sharks to the area. See my previous blog post and video about the whale sharks of Oslob.
For those hoping to see more of Oslob instead of just viewing the whale sharks, try heading up north of Oslob only a few kilometeres away to the beautiful bamboo forests and waterfalls of Tumalog.
How to get there: Tumalog Falls
First getting to Oslob is about a 2-2.5 hour drive from Cebu city. Take the Ceres bus liner from the south bus terminal. Fare is only 100++ pesos.
Ask the driver where to drop off on the main road. You can take a motorbike uphill to the entrance of the waterfall where you pay an entrance fee of just 20 pesos. Here the passage is narrow, so no cars are allowed in. There are however numerous motorbikes that you can hire to drive you to the waterfall.
TIP: It is a nice walk down-hill to the Tumalog falls. Take a strolll instead of the motorbike.
The waters at Tumalog falls are cool and refreshing. It is not deep so it's not so much for swimming.
TIP: look for the wooden log submerged in the water, lie on it and look UP to the Tumalog falls, watching the waters falling like a mist and like diamonds in the sky, falling and dissolving into your skin. Feel nature seep into your body. This is ZEN at its best.
There is also a little 'cave' which serves as an interesting photo-taking opportunity for many visitors.
There are many bamboo seats which you can place your items while you take a refreshing dip.
TIP: Find a nice space for yourself and meditate with the peaceful sounds of the falling water. Breathe in the freshness of life.
# IMPORTANT TIP:
The Tumalog falls are fast becoming popular with tourists. As it is a spectacular but small waterfall area, try to head there early (while the tourists are busy whale shark watching) to avoid the crowds, also avoid the weekends.
Last but not least, bring a towel! You might feel cold after spending some time in this refreshing spot. But you can easily fight this cold by walking back uphill to the entrance. It is a steep walk up but not difficult at all.