San Miguel Falls is a small but beautiful waterfall in Samboan, South Cebu. Our visit to San Miguel Falls was an unexpected addition to a day already full of exploring the more famous waterfalls in Samboan. We had no idea about this hidden gem, but thanks to our trusty guide we were able to stop for a quick visit.
If we’re completely honest, we’re not sure if San Miguel Falls is privately owned by the people in the giant house across the street. It has definitely been partially developed and maintained by them, but that’s as far as we can tell for sure. There were workers at the house who could have told us off for going down there, but they never did, so we’ll take that as a sign that visitors are welcome. And you can take it as a sign to keep reading for all the things we do know about visiting San Miguel Falls.
HOW TO GET TO SAN MIGUEL FALLS CEBU
From Cebu City, you can get a public bus going to Moalboal from the Cebu South Bus Terminal. It’s the cheapest option if you’re on a budget and will cost you around ₱150-200 (USD $4) one way. From Moalboal you’ll then want to rent a scooter to get to San Miguel Falls Samboan, which you can usually find for around ₱400 (USD $8) for 24 hours.
For whatever reason, San Miguel Falls is listed on Google Maps as St. Michael Waterfall. We followed the map to St. Michael Waterfall and parked off to the side of the road right near this giant estate. You won’t miss it! But if you’re in doubt, stop and ask a local for directions and they’ll happily oblige.
WHAT TO BRING TO SAN MIGUEL FALLS SAMBOAN
Prepare for your trip to San Miguel Falls with our must-have travel essentials.
Waterproof backpack & phone case: Earth Pak 35L or 55L Heavy Duty Backpack, IPX8 Waterproof Phone Case Included (click for price)
Quick-dry microfiber travel towel: Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Travel Towel (click for price)
Insulated water bottle: Hydro Flask Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle (click for price)
Hiking Sandals: Teva Women’s Hurricane Hiking Sandals (click for price), Teva Men’s Hurricane Hiking Sandals (click for price)
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HIKING TO SAN MIGUEL FALLS IN SAMBOAN
The trail leading to San Miguel Falls Samboan starts at this garage, which is obviously owned by the rich people with the giant house. There’s a small gate just off to the side of the garage which leads you down cement steps all the way to San Miguel Falls. It’s not much of a “hike”, and we aren’t sure if there’s another route since it looks a lot like private property.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SAN MIGUEL WATERFALLS SAMBOAN
At the bottom of the stairs is a little picnic hut where you can set up shop and explore the surrounding falls. To the left of the hut is a large blue lagoon with a mini waterfall. There’s been a little manmade interference to make the swimming holes deeper, but it’s still a beautiful and otherwise natural spot.
To the right of the hut, farther down the stairs, is the main attraction. San Miguel Falls is a small but beautiful rainforest oasis surrounded by lush tropical foliage. The catchment area at the bottom of the falls is smaller than the lagoon but still spacious enough for a refreshing dip.
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WHERE TO STAY IN SOUTH CEBU
Southern Cebu is where all the adventure is at, from waterfalls and whale sharks to island hopping and diving. When visiting anywhere in the south, the best place to stay is Moalboal. It has the most accommodation options, and is a fun little town with dozens of cafes, restaurants and bars. Check out our top four picks below for where to stay in Moalboal.
BUDGET/HOSTEL: CHIEF MAU
Right on the main strip of Panagsama Road you’ll find Chief Mau, a fun and social hostel that dubs itself the chillest place in town. Clean, modern and affordable, boasting a restaurant, bar and billiards, Chief Mau is a favourite amongst backpackers
MIDSCALE: ADAM’S VIEW HOTEL
Simple but with all the amenities and facilities you need – including a massive pool – Adam’s View Hotel is our top pick for those looking for a little more luxury than a backpackers. Located in the main town, Adam’s View Hotel is right next to Gaisano Mall, but still close enough to the action of Panagsama Beach to remain convenient.
LUXURY: TURTLE BAY DIVE RESORT
If you have deep pockets and an appreciation for the finer things in life, Turtle Bay Dive Resort is the place for you. Tucked away on a private cove in the quieter part of town, this luxury resort is perfect for couples looking for a little exclusivity.
AIRBNB: LRS APARTMENT
We can personally attest to how great LRS Apartment is, having spent two weeks there. Aside from a beautiful private pool, the apartment itself is modern, well furnished and spacious enough for a couple. (And a cat!) It’s just a 5 minute drive from the hustle and bustle of the restaurants and bars along Panagsama Road, but far enough away to offer a little peace and quiet. We can’t recommend LRS Moalboal enough!
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