Samboan has plenty of waterfalls, and Dao Falls is one of the more popular ones due to its breathtaking views along the trek and an epic waterfall towards the end. It is the tallest among the falls in the municipality, with an approximate height of 50 meters.
The trek toward the waterfall takes 30 to 40 minutes going through several paved roads, boulders, and rocks. Please note that your feet will get wet along the jungle trail. Locals at the entrance serve as tour guides and can help you navigate the way towards the falls. They are not mandatory, but we highly recommend getting one as the rocks may be slippery and unstable in some areas of the trail.
The hike towards the falls is one of the most incredible adventures. In the end, you’ll see Dao Falls majestically surrounded by a rock wall with water flowing beautifully towards an aqua-blue-filled pond.
Entrance Fee: PHP 100 per person.
Tour guide: Tip-based rate. But at around PHP 250 per group.
*Overnight stay and camping are not allowed. There are plenty of accommodations in the neighboring vicinity, or you can try to check Fantasy Lodge which is a few minutes away.
How to get there:
By Bus: From the Cebu South Bus Terminal, ride a bus going to Bato/Liloan via Barili/Samboan and tell the conductor to drop you off at Dao Eskina. The estimated bus fare is around PHP 300 per person.
Once you’re in Dao Eskina, you can take a tricycle or habal-habal towards the entrance. It is around 1.2 kilometers, and the fare is around PHP 20.
By Car: Navigate via Waze or Google / Apple Maps and key in Dao Falls Samboan in the destination. There are ample parking spaces available in the area.
Dao Falls is in Barangay Suba, Samboan, South of Cebu. It is around 150 km (4 hours drive) from Cebu City. It is approximately 30 minutes from Oslob, where the whale watching site is.