Chasing Waterfalls in Cebu: Mantayupan Falls

The tallest waterfall in Cebu is located in Barili town, 64 kilometers southwest of Cebu City. The water from the main falls of Mantayupan drops from a height of 98 meters or 321 feet. Also known to locals as Ambakan Falls, it also has a lower level waterfall with a height of 14 meters. It is the most known among all attractions in Barili, the others being Sayaw beach, rock formations, and caves, the Tilapia Fishing Village and Restaurant, the Molave Milk Station, the Boloc-boloc Spring, Candugay Beach, Paril Mountain Resort, and Paradise Valley Mountain Resort.

Water from the waterfall is utilized in a hydroelectric power plant and is also distributed to barangays in Barili. Many local tourists frequent this place on weekends and some locals still go there to do their laundry. The provincial government of Cebu is currently developing the area for tourism.

Mantayupan Falls in Barili Cebu Philippines
Me and my brothers at Mantayupan Falls in Barili, Cebu, Philippines

How to get to Mantayupan Falls in Barili, Cebu, Philippines

By Public Transport

Go to the Cebu South Bus Terminal and ride any bus that passes through Barili. From the Shamrock Bus Stop, ride a habal-habal (motorcyle for hire) to take you to Mantayupan Falls. You may also have to arrange for pick-up from the same habal-habal driver to take you back to the main road after you are done with your tour.

By Private Vehicle

Drive southbound along Natalio Bacalso Avenue and follow the road until you reach the rotunda at Carcar City where you are to turn right and westward toward Barili town cruising through the Carcar-Barili Road. An alternate route is to take the Cebu South Coastal Road or SRP then turn left at the exit in Lawaan, Talisay City and continue towards Carcar City. Turn left where you see a directional sign indicating direction towards Mantayupan Falls. Follow the directional signs in the road until you get to your destination.

You may also follow the directions on Google Maps from the Cebu South Bus Terminal to Mantayupan Falls.