Mantayupan Falls, Barili

For years, whenever I have the urge to go dipping in the cold icy water that only a waterfall can offer. I would drive nearly 4 hours just to get to Badian, Cebu and walked nearly 30 minutes just to get a glimpse of the famous Kawasan Falls. This have been one of the best Cebu Tourist Spot for as long as I can remember but as time goes by the trip to the said pleasure prove to be very taxing and the path going to the falls have prove to be not so child friendly.

As I am planning for yet another trip to this famous Cebu Tourist Spot this year. A friend of mine suggested going to Mantayupan Falls instead. The first question I ask “Is it as good as Kawasan Falls?”. He said "It is much better, nearer and much more majestic" after all the talk and chit-chat I decide to give Mantayupan Falls a go. Actually to tell you guys the truth he got me at nearer.

Located in Campangga, Barili, which is roughly over an hour drive from Cebu City proper, this jewel is probably the tallest waterfall in the whole Cebu Island. This 98 meters high waterfall is breathtaking due to the fact that it have manage to remain untouched and well preserved. This place have a wonderful ambiance and people here are so polite and helpful. The entrance fee is a mire 10.00 pesos, while the parking fee is pegged at 20.00 pesos. From the parking area it will take you no less that 10 minute to get to the foot of the waterfall where one's can take his time to admire the environment and savor every moment of it. A word of caution for future goers the only downside to this place is that the rocks surrounding the waterfall is so slippery, one should be very careful and watch your step first and be sure that you are properly footed when admiring probably the best well preserved Cebu Tourist Spot ever.

A tip of advise for people who want to travel light. There’s a fishing pond located a few meters before reaching Mantayupan falls where you can enjoy cook Tilapia fish at a cheap price of 160.00 pesos/kilo. The price inside one of the establishment in Mantayupan falls is pegged at 200.00 pesos/kilo.

Welcome banner.  It also state the height of the 2 faills are
Welcome banner. It also state the height of the 2 faills are
After you park you need to pass by here.  They also sell a nice variety of plants
After you park you need to pass by here. They also sell a nice variety of plants
This is where you pay the entrance fee
This is where you pay the entrance fee
Along the way you will came across this monkey
Along the way you will came across this monkey

How to get there?

From Cebu South bus terminal you can take a bus ride for 80.00 pesos to Barili or you can opt taking a much more comfortable V-Hire for 90.00 pesos.Upon reaching Poblacion, Barili take a motorcycle ride to Mantayupan which will cost you 15.00 pesos or for a more Green approach a pedicab for 30 pesos.

How much is the table and chair?

A table with an umbrella and comes with 4 chairs is priced at 150.00 pesos. You can also ask for additional chair which is priced at 10.00 pesos a piece.

Reminder : The floor is uneven so be careful and make sure that the chair is properly footed before sitting.

P.S. These prices that you see here are based on my last visit to Mantayupan Falls (September 25, 2011)

The first fall
The first fall
These are the table and chair for rent.  Notice the uneven floor base
These are the table and chair for rent. Notice the uneven floor base
The pride jewel of this place
The pride jewel of this place

Authored Notes :

Visited this place again last November 13, 2011. The fishing pond restaurant near Mantayupan falls is called AC Tilapia Fun Fishing and I wish to recant my recommendation to dine here. I will write a hub why.

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glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

This is beautiful. Is Barili a nation? Where exactly is this located?


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cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu Author

Hi Glassvisage, this is located in Cebu, Philippines. Barili is one of the Municipalities of Cebu. I am planning to return to this place next month. I will try and update this post by then and hope to get more picture.


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rochelj 5 years ago from USA

This sounds like a very nice place to visit. thank you for this information!


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cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu Author

Yes it is. In fact I visit this place again this month no date is set yet though.


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AllSuretyBonds 5 years ago

What a beautiful place to visit! The water in the pictures looks gorgeous so blue.


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cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu Author

@Allsuretybonds Thank you. I have visited this place again and I have added new pictures


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

well, i surely have a very memorable experience here...i almost got drowned...thanks to the big boulder nearby, i swam towards it and i lived...


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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu Author

@raciniwa - Hi kabayan. Am glad that you survive. Yesterday I tried to go to Danasan so that I can write about it. Sadly my vehicle can't handle the terrain and slip among the rocky road almost fall of the cliff :(. Merry Christmas :D BTW any nice place to visit in Naga ?


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

well, Naga is not for tourists...it's an industrial zone...well, the Ocean Park is quite a view but not much...the food is great though...i haven't been to Danasan nor heard of it...


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

This looks like a very beautiful place! I would love to visit someday. Thank you for SHARING you information and I love your pictures. :)


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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu Author

@sgbrown - Yes it is. I simply love that place.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Good guide and looks like a beautiful area! You took some great photos.

Thanks for SHARING.


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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu Author

@Brett.Tesol - This is my little heaven on Earth. This is the place I go to when I want to unwind.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

This is totally unknown to me and something to put on the list for when I visit. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu Author

@alocsin - Dont worry a lot of people here in Cebu dont even know this place exist :). Thanks for the vote up :)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I knew nothing about Barili, it looks beautiful and that waterfall is amazing.

Very interesting article and great pictures, thank you for sharing and voted up.


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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu Author

@Movie Master - Yes. It is really beautiful there. I just learn about this place last year :).


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Snurre 4 years ago

What a beautiful spot! I'd love to go there one day. Thanks for sharing.


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India

What a wonderful sight! Beautiful pictures! Lovely place!

Thanks for SHARING:)


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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu Author

@Snurre - I hope you do. It is a well preserve place.

@thumbi7 - Yes it is a wonder sight am kinda addicted to it.

Thanks for dropping by.


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kerlynb 4 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

Kabayan, I've not visited Kawasan Falls so I am so grateful for the armchair voyage! Voting this awesome, beautiful and up! About the tilapia restaurant, urgh! I envy you you've gone there :( Love tilapia!


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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu Author

@Kerlynb - well the restaurant have some crazy management rule. Some crew are rude. You have to pay an entrance fee. Then you have to pay for tables and chair but to tell you the truth they prepare and cook the best tilapia I have ever ate and as a fish eater that is saying alot.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

This looks like such a beautiful spot. I am assuming from one of the comments above that people are also allowed to swim in that water? Thanks for showing us this Mantayupan Falls and information of how to get there. Would it show up on a map? Voted up, interesting and beautiful.


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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu Author

@Peggy W - Yup you are allowed to swim in it. Some even climb and jump (I wouldn't dare it scared hahah).. Using google map put this on it 10.110331,123.520832 :)


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Storytellersrus 4 years ago from Stepping past clutter

cebu, I love learning about your world. I, too, did not know where Cebu was. I clicked on your link to the Cebu hub, but you might want to put in a map or at least mention it is in the Philippines, because I was not familiar with the islands you mentioned surrounding Cebu. (I hate to be so narrow in my geography, but in my defense, there are many small islands around the world that I do not know. I am aware of the Philippines, however.) Your world is a beautiful place, humming with activity and fascinating foods. I appreciate you sharing what it is to live there. Now I know the location of this island and I care about it because I have met you.


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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu Author

@Storytellersrus - Yes. I know my Hub need a lot of improvement. I will surely do what you suggest as soon as I can. :( Been swamp with real life work and problems :(


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

WOW! VERY AWESOME Cebu! Never been to Cebu but I really really wanted to go to Cebu for a vacation! I have friends there but not conencted anymore.

Love your hubs!


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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu Author

@unknown spy - If you even have a chance to visit do so. It will be an eye opener on how people on the other side of the globe live :)

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