The moniker “City of Majestic Falls” couldn’t be more spot on for Iligan, its verdant surroundings made even more beautiful by towering and cascading waterfalls that have some of the clearest waters in the country.
As one of the main tourism attractions of the city, these waterfalls not only nourish the local economy, they also help generate energy for the city. What are these must-chase waterfalls in Iligan? Check out the list we compiled for you.
1. Maria Cristina Falls
Seeing Maria Cristina Falls up close instantly takes one back to the Sibika at Kultura days of our elementary years. This mesmerizing 321.5-foot waterfall streams its forceful waters into the basin of the Agus River. By doing so, it also operates as the main part of the Agus VI Hydroelectric Power Plant, supplying almost all of Iligan’s power needs.
How to get to Maria Cristina Falls: Ride a tricycle to the jeepney terminal where the Buru-un bound jeepneys are located. Take a jeepney there and remind the driver to drop you off at Maria Cristina Falls. The entrance to the waterfall is at the gate of NPC Nature Park which is a 10-minute walk from the falls.
2. Tinago Falls
Known for its massive towering rock wall where cold and clear water flows abundantly into a dark blue colored pool, Tinago Falls is one of the most beautiful attractions of the country.
Enshrouded by the forest, it appears to be hiding from the world, thus the name Tinago (hidden). Visitors have to hike down approximately 500 steps but the reward that awaits them comes in the form of a stunning 240-foot waterfall.
How to get to Tinago Falls: Take the same Buru-un bound jeepney and after the stop for Maria Cristina Falls, you will pass by a stop with a Tinago Falls sign. Get off at that stop and hire a habal-habal to take you to Tinago Falls. At the jump-off point, local kids will offer their tour guide services to take you down to the falls.
3. Mimbalot Falls
Mimbalot Falls, while now a part of the Iligan Paradise Resort and Eco Park, still retains its rustic, nature-y vibe courtesy of its surrounding lush vegetation.
It’s easily reachable because of its proximity to the National Highway near Brgy. Buru-un.
How to get to Mimbalot Falls: Take a Buru-un bound jeepney and alight at the Iligan Paradise Resort Falls.
4. Dodiongan Falls
Going to Dodiongan Falls requires a half-hour habal-habal ride and a short hike through a river dotted with boulders. Situated at the end of the trail stands this 65-foot waterfall, which at first glance appears to look like the long silver hair of a rocker parted in the middle. Its sizeable pool can fit around half a dozen people.
How to get to Dodiongan Falls: From the city proper, take a jeepney to Barinaut Terminal. From there hire a habal-habal to the Dodiongan Falls trail jump-off.
5. Kalubihon Falls
It may pale in comparison to its grander siblings, Maria Cristina and Tinago, but Kalubihon Falls makes up for it with its exciting trail that leads to its basin.
Travelers must swim through a cave flowing with glowing green waters encircled by a spectacular set of rock formations. After the short lap, you then get to shower under the soothing, rain-like drops of Kalubihon Falls.
6. Pampam Falls
Another good find in the forested area of Brgy. Dalipuga, Pampam Falls immediately grabs your attention with its small but comely basin. A relaxing dip in it, whether with friends or a special someone, is guaranteed to be a wonderful time.
How to get to Kalubihon and Pampam Falls: From the city proper, take a jeepney bound for Dalipuga and tell the driver to drop you off at the road leading to Kalubihon Falls. From there, hire a habal-habal to take you to the jump-off point for the hike. Pampam and Kalubihon are located near each other and can be reached with the help of local tour guides.
7. Limunsudan Falls
It may be hard to reach but the promise of laying eyes on the country’s second highest waterfall is truly worth the difficult hike. Set in the middle of the jungle at a towering height of almost 870 feet, Limunsudan Falls is one of the most breathtaking things Mother Nature has to offer.
How to get to Limunsudan Falls: Take a jeepney going to Sitio Limunsudan in Brgy. Rogongon and once at the town center, hire a habal-habal to take you to the hiking trail jump-off. The trail entails a couple hours of brisk hiking to get to the basin of the waterfall.