Finally! How to get to Brgy. Hindang
I’ve been trying to get someone to point me the directions on how to get to Brgy. Hindang for awhile now. I’ve mustered up confidence to write emails to people and offices just to get details on directions. Fortunately, I know the people who maintain the email address of Iligan City Tourism Office. So I was off Brgy. Hindang to visit the Hindang Cave and Falls after a 2-3 week planning for a Hindang Nature Hike with no progress. Imagine my excitement!
Brgy. Hindang is one of the 44 barangays in Iligan City, it is accessible through Kiwalan (map: HERE)by public utility jeepneys, habal-habal, or private vehicles. It’s one of those barangays in Iligan City that is located in the hinterlands. I was eyeing on this place because I knew that there was Hindang Cave and Waterfalls that is visited but not often enough that you don’t hear much from it. So, I wanted to get to know how to get there and find out for myself.
We started from the city proper to Brgy. Kiwalan, which is approximately 30-45mins taking the nat’l highway north bound to Cagayan de Oro City. Just tell the driver to drop you off at the Granex main gate. Take the road that leads to the Kiwalan public market, a couple few steps from there, you will find jeepneys parked at the side of the road.
The makeshift mini terminal is for the residents of barangays Bunawan, Kabacsanan, and Hindang — the barangays in hinterlands of Iligan City, the jeepneys has to be packed for it to take off, since there’s not much of them that travel on road.
Sir Pat was nice enough to accommodate our trip on a Saturday with a vehicle to take us there and to be indispensably at our disposal — or something like so. But I will give you a blow by blow details on how to get there as we got off to ask the locals for it.
The good thing about the vehicle we had was it was a pick – up truck. I got so excited to take pictures that I asked the driver to stop so that I may be able to ride behind — enough leg room, and a view without distractions. Good thing ma’am Binky and Jam came out with me. The bad thing was the roads are, uhhhhhmmm, how will I put it? half developed?! Well, there are parts ton the road that is cemented and the there are rough roads in between. I didn’t get it — really. But ma’am Bing explained that these are brgy. budgets that I guess is not enough to develop the whole length of the road.
This is simple living here. There are a few with private vehicles, but mostly people commute — on foot, on hilariously packed jeepneys, or in sardined in habal-habals. It’s a long drive and you get to cross 2 barangays to get to Hindang. The view is amazing. The road would curve and if you’re an observant, you’ll realize that you’ve been taking a road that weaves around the mountain sides.
It was a long drive but took us 1 day for both Hindang Cave and Falls — so the drive was all worth it. We had to visit both spots para makasulit. I would recommend this trip to anyone, but the trail for Hindang Cave it not for the faint-hearted. The reason behind it —is for another blog post.
+ Visit Hindang Cave: 6-8 clusters of cave after a 2-3 hour trek climbing up the mountain sides.
+ Visit Hindang Falls: 2 tiered waterfall with a water drop of 40ft. The water basin is ideal for swimming.
HOW TO GET HERE:
1. Iligan City city proper to Kiwalan (Map: HERE, Time Travel: 30 – 45 mins)
*Jeepney (Fare: 14Php)
*Taxi (no metered taxi available, rate as agreed by passenger and driver)
2. Kiwalan to Hindang: (1 – 1 1/2 hrs)
*Jeepney (Fare: 35 – 40Php)
*Habal-Habal (Fare: 50 – 60Php)
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”