I've started a Waterfall Series of Iligan City and thanks to the Hindang Adventures, I am up for my fourth waterfalling -- a visit to Hindang Falls.
Hindang Falls is approximately 20km from the city proper and is accessible through Brgy. Hindang. As we set off our Hindang Adventure our second itinerary was the Hindang Falls, and I was eager to get my feet wet and check out the falls.
I was not disappointed. Not one bit. The trail for Hindang Falls is better than Tinago Falls. It was short with a 7-10mins trek and manageable trail. It also brings in a surprise factor as the trail weaves it's way to a secluded part of the mountain and takes you to a small opening where Hindang Falls calmly sits.
You can tell that not many has visited Hindang Falls since the trail is covered with grass and we had to trust our guides to get us there. There are parts of the trail that was left undeveloped and not cared for, grasses have over taken the trail and soil has eroded and that gives you a difficulty in finding sturdy footing.
Hindang Falls is actually a 2-tiered waterfalls, with a total water drop of 40ft. This is the second water drop as the first one is not accessible. It has lagoon with calm and cold water which is ideal for swimming. And I couldn't wait to take a dip. And yes! -- I was the first one in the water, ofcourse! LOL! The lagoon is small and it is about 4ft deep when I am 5-7m away from the falls. I would have loved to swim towards it but I didn't trust my legs for a good swim after the trek we did to Hindang Cave.
So, I was satisfied to test-try the Hindang Falls water for you guys in the enclosed area that is calming, quite and be lost in trance at. You can see that the falls is a massive piece of rock with a smooth surface and somehow, the water manages to flow on a protruding curved part of it. This feature is what sets it apart from the waterfalls I've been to. The water trickles it's way down the water basin just enough to cause ripples on the water surface in the lagoon.
Following the water, it tips off at the point where it drops of to large rock boulders below. You get to stare off into a view of the mountains and sky and a natural eternity pool horizon. Nothing could beat that! This cozy area could be an ideal lunch or merienda spot for families and friends.
I like Hindang Falls for all it's simplicity. It may not be as domineering as Ma. Cristina Falls,charming as Tinago Falls or as playful as Mimbalot Falls -- there's something to it that just hits the comfort zone. We were glad to have ended the Hindang Adventure at Hindang Falls. The day was long but the falls seemed to have took away the tiredness for the nature hike. It was one visit that was graceful in closing this adventure.
+ Don't forget to bring your sunblock, and swimsuits!
+ Take a dip. And if you can, swim across to the water drop of the falls if your a good swimmer. I haven't tested it that far, I don't know how deep the water is at that close to the falls. ---> TELL ME HOW IT WENT should you've tried it!
+ Bring your camera/s, with it's waterproof case/s if you must.
How To Get There:
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: (Travel Time: 1 - 1 1/2 hrs)
*Jeepney (Fare: 35 - 40Php)
*Habal-Habal (Fare: 50 - 60Php)
3. Hindang Falls Trail (Trek Time: ~7-10mins uphill; ~7-10mins downhill)
Read the HINDANG SERIES:
Part1: Adventure Planning Mode
Part2: Attractions & Directions To Brgy. Hindang
Part3: Ambitiously Trekking the Hindang Cave Trail
Part4: Spelunking at Hindang Cave
Part5: Hindang Falls
You might also like to check out the rest of the ILIGAN WATERFALL SERIES posts:
Mimbalot Falls Hindang Falls
Dodiongan Falls Pampam Falls
Kalubihon Falls Dalipuga Falls
"Adventure is not outside man; it is within. "
Photo Credits to Travel Jams