SOUTH CEBU | Exploring Tumalog Falls


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Oslob has now become a tourist destination at South Cebu. Locals, and foreigners flood Oslob for the whale watching activity, cultural tours, and outdoor tourist destinations. You can easily travel from Cebu City to Oslob but it would be great that you stay if you plan to experience everything it has to offer. We researched for checp accommodation and places to stay before our travel dates.

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SOUTH CEBU | Deep Blue Waters of Kawasan Falls


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The last stop for Kawasan Canyoneering was the Kawasan Falls. I’ve read, and seen a lot of photos of the waterfalls, and I have to admit that I was doubtful of some photos because it looked totally enhanced. If you’ve seen this waterfalls on photos already but haven’t been there yet or you feel the same way before you saw it for yourself — you’ll totally get what I mean. Why is the water basin Crayola Battery Charge Blue colour?! Uhm, yes, Crayola have cool colour names.

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TRAVEL GUIDE | Things to Do In Siargao Island


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To Surf, or Not To Surf? That was the question.

The sky could not look as remorseful as it did when we arrived at Siargao Island. We decided to stay at the resort chatting, and getting some rest before going out for dinner. So what are the things to do in Siargao Island when the sky clear up? EXPLORE. Continue reading TRAVEL GUIDE | Things to Do In Siargao Island

SIQUIJOR | Lugnason Falls


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We arrived at Siquijor late in the afternoon. By the time we settled in our host’s home, it was already night time. From our short Apo Island visit, Peter, Karl, Geric, and I continued on our extended trip to Siquijor, and joining us were the newly weds Lorabelle, and Obed who were staying a few days for Sinulog Festival before their honeymoon travel.
We started our first day with a morning walk to Lugnason Falls. Our host’s home was around 20-30 minute uphill walk to Lugnason Falls. Geric was staying with his relatives then, and his location made it impossible for him to join us on this early morning waterfalling. We went there, the weather was a bit gloomy, and light rain dampened the soil the night before, so the trail was ( and can be) a bit slippery.
From the community road there is a signage on where the trail starts. There’s an footpath trail getting to Lugnason Falls so you won’t have to worry getting lost, and just before you reach the falls, you find another signage back-dropped by the trees. But if you must, you can ask a local, or children (on days without classes) from the community to help you find your way.
Lugnason Falls is a cluster of limestone rocks from wide opening water drop. Right after the trail there is landing area where you can see the falls, and it’s water basin from above. You need to get down on a steep man-made steps to reach the water basin. On that elevated landing area though, are several benches for family to gather, and parents to watch the young ones enjoy their swim.

The water basin is not that deep, roughly around 5ft during our visit. Local kids would climb on the slippery rocks on the waterfall facade, and jump into the water basin. A host’s family friend accompanied us, and he told us that the community would remove sediments from the pool basin when water overflows, or the water basin becomes to shallow for swimming.
There is another small pool by the side of the water basin where you can try swimming as well. It is shallow, but on certain months when there are less visitors. Debris can accumulate on the lower part of this area.

Despite the gloomy early morning weather, we had fun still. Though it was not smart to set the camera on timer mode, and swim across the other side for a group shot. LOL! Needless to say, we never had a decent group shot from this early morning walk, and swim.
How to Get / Directions to Lugnason Falls | Napo, San Juan, Siquijor.
– Your landmark from the National Highway would be Coco Grove Beach Resort.
– There’s a road leading inland on the other side of the road from the resort.
– Drive uphill, you will reach a barangay hall with a basketball court, take the road on the left.
– Keep driving ~10minutes uphill.
– A Lugnason Falls signage or marker is on the right side of the road. It is where the trials starts, leave your vehicle properly parked in that area.

TRAVEL NOTES:
+ You can hire a jeepney if you’re travelling in a group, or hire a habal-habal or motor. You can also rent a motorcycle for your travel duration at Siquijor City if you know how to drive.
+ If you’re renting a motorcycle, please be careful in driving, the road can be steep, and/or rough, and not cemented.
+ If is best to drive around in daylight. The whole island has a rotating curtailment schedule, and you might drive through communities without street light because of that.
+ You need to bring your provisions, there’s no store when you start off on the trail.
+ Please tend after yourselves, and bring your trash with you when you leave the area, and have them properly disposed of.

ILIGAN CITY | Dalipuga Falls


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Dalipuga Falls is a small cascading waterfall with limestone sediment for a water basin, and ideal place to camp, or have a picnic with families, and friends. You can also access this waterfall from Pampam Falls by following the river trail downstream.

One my first visit, we did not get to stay there long, but on the second one we made sure to spend some time to swim there. I like this waterfall because it can be as private when there’s only you, and your group here. The trail getting there is easy, and you can bring kids along with you during your excursion.

NOTES: 

+ Visit the falls with a local guide, the trail is easy but you could, also, easily miss a turn and get lost. 
+ Bring your own provision if you’re planning on staying a bit longer. 
+ Bring the essentials: Swimsuit and Camera — then again locals are not used to bikini-clad visitors. LOL! Any outfit will do. 
+ Waterproof camera would be best, but in the absence of such, dry packs is must. 
+ Pick up and carry your trash back to town and care after yourself.
DIRECTIONS | HOW TO GET TO KALUBIHON FALLS:
A.1] City Proper – Brgy. Dalipuga – Dalipuga Falls Jump off  
2] Dalipuga Jeepney Line (Travel Time: 15-20mins)
—> Ask the driver to drop you off the intersection Brgy. Dalipuga Checkpoint/Waiting Shed
3] Take a Tricycle, and tell the driver to drop you off at the Dalipuga Falls intersection
Travel Time ~10mins
4] Dalipuga Falls Jump Off – Dalipuga Falls
You might also like to check out the rest of the ILIGAN WATERFALL SERIES posts:

ILIGAN CITY | Kalubihon Falls


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Pinay Travelista’s Iligan City Waterfalling Series has rested for awhile. When Iligan Bloggers Society, Inc. hosted the first run Waterfalling Adventure Tour 1.0, I was looking forward to Kalubihon Falls, because it will make it my 7th of the 23 identified waterfalls in Iligan City.

I honestly do not know why I even bother to somehow  finish all of them up in a series, though it’s like a kid on  a Sunday asking her mom for colorful cotton candies. Somehow, I get to do something I like to do out from the busy adult-like routine we grew up into.

We were told that there are 39 waterfalls that graces the terrain of my hometown, and only 23 are verified, and identified. Accessibility, and terrain is the main challenge. There goes my goal of visiting each of them. Light slowly fading away. Cricket Sounds.
There are three waterfalls that can be visited at Brgy. Dalipuga, the Dalipuga Falls, Pampam Falls, and the Kalubihon Falls. The Pampam Falls I’ve visited from before. I just enjoyed the water, and the expressions of the WAT 1.0 participants. We had some quick snacks, and we would trek ~15 minutes uphill to check out Kalubihon Falls that is different from all rest of the ones I’ve seen so far.

The unique thing about Kalubihon Falls is the trail to getting to it. Large boulders of limestone with it’s naturally curved surfaces made it as footholds for us. Inching your way up the boulders is a jagged limestone faced wall shaded by a light canopy of trees, and vegetation on the facade of this wall. 
Here we rest.
But not too long. We were excited to swim our way to the other side of this boulder to get to the enclosure where Kalubihon Falls is found.
Yes. Swim our way.

Beneath that wall is a shyly gaping mouth hole. Hardly a cave. More like a small cavern of limestone walls  filled with water. You have to crouch to reach the deep portion and swim towards the opening at the end. Fortunately, everyone in the group was up for it that it did not bother them how deep the water was. Or if the cavern-like passage had an eerie feel to it. It was dark, and the only light that you could make out is the one that slips from the opening at the other end. Should you not know how to swim, you can hold on to the stone walls near the opening.
Here is where you will actually emerge from. The water is clear, and green — with it’s depth. McCoy jumped on the way back to check if it was shallow given from the previous waterfall water basin we visited that day was (PamPam Falls). This one was not. Enclosed in that dark passage, no one was brave enough to test try it depth. I wished though that the sun was high up, or maybe made it’s way to the enclosure. It would have been nice to have natural light coming in, or lighting up that passage. Maybe some other time, I guess.
 

When you get to the opening, you find yourself in an enclosure of wall facade and water just rushes, and falls over a part of this wall. A small water basin beneath it is shallow and small, enough to just lounge around and laugh with your company. What made us stayed there a bit longer was just having to sit where the water drops for a hydro massage. You can not beat that. Doc Remo, Nanardz, and Shugah jokingly asked if the can take home the waterfalls we just visited. Even small waterfalls like Pampam, and Kalubihon Falls has it’s own charms.

Ofcourse, Jam and I can not NOT do a McCoy meme for our Hudyakka Festival ZaNorte travel buddies Chino, Shekinah, and ate Karen. Here’s one for you guys!

PINAY TRAVELISTA MUST:
+ Visit the falls with a local guide, the trail is easy but you could, also, easily miss a turn and get lost.
+ You can visit both Pampam Falls, and Kalubihon Falls in one setting.
+ Bring your own provision if you’re planning on staying a bit longer.
+ Bring the essentials: Swimsuit and Camera — then again locals are not used to bikini-clad visitors. LOL! Any outfit will do.
+ Waterproof camera would be best, but in the absence of such, dry packs is must.
+ Pick up and carry your trash back to town and care after yourself.

DIRECTIONS | HOW TO GET TO KALUBIHON FALLS:
A.1] City Proper to Kalubihon, Brgy. Dalipuga Intersection:
    2] Dalipuga Jeepney Line (Travel Time: 15-20mins)
        —> Ask the driver to drop you off the intersection for Kalubihon at Brgy. Dalipuga
    3] Take a Habal-Habal to The Kalubihon Elementary School
         Travel Time ~10mins
    4] Ask the locals for direction, better yet, ask to be taken to it.

        And do not forget to budget some food for your guides too!

B.] Taxi (No metered taxi available, passenger and driver agreement)

C.] Private Vehicle

You might also like to check out the rest of the ILIGAN WATERFALL SERIES posts:
Ma. Cristina Falls    Tinago Falls       Limunsudan Falls
Mimbalot Falls         Hindang Falls    Kalubihon Falls
Dodiongan Falls       Pampam Falls   Dalipuga Falls

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Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. 
You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; 
unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

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CAMIGUIN | Katibawasan Falls


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There is always something nostalgic about seeing a waterfall. It’s like a coming home kind of feeling. I’ve seen and been to Katibawasan every Camiguin visit I had. I even swam right through the water drop with Bio friends and pretended we were skinny, gorgeous, strong swimmers like the ones in Baywatch, when were just the limpy nerdy studes who bottles insects and dried pressed plants those days. LOL! But Katibawasan Falls has not aged, or matured through time, and it’s like seeing an old playmate again. Playful. Even when I was alone, it felt like home again.
When Camiguin is popularly known for 2 waterfalls, the Katibawasan and the Tuasan Falls, I only able to visit the Katibawasan Falls. 

KATIBAWASAN FALLS | Mambajao, Camiguin
Entrance Fee: Regular          15Php Pax
                      6 y.o. below    6Php Pax
Located at the foot of Mt. Timpoong, Katibawasan Falls has a water drop of 250 ft. and is a single drop waterfall at a corner of green and rock-faced walls. The water basin is actually small and shallow. It is safe for children to swim in it and the water drop is not that strong that you could swim to and through it. You’ll get a bit battered though, but just enough to feel pressure that any hydro massage would give.
At a minimum entrance fee, this local government maintained tourist attraction of Camiguin is an ideal place to cool of during the hot and humid days.
PINAY TRAVELISTA MUST:
+ There’s a stairwell leading down the water basin that you should be careful with. Sometimes it gets to slippery to walk on if visit the place during the rainy days.
+ Take a dip, and you must try swimming towards the water drop.
+ During El Niño there’s a significant decrease in water drop but Katibawasan Falls still holds a humble charm despite it.
+ You can check out the Pasalubong shops and stalls at the main entrance.
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“Like all great travellers,
 I have seen more than I remember, 
and remember more than I have seen.” 
~Benjamin Disraeli
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ILIGAN CITY | Pampam Falls


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Iligan City after all has 23 waterfalls for me to go around. This weekend, I got to visit, by accident, 2 of these in one day. One of the waterfalls in Brgy. Dalipuga, Iligan City is the Pampam Falls. Pampam Falls is 13kms away from the city, and another 15-20mins trek from the humble barangay to the location, this falls is a favorite hangout place for the locals. You can catch groups of teenagers, a gathering of families, and a few exited and playful children on its surrounding. It is a two pieced slabs of boulders, one on top of another where which the water glides down to. The water basin is not deep. Around 4-5ft. in depth, almost anyone can enjoy dipping on it’s cool waters.

The trail: Manageable; LOD: Easy, but we have to ask a local on taking us to the falls. We were,l actually, expecting a different one — Kalubihon Falls, but we took a different trail that led us to two of the three water falls in the area. — missing out Kalubihon Falls. But, two falls for one planned waterfall visit is not bad for the lost explorers. LOL.
We spent a few minutes on that falls before heading downstream. Alex had not had lunch, and had to just take it. That makes a window time for a  quick dip and a swim.
I got a hygro massage at that. LOL. The falling water was enough to give us  pressure on the back for a massage only nature can give.
Here’s a shot from the water basin, the closest that I could get. I had an interesting comment on Facebook regarding it’s shape..^^ Hmmmmm… What do you think? 

TRAVEL NOTES:
+ Visit the falls with a local guide, the trail is easy but you could, also, easily miss a turn and get lost.
+ You can visit both Pampam Falls, and Kalubihon Falls in one setting.
+ Bring your own provision if you’re planning on staying a bit longer.
+ Bring the essentials: Swimsuit and Camera — then again locals are not used to bikini-clad visitors. LOL! Any outfit will do.
+ Waterproof camera would be best, but in the absence of such, dry packs is must.
+ Pick up and carry your trash back to town and care after yourself.

DIRECTIONS | HOW TO GET TO PAMPAM FALLS:
A.1] City Proper to Kalubihon, Brgy. Dalipuga Intersection:
    2] Dalipuga Jeepney Line (Travel Time: 15-20mins)
        —> Ask the driver to drop you off the intersection for Kalubihon at Brgy. Dalipuga
    3] Take a Habal-Habal to The Kalubihon Elementary School
         Travel Time ~10mins
    4] Ask the locals for direction, better yet, ask to be taken to it.

        And do not forget to budget some food for your guides too!

B.] Taxi (No metered taxi available, passenger and driver agreement)

C.] Private Vehicle

You might also like to check out the rest of the ILIGAN WATERFALL SERIES posts:
Ma. Cristina Falls    Tinago Falls       Limunsudan Falls
Mimbalot Falls         Hindang Falls    Kalubihon Falls
Dodiongan Falls       Pampam Falls   Dalipuga Falls

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“In the woods we return to reason and faith. 
There I feel that nothing
can befall me in life–no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), 
which nature cannot repair.”
– Michael J. Cohen
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ILIGAN CITY | Dodiongan Falls


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Two days after Hindang excursion I got to visit Brgy. Bonbonon, Iligan City. The Brgy. Bonbonon is the host barangay of Dodiongan Falls, which is 14.5 km from the city proper — distance and leg cramps from Hindang Cave trail didn’t stop me. 
The visit was unplanned and had adventure written on it at every angle. LotLot invited me to join her visit the falls as they make a delivery to Brgy. Bonbonon. It was a far-from-city-proper barangay and somehow she made their client (Kagawad of the barangay)  to have her daughter take us to the trail to the falls. LOL! Who was I to decline — anak ng kagawad na ung mag.to-tour s’min. Since it was a weekday, I only contacted those who were available, and Xy-za of PurpleSlipperz was the one who could only make it.


Like I said, it was unplanned and we just hitched on a delivery truck. We were crammed up inside the truck on our way to the barangay with all our excitement bottled and cramped inside with us. It turns out, we passed by the subdivision where Xy-za resides. She kept laughing saying she never went far beyond the subdivision. When we got to the barangay, they transferred the load off the back of the truck and had driver take us to the start of the trail. Xy-za and I took the rest of the drive at the back — ofcourse! *grins*

The road going to Dodiongan Falls is both developed and undeveloped, it being the Bukidnon-Iligan Road that is currently under construction. Expected you will have smooth sailing trip on the road and then some rugged rough road ahead. The road would then split to a smaller rough road just before Brgy. Digkilaan, and from there we knew that waterfalling was just few kilometers away.


The trail starts with a metal foot bridge. The delivery truck had us “delivered” to the start of the trail, LOL!, and from that point on, it will be an a trek under the scorching heat of the sun. So it is best to wear appropriate clothing, sunblock, and bring enough water to keep you hydrated.

What I love about the Dodiongan Falls trail is that it was so easy to take, which was good for me, given I had leg  cramps and was in total discomfort. The walking trail was so easy to navigate that I could go back there without any tour guide to get me by. This is because this trail is used by people in some remote settlements around the area. You would see a nipa hut here, a woman washing clothes there, and evidences that people live around the trail.

We get to cross the stream and had our feet wet. Our guide, Jam, traverse through rocks on the stream and had not one of her toes wet. I don’t trust my feet for those maneuvers, so LotLot, Xy-za and I made our way to the other bank with wet feet. The trail will then follow the water upstream, and an assurance that you won’t get lost along the way. We kept on asking how far we were from the Falls and as soon as we heard crashing waters, we knew it was minutes away to get us there. This is the first peak you’ll get of the falls. The trail leads you to elevated footholds and land areas and you will also realize that you’ve ventured into a corner of the mountain with it’s sides covered in rich foliage.


The trail leads you to a path with thick shrubs and grasses around you. This is how Dodiongan Falls looks like when you’re in front of it from that part of the trail. Pardon the bushes upfront, I’m not tall enough to take a shot pass it. *grins*

We excitedly made our way through these bushes. Which BTW, is the reason that you may need to use insect repellent with insects flying and crawling around.


It was near noon when we got to there — but we didn’t mind. Dodiongan Falls is handsome in it’s 65 ft water drop. Massive. Daunting. Beautiful in a strong way. And we made it here! 

The Falls has a huge, irregularly shaped boulder for the water to flow on, and just in the middle is a protruding rock that separates the flow of the water drop into two. It has the same characteristic as the Hindang Falls of Brgy. Hindang, as both are slide falls,  gliding through a large slab of rock and in continuous contact with it. The diffence is Hindang Falls is quiet calm and serene while the Dodiongan Falls is massive and heavy on the water.


It has a large plunge pool ideal for swimming. The water is clear and cold as it makes it’s way downstream through large boulders framing the plunge pool.

This one in particular is used as diving/jumping spot for locals to the plunge pool. LotLot braved up and climbed up that rock and was a perfect shot to take. Believe me that I am in no other way programmed to do climbing stuff! But still..
I was not able to swim that day and I was confident not to because I’ll be visiting Dodiongan Falls some time soon — for a tree planting event. My next visit to it would be a dip in the pool waters and a swim towards it’s rock shelters — if it is safe to, that is. I was happy having I to see it and enjoy my lunch there.
TRAVEL NOTES:
+ Wear appropriate clothing for trekking. Bring umbrellas or caps to shield away the heat of the sun.
+ You will have to cross the stream twice, wear appropriate footwear. You will get your feet wet. There’s no other way —- do not say, I did not warn you! =D
+ Use sunscreen and insect repellents.
+ Bring with you your own provisions, there’s no store in sight once you start on the road to Brgy. Bonbonon.
+ Bring your swimsuits and use them! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to swim on this first visit
Directions | How To Get To Dodiongan Falls:
***Post Date: July 2011
      Updated: October 2012
1. Iligan City City proper to Dodiongan Falls, Brgy. Bonbonon
    A.1. Jeepney: City Proper to Barinaut Terminal
            Map: HERE, Fare: 7.50 Php, Time Travel: ~10mins.
             — Take the Habal-habal: Barinaut to Dodiongan Falls Trail Start Point
                   Fare: 30Php/head, Time Travel: 20-30mins
    B. 1. City Proper to Bonbonon and Digkilaan:
             — Take a Digkilaan Jeepney Line at the Public Market Jeepney Terminal (Old Iligan City Boulevard)
             — Tell the driver to drop you off the Dodiongan Falls
                   Fare: 30-45Php, Travel Time 30-45mins
             — Take the Habal-habal: Forked Road to Dodiongan Falls Start Trail
                   Fare: 10-15Php/head, Time Travel: 30-45mins
                    *** Note: It may take you awhile to get Habal-habal.
    C. Taxi (no metered taxi available, rate as agreed by passenger and driver)
         *** Note: It might be VERY costly!
    D. Private Car
2. Dodiongan Falls Trail (Trek Time: ~20mins upstream)
    — Start Point: Pre- TS Sendong: Metal bridge
                           Post – TS Sendong: Location of Washed Away Metal Bridge
    — Take the upstream trail, you get to cross the stream at twice. Just follow the trail or stream and you won’t get lost.
    — Trek Trail Level of Difficulty: Pre – TS Sendong:  Easy 
                                                      Post – TS Sendong: Easy to Moderate

You might also like to check out the rest of the ILIGAN WATERFALL SERIES posts:
Ma. Cristina Falls    Tinago Falls       Limunsudan Falls
Mimbalot Falls         Hindang Falls    Kalubihon Falls
Dodiongan Falls       Pampam Falls   Dalipuga Falls

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 “To awaken quite alone in a strange town
is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.”
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ILIGAN CITY | Hindang Falls


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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 going to 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 visits 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 eroded, grasses have over taken the trail and 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 infinity pool. 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.

TRAVEL NOTES:
+ 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)
*Private Car 
2. Kiwalan to Hindang: (Travel Time: 1 – 1 1/2 hrs)
*Jeepney (Fare: 35 – 40Php)
*Habal-Habal (Fare: 50 – 60Php)
*Private Car
3. Hindang Falls Trail (Trek Time: ~7-10mins uphill;  ~7-10mins downhill)



You might like to read the rest of 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:
Ma. Cristina Falls    Tinago Falls       Limunsudan Falls
Mimbalot Falls         Hindang Falls    Kalubihon Falls

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“Adventure is not outside man; it is within. “
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Photo Credits to Travel Jams

ILIGAN CITY | Mimbalot Falls


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It is a breathtaking place to commune with nature and leisurely spend time swimming in its’ pool basins or having a picnic on its tables. I’ve been lucky enough to live in Iligan City where urban and nature gracefully dance in sync together. That I get to run off somewhere a few minutes off and finding myself in this pocket of wonder nature has given to us. One of the 23 waterfalls of Iligan City is this pocket of wonder — the Mimbalot Falls. It is located at Brgy. Buruun, which is approximately 11km drive from the city center (Map: Here). This falls has established itself as a lunch to mid-afternoon nature trip location for families and friends.
The Mimbalot Falls is a cascading waterfall with jutting rock edges reminding you of how raw nature is. With its’ 90 ft. water drop and 18 ft. wide facade, Mimbalot Falls will not dauntingly scare you. It gives off this visitor-friendly feeling that you find yourself enjoying the the falls up close.

 

 
 
Take a hydro-massage while you’re at it. The pressure from the rushing water feels good on the back. It can steal time away from you. Take time to enjoy it.
 
 
You can swim on it’s pool basins. Don’t leave kids unattended because there are deep water spots on some of these pool basins. The shallow pool areas have large slippery rocks, it is best to get steady foot hold.

Travel Notes:
+Bring your cameras. What good is a short nature trip if you can’t capture the fun you had at it.
+Bring your own provisions. There are no stores around the area.
+Be careful of loose rocks. Always find a good and steady foothold.
+Be careful of slippery areas. The wooded bridge and the concrete fixed picnic tables have slippery surfaces. don’t leave children unsupervised.

How to get to Iligan City: Read: HERE

DIRECTIONS | HOW TO GET TO MIMBALOT FALLS Map: HERE
Date Posted: June 2011; Updated: March 2014
Entrance Fee: 15PhP

From City Proper – Brgy. Buruun
1. Take the jeepney (PUJ) for Brgy. Buruun Fare: 12-15Php
— Tell the driver to drop you off the Iligan City National School of Fisheries..
— Or just say “Sa kanto sa Mimbalot lang ko manong” (At the corner road to Mimbalot, manong)
— Take the off road trail beside the IC Nat’l School of Fisheries around 5-7 minute walk to the Mimbalot Falls.

2. Or you can take a taxi, tell the driver to take you to Mimbalot Falls
[No Fixed or Metered Fare (driver-passenger agreement): ~150-200Php]

3. If you’re driving, take the national highway going southbound. The ICNSF is a few minutes after you pass by the Timoga Spring Pools. Ask any locals which road bend to take.You might also like to check out the rest of the ILIGAN WATERFALL SERIES posts:
Ma. Cristina Falls    Tinago Falls       Limunsudan Falls
Mimbalot Falls         Hindang Falls    Kalubihon Falls

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“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home 
and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang
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ILIGAN CITY | Tinago Falls


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One must-stop-over is one of its pride — the Tinago Falls. The site for Star Cinema’s Forever & A Day movie by KC Conception & Sam Mibly. No, it wasn’t Ma. Cristina Falls but this other beauty. It is 13.8km away from the city proper and is accessible through two points, Brgy. Buruun, Iligan City and its neighboring municipality the Linamon, Lanao Del Norte. Tinago is the local word for hidden, being hidden in a deep ravine. Tinago Falls used to have a resort, mini zoo, playground and vast developed land area for a vacation one would truly enjoy with the family. Unfortunately, the resort has closed down and what is now left is a rundown buildings and cottages structures.

But Tinago Falls is still accessible and open for the public through the old resorts property. You can ask any locals for directions and even be accompanied through overgrown grasses and bushes of the old resorts to the makeshift entrance area for an agreed price or for free!

Height drop of 73.152 m (240.0 ft)
It’s a 5-10minutes walk through the property and, trust me when I say that you MUST, call a 5-10minute break, before descending down the stair. Trekking down through the side of the mountain requires an approximate of 500 descending steps called the winding staircase. I actually counted them, my count was 425 steps. Unless I missed or counted 1 for two or three. It is worth every sweat drop you’ll have as the falls just simply takes your breath away. 

A required life vest can be rented for fixed price, coming in a colorful hot pink, bright orange and green colors.  You must bring with you your own provisions, there won’t be any stores that may sell anything that you might need. So if you’re planning for a meal, pack one, and pack a good amount of it to satisfy you and your company. When down in the ravine, the signal for cellular connection is weak, from Globe, Smart, Suncellular, and their partner networks. So do make your calls or send texts messages to important people that you may be out of reach for a couple of hours. Pack you cameras with waterproof cases and tripods. The view will definitely take your already breathless breath away.

PINAY TRAVELISTA TRAVEL NOTES:
+Swim across the water basin to a small cave at the side of the falls. In good weather condition, the current is not strong. But for safety purposes have a couple of strong swimmers with you if you do so.
+Hop on the bamboo raft for a fixed price to get you near the waterfalls, and have someone with good zoom in lenses to take the pictures of you for printed memories.

+Always observe courtesy all the time, to locals and to what locals believe.
+If you brought a lot of food with you to consume, share it to the ones who watches over the property. There is this guy and some kids who stay there and make a living keeping you safe. 

How To Get To Iligan City:
—-Read: Iligan City, Philippines

DIRECTIONS | HOW TO THERE DETAILS TO TINAGO FALLS: Map: HERE

*****Fares may change depending on approved rates
Post Date: June 2011; Updated: March 2014
From Iligan City Proper to Tinago Falls:
A.] 1] Public Jeepney: Brgy. Buru-un Line
Fare: ~15Php/person one way
2] Take the Habal-Habal/
Fare: 35Php/person one way
B.] Public Utility Vehicles: Taxi (Fare: 250-350Php, from city proper to the highway or to the Tinago Falls Resorts, depending on agreed fare with the driver. It will be very costly.)

ENTRANCE AND EXTRA FEES:

*****Fees may change depending on approved rates
Regular: None.
Life Jacket Rental (required): 25Php
Cottages/Tables: 50Php
Bamboo Raft Ride Fee:
10Php/person

You might also like to check out the rest of the ILIGAN WATERFALL SERIES posts:
Ma. Cristina Falls    Tinago Falls       Limunsudan Falls
Mimbalot Falls         Hindang Falls    Kalubihon Falls

Dodiongan Falls       Pampam Falls   Dalipuga Falls

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People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination,
the kind of people they ignore at home.” – Dagobert D. Runes
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ILIGAN CITY | Ma. Cristina Falls


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Ma. Cristina Falls of Iligan City is a waterfall of the Agus River and is often called the twin falls with a rock separating the flow at the brink of the waterfall. It is what most people equate with Iligan City being a majestic landmark of Iligan City. It is located 9.3 kilometers away southwest of the city proper at the boundaries of Brgys. Ditucalan, and Buru-un. Well-known for its magnificent beauty , the 98 meters/320 water drop for a waterfall is one sight, and it’s existence you will definitely remember.
It powers the Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant when it was commissioned last May 31, 1953 and is operated by the National Power Corporation. It is available for viewing at the viewing deck and a must-stop-over when visiting Iligan City. You can visit it at NPC Natures Park, and the Ma. Cristina Falls is the highlight of the many surprises this nature park has in store for you.



DIRECTIONS | HOW TO GET TO MA. CRISTINA FALLS: Map: HERE

*Fares may change depending on approved rates
*Updated: November 2014


National Power Corporation Nature’s Park is located within the Agus 6/7 HEP Complex
Tourism Triangle Boundary, Ma. Cristina, Buru-un, Iligan City

Coordinates: 8°11’3″N 124°11’58″E

How To Get To Iligan City
Please read: Knowing Iligan City & How To Get There Directions

Iligan City Proper to Ma. Cristina Falls/ NPC Natures Park:
1] Public Jeepney: Buru-un Line
    Fare: 10 – 15 Php
    — Jeepney line can be located at Corner Roxas Ave. – Arenata St. or after the third block south bound  from Crown Paper & Stationer, fronting Jollibee Aguinaldo/ Main. Check map here.
    — Ask the driver to drop you off the NPC, or Agus. You wont miss it, it’s right after the Buru-un Bridge which is currently orange in colour.
    — Walk a few 15-20m to the the main entrance.
 2] Public Utility Vehicles: Taxi (depending on agreed fare with the driver)

NPC NATURE’S PARK FEES:
*Fees may change depending on approved rates
Entrance Fees: Regular: 35Php
                       Student/ Senior Citizen: 20Php
NOTE: For those backpackers or those without private vehicles, a coaster is provided for you and your party at 10PhP pax, minimun of 5 Pax. It may take awhile to wait for it though, since they only have one coaster to serve everyone.

You might also like to check out the rest of the ILIGAN WATERFALL SERIES posts:
Ma. Cristina Falls    Tinago Falls        Limunsudan Falls
Mimbalot Falls         Hindang Falls     Kalubihon Falls

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“To awaken quite alone in a strange town
 is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” 
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