When it comes to world wonders, especially waterfalls, the Philippines is one country that is hard to beat – from its folks to the beautiful formations both in land and water.
Mindanao, the second biggest island in the Philippines is a home to numerous virgin forests, pristine beaches and majestic waterfalls. Being someone from Mindanao, I love selling to the world anything beautiful about this Island. If you opt to skip visiting white sand beaches this summer, then these top ten waterfalls in Mindanao are great places for you to visit:
1. Tinuy-an Falls
Dubbed as the “Little Niagara Falls” of the Philippines, Tinuy-an Falls measures 95 meters wide and 55 meters high making it as the largest waterfalls in the country as well. The area is surrounded with century-old trees, ferns and vines which thrive near the falls. This mighty four-tiered waterfalls is situated in the forest areas of Borboanan, Bislig City in Surigao del Sur.
2. Aliwagwag Falls
Flowing down from 84-tiers, the Aliwagwag Falls is like your stairway to heaven and a gift from above. This majestic and wonderful waterfall is located in Barangay Aliwagwag, Cateel Davao Oriental – a 30 minute ride away from the town’s poblacion. The 84 tiers of this waterfall, present different rock formations of various heights which ranges from 6 to 110 feet. Sadly though, this mighty Aliwagwag Falls has been one of the areas struck by Typhoon Pablo.
3. Tinago Falls
If you ask what city in Mindanao that has the most waterfalls, Iligan City is the unanimous answer among Mindanao folks. Tinago Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iligan City which is found between Barangay Ditucalan and the Municipality of Linamon, Lanao del Norte. Tinago is called as such because it lies deep within a gorge and that you will have to trail more steps downward to reach it.
4. Maria Cristina Falls
Still found within Iligan City, Maria Cristina Falls has been a common name even for younger children. Aside from being the main source of electric power in the entire Mindanao region, it also served as an inspiration for many legendary stories.
The National Power Corporation (NPC) constructed a Nature’s Park beside the pool near the twin falls where visitors can see the mighty waterfalls from afar. The park also features animals, a kiosk and a zipline adventure.
5. Lake Sebu 7 Falls
The Seven Falls in Lake Sebu is one of its main attractions. It has seven tiers of falls each with a specified name and T’boli name counterpart. Visitors can have the best view of these seven waterfalls through its breathtaking zipline trip.
6. Katibawasan Falls
The Katibawasan Falls in Camiguin is one of its main attractions. This stunning waterfall is approximately 76 meters tall that plunges to a catch basin surrounded with wild ferns, ground orchids, big trees and boulders. The Katibawasan Falls is definitely a must-go area especially during this hot and humid season.
7. Bani Falls
Going to the Bani Falls (also called Matigol Falls) in Arakan Valley, North Cotabato requires you to have that great endurance as you will have to go through a not so friendly and open trail. However, such tough trail is rewarded with the great experience of plunging into the cascading waters of Bani Falls. It is composed of five tiers with each tier having a catch basin that serves as a natural pool.
8. Asik-Asik Falls
Of all the waterfalls listed here, this waterfall found in Alamada, North Cotabato is the newest discovery and definitely one of a kind! The Asik-Asik Waterfalls aren’t your typical waterfalls that you see coming from a river or spring, instead the water comes out from the rocks of a cliff. It’s like water that has found its way out of a crevice. The highest waterfall is estimated to be 25 meters tall while the rest of the waterfalls are about 5 meters long.
9. Cathedral Waterfall
Found in the province of Lanao del Norte, the same province that houses Maria Cristina and Tinago Falls, the Cathedral Falls is one breathtaking waterfalls ever found in the Philippines. Yes, it has the same feature like any other waterfalls, but what makes it stunning are the rock formations surrounding it. The rock formations resemble that of pipe organs usually found on cathedrals hence the name given to this waterfall. What’s really good with this waterfall is that it is easily accessible unlike other most waterfalls where you go up and down some hard trails before you reach them.
10. Limunsudan Waterfalls
Another majestic fall in Iligan City is the Limunsudan Waterfalls which is considered to be the highest waterfall in the Philippines at a height of 870 feet. This two-tiered waterfall is located 55 kilometers away from the city proper of Iligan, Lanao del Norte.