With 23 waterfalls, Iligan City – the capital of Lanao Del Norte – is dubbed as “The City of Majestic Waterfalls”. At the center of all these is the city’s Tourism Triangle – three waterfalls within and around the coastal municipality of Linamon.
Discover the three endearing waterfalls in Iligan’s Tourism Triangle, and what you can expect in each one.
Maria Cristina Falls
A staple in Filipino history books, Maria Cristina Falls is one of the Philippines’ tallest waterfalls. At 320 feet, this powerful set of cascades gush from lush forests down to the Agus River, supplying over ¾ of the total electricity consumed in Mindanao through the Agus VI Hydroelectric plant. It’s truly a sight to behold.
- Entrance fee: P35 for adults; free for kids
- Motorbike to the falls and back: P120 roundtrip (compulsory, as no other vehicle is allowed to enter the premises)
Taken from the Filipino word for “hidden”, Tinago Falls lies in a ravine surrounded by thick forests. Visitors would have to tackle a 500-step concrete staircase down to the waterfalls, about 15 minutes going down and 25 minutes back up to the parking lot.
Along with Maria Cristina Falls, Tinago is among Iligan’s most popular falls, thanks to its beautiful 240-foot high curtain. The aquamarine basin is the perfect dip udring the summer, with its crystal clear and balmy waters.
A popular activity here is rafting, which takes you underneath the falls’ curtain aboard a bamboo raft.
- Entrance fee: P25 per guest; free for small kids
- Parking fee for motorcycles: P10
- Table and chairs good for 3 persons: P50
- Rafting: P30 per person (optional)
- Life vest: P25 per person (optional)
One of the most accessible falls in the area, Mimbalut Falls in Barangay Buru-un features a 90-foot high cascade that plunges down to boulders and rocks. Though not as majestic as Maria Cristina and Tinago, Mimbalut is well-loved by locals for its refreshing scenery and nippy waters.
How to get to Iligan City
From CDO: Board an Iligan-bound bus, then take a bus to Ozamiz/ Pagadian or a jeepney to Linamon. Alight at Linamon’s poblacion (in front of Cebuana Lhuillier). You can hire a habal-habal here to take you to the three falls roundtrip. Expect to pay around P800.