Exploring the Majestic Lawis Grand Canyon in Bukidnon Province

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Bukidnon Province is known for its breathtaking landscapes and natural wonders. Among its many hidden gems, the Lawis Grand Canyon stands tall as a mesmerizing destination that will leave you in awe. Often compared to the Grand Canyon in the United States, as it resembles the Grand Canyon in the US with its steep ridges.

It’s my second time visiting Bukidnon, and to be honest, I really didn’t know much about the Lawis Grand Canyon until I came across this place while I was searching for other things or places to see in Bukidnon. Not to mention that our original plan was to visit Communal Ranch and Rotypeaks Ridge Camp, situated in the town of Impasug-ong. But the night before our trip, I decided to go to Lawis Grand Canyon early and watch the sunrise there.

If you’re traveling to Bukidnon province soon, this travel guide will take you on a journey through this underrated yet magnificent landscape in the province, the Lawis Grand Canyon. 

About Lawis Grand Canyon, Bukidnon

the little grand canyon of the philippines

Situated in the town of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, the Lawis Grand Canyon is often referred to as the “Little Grand Canyon” of the Philippines due to its striking resemblance to the famous geological formation in the United States. It offers breathtaking landscapes with its mesmerizing steep ridges, where the Tagoloan River is seen in between, located at Barangay Lunocan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

The Lawis Grand Canyon is definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit in Bukidnon Province.

How to get to the Lawis Grand Canyon, Bukidnon?

Getting to Lawis Grand Canyon can be done on your own, especially if you want to visit the place as a side trip before heading to either Dahilayan Nature Park, Communal Ranch, or Roty Peaks Ridge Camp. Here’s how to get to the Lawis Grand Canyon, Bukidnon.

  1. From CDO, take public transportation to the Agora Terminal.
  2. Then, take a bus bound for Davao City, and tell the bus conductor to drop you off at Lunocan, Manolo Fortich, or Lunocan Elementary School. 
  3. Once you get off the bus, cross the road, and you’ll see a habal-habal terminal beside the waiting shed. Just inform the habal-habal driver that you’re going to the Lawis Grand Canyon. It takes around 25–30 minutes to get to the destination. 

Essential Travel Tips and Reminders 

  • Based on our experience, my friend and I left our hostel around 5:00 am in order to catch the sunrise at Lawis Grand Canyon, and that’s the best decision we’ve ever made! Thus, try to leave early from Cagayan De Oro, especially if you have other major places to visit in Bukidnon!
  • Wear comfortable clothing and bring sunscreen.
  • Respect the environment and leave no trace. 

Estimated Budget and Expenses

  • Bus fare from Agora Terminal to Lunocan Elementary School: Php 65
  • Habal-habal to Grand Canyon (back and forth): Php 150/each (supposedly Php 100, but we gave our drivers a tip). They looked so happy and grateful!

Take note that there is no entrance fee at Lawis Grand Canyon. 

Things to Do at Lawis Grand Canyon, Bukidnon 

Go to the viewing decks.

Upon reaching Lawis Grand Canyon, you’ll find several viewing decks strategically placed along the edge, offering breathtaking panoramic views. Personally, I was so glad to see its beauty during the sunrise. It was definitely the perfect time for us to enjoy nature! Ahhh! I felt so mesmerized! 

Go trekking and hiking.

If you want to truly immerse yourself in the grandeur of the canyon, embark on a hiking or trekking adventure. But before doing that, it would be better to coordinate with the officials of Brgy. Lunocan or ask the locals first to might as well know the safety guidelines.

Take lots of photos.  

Lawis Grand Canyon boasts stunning landscapes that offer a lot of opportunities for tourists to take amazing photos around the area. Make ensure to get your best dress or outfit when you get to this place. 

My Thoughts on Visiting Lawis Grand Canyon, Bukidnon

I was so happy to have come across this place and made it our side trip. It was the best decision I’ve ever made during our Northern Mindanao trip. As I mentioned above, I didn’t really know much about the place until I found it on the Internet. It was so fulfilling for me to watch the sunrise at Lawis Grand Canyon. Definitely one for the books!

Lawis Grand Canyon in Bukidnon Province is a destination that will leave you in awe of nature’s wonders. Its majestic rock formations, vibrant colors, and awe-inspiring views make it a must-visit for any travel enthusiast. 

So if you’re heading to Bukidnon soon, make sure to visit Lawis Grand Canyon in Manolo Fortich! 

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A travel blogger in the Philippines and a K-pop enthusiast, Ara Patria (The Adventuress) pursues her passion and love for traveling. She’s been blogging for years, where she writes about her own travel experiences and promotes the wonders of the Philippines. Not only does she promote the beauty of her country, but she also focuses on promoting sustainable tourism. She dreams of traveling the world and inspiring other people through her own written works and captured moments with her camera.

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