This blog highlights some of the best waterfalls in the Philippines.
From stunning white-sand beaches to exotic local foods, welcoming locals, and breathtaking nature views; name it! It is no wonder the island of the Philippines has a lot to offer. The Philippine archipelago mainly showcases the 7,461 islands boasting its pristine beaches and virgin islands. Besides that, the country also brags about magnificent, hidden waterfalls that every traveler must visit!
So here is the list of some of the must-see waterfalls in the Philippines.
Kawasan Falls (Cebu Island)
Located in the small town of Badian, South Cebu, Kawasan Falls is located at the foot of Mantalongon Mountain Range. There is no doubt that Kawasan Falls is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Cebu. Its crystal clear, turquoise water, and its natural stunning structure – these reasons make the waterfall different from among other waterfalls.
Apart from soaking into the cold waters of the waterfall, you can also go canyoneering – one of the most exhilarating things to do when you visit the Kawasan Falls.
Inambakan Falls (Cebu Island)
Situated in the south of Cebu City, Inambakan Falls is a multi-tiered waterfall located in the town of Ginatilan. The waterfalls have their own charms that every traveler would definitely fall in love with! With around five different levels of fall, Inamabakan Falls is a wide waterfall that is approximately 30 meters tall. If you are in a place that is less crowded, visiting this waterfall could be one of your options! I must say that this is actually an underrated waterfall in South Cebu.
Asik-asik Falls (North Cotabato)
This is one of the wonders of the Philippines and a hidden gem in the province of North Cotabato. Covered with lush green ferns and moss, Asik-asik Falls is a 60-meter high wall and a 40-meter wide located in the town of Alamada. Apparently, the water flows from the top rocks of the waterfall itself. It is quite challenging to reach but definitely worth visiting!
Ditumabo Mother Falls (Baler, Aurora)
Ditumabo Mother Falls is the grandest waterfall situated in Baler, Aurora. Nobody can’t argue that the Ditumabo Falls is a famous waterfall in Baler. The waterfall may not be as stunning as others, but its simplicity makes it truly captivating! Visiting the Dimutabo Mother Falls can be one of the highlights of your trip to Baler.
Tinago Falls (Iligan City)
Situated in between the town of Linamon and Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Tinago Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country. In fact, this is one of the main tourist attractions of the city of Iligan.
It is hidden in a deep ravine and no doubt one of the hidden gems in the country. As a matter of fact, “tinago” is a Filipino word called “hidden” in English.
Maria Christina Falls (Iligan City)
Maria Christina Falls is undoubtedly one of the major attractions on the island of Mindanao. Situated in the city of the majestic waterfalls; Iligan City, Maria Christina Falls is a 320-feet high waterfall that serves as the primary source of electric power for the city’s industries. In addition, the waterfall is also known as the “twin falls” due to the unique and unnatural flow of its water.
I’ve heard a lot of things about Maria Christina Falls ever since I was an elementary student. I could still recall how my elementary history teacher would describe its natural beauty; one of the things to see when in Mindanao.
Seven Waterfalls (South Cotabato)
There is a series of seven cascading waterfalls located in the province of South Cotabato. The Seven Waterfalls is in the town of Lake Sebu which is a major attraction in the region of SOCCSKSARGEN. Named as Hikong Alo (Passage), Hikong Bente (Immeasurable), Hikong B’lebel (Zigzag or Coil), Hikong Lowig (Booth), Hikong Ukol (Wildflower), Hikong K-fo-i (Short), and Hikong Tonok (Soil), the seven waterfalls is a must-see spot when traveling around the region. Also, this is where you can get to experience the highest zipline in Southeast Asia.
Tamaraw Falls (Oriental Mindoro)
Tamaraw Falls is a twin waterfall located in Puerto Galera; situated on the island of Oriental Mindoro. This natural wonder of Mindoro is one of the highlights when you travel around the area. The waterfalls are a three-story high with a measurement of 423 feet tall. Named after the Mindoro Dwarf Buffalo, in which Tamaraw is a buffalo that is the only native animal on the island.
Aliwagwag Falls (Davao Oriental)
An underrated waterfall found in the town of Cateel, Davao Oriental, Aliwagwag Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls and a must-see waterfall in the Davao Region. An 84-tiered waterfall with more than 130 cascades stands at 1,110 feet. That makes it the highest waterfall in the Philippines.
Tinuy-an Falls (Surigao del Sur)
Dubbed as the little “Niagara Falls of the Philippines“, Tinuy-an Falls are a 95-meter wide and a 55-meter high. You may visit this waterfall located in the town of Bislig in Surigao del Sur. This is one of the most popular waterfalls on the island of Mindanao. More to that, Tinuy-an Falls is the widest waterfall in the country.
Pulangbato Falls (Negros Oriental)
Pulangbato Falls is a must-visit place when in Dumaguete City. This waterfall is in the Ocoy Valley in Valencia, Negros Oriental. Pulangbato Falls comes from the English term “red rock” which means “pulang bato” in Tagalog. Get stunned by its natural reddish rock formations. Obviously, the waterfall gets its name itself due to its superficially red water flowing down on the reddish rocks.
Tangadan Falls (La Union)
This is a popular tourist spot in La Union. Situated in the town of San Gabriel, it lies the majestic Tangadan Falls. It is wonderful creation is seemingly making it be one of the most wonderful waterfalls in the country. Moreover, it needs an hour trekking from the drop-off point which may find a little challenging. Yet the view that awaits you is truly rewarding!
Lulugayan Falls (Samar)
In the small town of Calbiga, Samar, there is an unknown waterfall which spans about 50-meter wide whilst its highest drop is about 30 meters. Dubbed as one of the widest waterfalls in the Philippines, Lulugayan Falls is one of the underrated waterfalls in the Philippines.
It may not be as popular as other waterfalls, but it has its own charm that would definitely captivate your inner wanderlust! This is one of the natural treasures to see on the island of Visayas.
Cambugahay Falls (Siquijor)
I must say that the Cambugahay Falls is definitely worth visiting! You will get enchanted by its undefined natural beauty and jaw-dropping landscape! You can visit the Cambugahay Falls on the island of Siquijor; the second smallest island of the Philippines.
Kaparkan Falls (Abra)
Kaparkan Falls is a terraced waterfall located in the province of Abra. Also known as Mulawin Falls, this waterfall is the main attraction in Abra. Its rock formation resembles the formation the Rice Terraces making it become more famous among tourists or travelers. The best time to visit the Kaparkan Falls is during the rainy season (from July-September) in order to fully witness its majestic view. It could be a little challenging to trek to the waterfall on a rainy day.
Bomod-ok Falls (Mountain Province)
Lies in the small town of Sagada, Bomod-ok Falls is another tourist destination that is worth seeing! It is a bit strenuous to trek to the waterfall, but its scenic views that it offers is surely nothing compared to the hardship reaching the place itself. Surely must-visit waterfall when in Sagada.
Hulugan Falls (Laguna)
The Hulugan Falls can be found in Luisiana, Laguna which stands at a height of 70 meters tall. This amazing waterfall is one of the most accessible tourist spots to visit when in the Metro.
Can-umantad Falls (Bohol Island)
This waterfall is a 60-feet high making it as the tallest waterfall on the island of Bohol. Be mesmerized by its clean and clear water and feel the presence of the beauty of Mother Nature.
Daranak Falls (Rizal)
Daranak Falls could be one of the most beautiful waterfalls that you might see in the Philippines. Not to mention the fact that it is very near the metro. In fact, Daranak Falls is just two away from the metro.
Katibawasan Falls (Camiguin Island)
I must say that this is one of the grandest waterfalls I’ve seen while traveling around the Philippines. Katibawasan Falls sits at the foot of Mt. Timpoong with a 250-feet in height.
Your visit to Camiguin Island is not complete without visiting the Katibawasan Falls. Expensive to get soaked in one of the coldest yet clearest waters of the waterfall. In addition, you may also go on a picnic with family or friends.
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Ara Patria, the owner of The Adventuress, is an educator by profession but a traveler at heart. Despite her busy schedules, she finds time to travel domestically or internationally. She loves discovering new places, embracing new cultures and meeting other people. In addition, she’s also interested in fashion, Korean music, and Korean dramas. She dreams to travel the world and inspire people by sharing her own experiences through writing.