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Trekking the Philippines most majestic waterfalls

by on March 27th, 2015 under Beauty of the Philippines

Pagsanjan Falls, Laguna

Pagsanjan Falls, Laguna [via Visit Pinas]

Anyone who has visited the Philippines knows a vacation in the country would not be complete without a nature trip to its thousands of miles of beach fronts lining the more than 7,000 islands of the archipelago. But what not many tourists know is that the country also offers trekking adventures to its many waterfalls.

It’s no secret that the Philippines is blessed with many natural wonders. These natural wonders include an abundance of majestic waterfalls. Although many of these waterfalls take a lot of effort and time to get to, the scenery and waters make it all worth it. Here’s a refreshing round-up of 10 of the best waterfalls the country offers, just in time for summer!

Alalum Falls can be found in the rural barangay of Kisolon in Sumilao, Bukidnon and can be easily accessed through Sayre Highway. The height of this spectacular waterfall is recorded at around 148 feet. There is a view deck so you can watch the entirety of its beauty from a distance.

The Maria Cristina Falls is the second highest falls in the Philippines. The twin falls site is also one of the most popular. It is the primary source of the city’s and most of Mindanao’s hydroelectric power, known as the “Mother of Industry”, “Fountainhead of Progress,” and “Twin Falls.”

Situated in Isla del Fuegu (Island of Fire), Cambugahay Falls is just one of the many tourist attractions in Siquijor. Even locals within the island enjoy spending their time in the mystical waterfall together with their families. It’s easy to get lost in the beauty and mystery of the clear waters of Cambugahay Falls.

Tinago Falls, Iligan City

Tinago Falls, Iligan City [Iligan City Tourism]

Only the brave and daring would endure rough roads and trekking but it surely does pay off with a scene like Asik Asik Falls. Accidentally discovered by villagers in 2008 after Typhoon Frank caused torrential rains in Mindanao including Cotabato, these curtain-like falls are now frequented by tourists.

The word bomod-ok simply means big and so this is also known as the big falls in Sagada. Also requiring hours of trekking to get to the falls, this sight still does not disappoint with its impressive boulders and rock formations surrounding its waters.

The undeveloped Inambakan Falls of Cebu isn’t much of a tourist attraction yet. Think of it as a hidden treasure, the picture above shows that it truly is a yet unexplored beauty.

Also located in Iligan City which known as the “City of Majestic Waterfalls” because it has a total of 23 waterfalls, this falls is called tinago literally meaning hidden because it is tucked away in a deep ravine.

Nicknamed as the “Niagara Falls of the Philippines”, Tinuy-An Falls is one of the most visited attractions in Surigao. Spanning at 95 meters wide, the whole area is teeming with lush vegetation and tall trees.

Towering at around 140 feet and with the cold water from the highland of Sierra Madre Mountain Range, Ditumabo Falls is an imposing icon of the province of Aurora. Getting to Ditumabo Falls is not a walk in the park. From Baler, a trek for approximately an hour to see the waterfalls. It is also not an easy trek, as it involves river crossings and the trail is generally rough and rocky (unforgivingly slippery specially after the rain), but it is one rewarding trek.

Easily one of the most popular and well known waterfalls of the country, the Pagsanjan Falls in Laguna is developed to be fully enjoyed by visitors.

The Philippines is teeming with popular locations and undiscovered gems. These waterfalls are just a few of the many natural attractions of this country. Why not pay any of these waterfalls a visit this summer?

 
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