Chasing Waterfalls: Tinago, Mimbalut and Maria Cristina Falls

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Iligan, the city of majestic waterfalls, a highly urbanized city found in the Northern Mindanao region. It is where you will find few of the most popular waterfalls in the Philippines like  Tinago Falls, Mimbalut Falls and Maria Cristina Falls.

This is one of the most spontaneous trips I had with Gaius, we only decided to have a chasing waterfalls adventure the night before the trip  and I am so glad that he was up for it. From Cagayan de Oro we rode a Bus going to Iligan Tambo terminal at the Bulua West Terminal. Upon arriving at the Iligan terminal we rode a jeepney going to the Plaza and from the Plaza we rode another jeepney going to Buruun and went down at the Linamon bridge. From there you can now decide if where you want to go first.

Bus Fare to Iligan terminal: P85
Jeep fare to Plaza: P7
Jeep fare to Linamon Bridge: P14

We opted to go first to Tinago Falls. From the Linamon Bridge, we rode a tricycle going to Crossing. From Crossing we rode a habal-habal going to Tinago Falls.

Tricycle fare to crossing: P5
Habal-habal to Tinago Falls: P25

Tinago Falls is one of the primary tourist attraction in Iligan City. The name Tinago  is a tagalog word which means hidden. You have to through more than 300 steps before you can reach the waterfalls ( I've been there a few times and every time I go there I always count the number of the staircase but It keeps on changing, I don't know why).

The entrance fee is P50 including the life vest and bamboo raft ride, if you want to rent a table just pay an additional P50. If you just want to visit and you don't have a plan on swimming the entrance fee is P25.

You can go directly to the waterfalls by riding a bamboo raft. There's a small cave when you go inside the waterfalls.

Our next stop was Mimbalut Falls. From Tinago Falls we rode a habal-habal going to Mimbalut Falls for P60 per person. Mimbalut Falls is located inside Iligan Paradise resort and Eco park, there is a P50 entrance fee per person.

There are a lot of activities you can try at the Mimbalut Falls.

Of course this adventure wouldn't be complete without my #celestpose 

Our last stop was the famous Maria Cristina Falls. From Mimbalut Falls we rode a tricycle going to Maria Cristina Falls for P50 per person. If you want the tricycle to wait for you outside the entrance just add P50. The entrance fee for Maria Cristina Falls is P35. Park hour is from 9 AM to 4 PM

I remember during my elementary days Maria Cristina Falls was always used as an example for waterfalls.

After going to Maria Cristina Falls we went back to Linamon bridge and rode a jeepney going to Gaisano Iligan. From Gaisano we rode another jeep going to Tambo terminal where we rode the bus going back to Cagayan de Oro.

Summary of expenses:

Bus fare to Iligan terminal: P85
Jeep fare to Plaza: P7
Jeep fare to Linamon Bridge: P14
Tricycle fare to crossing: P5
Habal-habal to Tinago Falls: P25
Entrance fee: P50
Table: P50
Habal-habal to Mimbalut Falls: P60
Entrance fee: P50
Tricycle to Maria Cristina Falls: P50
addt'l for waiting: P50
entrance fee: P35
Jeep fare to Gaisano: P13
Jeep fare to Tambo terminal: P7
Bus fare to Cagayan de Oro: P85

Here's a short video about our chasing waterfalls adventure

Iligan has more than 20 waterfalls and I can't to visit the remaining waterfalls when I get back to Mindanao.

That's all for now.


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  1. I've been to Mimbalot and tinago, but never been to Maria Christina Falls. -.- Love the photos by the way. i suddenly missed my home town lanao del norte...



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