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15 Best Waterfalls in the Philippines

The Philippines is a haven for tourists for so many different reasons. The rich culture and history, diverse selection of delicious food, beautiful people, countless attractions, and a whole lot of natural wonders to visit. The proud country of the Filipino people is home to some of the most fascinating creations of nature. From the breathtaking beaches, majestic mountains, forests, caves, and rivers, an adventurous fella would certainly get his hands full.

Out of all these natural wonders, one body of water captures the hearts of many tourists all over the world every single time. Yup, I’m talking about waterfalls. And luckily, the Philippines has tons of them scattered all over the country! There’s just something about a waterfall that makes me fall in love. I can just stare at the water cascade down the ledge and plunge into a pool all day. Admiring the beauty of a waterfall from afar is one thing, but having the chance to actually swim and dive to one is an experience you certainly can’t resist.

From the islands of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, you can always spot a majestic waterfall nestled at the heart of a city. Growing up, we were actually taught of some remarkable locations such as the Pagsanjan Falls and the Maria Cristina Falls. There’s also a place hailed as the “The City of Majestic Waterfalls” where you can visit plenty of natural wonders. More than 23 waterfalls, 8 springs, and 15 caves can be found in this very city! Exciting, right? Well, there’s a lot more to discover because today we’ll be talking about the 15 Best Waterfalls in the Philippines!

1. Tinuy-an Falls (Surigao del Sur)

First on the list is one of the most popular waterfalls not only in the country but in the whole world! Bearing the nickname of “The Little Niagara Falls of the Philippines” because of its iconic four-tier drop of water, the Tinuy-an Falls of Surigao del Sur is certainly a sight to see!

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The waterfall is about 95 meters wide and 180 feet high. Aside from admiring its captivating beauty, there are also lots of activities to enjoy during your visit here at Tinuy-an Falls such as swimming and riding the iconic bamboo raft as you draw closer to the curtain of water. The falls also consist of natural pools where tourists can enjoy a quick plunge whenever they want.

While you’re at it, you might as well maximize your chances because within the vicinity of Tinuy-an Falls lies another iconic landmark of Iligan City, the Hinatuan Enchanted River. Trust me, this is a place you would want to see at least once in your life. Coming from the name itself, it truly is a magical place.

2. Tinago Falls (Lanao Del Norte)

Next on the list is a hidden gem tucked within “The City of Majestic Waterfalls” itself, Iligan City. This place is literally a hidden gem as you can notice from its name, the Tinago Falls of Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte is a top tourist destination thanks to its unwavering and unspoiled beauty that serves as a sweet treat to everyone who visits it. Don’t be surprised when the place gets overwhelmed with “oohs” and “ahhs” because chances are you might also make those sounds!

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“Tinago”, in Tagalog, means “to be hidden”. And you’ll surely wonder, why would they hide such a beautiful place from us? The majestic waterfall is about 240 feet high and surrounded by beautiful and gigantic rock formations. The water from the Agus River cascades into a stunning pool of blue-green where tourists can freely swim and ride a raft.

The pristine and unspoiled condition of the Tinago Falls is one of the things that makes it special, maybe it was purposely hidden by the gods so that humans won’t have a chance to spoil it. So while you’re exploring around the area, make sure to be a responsible tourist and protect this natural wonder so our kids and grandkids could also have the chance to experience Tinago Falls.

3. Asik-Asik Falls (Cotabato)

Moving on, the next location we’re going to is in the province of Cotabato. Asik-Asik Falls is another hidden gem that was only discovered recently! It is said that the waterfall was just discovered in 2010 because of curious individuals who reported that a certain mountain discharge sprinkles of water into a river. It is believed by the locals that the series of natural disasters caused the waterfall to finally show up.

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The scene in the Asik-Asik Falls is nothing but marvelous. It’s like looking at a giant piece of green rock bleeding with water! The waters then cascade into a pile of beautiful rock formations along a stream which makes the scene even more majestic.

Oh, but let me warn you, the trip to this natural wonder may not be for everyone for the series of steps and hiking may not be suitable for the elderly and those with weak legs. However, those hardships will be deemed as worth it because the undeniable beauty of Asik-Asik Falls will always come out on top.

4. Kawasan Falls (Cebu)

Coming from the exceptional representative of Mindanao, let us now go to the Visayas! That’s right, situated at the heart of the “Queen City of the South” itself is another natural wonder named the Kawasan Falls. This is a multi-layered waterfall system at the foot of the famous Mantalongon Mountain Range.

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To no surprise, Kawasan Falls became a favorite tourist destination for international and local tourists alike. It has long been the perfect spot for Cebuanos who’d like to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city while enjoying the wonderful creations of nature right in their beloved city.

What tourists love about Kawasan Falls is its cool turquoise waters where everyone can enjoy a quick dip. The waterfall consists of two (2) main cascades with deep natural pools so people can easily go swimming in it.

5. Tappiya Falls (Ifugao)

Going north, our next destination is situated at no other than the province of Ifugao itself. Yes, the whole world is familiar with the most iconic attraction that can be found in Banaue, Ifugao, right? That’s right, the Banaue Rice Terraces indeed! The place where Thanos chose to spend his retirement after wiping out half the population of the universe! Haha, if you know what I mean.

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the majestic Tappiya Falls from afar.

Kidding aside, our next landmark, the Tappiya Falls of Batad, Banaue, Ifugao is located near the rice terraces. In fact, you can actually see from some photos that the terraces and the famed waterfalls themselves can be seen in one frame. Obviously, you’d have to trek on the very rice terraces itself to reach the enchanting Tappiya Falls but boy oh boy is it worth it.

The falls are relatively small but the cool and relaxing stream of water will easily take all your worries away!

6. Cambugahay Falls (Siquijor)

Proclaimed by many as one of the best waterfalls in the Philippines, Cambugahay Falls of Siquijor proved to be worth the stories. In fact, many tourists place this falls on top of their itineraries during their visit here in Siquijor. Aside from its famed beauty, the waterfall is also suitable for most people because the drop is not that high.

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Many people, even kids, enjoy the activities in store for tourists in Cambugahay Falls. There are swings, rafts, and rubber rings ready for those who would like to have fun! There are also countless spots to take photos and capture the beauty of Cambugahay Falls in your background.

7. Kaparkan Falls (Abra)

Back up north is another hidden gem that can be found in the beautiful province of Abra. Ah, this beautiful tourist attraction captures the hearts and attention of many local tourists all the way from popular travelers abroad. The Kaparkan Falls is a unique wonder of nature where streams of crystal clear water cascade down multiple layers of limestone formations. The sight itself is so mesmerizing that it would be no surprise if you suddenly feel that you’re on a mission towards the center of middle earth.

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This lovely place in Abra was just recently discovered in the year 2015. So expect that the Kaparkan Falls is still in its pristine and unspoiled condition.

8. Hulugan Falls (Laguna)

One of the few waterfalls that you can easily access, especially if you’re living in Metro Manila, is the Hulugan Falls of Laguna. This one’s a crowd favorite not only because of its accessibility but also for its undeniable beauty. It is also suitable for many tourists because the descent to Hulugan Falls only usually takes 30 minutes. People love to visit the waterfall simply because of its grand beauty as streams of water cascade down a wide ledge from the mountains.

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But wait, the forests of San Salvador, Laguna have more treasures in store for adventurous fellas like you! While you’re at it, you should also visit 2 more popular waterfalls nearby, the Talay Falls and Hidden Falls. These two destinations are equally marvelous so be sure to not miss the golden opportunity!

9. Aliwagwag Falls (Davao Oriental)

Next up is another majestic waterfall that seemingly belongs to a fictional movie thanks to its incomparable beauty! The Aliwagwag Falls is an iconic landmark of Davao Oriental for it is known to have its beautiful staircase-like boulders where streams of turquoise blue waters cascade down a pool below.

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But wait, there’s more, I’m sure this interesting fact will make you wanna see Aliwagwag Falls even more because did you know that it is considered to be the highest waterfall in the Philippines? Yes! The breathtaking picturesque view of the 84-tiered waterfalls with more than 130 stunning cascades is being sought after by countless tourists all around the world. If you’re a Filipino, then consider yourself lucky because you have the best chance of visiting this stunning creation of nature at least once in your life.

10. Merloquet Falls (Zamboanga)

Number 10 on the list is one of the most scenic destinations that you can visit in the entire country. The Merloquet Falls of Zamboanga boasts of its dramatic cascades of water flowing down the two-tiered waterfall. This has become a favorite destination simply because of its beauty and accessibility.

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There are also lots of exciting activities that tourists can do in Merloquet Falls because the upper tier is roughly only five meters high. The combination of the rock formations of the upper and lower tiers of the falls makes it more dramatic and aesthetically pleasing for the tourists. While you’re at it, take the chance to capture a photo with yourself meditating right in the middle of the cascades of water!

11. Lulugayan Falls (Samar)

Dubbed as the most popular waterfall in the entire province of Samar and also bearing the nickname of “Mini Niagara Falls” is no other than Lulugayan Falls! What makes it special among the rest of the waterfalls in the country is its jaw-dropping span. The width of the waterfall is an insane 50 meters where the highest drop is at about 30 meters high. How cool is that, right?

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Also, the streams of water cascading down the ledge are powerful, that’s why the place has plenty of water! The Lulugayan Falls is located near the city center that’s why the local government unit was able to maximize and protect it as the province’s main tourist destination. Roads towards the falls are concreted and developed so accessing Lulugayan Falls has never been easier!

12. Maria Cristina Falls (Lanao Del Norte)

Finally! The Maria Cristina Falls of Lanao Del Norte is arguably the most popular waterfall in the entire country. Well, every kid who went to school grew up to be fascinated by this natural wonder because it is literally in every history textbook. So I would never ever forget the name of this waterfall as it stuck with my memory growing up.

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The Maria Cristina Falls is the iconic twin waterfall that is said to be the second-highest in the Philippines. The waterfalls from an insane 98 meters above so imagine the immense power it produces. In fact, it helps produce at least 70% of the entire power supply of Mindanao thanks to the Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant.

Moreover, the Maria Cristina Falls belong to several waterfalls situated in Iligan City, the City of Majestic Waterfalls. However, among the 23 waterfalls in that area, nothing beats the grand beauty of the twin waterfalls of Maria and Cristina.

13. Pulang Bato Falls (Negros Oriental)

Next on the list is a new tourist attraction located in Negros Oriental. It has been dubbed many names, all hoping to give justice to its unique and stunning beauty. I’m talking about no other than the Pulang Bato Falls, Malabo Falls, The Red Waterfalls of Valencia, or The Twin Falls of Barangay Malabo.

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The iconic waterfall is popular thanks to its marvelous appearance where the waters cascade along what seems to be a red curtain wall. The reason why the wall is red in color is that the land there have several deposits of sulfur, making it appear red and orange. The famous Pulangbato Falls has a drop of more than 30 meters and also has a natural pool where tourists are welcome to swim.

14. Ulan-Ulan Falls (Biliran)

Ah, probably one of the picturesque waterfalls in this list is located in Biliran province. Tucked away in the middle of a beautiful forest is a majestic wonder of nature named the Ulan-Ulan Falls. With a height of drop of more than 25 meters, the cascades of the water become more and more mesmerizing as mists are produced around the pool. I suggest that you take tons of photos as the backdrop of the Ulan-Ulan Falls tropical genius is truly remarkable.

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Oh, you should also be prepared for exciting adventures because there are tons of activities waiting for you here in Ulan-Ulan Falls! Tourists can go swimming, trekking, hiking, canyoning, and even cliff jumping here!

15. Bugtong Bato Falls (Antique)

Lastly, the multi-tiered waterfalls tucked away within the lush green scenery of Antique are truly worth the visit! The Bugtong Bato Falls of Tibiao, Antique is one of the most favorite places to visit for locals and tourists alike. People love the cool and clear waters of Bugtong Bato as they also gear up for exciting activities during their visit.

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Some go swimming, while others go all out hiking, trekking, cliff diving on the waterfall. During the rainy season, when the waters of Bugtong Bato are high, several tourists take their time to go on a bamboo raft and have picnics around the area. What a lovely sight!