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Limunsudan Falls: The Second-Highest Waterfalls in the Philippines

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Limunsudan Falls is the second-highest waterfalls in the country, but currently it isn’t known to a lot of people. In fact, I’ve only seen it once or twice in my social feed. I’m guessing the reason is that it’s not yet developed and the road to the waterfall is unpaved. Considering its beauty and grandiose, it poses a huge potential as a tourist attraction,

Limunsudan Falls is a two-tiered waterfall, at 870 feet high. It comes second to Aliwagwag Falls in Davao Oriental.

Currently, there is a dispute on which city has a jurisdiction on Limunsudan Falls. It’s technically listed as part of Iligan City, but it is closer to Talakag, Bukidnon. Talakag Tourism is the one that handles the visits to the waterfall.

This waterfalls is known as Limunsudan Falls by the locals in Iligan, but it’s called Mindamora Falls or Bayug Falls by the locals in Bukidnon..

How to get to Limunsudan Falls

From CDO, head to Carmen and ride a van to Talakag, Bukidnon (P70 per person). Travel time is 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Once at the town proper, your assigned habal-habal guide will meet you. Travel for about 1 hour to reach the jump-off point to Limunsudan Falls. From the jump-off point, trek for 10-15 minutes to reach the view deck where you can see the whole waterfalls. This alone gives you the best sight of Limunsudan Falls. You can choose to stay here or trek further down to see the bottom stream of the waterfall. The trek takes 1 hour.

Limunsudan Falls or Mindamora Falls
Limunsudan Falls, also called Mindamora Falls.
Limunsudan Falls or Mindamora Falls
View from the viewdeck.

If you wish to trek down, a datu or even your guide will usually perform a prayer called “lugbak” during a Pagpananghid Ritual for your safety. You need to give coins for use in the ritual.

The trail to the waterfall is steep and narrow, and you have to be careful to hold on to the mountainside to avoid slipping down. The trail is usually muddy due to the environment even when it is not raining.

From there, you will be rewarded with a close-up view of the base stream of Limunsudan Falls. It has a basin in a shade of green on good weather, which flows further down on a stream filled with huge boulders. The cliffside hugging the stream is made of basalt columns.

Unfortunately, swimming is not possible due to strong currents, so you can only take pictures.

Contact / Rates

Contact the Talakag Tourism to schedule your visit. They will assign you a habal-habal guide. You can also ask them for other information about the waterfall or other attractions in Talakag.

Talakag Tourism Office: Facebook

Rates:

  • Habal-habal and guide fee to Limunsudan Falls: P1000 (good up to 2 pax)
  • Ritual for safety: P100 donation

In our case, the datu was unavailable so our guide Brilliant performed the ritual for us. We only gave him P1 coin each. The ritual was short and was done in the viewdeck.

Side trips

Here are the places you can visit along with Limunsudan Falls.

  • Kisolok Cave. This is a bat cave located at Sitio Bitaog in Barangay Lantud in Talakag, Bukidnon. You will pass it on the way back to the town proper. I suggest skipping this as there is nothing to see and the stalactites and stalagmites are dead — there are also vandals inside the cave walls.
  • Bonseta’s Fun Fun Rides. This is a new amusement park with a mountain view. It’s located in Barangay Salucot in Talakag, Bukidnon.
  • Sinulom Falls. Sinulom Falls is a beautiful waterfall with about 30 streams, with the highest at 30 meters high. It’s part of Cagayan de Oro City but it’s closer to Talakag, Bukidnon. You can visit Limunsudan Falls in the morning and then Sinulom Falls in the afternoon.

Reminders and tips

  • Limunsudan Falls is considered sacred by the locals. Be respectful on your visit.
  • Check the weather the day before you visit. If it has rained, the view from the viewdeck might be foggy and you won’t be able to see the waterfall.
  • Wear durable trekking sandals or shoes.
  • Don’t forget to bring water and snacks.

 

That’s our Guide to Limunsudan Falls aka Mindamora Falls or Bayug Falls. Do you have questions or suggestions? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

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