The Philippines may be known for its beaches, but it also has other natural resources to be proud of! The country boasts of numerous waterfalls, although a number of them are not yet popular or commercialized to the public.
Here’s a list of the best waterfalls in the Philippines, as recommended by myself and other local travel bloggers who have explored the country.
In no particular order:
- 1. Tinago Falls (Lanao del Norte)
- 2. Maria Cristina Falls (Lanao del Norte)
- 3. Limunsudan Falls (Bukidnon/Lanao del Norte)
- 4. Asik-Asik Falls (Cotabato)
- 5. Sinulom Falls (Cagayan de Oro)
- 6. Pulang Bato Falls (Negros Oriental)
- 7. Casaroro Falls (Negros Oriental)
- 8. Niludhan Falls (Negros Oriental)
- 9. Mag-aso Falls (Negros Occidental)
- 10. Ulan-Ulan Falls (Biliran)
- 11. Tumalog Falls (Cebu)
- 12. Kawasan Falls (Cebu)
- 13. Cambugahay Falls (Siquijor)
- 14. Kaparkan Falls (Abra)
- 15. Tappiya Falls (Ifugao)
- 16. Bomod-ok Falls (Mountain Province)
- 17. Catandayagan Falls (Masbate)
- 18. Aliwagwag Falls (Davao Oriental)
- 19. Tudaya Falls (Davao del Sur)
- 20. Hulugan Falls (Laguna)
- 21. Kilangin Falls/Bukal Falls (Laguna)
- 22. Merloquet Falls (Zamboanga)
- 23. Bulingan Falls (Basilan)
- 24. Tapao Falls (Cagayan)
- 25. Lulugayan Falls (Samar)
- 26. Tinuy-an Falls (Surigao del Sur)
- 27. Panigan Underground River and Waterfalls (Sultan Kudarat)
- 28. Kabantian Falls (Bohol)
- 29. Can-Umantad Falls (Bohol)
- 30. Sagpulon Falls (Misamis Oriental)
- 31. Bugtong Bato Falls (Antique)
- 32. Igpasungaw Falls (Antique)
- 33. Gantungan Falls (Bukidnon)
- 34. Alalum Falls (Bukidnon)
- 35. Cathedral Falls (Lanao del Norte)
- 36. Dibulo Falls (Isabela)
- 37. Ganano Falls
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1. Tinago Falls (Lanao del Norte)
Tinago Falls is one of the most remarkable waterfalls in the Philippines. Water drops down in hundreds of streams into a mesmerizing blue-green basin. Its grandiose will make you wonder if it’s a setup for fantasy story rather than an actual location.
Tinago Falls is located outside Iligan City, which is also called the City of Majestic Waterfalls. Tourists need to descend about 300 steps to reach the waterfall. There’s a raft for use so you can get near the falls itself.
2. Maria Cristina Falls (Lanao del Norte)
Maria Cristina Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the country. Locals knew it mostly from a folk tale involving two lovely maidens, Maria and Cristina, who died and were buried under the falls.
Maria Cristina Falls isn’t just a wonder for travelers — Maria Cristina Falls is also an important source of electric power for Iligan City and other provinces in Mindanao. It towers at 320 feet. Its main stream is separated by a rock; thus, it is also referred to as twin falls.
Maria Cristina Falls is located on the boundaries of the barangays Maria Cristina, Ditucalan and Buru-un.
3. Limunsudan Falls (Bukidnon/Lanao del Norte)
At 872 feet, Limunsudan Falls is reputed to be the Philippines’ second highest waterfalls, next to Aliwagwag Falls. It consist of two main drops of probably the same height. During peaceful times, Limunsudan can be be reached through the Butuan-CDO-Iligan Road and CDO-Dominorog-Camp Kabaritan Road. To visit the falls, you need to get permission from the Higaonon tribe, the indigenous people living in the hinterlands of Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur and Bukidnon.
– From Harry of Harry Balais on Limunsudan Falls
4. Asik-Asik Falls (Cotabato)
Asik-Asik Falls is a unique series of waterfalls that is 140-meter wide and up to 25-meter high settled in the forested portions of a mountain range in Alamada, North Cotabato.
The underground where Asik-Asik Falls flows from is connected to the base of Mt. Ragang, an active stratovolcano lying in the boundaries of North Cotabato and Lanao del Sur. Geologists explain that the bed rock within the mountain range is volcanic and is highly fractured. There is a water table higher than the riverbed, which functions like a spring. That is where the water is coming from. This makes Asik-asik falls part of a unique geological formation.
Asik-Asik Falls was first discovered in 2012 when a photo of the falls was posted on Facebook by a visiting soldier. It went viral. From being a hidden gem before the photo came out, Asik-Asik Falls is now one of the most visited tourist destinations in SOX (SOCSKSARGEN) region in Mindanao and considered one of the best waterfalls in the Philippines.
– Louie of Nomad Perspectives on Asik-Asik Falls
5. Sinulom Falls (Cagayan de Oro)
Sinulom Falls is an up-and-coming tourist destination in Cagayan de Oro. Its name is derived from “sulom,” meaning black ants; according to an old story, during a time of drought, people ran here like ants for water source.
Sinulom Falls features 30 streams, with the highest at 30 meters — giving it one of the most unique aesthetics among the waterfalls in the Philippines. The streams fall directly into the Cagayan River, which passes through Cagayan Oro and Bukidnon.
6. Pulang Bato Falls (Negros Oriental)
Pulang Bato Falls are twin falls located in Valencia, Negros Oriental. The other one is smaller, with green basin; its twin meanwhile is a cool blue surrounded by reddish rocks. The name “Pulang Bato” (red rock) is apt for the latter. This unique waterfall is said to have therapeutic effects, with the red hue an indication of rich minerals.
The twin falls of Pulang Bato are located inside a resort, which makes it a perfect element to a relaxing weekend in the province. We recommend visiting here to experience dipping for its supposedly healing effects or just gazing at the wonderful colors of this waterfall.
7. Casaroro Falls (Negros Oriental)
With its thick lush of forest and the waterfall’s narrow and astounding height of 100 meters, Casaroro Falls is one of the grandest and most photographic waterfall in Negros Oriental. Getting there is not easy because you need to trek from steep stairs and rock boulders for about 20 minutes. The stunning view, the wind chills and icy cold pool will make you think that the tiring adventure is worth it and a must visit in Negros Oriental.
– Christoeffer of Four-eyed Laagan on Casaroro Falls
8. Niludhan Falls (Negros Oriental)
Niludhan falls is the pride and joy of Negros Oriental. It is a natural attraction that has yet to be explored by most. This waterfalls is hidden deep within the city’s forests and sugarcane plantations. The waterfalls is around 25 meters wide and has a 40 meter vertical drop that builds this beautiful curtain of water. In summer the stream is thin but it still does look amazing. The plants around the area are also magnificent. The white color of the falls, the green color of the plants and the blue color of the sky makes every angle of any picture a perfect shot.
– Jeffrey of Traveling Morion on Niludhan Falls
9. Mag-aso Falls (Negros Occidental)
Mag-aso Falls is located in Barangay Oringao, in the city of Kabankalan, Negros Occidental. “Mag-aso” originated from the hiligaynon word “aso”, which means smoke. It refers to how the twin cascades of Mag-aso Falls create “smoke” or mist as the water falls. It has a height of 8 meters. Its powdery-blue water is one of the major reasons that a lot of people have started taking notice of it.
– Jeffrey of Traveling Morion on Mag-aso Falls
10. Ulan-Ulan Falls (Biliran)
Ulan-Ulan Falls is one of the most beautiful falls we’ve seen, and it’s such a great wonder it’s not as popular as other waterfalls in the country. You can visit it and have it all for yourself, amidst all the surrounding greenery. It’s huge, with small umbrella pockets at the bottom reminiscent of Tumalog Falls in Cebu.
Ulan-Ulan Falls is located in Almeria, Biliran — an often overlooked province with about 30 waterfalls in its small area.
11. Tumalog Falls (Cebu)
Tumalog Falls is a beautiful waterfall in Oslob, Cebu, too tall to be captured in entirety in an ordinary camera. Similar to Ulan-Ulan Falls, it has umbrella pockets that cushion the fall of water into a gentle stream. A man-made pool has been constructed around Tumalog Falls, so tourists can enjoy a dip on waist-high water.
Tumalog Falls can be reached via 15 minutes of walking through a steep hill. It’s often included as a side trip to nearby attractions in Oslob.
12. Kawasan Falls (Cebu)
Kawasan Falls is unarguably one of the most recognizable waterfalls in the Philippines. It’s often included in promotional videos and a favorite of Instagram influencers.
Kawasan Falls is located within the mountains of Badian, Cebu. It features three tiers, with the main stream collecting into a wide pool. On good days, the water in Kawasan Falls is a turquoise blue, which changes to a shade of light green on rainy days. The pool is deep, so it’s advised to wear a lifevest. There are bamboo rafts available so visitors can reach the waterfall itself.
Aside from bathing in the main cascade of Kawasan Falls, another activity visitors can do is canyoneering.
Kawasan Falls is a main tourist attraction so expect it to get crowded on weekends, especially during the summer.
13. Cambugahay Falls (Siquijor)
I was on a media trip to Dumaguete and Siquijor last year when I discovered this little gem of a waterfall. Cambugahay is a 3-tiered waterfall, which is a great place to hang out with your friends and family in any given season.
At the lowest tier, there’s tarzan swing, where all the fun begins. The water is clear, turquoise blue and swim-able. You could also jump from the top of the falls since the base is deep enough. If you want a more quiet and peaceful ambiance, there are two more waterfalls above. Both basins are also swim-able and less frequented by visitors. People usually crowd at the 3rd tier where the tarzan swing is.
– Archana of Travel See Write
14. Kaparkan Falls (Abra)
Kaparkan Falls (also known as Mulawin Falls) is a recent discovery — a grand waterfall terraces that cascades down a mountain in Tineg, Abra. Every layer is made up of mineral rocks that took years to form, and during rainy season, it fills up with water to serves as mini-pools. The water in Kaparkan Falls is clear, sometimes with a green tint. There is also a pool at the bottom that is clear blue, reminiscent of Kawasan Falls in Cebu.
Going to Kaparkan Falls is only for the adventurous. It takes 3 hours to reach it from the town proper of Tineg. As of 2019, the road to the falls isn’t complete yet. Guests are loaded to a 6-wheeler monster jeep that traverses the mountain trail, resulting in a bumpy and uncomfortable ride. Kaparkan Falls is dried up during summer; it is open to the public from July to December.
15. Tappiya Falls (Ifugao)
When you travel to Batad in Ifugao, don’t forget to experience the relaxing, cool waters of Tappiya Falls.
It’s a grueling 2-hour trek! Most travelers prefer the route of passing through the higher part of the Batad Rice Terraces before going down the steep slope. But since we wanted to visit the village at the heart of the UNESCO Heritage site, we trekked down going to the village, then hiked going up toca a ridge, a point where you need to go down passing through some steep and uneven steps. It was exhausting, but upon seeing Tappiya Falls, it was all worth it.
– Jon of Jon to the World on Tappiya Falls
16. Bomod-ok Falls (Mountain Province)
One fine day without giving much thought, I set off for Sagada. One place that was high on my list was Bomod-ok waterfalls. However, I didn’t know that, to reach this beautiful waterfall, we have to trek for an hour through the villages, rice terraces and concrete steps.
“This waterfall better be worth it,” said my friend Pari in between gasps and pants. We had not walked even a quarter of the distance when our legs and lungs started complaining hard. It was exhausting, to say the least. But the waterfall, hidden deep in a valley, was worth the effort and the sun tan. The refreshing waterfall cascades from the top of a beautiful naturally contoured cliff to a pool below, forming a 200-ft column of water and wonder.
– Archana of Travel See Write on Bomod-ok Falls
17. Catandayagan Falls (Masbate)
Located at the western side of Ticao Island, Masbate, Catandayagan Falls towers at 100 feet. Its water rushes down straight to an emerald green sea. During summer time, its stream is weak but it’s still worth visiting. The gushing sound it makes and the serene sight it offers are relaxing to visitors.
Those who are interested in swimming here may be disappointed as it is no longer allowed even when a life vest is worn. Visitors, however, can still enjoy its cool and refreshing water by having their boat dock underneath it.
– Me-an and Lloyd of Yogo and Cream
18. Aliwagwag Falls (Davao Oriental)
A must-visit destination in Davao Oriental, known as the “Curtain Falls” or the “Stairway to Heaven”, Aliwagwag Falls is the highest waterfalls in the Philippines and is composed of more than 100 cascading waterfalls. Towering with the total of 1110 feet in length and 20 meters in width, this interesting spot is a place that is heaven on earth. What better way to lose yourself in paradise?
– Jeffrey of Traveling Morion on Aliwagwag Falls
19. Tudaya Falls (Davao del Sur)
At 100 meters in height, Tudaya Falls is said to be the tallest within Mount Apo Natural Park. It plunges from a deep ravine into a wide basin. Tudaya then gently flows down to the Sibulan River towards Davao Gulf. When the power plant became operational, the flow of the water was drastically reduced, thus stymieing the brute strength of Tudaya. On a lucky day, you may get to taste a freshly brewed highland coffee.
– Harry of Harry Balais on Tudaya Falls
20. Hulugan Falls (Laguna)
Hulugan Falls is solely located in Brgy. San Salvador, Luisiana, province of Laguna. It was a hidden gem until it has been discovered and opened to the public recently in 2015 and became a traveler’s favorite waterfall destination. It’s a majestic sight when you see it with your own eyes.
There are two ways to get here. One is a direct route to Hulugan Falls with very steep and slippery trail downhill. The other is a long way but would give you the privilege to visit another waterfall in the vicinity, the two-tiered falls named Talay Falls.
– Jerny of The Jerny
21. Kilangin Falls/Bukal Falls (Laguna)
A trek deep into the forest at the foot of Mt. Banahaw will lead you to this falls in Laguna. The locals of Liliw call her Kilangin Falls, while for those from the municipality of Majayjay, she is Bukal Falls. Mind you, she is not that easy to reach.
There are 2 trails that you can take to get to her. The trail from Barangay Bukal (hence the name) in Majayjay is a much easier option. The path is already developed and you can get to her in about half an hour depending on your pace but it requires some fees. On the other hand, the Liliw trail is free but be ready for a 2-hour long trek on a more grueling trail.
Whichever way you take, at the end of the journey, you’ll find yourself in awe in seeing the magnificence of this waterfall. She has a huge 40-foot moss-covered wall with clear aquamarine catch basin that goes 15 feet deep. Of all the waterfalls that I’ve chased, this one by far has the coldest and freshest water. If you’re not too sensitive, you can drink the water directly from its source.
– Ricci Paul of When in my Journeys
22. Merloquet Falls (Zamboanga)
Some 78 kilometers from the center of Zamboanga City and roughly 2 hours of travel time away is the town of Vitali where this stamp-worthy waterfall is located. From there, wanderers will have to travel another 14 kilometers to reach Barangay Sibulao where the eco-trek commences. The trek to the waterfall consists of some 370 steps downhill. Don’t worry, the way is already paved and developed. You will soon be rewarded by the quiet beauty that is Merloquet Falls as it slowly unravels before you at the end of the trail.
– Jeffrey of Traveling Morion on Merloquet Falls
23. Bulingan Falls (Basilan)
Bulingan Falls is a hidden gem tucked in Lamitan City, Basilan. Currently, it is one of the less-visited waterfalls in the Philippines due to the security sigma in this part of Mindanao. This 30-feet tall, 40-meter wide waterfalls has a remarkable cubic rock formation that is naturally created over the years. On a good sunny day, the pool in Bulingan Falls is a shade of deep green.
24. Tapao Falls (Cagayan)
Camiguin Norte Island is one of the best off-the-beaten-path travel destinations. The island is a playground for humpback whales and in the depths of its forests lie Tapao Falls, yet another awesome wonder Camiguin Norte is blessed with. Tapao Falls is a single-tiered waterfall, but it is split by a huge boulder on the ledge, thereby creating a stunning view. It may be one of the hardest and longest to reach, but it is definitely worth it as there are other awesome sights that await in the island.
– Harry of Harry Balais on Tapao Falls
25. Lulugayan Falls (Samar)
Lulugayan Falls is located in Brgy Literon, Calbiga, Samar. According to local folklore, Lulugayan Falls was named after an enchantress who let her hair loose or “nakalugay” in Filipino. The length of her hair was about the height of the waterfalls. Lulugayan Falls cascades through a 14-kilometer distance from Lake Kalindongan, its source, down to Calbiga River.
– Glister of Chasing Potatoes on Lulugayan Falls
26. Tinuy-an Falls (Surigao del Sur)
Tinuy-an falls is the widest multi-level waterfall in the Philippines, located deep toward the rainforest of Bislig at Barangay Burboanan, Surigao del Sur of Mindanao. It features a ravaging yet magnificent, clear waterfalls coming from the rainforest that separates Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur. It supplies water to Bislig river and flows towards the Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
– From Ervin of S1 Expeditions on Tinuy-an Falls
27. Panigan Underground River and Waterfalls (Sultan Kudarat)
Panigan Underground River and Waterfalls is located in the beautiful town of Ezperanza, Sultan Kudarat — a secluded destination that has been existed for a long time but hasn’t been explored much by travelers and other adventure seekers. It’s a gem that keeps many hidden treasures and has been distinguished as an unexplored jewel. It has a wide brink and a sturdy smash of water, but it doesn’t own a catching basin where you can dip in its cold water.
What makes Panigan Underground River and Waterfalls astonishing is the cave itself. The stream of water comes from the cave, although only the mouthpiece continuously producing cold water is visible.
– Ariel of The Little Lai on Panigan Underground River and Waterfalls
28. Kabantian Falls (Bohol)
Peacefully hidden in the lush scenery green forest with a name that has not yet been truly known to everyone is the astonishing Kabantian Falls. This must be the best and the most stunning waterfalls that you can find in the town of Loon, Bohol. It is located between Brgy Cantaongon and Canmaag, and only few locals are familiar with this waterfall.
The Kabantian Falls has two tiers. The first tier is standing around 8 feet and it bears a wide brink that looks like a small version of Tinuy-an Falls in Surigao Del Sur. It doesn’t have a deep catching basin where you can swim, but the water is really cold. The second tier of Kabantian Falls is like a water stairway, as it features six drops before reaching the catching basin. The water also flows from springs in some upland barangays. Some of the local makes use of this by creating their own bathing and washing areas.
– Ariel of The Little Lai on Kabantian Falls
29. Can-Umantad Falls (Bohol)
Can-Umantad Fall’s main cascade towers at a height of 60 feet high (imagine how high that is!) and it has a total of three layers with boulder structures that give a unique outlook of how the water flows down. The basin of the waterfalls is very shallow, so there’s no need to worry if you’re not a swimmer. A little down the falls, you’d see the next cascade which is smaller than the initial one. And its water drops into a small but clean green pool. This is where most visitors choose to relax and enjoy the scenery.
Can-Umantad Falls offers clean, fresh and cool water, perfect for those looking for a way to cool off from that intense
– Jeffrey of Traveling Morion on Can-Umantad Falls
30. Sagpulon Falls (Misamis Oriental)
The town of Jasaan in the province of Misamis Oriental has two interesting destinations: the Immaculate Conception Church, which was declared as a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum, and the Sagpulon Falls. Standing at about 100 meters, the falls draws similarities with Katibawasan Falls in Mambajao, Camiguin. Majestically standing at that height, it can definitely throw its weight down to a wide basin where tourists can play around.
– Harry of Harry Balais on Sagpulon Falls
31. Bugtong Bato Falls (Antique)
Bugtong Bato Falls might seem like your ordinary waterfall, but what makes great is that it’s actually a vast waterfall system composed of 7 tiers. Currently, only the first 3 are accessible to the regular public, and even then you’d have to climb over some really steep trail to see them. The rest of Bugtong Bato Falls can be reached through hours of trekking and requires a permit from the barangay hall in Tibiao, Antique.
32. Igpasungaw Falls (Antique)
Igpasungaw Falls is a multi-tiered, powerful waterfall in Barangay Igpatuyaw, Sebaste, Antique. Not many people know about this waterfall and it’s not surprising to know why. You need to trek for an hour in an exposed trail. Then you have to cross a fast-flowing river that can sweep you off your feet and push you downstream if you’re not careful. Finally, you need to climb and cross a mossy, slippery cliff with nothing but roots and vines to hold.
Once you arrive at Igpasungaw Falls, you will be rewarded with a majestic stair-like waterfall that roars merrily. For fun, try sliding down from any of those tiers.
– Sheila and Gian of Adrenaline Romance on Igpasungaw Falls
33. Gantungan Falls (Bukidnon)
Gantungan Fall is one of the three waterfalls inside the Center for Ecological Development and Recreation (CEDAR), a reforestation park located in Impalutao, Impasugong, Bukidnon. A less than 30-minute easy hike from the highway will take you to the topmost part of the falls but getting close to its bottom is a bit tricky. First you need to descend through a steep and slippery path then hang on tightly to the roots of a tree in order to get down to the river. Then you have to wade through the chest-deep water before you can finally see the falls up close.
– Earl of Suroy Pilipinas on Gantungan Falls
34. Alalum Falls (Bukidnon)
The 45-meter tall Alalum Falls is just beside a gorge along Sayre Highway, the main road that connects the Northern Mindanao and Davao regions. With that, it can be one of the easiest falls to access. A concrete stairway leads to the river basin, though you have to be careful as the steps may be moss covered and slippery.
Alalum Falls and its stream provide a natural boundary between the municipalities of Sumilon and Impasug-ong.
– Harry of Harry Balais on Alalum Falls
35. Cathedral Falls (Lanao del Norte)
A very accessible falls, Cathedral Falls can be found just right beside the road for everyone to see and appreciate. It is located in Barangay Waterfalls, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte, and can be reached by a 15-minute habal-habal ride from the town center for only P10-15 each person. A plunge (or a horsetail) waterfall, Cathedral Falls descends from the top of a very beautiful basaltic rock formations that resembles french fries, only they are not yellow but grayish or black.
36. Dibulo Falls (Isabela)
Although a favorite swimming spot among locals, Dibulo Falls is quite off-beaten in terms of general tourism. However, you will be pleased to see that it is properly managed by the local tourism office, with cottages and restrooms set up near the waterfall for a convenient stay.
37. Ganano Falls
Quirino may be an obscure province, but it holds a lot of hidden gems — including Ganano Falls. Ganano Falls is a 80-meter waterfall tucked amidst a forest an hour away from the nearest village in Diffun. The water falls directly against huge boulders, but you can still take a dip on the flowing stream.
Ganano Falls has three “offspring” waterfalls which you can also visit with a little detour along the way.
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Katherine Cortes is a 30-something freelance writer/editor. She likes beaches, snorkeling trips, and relaxing staycations (preferably with bath tubs!).