Maria Cristina, Mimbalut and Tinago Falls – Hail to the Iligan’s Tourism Triangle

Iligan City is hailed to be the “City of Majestic Waterfalls” due to the numerous waterfalls’ destination that can be found within the city boundaries. There are a lot of waterfalls that they can be grouped by their locations. Maria Cristina, Mimbalut and Tinago Falls are called the Tourism Triangle of Iligan City as to it positions to each corners of a triangle in Brgy. Buru-un and Brgy. Ditucalan. These water systems belong to one river system, the Agus River.

Three majestic waterfalls forms a triangle. Source: pinaytravelista

We had our vacation at Iligan City and I was thrilled to chase these grand waterfalls that makes Iligan City popular in travel destinations. I was born in Iligan but this was my first time to have an adventure on these top destinations haha!

Maria Cristina Falls

The grandiose twin falls is located at the boundaries of Brgy. Maria Cristina, Ditucalan and Buru-un. It is the most famous landmark of Iligan City because of its hydroelectric power that supplies electricity to the Northern Mindanao. This 320-feet high waterfall will make your jaws dropped in awesomeness. It is the source of Agus VI hydroelectric power plant that is operated by National Power Corporation.

Take my hand as well as my world.

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We were lucky to see Maria and Cristina during our visit because most of the day, Cristina is closed to control its harness on generating potentials. It’s like from the stunning photos in Social Science and History books during school days.

NPC also offers a nature park that has a tree top canopy walk, mini zoo, zip lines and other amenities. Unfortunately, we were not able to check out the nature park because we only had limited time for this stop.
To get there, you can ride a jeepney from the city proper and drop at Brgy. Maria Cristina – NPC intersection. There are motorcycle taxis for hire that will bring you to the Nature Park. An entrance fee of P35 per person for adults and P25 for kids.

Mimbalut Falls

This magnificent falls is located at Brgy. Buru-un, Iligan City. Water streams from the top cascades to rocks that gives more of a refreshing shower. This belongs to Iligan Paradise and Eco Park that also offers pools from the waterfalls and attractions like zip lines, ATVs and more. The pools will let you enjoy the chilling waters since Mimbalut itself does not offer a natural pool for swimming. Nonetheless, you can always enjoy the natural reinvigorating massage the waterfall offers.

Maypa ang tubig, na-fall nako. Ikaw? (c) @giselavish

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To get there, you can ride a jeepney to Buru-un from the city proper and drop at the end of the jeepney route. From there, you can ride a tricycle or pedicab to Mimbalut Falls for P10. Entrance Fee of Iligan Paradise and Eco park costs P50 per person.

Tinago Falls

This hidden majestic waterfall is located at the deep ravines of Brgy. Ditucalan, Iligan City. The mighty 240-ft natural creating offers a curtain-like water drops that cascades on your panoramic view. It offers an icy cold wide pool that will let you enjoy the rejuvenating waters. It also has rocks for climbing to have a YOLO cliff jump.

tinago falls
YOLO jump! Photo by : Dan Garcia

We did climb to a point and it was a struggle! The water showers to your face and the rocks are slippery. When we reached a small plain, it’s jumping time! Woohoo!

It also offers a waterfall rafting for only P25 per person that will give a glorious massage therapy from the falls.

Water Raft! Photo by: Dan Garcia

To get there, you can take the route to Mimbalut Falls as described above. From there, you can either ride a tricycle or a pedicab to Linamon proper. By the way! Try out Linamon’s Buko Pies! They’re simply one of the best I ever taster! *nom-nom*! When you reach the Linamon Proper, you can hire a motorcycle taxi for P50 per person to Tinago Falls jump off. An entrance fee of P50 per person should be paid inclusive of life vest/floaters. After that, you then have to hike to a descending steep 200-foot stairs until reaching the grandeur of Tinago Falls.

This shows that the Tourism Triangle is rich on natural resources that has the biggest potential of growing for a booming economy. Glad that the local government is doing its job to protect and preserve the natural beauty of these gems that will reach the succeeding generations.

There are stunning waterfalls that are not part of the Tourism Triangle but are worth the visit, like Dodiongan Falls and Limunsundan Falls which I plan to visit on my next vacation. Yay! I’m beyond excited!

How about you? When will you visit Iligan’s Tourism Triangle?

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  • Nayisss…

    • Thanks migs! Naadto pud nimo ang Mimbalut? Nalimot jud ko nimo ug sulti ato. I’ll look forward for your blog 😉

  • Makasuya imong adventure! Lingaw kaayo tan-awn. And, yeah, consistently, nice imong photos. What camera are you using?

    • Hehe thanks! Adventure nta ninyo para lingaw pud! Photos from Instagram which are I took are shot with iPhone 5s and edited with vsco and long exposure app. Salamat sa pag-appreciate! 🙂

  • Kat

    Been to Kawasan and now I want to go to these waterfalls as well! I’ve heard a lot about Maria Christina Falls since I was in grade school! I think all of us heard about it in our schools haha!

    x, Kat of Nested Thoughts

  • I’ve never been to Iligan. I hope one day I can all visit these majestic waterfalls.

  • All waterfalls you’ve been speaking about in your blog have long been penned on my bucket list. I simply can’t wait to visit them all. Your blog post causes me to be more excited to visit Iligan. Hopefully early first quarter next year I can as well run into these amazing waterfalls.

    • I’m surprised you haven’t been to these falls! You should check these out and visit some other falls in Iligan 🙂 kuyuga ko master.. 😀

  • These are 3 good excuses again to visit Iligan. I have heard that there are more falls pa in that place according to Jhanis Vicente. I hope you check out the others and complete the Iligan Falls Map or the True Map of Iligan Falls. 😉

    • Yes! There are at least 30 waterfalls found in Iligan City’s vicinity. That’s a lot! Year by year (because I go home ever December for vacation) I’ll chase those waterfalls and hopefully could create that map! Thanks for the suggestion sir!

  • Iligan is surely the waterfalls capital of the Philippines. Haha! Harnessing potential energy from falling water is one of the basic examples of energy transformation. A higher mass flow mean more energy as the PE = KE = .5(mass)(velocity)(velocity). Ugh. I want to work as an engineer there!

  • Ahhh, my most remembered waterfalls of all time. Mainly because of hearing about it nonstop in elementary and about the power plant that’s built within it. Haha. Although it really is quite beautiful and looks so good to jump and swim on!

  • Rea Alducente

    Ahhh the famous hand photo! LOL 🙂 Nice kaayo ang pics. I wanna jump right from my screen. Hahaha.

    The tourism triangle is a learning point for me. Thanks for the info. That’s very interesting. Maria Cristina is so famous. Of course, it was always in the books. I have to find time to visit these falls but for now, I’ll enjoy the photos (because staring at photos is what I do best, haha).

  • I haven’t been to Iligan yet, but this post and those pics sure made it more tempting to go! I’ll bring my girlfriend along because she loves the adventure of going to waterfalls. 🙂

  • I haven’t been to Iligan yet but this post made it more tempting! I hope I get to go here with my girlfriend soon.

  • Kanindut ba diha oy! I hope makaadto ko diha puhon kuyog sa uyab! Hehe

  • I have never been to Iligan but I long to visit these waterfalls for like ages ago. It has been always on my bucket list but I didn’t have time to explore more of Mindanao. Just visited few places like Davao, Kidawapan and North Cotabato. Poor me. Guess I am not laagan after all. HAHAHA.
    Bring the whole trekkers club there following the triangle of tourism trail and we could have the Mega Trek that we never had.

    But seriously, you’re post made me wanna check these waterfalls out. Another reason why you should bring us there aside from Kinason beach. 🙂

  • These spots were just a few hour drive from my hometown specially tinago falls and it’s a shame that I haven’t visited even one of the falls mentioned. I’ll be coming home by December, I guess I need to schedule Tinago on my itenerary. 🙂

  • So…beautiful. I’ve only seen and heard of Maria Cristina Falls in the books. So great of you to have visited all three. The only thing that is stopping me from really enjoying a waterfall is my inability to swim. Hahaha. I have to push the partner to swing and jump (okay, not really) so he could enjoy it on my behalf.

  • Im really curious about a place to stay in front of the waterfalls? Great shots chris.

  • I’m baffled because nobody has mentioned Illumanati in your comment as of this moment, so let me be the first one to do that. I can still remember Maria Christina Falls in my elementary textbooks. It was awesome in the black and white ink but it looks better in your photos.


    • Waahh haha bitaw murag illuminati ang triangle nya hail pjud akong title waahhh haha

      Anyway, thank you!

  • sooperelmoh88

    Even if Ma. Cristina Falls is just an hour away from my hometown, wala pa gyud nako siya navisit. I have been to Tinago falls though but not in Mimbalut. If naa ka Iligan then naa sad ko Lanao, itour niya ko sa uban falls sa Norte.

  • I only know Maria Cristina waterfalls through books. This is wonderful. I hope to visit iligan soon!

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