Lovers of the outdoors have a lot of amazing adventures to choose from in the Philippines. One destination to explore are waterfalls in the thousands of islands comprising the Philippine archipelago. What are the best waterfalls to visit? Let’s feature these waterfalls in this post.
Location: Bislig, Surigao del Sur (Mindanao)
Description: Tinuy-an Falls is known as the “little Niagara” of the Philippines, with its beautiful 55-meter-high white water curtain. This a multi-tiered waterfall, 95 meters in width.
Photo by: Mark Marcelino (check his Instagram account, @mark.marcelino), for more photos).
Featured post: Little Niagara called Tinuy-an (Bislig, Surigao del Sur).
Location: Cavinti, Laguna (Luzon). Cavinti is where the main falls are found; primarily accessible through the towns of Pagsanjan and Cavinti.
Description: one of the most famous waterfalls in the Philippines, Pagsanjan Waterfalls, with a cascade of 91 meters (300 feet), is one of the more famous waterfalls in the Philippines.
Photo by: VisitPinas.com
Featured post: Shooting the Rapids in Pagsanjan Falls, Laguna.
Location: Batad, Banaue, Ifugao (Luzon)
Description: Tappiya Waterfalls is situated 700 meters above sea level in the village of Batad, town of Banaue, Ifugao province. The cascade is around 30 meters, accessible through a world heritage site, the Rice Terraces.
Photo by: @mitchibelss
Featured post: Photo of the Day: Waterfalls Challenge.
Location: Camiguin Island (Mindanao)
Description: The cascading water of Katibawasan Falls is as tall as a 26-storey building, 250 feet (76 meters) to be exact.
Photo by: VisitPinas.com
Featured post: Cool Katibawasan Falls of Camiguin.
Location: Between the villages of Aguid, Pide and Fidelisan, Sagada, Mountain Province (Luzon)
Description: 200-meter cascade near the world-famous Rice Terraces.
Photo by: Elijah Hernandez (check his Instagram account, @elijah815, for more photos).
Location: Brgy. Tinaplacan, Calbayog City, Western Samar (Visayas)
Photo by: Angelo Tan Camarines (check his Instagram account, @acamarines88, for more photos). According to Angelo: “I have seen the majestic beauty of nature and the overwhelming perfection of it. To me, I consider myself blessed for being able to witness most of its kind.”
Location: Tanay, Rizal (Luzon)
Description: This is one of the 8 waterfalls in the Mt. Cayabu and Mt. Maynoba trekking circuit in Tanay.
Photo by: Rowel Golloso (check his Instagram account, @lakbaywelwel, for more photos).
Location: San Gabriel, La Union (Luzon)
Description: Tangadan Falls is a two-tier cascade, with a lower cascade dropping around 50 feet and the upper cascade with a lower drop, but with deeper and wider pool.
Photo by: Jan Gomez Villanueva (check his Instagram account, @jan_gv), for more photos).
Featured post: Go Shower in Tangadan Falls (San Grabriel, La Union).
Location: Brgy. Luka, Oslob, Cebu (Visayas)
Description: Also called “Toslob falls” or “Mag-ambak falls”. Estimates range from 50 to 100 meters of cascade, so it would be awesome if somebody can give a more definite figure.
Photo by: The well-travelled Boni Andino (check his Instagram account, @_bandino, for more photos).
Location: Cateel, Davao Oriental (Mindanao)
Description: Aliwagwag is a multi-tier waterfalls, a series of 84 ladder-like waterway. It has an overall height of 340 meters (1,120 feet) and a width of 20 meters (66 feet).
Photo by: Karen Jacob Rodriguez (check her Instagram account, @kumikhaj, for more photos). She has this to say of this photo: “Happiness in the bridge. It’s not easy (20ft lang naman babagsakan, aanudin pa) pero sulit sa ganda. Any photo can not justify the beauty of this place.”
Location: Brgy. Ditucalan, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte (Mindanao)
Description: Tinago Falls is one of the main tourist attractions of Iligan City. It has a cascade plunging 240 feet. The bottom of the waterfall holds a deep, cold pool of water.
Photo by: Joan Marie (check her Instagram account, @jmeespi, for more photos).
Location: Luisiana, Laguna (Luzon)
Photo by: Mon Villaverde (check his Instagram account, @mon.villa, for more photos). In the words of Mon: “There more than 7,641 reasons why The Philippines is one of the best in the world when it comes to Adventure and Culture. I don’t use filters to change the way nature looks just to have more appreciation, because I believe organic composition is still the unbowed way of promoting a natural attraction like the beautiful Hulugan Falls in Luisiana, Laguna.”
Location: Kaputian, Samal Island (Mindanao)
Description: Hagimit Falls is a multi-tiered waterfalls.
Photo by: Ress Del Fonso (check her Instagram account, @iamdfress, for more photos). She says: “No matter where or why you travel there’s always something wonderfully new to be found.”
Location: Lazi, Siquijor (Visayas)
Description: “Cambugahay is a three-tiered waterfall and it’s uber clean and blue! Easy to reach, you can swim, jump off the falls or use the tarzan swing for a quick adrenalin rush!”
Photo by: Rowie Pagcaliwagan (check his Instagram account, @rowiepoly, for more photos). Description is also from Rowie.
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Location: Linawan, San Andres, Romblon (Visayas)
Description: Mablayan Falls flow into a 20-foot deep pool of cool, blue-green waters.
Photo by: Jon Chavez (check his Instagram account, @j0nsport, for more photos).
Featured post: Swinging Happiness at Mablaran Falls, Romblon: Photo of the Day.
Location: San Felipe, Zambales (Luzon)
Photo by: @cs_jazz
Featured post: Anghalo Falls (San Felipe, Zambales): Photo of the Day.
Location: San Isidro, San Marcial, Abra (Luzon)
Description: Tiggalay is a terraced waterfall, around 30 meters in width and 524 meters in length.
Photo by: Ivy Martinez (check her Instagram account, @ayveeeeeee, for more photos).
Location: Barangay Upper Dado, Alamada, North Cotabato (Mindanao)
Description: Nestled in the slopes of Mount Ragang, famous for its curtain-like spring falls. There’s no river above the waterfalls. It’s face is a 60-meter high wall carpeted with ferns and moss.
Photo by: Carlo MC (check his Instagram account, @carlomcfoto, for more photos).
Location: Foot of Mt. Paliparan, Brgy. Cuyambay, Tanay Rizal (Luzon)
Photo by: Ordinary Human (check his Instagram account, @dealwithdavid, for more photos).
Location: Monkayo, Compostela Valley (Mindanao)
Description: Also called Falls 1, it is a 80-feet curtain of cascading water.
Photo by: Jay (check his Instagram account, @mr.jderramas, for more photos). “The perfect outdoor shower Awao Falls of Monkayo, Compostela Valley,” Jay says.
Location: Valencia, Negros (Visayas)
Description: Located 9.4 kilometers west of Dumaguete City, the 100-foot cascade of Casaroro Falls is probably the most photographed waterfall in the entire Negros province.
Photo by: RoxC (check her Instagram account, @rox_cute, for more photos). In her own words: “The trail is rather exciting than hard. Just watch out for the stairs. It will definitely make you breathless. Other than that, you will enjoy the trail from crossing the river to finding your way up and down some big rocks.”
Location: Zamboanga City (Mindanao)
Photo by: Paul Labiste (check his Instagram account, @wander_paul, for more photos). A big tease, this guy. He said: “Taking a portion instead of framing it whole to leave you wanting more, and make you want to see it for yourself.” Nice.
Location: Antipolo City, Rizal (Luzon)
Photo by: Ciara Vibal (check her Instagram account, @ciaraviii, for more photos). “Just go with the flow,” she said.
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Location: Lamitan, Basilan (Mindanao)
Photo by: Redwin (check his Instagram account, @redoutthere, for more photos). He said: “One has to conquer fear if one wants to see nature’s magic and beauty. Hidden in Lamitan’s forrest, Bulingan Falls is a must see attraction when visiting Basilan. It has a natural beauty that will attract you and will make you just stare into it.”
Location: San Quintin, Abra (Luzon)
Photo by: arjayborillo (check his Instagram account, @r.jay.b.ph, for more photos). “Certainly a spot not to be missed,” he said. We agree.
Maria Cristina Falls
Location: Iligan City (Mindanao)
Description: Watch the video.
Video by: Brenda Angeles Laurente (check her Instagram account, @brenderitas). This is the only video in this article, reflecting the majesty of this waterfalls.
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