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Top 5 Waterfalls found in Mindanao

Mindanao is blessed with a lot of natural spots like beaches, lakes, mountains and waterfalls. If the invasion of foreign and local visitors in key tourist sites is an indication of a shift in the stereotyping of Mindanao, then the island is now truly ripe for the world to see. Just as an example, take a look at these beautiful waterfalls you can visit once you decide to lay eyes on Mindanao.
 
 1. Asik-Asik Falls
  Asik-Asik Falls is by far the most unique waterfall you will see in Mindanao. This 140-meter curtain spring waterfalls’ gem is its landscape. Unlike most waterfalls, there is no known source of water above the falls. Instead, water just comes out from a towering wall bedecked with ferns and moss, a unique phenomenon that entices visitors to this natural wonder.

People planning to do this though needa bit of patience, as the trip involves a one-and-a-half hour habal-habal ride, mostly on pot-holed roads of Alamada town in North Cotabato. From Manila, fly to Cotabato City and take a van to the town of Midsayap where there are plenty motorcyles catering to tourists.
 
 2. Aliwagwag Falls
  The Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel, Davao Oriental is renowned for its lush vegetation on both of its sides, adding extra beauty to the more than 130 cascading waterfalls spanning 1,110 feet. The creation of the new and partly cemented roads going to Barangay Aliwagwag makes the visit more convenient. At the foot of the falls, there is a concrete bridge perfect for getting a panoramic view of this natural creation. From there, Aliwagwag Falls appears almost like a stairway to heaven.

The provincial government of Davao Oriental collects a minimal entrance fee for the upkeep of the eco-park that has seen an influx of tourists lately. Added attractions here are a zipline and a monkey bridge where tourists can cross above the waters of Aliwagwag. Both are definite must tries for adrenaline junkies.
 
 3. Bani Falls
  If you are aiming for a little more adventure, you should visit Bani Falls in Arakan Valley in North Cotabato. Before reaching the base of this 100-meter, two-tier waterfall, you have to trek for two hours at the hills and plateaus of Arakan.

Bani Falls, also known as Matigol Falls, is a multi-tiered waterfall with an astounding height of about 500 meters from its first tier down to its final basin. It has five major cascading tiers and each has a basin that serves as its natural pool. Although it requires an exhausting walk, visitors are always raving about the grand view of Bani, and the sound of gushing water which is music to the ears.
 
 4. Tinago Falls
  The breathtaking Tinago Falls is situated on the boundary of Barangay Purakan of the town Linamon and Barangay Ditucalan of Iligan City. It is widely regarded as the most beautiful of all the waterfalls in the region. Its name is derived from the Filipino word “tinago” which means “hidden”, because the falls are hidden in a deep ravine accessible via the 500-steps winding staircase.

The water comes from the outflow of the man-made Lanao Lake in the town of Baloi, flowing to the Agus River that cuts into two channels before going to Iligan Bay. One channel goes to the famous Maria Christina Falls, also in Iligan City, and the other to Tinago Falls. The cold water plunges from a 240-feet high cliff into a deep blue-green natural pool that is ideal for swimming and lounging.
 
 5. Tinuy-an Falls
  The province of Surigao del Sur has been welcoming more and more locals and numerous international travelers because of its natural wonders,which has turned the region into a popular tourist destination in Mindanao. One of the major draws in Surigaodel Sur these days is the Tinuy-an Falls. Located on the slopes of Bislig in Surigaodel Sur, Tinuy-an Falls is referred to as the “Little Niagara Falls” of the country. It is quite huge, spanning 95 meters in width and its water cascades 55 meters high – enough to resemble a wide white curtain usually seen in theaters.

Visitors should ride a bamboo raft to get closer to the base and enjoy the massive splash of water. It only takes 200 steps to reach the second and third level of Tinuy-an where you can sit or lean on the rocks and let the water massage your back.
 
These are just a few of the innate wonders that can be explored in beautiful Mindanao, a place so misunderstood that a lot of people fail to appreciate its true beauty. Maybe it’s about time you change the common viewpoint and see Mindanao in a different light. A haven for nature lovers, adrenaline junkies and adventure seekers.

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