"Don't go chasing waterfalls," sang TLC. "Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to."
But how can we do that, when there are so many lovely cascades all over the country to set our sights on and take a dip in? This summer, pack your bags, waterproof your gear, and visit these dozen falls for a wet and wild adventure you'll never forget! (Don't forget your camera!)
Tappiya Falls in Batad, Ifugao
A visit to the world-famous Batad Rice Terraces wouldn't be complete without making the adrenaline-pumping trek to this 60-meter cascade gushing with cool, clean mountain water. Getting here is a bit of a challenge: a walk through the terraces and a trek through steep trails (You're in the mountains, after all) are definitely worth it!
Ditumabo Falls in San Luis, Aurora
If Daenerys Targaryen is the Mother of Dragons, Aurora's Ditumabo Falls is, well, the Mother (of all) Falls, as it's locally called. The 140-feet vertical rapids, which is at the end of a brief hike, is a must-visit after getting your fill of waves in Baler!
Pagsanjan Falls in Cavinti, Laguna
A lot of us have heard about its beauty in elementary, but only a handful have been lucky enough to bask in the cool waters fed by its 91-meter glory. You can hire a boat that would take you directly to the falls, but a tighter budget (and in tip-top shape) would require a challenging trek from the town of Cavinti—up and down several flights of stairs and ladders. How's that for an adventure-packed day trip?
Tarangban Falls in Calbayog, Samar
A lesser-known aquatic gem that will easily render anyone speechless, Tarangban's slope of gigantic rocks had ribbons of raging water flowing, creating a mesmerizing view that gets better (and wetter) as you come closer.
Tumalog Falls in Oslob, Cebu
After a dip with whale sharks, a trip on its own to the nearby Tumalog Falls where sheer curtains of water cascade down an Instagram-worthy, moss-covered bedrock is highly recommended. And you don't need strong swimming skills here; the water is pretty shallow, so you can dive, er, wade in worry-free!
Cambugahay Falls in Lazi, Siquijor
Cambugahay Falls may not be as grandiose as the other rapids on our list, but it's just as magical. This waterfall feeds a clear, turquoise pool, where swimming makes for a relaxing experience. Channel your inner Tarzan and rope swing into it!
Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Surigao del Sur
Waterfall chasers shouldn't miss the touted local version of the majestic Niagara Falls for its 95-meter wide water curtain. Come early in the morning as rainbows regularly appear from around 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.!
Maria Cristina Falls in Iligan, Lanao del Norte
Iligan isn't tagged as the "City of Majestic Waterfalls" for nothing. It has at least 23 waterfalls, the most impressive of which is the renowned Maria Cristina Falls. Not only is this a thing of beauty, the energy it generates also powers most of the island of Mindanao.
Limunsudan Falls in Iligan, Lanao del Norte
At 870-feet, the two-tiered waterfall is said to be the Philippines' highest. As with all beautiful things, getting here is no piece of cake: it's situated in a remote sitio hours away from city proper, and the trek could take up to three days, making it a worthy destination for the most intrepid among us.
Asik-Asik Falls in Alamada, North Cotabato
Asik-Asik Falls is considered one of the most unique waterfalls in the country, as water here seems to gush from the wide moss-covered rocky wall behind it. Its real source is a rocky spring, from which water flows in delicate curtains down the rocks.
Seven Falls in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
If ever you get the chance to go to Lake Sebu, don't miss out on its many hikong—that's T'boli for waterfalls: Hikong Alo, Hikong Bente, Hikong B’Lebel, Hikong Lowig, Hikong K’Fo-I, Hikong Ikol, and Hikong Tonok. The Seven Falls Zipline Ride lets you get a bird's-eye view of the first five falls, which are more accessible to tourists. Hikong Ikol and Hikong Tonok require some trekking.
Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel, Davao Oriental
A stairway to heaven.
This is how several travelers have described the 1,110-feet Aliwagwag Falls, said to be the tallest in the Philippines. Made up of more than 100 cascading falls, flowing on numerous rock formations, it's really a sight to see down south!
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