The Philippines is home to the best and the most breathtaking places that will definitely be worth of your visit. Places like Palawan, Boracay, Cebu, and many more would definitely make you want to go back more once you see them. Iligan City is one of the places and it is where some of the most mysterious and gorgeous sceneries reside; waterfalls, rivers, you name it!
Dodiongan Falls is located in Brgy. Digkilaan, Iligan City; in estimation, it is somewhere between 14-15km from the city proper. It is a 20-meter high water splitting beauty that will surely take your breath away. It contains a large pool of cold (I should say refreshing) water that is perfect for swimming and it has diving spots where travelers can try without having the fear of bumping into rocks. We’re not that too lucky during our visit because the basin’s water is not as clear as what we’ve expected due to heavy rains the past few days.
The falls is somewhat peculiar, but magnificent because the flow of water is interrupted by an irregular oddly shaped rock which separates the flow of water; making it look like it has two (2) sources of water from above. Yep, the waterfall’s shape resembles to the angel’s wings! Visiting this beauty would definitely make your vacation worthwhile and you will surely come back and visit it again.
It is a common misconception that the Dodiongan Falls is under the ordinance of Brgy. Bonbonon. The magnificent “Angel-Winged Falls” is under Brgy. Digkilaan, not Brgy. Bonbonon. According to one of the locals we’ve met, the waterfall is politically-covered by Digkilaan it’s just so happening that the easiest jump-off point is at Barangay Bonbonon. Do not get confused, just follow the how to get there guide and you should be fine.
This falls is probably one of the most beautiful falls you will see in our country. The amazing shape, its magnificent waters, and peaceful environment will make you want to move to Iligan City. Visit this wonder now and be astounded by what our country can offer!
Barangay Digkilaan is also called by the locals as Dingkila-an or Digkila-an.
- Bring food, water, and anything you want to bring because there are no nearby stores
- Your feet will get wet because you will have to cross the stream twice
- No littering PLEASE!
- Check your camera's battery(ies) because the scenery you are about to see will leave you stunned and dumbfounded
- Bring swimming attire or comfortable clothes for (short) trekking and (of course) swimming
HOW TO GET THERE
- Iligan City is more or less 3-hour bus ride from Cagayan de Oro City; and more or less 2-hour coaster/bus ride from Laguindingan Airport (the nearest airport).
- If you're coming from Ozamis City, ride in a bus bound to Iligan City or Cagayan de Oro City - travel time is more or less 3 hours (including the Ozamis-Mukas 15-minute roro trip).
- Travel time from Pagadian City is more or less 6 hours (bus).
From: Iligan City to Dodiongan Falls
- OPTION 1 : From the city proper, ride in a jeepney or multicab with the route going to Acmac or Dalipuga or Sta. Felomena. Tell the driver to drop you in Barinaut Terminal. FARE is Php7.00 and travel time is more or less 10 minutes. From Barinaut, you take habal-habal going to the jump-off point in Barangay Bonbonon. FARE is Php35.00/head (minimum of 2 passengers) and travel time is 20-30 minutes.
- OPTION 2 : There are passenger jeepneys at the Public Market with direct route from the city proper to Barangay Digkilaan. FARE is Php30.00 – Php45.00 and travel time is more or less 30 minutes. Tell the driver to drop you off at the crossing going to Dodiongan Falls (sign: the newly-constructed bridge). Sorry, but I don’t have the exact information on fare, but, it’s more or less Php40.00. From the crossing/bridge, ride in habal-habal going to the starting point of the trek in Barangay Bonbonon.
From the starting point in Barangay Bonbonon, Dodiongan Falls is more or less 15-minute walk (includes crossing the stream twice). Don’t worry, it’s an easy trek! Ask any locals to guide you going to the location of the waterfall.
Our guide on this trip is James, a local kid we meet in Barangay Bonbonon. If you’re planning to visit Dodiongan Falls, you can contact him as a guide. BTW, his mobile number: +639093642363.
I would like to say thank you to these wonderful dabarkads in Iligan for joining me in this adventure: Janette, Luige, Lala, Jam, Jayson, Norben, Arnie, Princess, Joan, Liza, Emyat, Demie, and Mitch! You guys are indeed great adventure buddies!
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