The Philippines is rich in natural treasures and beautiful spots, making it one of the best places to visit in the world. The country is also home to several waterfalls, many of which are tucked away and hidden behind cliffs and ravines that could prove difficult to access but worth the effort of trekking through the jungle.
The following are among the top 3 waterfalls in the Philippines in no particular order.
3. Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig City
Often dubbed as the “Niagara of the Philippines”, Tinuy-an Falls is the widest waterfall in the country. Its white curtain spans an area of 95 m and has a total of 4 drops, the longest of which is 55 m high. This 3-tiered waterfall is also known for its unique feature: a rainbow in its waters between 9 am and 11 am daily. The falls is Bislig’s main attraction. This cascade waterfall is favored by many nature lovers and photography enthusiasts.
2. Maria Cristina Falls in Iligan City
The Maria Cristina Falls is the second highest waterfall in the country, with its longest drop measured at 98 m high. This twin falls is divided by a large rock starting from its brink. Quite powerful, the falls’ energy is harnessed and converted to electricity that provides power to 70% of Mindanao. The waterfall is an iconic landmark of the city. The falls is located within the NPC Nature Park where a wide range of interesting sights and fun outdoor activities can also be enjoyed by visitors.
1. Pagsanjan Falls in Laguna
The highest waterfall in the Philippines, Pagsanjan Falls is also one of the most famous. This plunge waterfall has 3 drops (1 of which is hidden), with the longest drop measured at 120 m high. The falls and the gorge belong to the Pagsanjan Gorge National Park. To reach the falls, tourists are paddled upstream by skilled boatmen in narrow canoes. Afterwards, they can enjoy the “Shooting the rapids boat ride” through 14 rapids downstream.
These stunning waterfalls are just some of the majestic wonders in the Philippines, with many other beautiful falls spread across the country, especially in Iligan City (dubbed as “City of Majestic Waterfalls”) where there are 39 waterfalls to be explored!