The Philippines is blessed with numerous waterfalls scattered in the different parts of the archipelago, and each Falls has its own beauty and characteristics that makes it unique and a spectacle to wonder. Seven of the highest waterfalls are found in Mindanao: five of which are in Lanao del norte, and two are found in Davao.
Let us take a look at the 10 highest waterfalls in the Philippines:
|1. Aliwagwag Falls - 1,100 Feet|
Aliwagwag Falls is the highest waterfall in the country with an over-all height of 1,110 feet (388 meters) and is regarded as one of the most awesomely beautiful falls in the Philippines. It is situated in the middle of a forest in Cateel, Davao Oriental. This towering waterfall has a cascade of 13 rapids which amazingly look like a huge stairway with 84 steps of varying heights.
|2. Limunsudan Falls - 870 Feet|
Lanao del Norte
The second highest waterfall in the country is the Limusudan Falls. This two-tiered falls has a combined height of 870 feet. Its lower cascade alone measures 400 feet, higher than the entire height of Maria Cristina Falls. It is located in Barangay Rogongon, Iligan City.
|3. Busay Falls - 797 Feet|
Busay Falls is one of the major tourist attractions in Bohol. It has a height of 243 meters with an average width of 6 meters. The waterfall consists of seven stages and lies on the Loboc River where foreign tourists and locals enjoy winding in the river on board small bancas of floating restaurants.
|4. Abaga Falls - 640 Feet|
Lanao del Norte
Abaga Falls is located 15 kilometers southwest of Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte and can only be reached through hiking. It has a height of 640 feet.
|5. Tudaya Falls - 492 Feet|
Davao del Sur
Tudaya Falls is located in Sta Cruz, Davao Del Sur near the Mount Apo, the Philippines highest mountain peak. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country. With the height of 492 feet (150 meters) it is the tallest waterfalls in Mt. Apo National Park. The site is about three hours drive from Davao City.
|6. Tamaraw Falls - 423 Feet|
The 423-foot Tamaraw Falls is located near a road in Barangay Villaflor, near the city of San Teodoro in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. It is a series of smaller waterfalls that converges to the main waterfalls cascading down to the water basin below. This natural wonder provides one of the most spectacular sights to behold.
|7. Pagsanjan Falls - 393 Feet|
Pagsanjan Falls or the Magdapio Falls is a premier tourist destination located in Laguna, and is regarded as one of the most beautiful and famous waterfalls in the Philippines. This Horsetail type waterfalls is 393 feet (120 meters) in height. To reach the Falls, visitors need to negotiate a series of long and winding water rapids of varying degrees on-board a small raft navigated by the local "bankeros."
|8. Maria Cristina Falls - 320 Feet|
Lanao del Norte
Because of the numerous waterfalls in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte, the Maria Cristina Falls was nicknamed as the "City of Majestic Waterfalls." It is also known as the "Mother of Industry" since it supplies 80% of the total energy need of the Mindanao region. It lies on the the Agus River and is sometimes called the "Twin Falls" since the flow is separated by a rock at the brink of the waterfall. This natural wonder has a total height of 320 feet.
|9. Katibawasan Falls - 250 Feet|
Katibawasan Falls is a majestic 250-foot waterfalls in the Island of Camiguin, a pear-shaped volcanic island lying in the Bohol Sea, some 54 kilometers southeast of the famous Chocolate Hills in Bohol and some 90 kilometers north of Cagayan de Oro. The Falls cascades to a rock pool surrounded by ground orchids, wild ferns, trees, and boulders.
|10. Tinago Falls - 240 Feet|
Lanao Del Norte
Last but certainly not the least is the Tinago Falls hidden in a deep ravine some 13 kilometers away from the city proper in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. This fan-type waterfalls is 240 feet (73.1 meters) in height.