This post is part 1 of 3 of our 3-waterfall, 1-day adventure in Iligan City.
- Part 1: Maria Crisitina Falls
- Part 2: Tinago Falls
- Part 3: Mimbalot Falls
- How much did I spend on that day?
The plan was to meet at Jollibee Aguinaldo (our favorite meeting point) in Iligan City, have lunch there and start visiting the 3 waterfalls that we had planned for that day – Maria Cristina Falls, Tinago Falls and Mimbalot Falls.
Since each waterfall has many details I would create blog post for each waterfall to cover all the details that I know about them. This blog post concentrates on Maria Cristina Falls.
12:00 NN – We met at Jollibee Aguinaldo and ate lunch there. After this we walked to the intersection of Araneta Street and Roxas Avenue as the Buru-un bound jeepney will pass by.
12:53 PM – We got inside the jeepney bound for Buru-un. We told the conductor that we were heading to Maria Cristina Falls, he replied “NPC” and we said yes. We paid him 11 Pesos/person for our trip going there.
NPC means National Power Corporation. Maria Cristina Falls is located inside the compound of Agus VI Hydroelectric Power Plant. And I will sound like an encyclopedia if I continue with this.
1:09 PM – We got down the jeep at the intersection of the National Highway and the road going to NPC and started walking to the entrance of the compound of the Hydroelectric Power Plant. Jeepney travel time was 16 minutes.
While walking a habal-habal driver went to us and offered us to drive us to Tinago Falls and bring us back. He offered 350 Pesos which includes a short visit to Mimbalot Falls. We told him that we were going to think about it first and we’ll call him when we have decided. Then we continued our walk.
1:16 PM – We arrived at the entrance of the power plant. Around 7 minutes walk from the highway. We then registered and paid the entrance fees.
- 35 Pesos/person – Entrance Fee
- 10 Pesos/person – Vehicle Ride, but we had to pay 50 Pesos for this as we are only 2 persons and the minimum number of persons/group is 5 persons.
From the last time that I was here they have made significant improvements since my visit there last 2010.
The guard then instructed us to wait on the side for the transportation that goes around the compound.
1:23 PM – The transportation that would take us around arrived. We rode it and take us to whatever place they would take us.
Just so that you will not be shocked. The shuttle that would take you around the NPC Nature’s Park is also used by employees of the Hydroelectric Power Plant. You will also share this with other travelers if in case you get to arrive at the same time with them.
Where will the shock come from? I find it weird that there’s a minimum number of persons for the transportation if there are other people who will be riding with you if you’ve already paid for the other seats. But that’s their rules, we just have to follow. But I hope this changes as it’s weird. But then again the 50 Pesos was worth it.
Anyways, the transportation took us first to their Botanical & Zoological Gardens. Along the way we saw this.
1:27 PM – We were dropped at the Botanical & Zoological Gardens. Which is actually a small zoo.
I think we’ve arrived at a bad time as most of the place are closed.
Since there was not much to do there, we walked back to where we were dropped and asked the guard on duty there to call on the shuttle again and pick us up to head to Maria Cristina Falls.
1:42 PM – The shuttle arrived and we rode it to our next destination inside the compound.
There were times that I wanted to have the shuttle stop as I found the view really beautiful to take a photo but the driver told us that since we are inside the compound of a Hydroelectric Power Plant which provides electricity around Mindanao we are in a very high restricted area so we can only go down on designated stops.
1:45 PM – We stopped a short concrete bridge with funky smell of bat poop in the air.
Then we walked to their pavilion to get closer to the Agus River.
Then we walked back to the entrance of the pavilion and went up the stairs.
After spending some time on the viewing deck on one of the top floors of the building, we decided to go down to where we were dropped off by the shuttle and wait for it to fetch us back.
We asked a security guard on where should we wait and he pointed us to where the registration for the zipline was.
I wanted to do the zipline then but had to control myself as it was already half of the afternoon and we still have 2 waterfalls to visit.
We asked the security guard posted on the area to know where should we wait for the shuttle, he said that we would there and he radioed to the shuttle.
2:30 PM – The shuttle arrived and stopped at the tunnel with the funky poop bat smell. Since we were afraid that other visitors would take all the sits we walked going there and rode the shuttle. Turns out we were the only one who will be riding the shuttle.
During transit we contacted the habal-habal driver to pick us up at the entrance to get to Tinago Falls.
2:33 PM – We arrived at the entrance and thanked the shuttle driver for his services. When we got out of the gate it was also the time when our habal-habal driver arrived.
We rode the habal-habal and were off to Tinago Falls, which I will write on another post.
The total time we had from the time we reached the gate to the time we exited the gate of NPC Nature’s Park was 50 minutes.
I wished we could have stayed longer and try the zipline and the canopy adventure but it was our fault for starting late because we still had to work in the morning to provide for our daily needs and to pay for our travels.
NPC Nature’s Park Details
Maria Cristina Falls is located inside the NPC Nature’s Park so I’ll write about the details on NPC Nature’s Park.
I’m actually confused with this as there are two schedules posted on the registration area of the park.
And this one.
According to the staff on duty the 9AM-5PM with no Tuesday schedule was for the Zipline and Canopy Adventure. The 9AM-4PM was the NPC Nature’s Park in general, I’m not sure though if they are open daily.
Just to be sure though assume that this is their operating schedule.
- 9AM to 4PM
- Open daily except Tuesdays.
A note on the Vehicle Ride. The vehicle ride requires a minimum of 5 persons. Therefore if you are only 2 persons, like we were when we visited, you would be paying for 5 persons, which would result to 50 Pesos.
Here’s what we paid on our visit there.
|35 Pesos||Entrance Fee||35 Pesos/person|
|25 Pesos||Vehicle Ride for 2 persons (50 Pesos)||10 Pesos/person, minimum of 5 persons|
I hope you got the example above.
Ride a Buru-un bound jeepney and tell the driver to drop you off at NPC or Agus. Or just say that you are heading to Maria Cristina Falls. Fare was 11 Pesos/person. Travel Time was around 20 minutes. Jeepney bound for Buru-un are available from 5AM to around 9PM.
You will be dropped off right after the Buru-un Bridge. Cross the highway and walk along the road that is parallel to Agus River up to the entrance of NPC Nature’s Park. Walking time was around 5 minutes.
Register and pay the entrance fee and vehicle fees. Check the rates above.
After paying there wait for the shuttle to arrive to take you around the compound.
Go back the same way you went there.
But better if you continue to Tinago Falls and Mimbalot Falls. You can do this by riding a jeep again bound for Buru-un or ride a habal-habal that can be located somewhere near the area though the line for the habal-habal are not easily seen.
There was a store in the pavilion where you can buy some chips, burgers and drinks.
There are comfort rooms in the Botanical & Zoological Gardens and the pavilion.
Disclosure: My travel to Iligan City was not sponsored. I went there on my own decision and with my own money. Though I did have help on planning my visit there with Lisa Marie of PinayTravelista.com.
* Details may change without prior notice.
Follow my Iligan City Series
- My Top Things to do in Iligan City (Summary)
- 10 Things you should know when traveling to Iligan City (Travel Guide)
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- Maria Cristina Falls (Must see!)
- Tinago Falls (Must see!)
- Mimbalot Falls
- Pampam Falls and Kalubihon Falls (Must see!)
- Dalipuga Falls
- Centennial Park (Sunset)
- Timoga Cold Springs
- Macaraeg-Macapagal Ancestral House