It was only 3 days left for me to leave Iligan City and knowing that it has a lot of waterfalls I wanted to visit as many as I can. I remembered when we did Pampam Falls and Kalubihon Falls that we missed one waterfall due to the arriving rain. So we quickly decided that the next day we would visit that waterfall, Dalipuga Falls.
9:30Â AM – We decided to meet again at Jollibee Aguinaldo. First we had a short breakfast and we started walking to Gaisano Mall to ride a Dalipuga bound jeepney.
10:19 AM – The jeepney started moving to Dalipuga and we told the driver to drop us off at the intersection going to Dalipuga Gym. We paid 15 Pesos/person (one-way).
There were pedicabs (bicycles with side carts) waiting in line on the road. Locally, they are called sikad.
We asked one the sikad drivers to take us to Dalipuga Falls. When they heard that we were heading to Dalipuga Falls there were offers coming from other sikad drivers to guide us up to the waterfall. We declined their offer and just concentrated on talking to our driver.
We rode the sikad and since I grew horizontally we were barely able to fit in one sit.
During transit we asked our driver if he also guides to Dalipuga Falls, he said that he does and we asked how much, he just said “Kamo na bahala.” (It’s up to you.) We did not discuss how much we would pay him there but we told him that he would be our guide. This was also where we learned that the fare was 10 Pesos/person (one-way).
Interestingly, Dalipuga Falls seems to be much more established as a visited waterfall than Pampam and Kalubihon Falls.
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10:56 AM – We arrived at the jumpoff point to Dalipuga Falls and we started walking. Travel time via sikad was 8 minutes.
After crossing a small concrete bridge we were now on the rough road that would slowly narrow down to a trail.
After a short walk to the trail we had to climb up this short but steep part.
11:11 AM – We arrived at Dalipuga Falls. 15 minutes of hiking.
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When I first saw Dalipuga Falls I was like “Mmmmmm…. are you sure this is Dalipuga Falls?” After experiencing the other falls of Iligan City, I was expecting something higher, bigger and more majestic.
The water was clear and was very inviting so I tried testing and swimming on it. That’s when I saw that the waterfalls has an interesting structure up close. So I went back for my camera and took a closer picture.
I was walking around Dalipuga Falls and I could see a few trash around the place. On my quick swim I also saw a plastic bottle underneath the pool. 🙁
During our time at Dalipuga Falls a drizzle started that made taking photos harder and our visit shorter.
11:32 AM – We starte walking back to the jumpoff point.
Â 11:50 AM – We arrived back at the jumpoff point. 54 minutes hiking time from the jumpoff to Dalipuga Falls and back to the jumpoff point.
We rode again the sikad back to the highway.
11:55 AM – We’re back at the highway. 5 minutes travel time via sikad. We paid our sikad driver/guide 100 Pesos (50 Pesos for guiding, 10 Pesos/person (one-way) for the sikad ride, plus 10 Pesos tip.)
A jeepney passed by and we rode it immediately to Iligan City Proper. 15 Pesos/person (one-way).
12:20 AM – We were back at the City Proper. Then we documented some accommodations in Iligan City.
|15 Pesos||Jeepney fare from Iligan City Proper to Intersection to Dalipuga Gym||15 Pesos/person (one-way)|
|10 Pesos||Sikad (Pedicab) Fare from Intersection at Dalipuga to jumpoff point||10 Pesos/person (one-way)|
|25 Pesos||Guide Fee (1 guide)*||50 Pesos/guide|
|5 Pesos||Tip to the guide||10 Pesos/guide|
|10 Pesos||Sikad Fare from jumpoff to the highway||10 Pesos/person (one-way)|
|15 Pesos||Jeepney fare from Dalipuga to Iligan City Proper||15 Pesos/person (one-way)|
* There’s really no standard guide fee but we decided to pay him 50 Pesos plus 10 Pesos tip since he only guided us for an hour from the jumpoff to Dalipuga Falls and back to the jumpoff. Better if you could give more.
Dalipuga Falls was the last waterfall that I visited in Iligan. I think it would be best that you would have this as your very first waterfall in Iligan City. The other waterfalls of Iligan City was higher and bigger which would make this waterfalls somewhat really small.
I wished we had more time and hope that the weather would cooperate with us. Our guide told us stories of other waterfalls in the area. Maybe that would be worth looking in to.
I think you can visit Dalipuga Falls, Pampam Falls and Kalubihon Falls with a sidetrip to see the sunset at Centennial Park in a single day.
First you need to be in Iligan City Proper. You can do that by checking my post here.
From Iligan City Proper walk to Gaisano Mall and ride a jeepney bound for Dalipuga. Tell the driver to drop you off at the intersection going to Dalipuga Gym. 15 Pesos/person (one-way). Travel Time is around 25 minutes. This would depend on how much stops your jeepney driver makes.
When you go down the intersection there are sikads waiting in line. Sikad’s are bicycle with sidecarts or a pedicab. Ride the sikad and tell the driver that you are heading to Dalipuga Falls. Fare is 10 Pesos/person (one-way). Travel time is around 10 minutes, depending on the strength of your sikad driver and your groups total weight.
From there you can ask your pedicab driver to guide you on your walk to Dalipuga Falls. There was no standard rate for the guide when we went there. But I think 50 pesos/guide for an hour is already good. Giving a higher amount is better.
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Go back the same way you went there.
Also when you reach the highway you can ride a jeepney moving away from the City Proper to Centennial Park so you can view the sunset. Fare is 7.50 Pesos/person (one-way) from here.
Stores can be found up to where you will start walking to Dalipuga Falls. But after you cross the small concrete bridge there were no more stores.
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