Location: Aliwagwag, Cateel, Davao Oriental
Type: Tiered, Cascade, Fan horsetail

Reputed to be as the highest waterfalls in the country, the majestic Aliwagwag Falls is composed of 84 tiers cascading through a height of 1110 feet and width of 70 feet.

For a nine-hour bus ride via Mati City, a visit to Aliwagwag Falls is definitely worth all the hassles. Aliwagwag Falls is simply breathtaking. It effortlessly captivated me such that it gave me an adrenaline shot to climb several tiers.

I lost count of the tiers as I slowly found myself climbing higher and higher as the beauty of the falls overwhelmed. Still, the best vantage point at this massive waterfall is at the Aliwagwag Bridge where underneath the raging waters cascade down to a river.

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Aliwagwag Falls is actually an excellent stop over when one embarks a Southeastern Philippines adventure, coming down south from the surfing paradise of Dahican Beach in Mati City up to the majestic Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig City.

I convinced my friend Thirde Marquez to come along with me in this trip. And he was not disappointed. Although there is another waterfalls that can be visited on that day, we were visibly overwhelmed by Aliwagwag Falls and so we passed it up.

How To Get There:

  • From Manila: take any Davao City-bound flight of PAL, Cebu Pacific, Zest Air, and Air Asia.
  • From Davao: take a Cateel-bound Bachelor bus at the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal. Bus leaves at 1:30AM. Travel time is at least 9 hours.
  • From Cateel: contract a habal habal going to Aliwagwag Falls. Travel time is 30 minutes.

Note: This is part of LegendHarry‘s ambitious travel project: Chasing Philippine Waterfalls.


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