Mimbalot Falls in Iligan

Before I talked more about Hong Kong, let me continue with my stories about summer (that’s how much I am so delayed with blog posts). The last time I mentioned about our trip in Iligan. If you can read the post, it says part 1. Obviously, this is part 2. 🙂

To recap, Manong Driver gave us two options. Because his services were getting more expensive, we chose the waterfalls closer to the city, which was Mimbalot. This was roughly 10 to 15 minutes away from NPC Park, and we didn’t have to ride a motorcycle anymore. Instead, we hailed a jeepney, which cost only 14 pesos (7 pesos each).

How to Reach There

Tell the driver you want to be dropped off at Iligan City National School of Fisheries. Actually you wouldn’t see the sign (which you can see below) near the road. Rather, you’ll find the school with a lot of habal-habal drivers resting or waiting for passengers at the shed right outside the school. You can choose to either ride one if you don’t like walking for about 20 minutes, especially when it’s extremely hot, or save yourself some money. We picked the latter, much to the dismay of the drivers.

You’re on the right track when after 5 to 10 minutes, you’ll see this sign:

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Continue walking on the left. The right side leads to the school and its huge grounds. It’s a true-blue residential area, so don’t be surprised if you’ll pass by homes like this.

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Just follow the straight path. It wouldn’t be long before you can hear strong sounds of running water.

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And tada! You’re now at the waterfalls. It’s how accessible it is. In fact, it’s just beside a road. There’s no nearby store, though, so buy your food supplies ahead. There are many sari-sari stores along the way.

The use of the waterfalls is completely for free, and the barangay or the LGU was kind enough to provide concrete tables and benches if you want to relax, have a picnic, or simply watch Mimbalot waterfalls.

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The waterfalls looks like this:

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But if you want to see the water from its source, you can try riding the cable car offered by an eco-tourism park found right beside the waterfalls. I forgot how much it’s worth, probably around 60 pesos. You can also do other things there like ziplining.

Since we had no intention of taking a dip, Bernard and I busied ourselves wading across the shallow parts of the falls or doing this:

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After about an hour, we decided to go back to the city center. A jeepney was waiting right outside the school, but you had to be patient. It wouldn’t leave until it’s filled.

There you have it! Our very short but fun, no-frills, “we don’t have a lot of budget” half-day Iligan trip.

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