Attractions

Asik-Asik Falls

Written by Patrick

Asik-Asik Falls is a stunning natural wonder located in the municipality of Alamada in the province of Cotabato.

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Asik-Asik Waterfalls

Caption: Asik-Asik Waterfalls

What makes this waterfall truly unique is its unusual appearance – instead of the traditional cascading water from a rock formation, Asik Asik Falls features a frothy water spouting off a wall covered by lush vegetation.  One of the fascinating aspects of Asik-Asik Falls is the absence of a visible river or stream above it. The water seems to spring magically from the rocks, giving the falls a mystical and almost surreal quality.  The waterfall’s source is actually a subterranean river (a river under the earth’s surface).  The name “Asik-Asik” is derived from the local term that means “sprinkle,” which aptly describes the way water seems to sprinkle down from the verdant cliff.

Fast Facts

Attraction:
Asik-Asik Falls
Type of Attraction:
Address:
Sitio Dulao, Barangay Upper Dado, Alamada, Cotabato
Website:
None
Phone:
+63 950 568 5847
Hours:
Daily 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Best Time to Visit:
March to May
Food & Drink:
YES
FREE WiFi:
NO
Cost:
Cost per Person:  $15+
Payment Type:
Cash
Fees:
Entrance Fee
P30 ($0.60 USD) – Adult
P15 ($0.30 USD) – Children 6 to 12 years old

Parking Fee
P50 ($1 USD) – Forward, dump truck, big truck
P25 ($0.50 USD) – SUV, 4-wheel service vehicle
P10 ($0.20 USD) – motorcycle (habal-habal)
Notes:
Make sure that you are physically prepared to do the trek.

Cost per Person:  $= $1-5  |  $$ = $6-10  |  $$$ = $11-15  |  $$$$ = $15+

Asik-Asik Falls Location Map

This attraction is located on Mindanao Island in the Province of Cotabato.

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How to Get to Asik-Asik Falls?

By Air via Cotabato City

  1. Take a plane to Cotabato City.  As of this time, direct flights from Manila are being offered by Philippine Airlines only.
  2. From Cotabato City, take a van to Midsayap.  Travel time is about 2 hours.
  3. Ride a jeepney to Barangay Upper Dado and take a motorcycle to the jumpoff point.  Alternatively, you can reach Upper Dado from Midsayap via a hired motorcycle.  Travel time would be around 2 hours.
  4. Trek to the falls.

By Air via Davao City

  1. Take a plane to Davao City via major commercial airlines including Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and AirAsia.  Philippine Airlines have multiple flights to Francisco Bangoy International Airport from Manila and Cebu while Cebu Pacific offers direct flights to Davao from Manila, Cebu, and Iloilo.  AirAsia offers flights from Manila only.
  2. From the airport, head to Ecoland Bus Terminal and take a bus bound for Cotabato City.  Get off at Midsayap.  Travel time is about 4 to 5 hours.
  3. Ride a jeepney to Barangay Upper Dado and take a motorcycle to the jumpoff point.  Alternatively, you can reach Upper Dado from Midsayap via a hired motorcycle.  Travel time would be around 2 hours.
  4. Trek to the falls.

By Sea via Cagayan de Oro City

  1. You can sail from Manila to Cagayan de Oro via 2Go Travel.  The shipping company has four trips weekly – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.  The time of departure varies each day yet arrives 32 hours after departure.  Fare ranges from P2,200 ($44 USD) to P7,400 ($148 USD) depending on the type of accommodation.
  2. From the Westbound Terminal located in Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City, take a bus bound for Cotabato City.  A bus leaves CDO at 6:00 AM, 6:30 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, and 11:00 AM.  Travel time is about 4 to 5 hours.
  3. Get off at Libungan Terminal and hire a motorcycle to the jumpoff point in Barangay Upper Dado.  Travel time is about 1 hour.
  4. Trek to the falls.

The airport closest to Asik-Asik Falls?

Cotabato Airport (IATA: CBO), also known as Awang Airport, is the airport closest to Asik-Asik Falls.  It is located about 93 kilometers away, 2 hours travel time by car.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this attraction to avoid crowds is early in the morning usually before 10:00 AM.

Closures

Asik-Asik Falls is temporarily closed until further notice. Visit the Alamada Tourism Facebook Page for inquiries.

Fees

Fees require payment in cash. 

Food & Drink

Food and drinks from outside the attraction are allowed at this attraction.

Alcohol

Consuming alcohol is not allowed at this attraction.

Pets

Pets are not allowed at this attraction.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.

Trash

Please dispose of your trash properly or take it with you.  Don’t Trash the Philippines!  

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NEARBY

The following are other points of interest are nearby:

  • Daltan Falls
  • Cano Flower and Strawberry Farm
  • Palepaz Falls
  • Waterpoint Alamada
  • Alamada Falls

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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