Attractions

Maria Cristina Falls

Written by Patrick

Maria Cristina Falls is not only beautiful, it is beneficial to the people of Mindanao too.

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Maria Cristina Falls in Iligan City

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With a height of 321.5 feet, Maria Cristina Falls is recognized as the second highest waterfall in the country.  It is located in Iligan City which is dubbed as the City of Majestic Waterfalls. Maria Cristina Falls is a sight to behold.  The mighty waterfall is surrounded by lush vegetation and its flow is separated by a rock at the brink of the waterfall hence the nickname “twin falls”.

Maria Cristina Falls is not only pleasing to the eye, it is also beneficial as it supplies more than 70% of Mindanao’s electricity, harnessed by NPC’s Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant located just a few meters from the foot of the falls.  NPC (National Power Corporation), which manages the falls, developed a park for tourists to enjoy activities such as rock climbing, trekking, and zipline.  A viewing deck can be found on the third floor of the NPC building so you can feast your eyes and take photos of this imposing beauty.  The park also has a bat cave, butterfly garden, crocodile farm, koi pond, lagoon, and orchidarium as well as a souvenir shop and cottages.

Maria Cristina Falls is located 9.3 kilometers away from the city center and is supplied by the Agus River, just like Tinago Falls.

Fast Facts

Attraction:
Maria Cristina Falls and NPC Nature’s Park
Type of Attraction:
Website:
None
Phone:
+63 (063) 221-3987 | +63 (063) 221-3988 | +63 (063)-221-9032
Hours:
Saturday and Sunday, or depending on the status of the falls and the power plant.
Closed:
Monday to Friday
Best Time to Visit:
June to October
Food & Drink:
YES
FREE WiFi:
NO
Cost:
Cost per Person:  $1-5
Payment Type:
Cash
Fees:
50 pesos ($1 USD) Entrance Fee
Notes:
Entrance to the park and access to the falls depend on the status of the falls and the power plant. It is best to contact the administration before visiting.

FLying of drones is prohibited.

Swimming is strictly prohibited due to the water’s unpredictable current.

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This attraction is located on Mindanao Island in Iligan City.

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How to Get to Maria Cristina Falls?

From Cagayan de Oro by land

  1. From Bulua Integrated Bus Terminal in Cagayan de Oro City, ride a bus to Iligan City.  Travel time is approximately 2 hours.
  2. From Iligan City center, ride a jeep to Buru-an/Linamon and inform the driver to drop you off at a corner going to Maria Cristina Falls.  From there, you can ride a habal-habal (motorcycle) or a taxi to Agus River.  Motorcycle fare ranges from P60 ($1.2 USD) to P80 ($1.6 USD).

From Manila by Air

  1. Take a domestic flight from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental, the airport nearest to Iligan City.  Travel time is approximately 1.5 hours.
  2. From Laguindingan Airport, you can ride a taxi to take you direct to Iligan City or you can proceed to Laguindingan Bus Terminal where you can ride a bus to Iligan City.  Travel time is approximately 1.5 hours.
  3. From Iligan City center, ride a jeep to Buru-an/Linamon and inform the driver to drop you off at a corner going to Maria Cristina Falls.  From there, you can ride a habal-habal (motorcycle) or a taxi to Agus River.  Motorcycle fare ranges from P60 ($1.2 USD) to P80 ($1.6 USD).

From Cebu City by Sea

  1. Take a ferry from Cebu Port Pier 3 to Cagayan de Oro City Port.  TransAsia has ships departing for CDO from Cebu at 8:00 PM from Monday to Saturday.  Travel time is 9.5 hours.
  2. From Cagayan de Oro Port, ride a jeepney to Bulua Bus Terminal where you can ride a bus to Iligan City.  Travel time is approximately 2 hours.
  3. From Iligan City center, ride a jeep to Buru-an/Linamon and inform the driver to drop you off at a corner going to Maria Cristina Falls.  From there, you can ride a habal-habal (motorcycle) or a taxi to Agus River.  Motorcycle fare ranges from P60 ($1.2 USD) to P80 ($1.6 USD).

The airport closest to Maria Cristina Falls

Laguindingan Airport (CGY) in Misamis Oriental is the airport closest to Maria Cristina Falls.  It serves the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.  Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and Philippines AirAsia have multiple flights to Laguindingan Airport from Manila daily. 

Labo Airport (OZC) in Ozamiz Oriental approximately 2 hours away from Iligan City by bus, however, the bus will have to board a ferry.

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

This attraction is closed during weekdays, or when the management deems it necessary to prohibit tourists.

Fees

Fees require payment in cash.  Credit cards are not accepted at this attraction. 

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!  

The Philippines are beautiful islands … let’s all ensure they remain this way. 

WHERE TO STAY

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NEARBY

The following are other points of interest nearby:

  • Mimbalot Falls
  • Tinago Falls
  • Triangle Park 
  • Timoga Spring Pool 
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Abaga Falls

READ MORE: Iligan City Visitors Guide

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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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