Davao Oriental is a province that I’ve been wanting to explore and for years now, Aliwagwag Falls has been on top of my bucket list. Seeing pictures of the majestic falls online just make me want to hop on a van, travel to Cateel and witness its beauty right before my very eyes. Unfortunately, I’ve never really found the chance to do that, until recently when I was invited to join the #ExploreDavaoOriental Familiarization Tour, hosted by the provincial tourism office for the Davao Bloggers. It was a 3-day tour of exploring all the beautiful yet underrated destinations in Davao Oriental.
Dubbed as the highest waterfalls in the Philippines, Aliwagwag Falls is made up of more than a hundred cascading waterfalls. Each tier showcases different rock formations in various shapes and heights.
True to what I’ve seen in photos, this waterfalls is breathtaking. It’s hard to believe that this jewel has endured a devastating disaster when Typhoon Pablo struck this charming little town in 2013. I’ve seen photos of the aftermath, but during my recent visit, it looks like it has already regained its former glory.
The water was cool and clear. I actually wanted to take a dip, but I was too sleepy to even think about swimming. Nonetheless, I did enjoy the view of this amazing falls while having lunch (we had lechon and grilled lobster, by the way!).
Just like any other falls in the world, Aliwagwag is wrapped with mystery. Locals believe that the waterfalls is home to unseen creatures to protect and preserve this treasure – a gift by the gods to the Mandaya Tribe of Cateel. Whether that’s true or not, my hope is that the locals and visitors will work together to preserve the beauty of Aliwagwag for the future generation.
How to Get to Aliwagwag
From Davao City, take a bus at the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) going to Cateel via the Compostella Valley Road. It’s easy to spot Aliwagwag Falls since it’s conveniently located along the highway. Travel time is around 5 to 6 hours.
Adult – Php 50.00
Children – Php 10
Table and Chair rental – Php 75.00
Monkey Bridge – Php 50.00
Zipline – Php 200
Monkey Bridge and Zipline – Php 225.00