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Palalan Falls

Also known as Manlumot Falls


Lower Falls


Upper Falls

You can start at the junction of Nestle Road along the National Highway in Tablon. From there, you can hire local motorcycles or ‘habal-habal’ and proceed to Palalan which is a populated community southeast of Nestle factory. If you have a ride, you can go directly to Palalan. Just before Palalan proper, there’s a junction where you can start your trek. Take the southbound road or trail. As shown in the map below, an hour of trekking will lead you to Datu Makapanton’s house where you secure permission.
From the Datu’s house, it’s just a short 10-minute trek to the waterfall site which is a tributary of Umalag River. Here’s a closer look of the map near the waterfall site. (Source)

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Sinulom Falls

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Sinulom Falls is located on the East side of the river, in Talakag, but best viewed from Tignapoloan.

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The Sinulom Waterfalls are located in a 5-hectare cove where the 28 curtains of water falling from a height of about 80 meter.

A waterfall sheltered by virgin forest with monkeys, different species of reptiles like lizards and snakes and different kinds of birds and butterflies.

In order to stand along the nearest curtain of the falls, one must take a ride using a “balsa” made up of bamboo sticks tied together.

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At Jehovah’s Witness, turn left and follow the downhill dirt road. Midway through the trek there is a viewing deck where the falls can be seen. Continue the trek until you reach the Pascual property, where you can view the falls located right across the river. (Source)

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Monigue Cave

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Mambuaya Cave (formerly Monigue Cave)

The cave is located in barangay Mambuaya this city; the cave entrance is flowing water from underground stream. The cave has a small opening that seems too narrow to be passable, it has a six inches airspace between ceiling and water that you have submerge yourselves one by one, equipped with a helmet and a waterproof cap lamp. It contains a beautiful sparkling formation, which is called the Calcium Carbonates (CaCO3) or Calcites. These stalactites and stalagmites, white and brown, are sign of oxidized materials that take 50 to 60 years to form an inch the cave is definitely spellbinding. There were formations of flowstone, gurpool-resembling, rice terraces, transparent crystals and picturesque speleothems, such as cathedral drapes and icons.

It would be best to join a tour group when decided to explore Monigue Cave. You can contact hotels and whitewater rafting outfitters around the city or get in touch with the City Tourism Office. This is for the reason that traveling from the highway to the exact cave site is quite rough. You can also register as a guest at the Mambuaya Barangay Hall to get assisted. (Source)

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Hanging Bridge (Mambuaya)

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From Mambuaya Barangay Hall/Plaza there is approx. 1 km on downhill dirt road. The first 2-300m is passable by car/van, but the rest might be to steep.

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Macahambus Cave

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Macahambus Cave is a scenic cave. The cave is a short cavern that leads to a breathtaking view of the Cagayan de Oro River meanding below. The area of the cave is part of the tropical Macahambus Forest nature reserve.

The place was the site of the Battle of Macahambus Hill (4 June 1900), the first of the few battles won by the Filipinos during the Philippine-American War. (Source)

See also Macahambus Gorge

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Kweba de Oro

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Kweba de Oro (Cueba de Oro) is a rather difficult spelunking trip. The entrance requires a 40m deep abseil to get in. On the other hand this difficulty prevented damages of the cave by vandals. The cave is a river cave and thus the visitors will definitely get wet. The most difficult places are where the ceiling almost reaches the surface of the water, only a few centimeters of air between them. And of course the exit, which is an sump. It is necessary to dive a short distance, to reach the sunlight of a small pond, the resurgence of the cave river. Guides on both sides of the sump help the visitors to find the exit.

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Migtugsok Falls

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Migtugsok can be accessed from Mapawa Park or from the Kamakawan trail in Indahag.

The Kamakawan trail is roughly 1.5 kilometers or an hour of trekking depending on your pace. It has a steep portion as it nears the descent towards Bigaan River.

In Mapawa, there are two paths to reach Migtugsok Falls: (1) via river trail or (2) via Mapawa-Migtugsok Road. The first one is a shorter route roughly 1.8 kilometers and follows the tributary which leads to the falls. The latter is an all-weather road which actually leads you to the falls but is longer (4 kilometers).

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Migtugsok Falls consists of 3 cascades and from here, there is a only short trek upstream, to Puntol Falls.

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F.S. Catanico Falls

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F.S. Catanico is a small narrow falls surrounded by mangima stones.
A small area near the falls was developed by the City government. It has rent-able picnic huts, toilet facility and a viewing area on top of a huge boulder.

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River Trekking (Agusan River)

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The Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, located in Igbalalay Hills in Tablon is the goal for this trek.

The route of mixed land and river crossings (9) starts at Phasco Village Crossing along the highway. The Shrine Complex is at the end of a nearly 4.5 kilometer route. It would take around 4 hours to reach the Shrine from the highway. The river crossings and the shade of the vegetative landscape provide enough coolness and shade from the heat of the sun. Because of these, many devotees are flocking to the site.

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An alternate and much shorter route from Balubal (downhill) towards the Shrine Complex, can be used as exit route.

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