Top 3 Best Tourist Spots in Iligan City: 2024 Itinerary, Places to Visit

Iligan City is dubbed as the "City of the Majestic Waterfalls" because of the established and non-established waterfalls. Though the city is independent, it serves as the center of commerce and tourism in the province of Lanao del Norte. Maria Cristina falls is the grandest among the 20+ waterfalls but it was close during my visit. Transportation is not a problem, like the other provinces in the Philippines, "habal-habal" is one of the mode of transportation to visit the tourist spots and destinations in the city.

1. Tinago Falls

I met Jan Jan, a habal driver/tour guide. Got his contact number on facebook. Our first destination was the famous Tinago Falls. Getting here via habal is simple because the roads are paved but tourists need to walk on the concrete staircase down to the waterfalls area - hhhmm, maybe it's more than 200 steep steps. Anyways, the picturesque surrounding Tinago Falls is breathtaking and the flow of the waters are spectacular. Though, there are tourists during my visit, the ambiance in the area is remains calm and the sound of the rushing water is very relaxing. There are greens in every corner, so the breeze is cool and fresh. How about experiencing the thrill by riding on the water raft to the base of the waterfalls? It is possible, bamboo rafts can be rented from the locals. By the way, "Tinago" literally  translates to "hidden" in English.

2. Mimbalot Falls

Our next destination was the cute Mimbalot Falls. It is not grand as the Tinago Falls but the water is cool and fresh plus the current is very strong. Rainbows are formed when the sunshine reflects on the droplets of water. The sound of the waterfalls is relaxing and can make your day a "lazy day." Beside Mimbalot is a private resort with pool and beautiful landscape, perfect for family gatherings.

3. Paseo de Santiago

Our last destination was Paseo de Santiago, a seaside complex with several food stalls and other shops. Since it's seaside, of course it's by the beach, the sound of the waves makes the area cozy with the cool breeze, a perfect spot to relax. Others would call it a "hangout" area where you can have a few bottles of beer and "ihaw-ihaw" with someone performing on the mini stage. It is privately owned, thus, entrance fees are being collected and the perfect time to visit is during sunset. If you're looking for an instagrammable spot, no worries, Paseo de Santiago has a gorgeous fortress (photo below).

HOW TO GET HERE: From Manila, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have regular trips to CDO airport. By the airport's entrance, ride in a van to Iligan City and alighted in Tambo Terminal, where I met Jan Jan.


WHERE I STAYED IN ILIGAN CITY: Had my overnight stay at D'Morvie Suites for only 448 pesos (price might change without prior notice. For a room with single bed, AC, WiFi, flatscreen TV with cable and toilet and bath.