Situated in the mountains of Iligan City and Talakag, Bukidnon is a gem so hidden that only a few know of its existence. Lies in the boundary between two towns, this majestic waterfall goes by two names depending on which town you ask.
Known as Limunsudan Falls in Iligan City, it is also called Mindamoro Falls by the people in Bukidnon. Although it has two different names, one thing remains true about this waterfall — it is one of the grandest and wondrous waterfalls to exist in the country, or the world perhaps.
Even though there is an ongoing dispute as to which town has jurisdiction on Limunsudan Falls, it is technically part of Iligan City, that is why Talakag Tourism Office is incharge of its tourism efforts.
Limunsudan Falls nestles in the ancestral domain that stretches from Bukidnon to Iligan. This piece of important land is under the protection of the Ancestral Domain Law, Republic Act (RA) No. 8371, otherwise known as Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) of 1997.
Limunsudan Falls is a two-tiered waterfall with an astonishing height of 870 feet and is considered the second highest waterfall next to Aliwagwag Falls, which we already featured here in our Car Rental Davao travel guide Series.
How to get to Limunsudan Falls
Let’s assume that your starting point is from Davao City. The first thing you need to do is to go to Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) or contact a car rental agency. From there, you have two choices to get to Limunsudan Falls: either take public transportation or rent a car from us.
If you prefer public transportation, head first to DCOTT. Once you’re there, proceed to the ticketing booth and ask for a bus bound to Cagayan De Oro. Upon arrival at the Cagayan De Oro bus terminal, look for a van bound to Talakag, Bukidnon. Travel time takes about an hour.
Once you’re at the town proper of Talakag, Bukidnon, look for a habal-habal (motorcycle) ride going to Limunsudan Falls. All in all, travel time from Davao City to Limunsudan Falls would take an estimated time of two hours.
For practical reasons, renting a car is more advisable and more convenient. You will cut the travel time from 2 hours to 1 hour by doing this, and also skip the hassle of transferring from one mode of public transportation to another.
If you decide to go for a car rental, the first thing you need to do is to select which type of vehicle best suits your trip. That depends on how many are included, what do you plan to bring and also your budget for this.
Car Rental Davao will make everything seamless for you as you can get there by renting a vehicle from us. We offer sedans, SUVs and vans, all properly maintained but very affordable rental cars.
Once a reservation is confirmed, we can have your chosen unit delivered anytime and anywhere in Davao. For longer car rental terms, we can also offer a special deal for you, just discuss this with us.
Now, once you have reached Sitio Limunsudan, you and your group will pass a humble community of the Higaonon tribe. A ritual will be performed by the Datu to ask for visitors’ protection from Magbabaya or God and the spirits surrounding the place before heading to the waterfall to witness its grandiose beauty. The ritual is done by offering blood from chicken and coins.
The Datu of the Higaonon tribe, together with a few tribesmen, usually guides the visitors to the view deck. You have to trek for 10-15 minutes to reach the view deck where you can have a view of Limunsudan Falls.
If you wish to see the waterfall up close, you can trek further down to see its water basin. However, in spite of its inviting and refreshing water, visitors can only stand in admiration of its colossal height and astounding water curtain. Swimming in its water basin is strictly prohibited due to its strong and dangerous currents.
What to expect at Limunsudan Falls
Witness the stunning, breath-taking, and mesmerizing view of Limunsudan Falls
Witness a view like no other when you visit the Limunsudan Falls. The stunning and mesmerizing view of the waterfall will leave you speechless. No words can give justice to how stunning Limunsudan Falls is.
Have an immersive experience
Get to know the rich culture and customs of the Higaonon tribe. If you want, you can stay in their simple and humble community to experience their way of living. But of course, you have to arrange that first with the Talakag Tourism Office and get the permission of the Datu to ensure your safety.
Although brief, it is an eye-opening experience. Your Limunsudan Falls experience will remind you to always check your privilege. The struggle of our indigenous peoples for the millennium should have ended after our nation achieved freedom from colonizers. It is our mission as privileged citizens to be their voice to end the systematic abuse of power and perversion of our constitutional rights.
Taking a trip is not just experiencing the “thrills and chills aspects” of it. It is also learning the different points of views and perspectives of people you meet from one destination to another. As the Philippines is composed of not less than 7,000 islands, culture, experiences, and struggles differ from one place to another. We have a lot to learn, have a lot to explore. Until our next trip!
How to contact Talakag Tourism Office
Talakag Tourism Office
Mobile: 0917 978 4057
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