Top 10 Things to do in Iligan, Philippines

November 3, 2017 Vivienne Hutton

Iligan, officially the City of Iligan, (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Iligan; Filipino: Lungsod ng Iligan), or referred to as Iligan City, is a 1st class highly urbanized city in Northern Mindanao, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 342,618 people.
Restaurants in Iligan

1. Tinago Falls

Iligan, Mindanao, Philippines
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 154 reviews

Tinago Falls

Reviewed By CzarEmmanuel - Manila, Philippines

They say that there are 23 Waterfalls in Iligan City alone (or in the vicinity). This is one of the places you can visit in Lanao del Norte in Mindanao. Of such 23 watefalls, I was very lucky to have visited at least of them, which perhaps were the most famous and scenic of all ... the Maria Cristina Falls and the Tinago Falls.
Like the Maria Cristina Falls, the waters of Tinago Falls also come from the Agus River. It is called "tinago" (meaning "hidden') because it is located in a deep ravine not readily visible to people. In fact to reach the place, you'll have to take the some 500 steps from the road level ... not advisable for those who have some problem climbing or coming down stairs! However, for those who manage to reach the place, the view is truly rewarding!
Tinago is a series of water falls, the highest of which is about 73 meters high. The waters are then collected in a basin below, which has an amazing blue color. Behind the water curtains there is a small cave accessible to the public. It feels good to just stay there and listen to the sound of the waters dropping from the river above down to the basin below. Aside from this, you can also swim in the basin and enjoy its cold waters.

2. Maria Cristina Falls

Iligan, Mindanao, Philippines
Excellent
55%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 111 reviews

Maria Cristina Falls

Reviewed By CzarEmmanuel - Manila, Philippines

Maria Cristina Falls are located in Iligan City in the Province of Lanao del Norte in Mindanao. To reach the place, I took a plane to Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro City or CDO, and then from CDO City I took a bus to Iligan City, which is approximately 54 kms away (travel time was around two hours). The Maria Cristina Airport (or Iligan Airport), of course, is the nearest to the place, but unfortunately this airport has been shut down and no one knows when it will re-open.
The falls are located some 9.3 kms away from Iligan City proper. It would be better to have your own private vehicle to get there instead of taking a public jeepney ... the Buru-an Line ... and then walk for about 30 minutes. Another option would be renting a private taxi from the city.
The water supply of Maria Cristina Falls comes from the Agus River (whose source is Lake Lanao in Marawi City). The falls are 320 feet or 98 meters high and are considered as the most majestic (even if not among the highest) of all the Waterfalls in the country. The waters of Agus River are used for hydroelectric power. Hence, even the volume of water that is released for the Maria Cristina Falls is controlled. You really cannot see its full blast unless you visit the place on a Sunday either at 11:00 AM or at 3:00 PM. Otherwise you will just be disappointed to see a little amount of water trinkling from the top.
During the full release of water (which lasts for about 30 minutes), Maria Cristina Falls really become majestic! You can feel the power of the waters even from a distance and see the huge amount of mist they form at the bottom of the falls. But be ready to push, jostle and hustle with the crowd when this happens, because everyone will be waiting for the full blast and will try to get the best photos they can get!

3. Timoga Cold Springs

Timoga-Buru-un, Iligan, Mindanao, Philippines +63 63 221 3426
Excellent
46%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 62 reviews

Timoga Cold Springs

Reviewed By jocelyn198 - Cebu City, Philippines

It was so nice to have my sister and trios brother in timoga spring pools the water was clear and overflowing..a memorable time with my family during my vacation

4. Mimbalot Falls

Brgy. Buru-un, Iligan, Mindanao 9200, Philippines
Excellent
32%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Mimbalot Falls

Reviewed By Sarah A

Below expectation for sure. -.- thanks to the HD pics you see on the internet. haha
Debris.. debris everywhere.. lol
at the moment Hanging bridge, zipline, and cable car are the only once available. awe. T.T I know right. -.-
ps: naay gapanglaba dapit sa entrance ;'D HAHA

5. Paseo de Santiago

Balite Drive | Brgy. Santiago, Iligan, Mindanao 9200, Philippines
Excellent
55%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
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4 based on 17 reviews

Paseo de Santiago

Reviewed By BobnewyorkUSA - Brewster, New York

A couple of years ago or so, Pictures began to appear on the internet of a huge, " Hollywood Style " sign that was put up on privately owned beachfront property in Iligan City. Almost immediately it began attracting attention from local residents and before long became a city wide attraction. I knew this would be a place I would like to see on my following visit. My first visit to this attraction was an early afternoon on a bright sunny day. The cool breeze from Iligan Bay provided a pleasant atmosphere from the hot tropical climate. In taking a good look at the property this sign was on I envisioned a future amusement park of some kind, maybe not a " USA Great Adventure " kind of amusement park but something more than I experienced on my first visit. My vision then has started to materialize as I recently experienced on my most recent visit of April 2016.
Paseo De Santiago is accessible by Jeepney, taxi , Trisikad, private car or motorcycle. My own favored method is to take a taxi or jeepney to Jerrys Grill Restaurant on the National Highway and then hire a trisikad to take me on a 5 minute or so ride to Paseo De Santiago.
On my visit of April 2016, I visited this place with Iligan friends on a Saturday evening and was pleased to find many tables and benches available with some that covered should it rain or for protection from the sunlight in the daytime. Multiple refreshment stands are available and I am sure in the future there will be more of them. You can enjoy a ride around the park in a very fancy, horse driven tartanilya ( AKA Kalesa ).
The original " Iligan City " sign is illuminated after sunset along with the more recently added " Philippines " sign which compliments the original one. This makes for a great photo op day and night. Bicycles are also available for rent as indicated on one of the directory signs.
On the weekend evening of my most recent visit, a live band was featured playing a very pleasant selection of songs, not the kind of music that would chase anyone away but rather the kind of music that would welcome you and encourage you to stay for a while. A beautiful sunset followed by a refreshing evening breeze with the waves gently brushing along the shoreline of Iligan Bay, in a secured and well managed park make Paseo De Santiago a great place for everyone and I would consider it a Must See attraction.
Rest Room ( comfort room ) facilities are available and at the times of my visits were clean and fully functional.
There is a 10 peso admission charge during the day and 20 peso after sunset when live entertainment is featured.

6. Dodiongan Falls

Iligan, Mindanao, Philippines
Excellent
34%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
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Terrible
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4 based on 9 reviews

Dodiongan Falls

Reviewed By saint_ycoy - Davao Occidental Province, Philippines

There is a discrepancy of the pictures of the Waterfalls. The picture above is the Limunsudan Falls in Brgy. Rogongon, Iligan City while that of Limunsudan is the picture of Dodiongan Falls.
Been to this Waterfalls during my college days. This is in Brgy Bonbonon, Iligan City, around 15 km from the city proper. You can reach here by jeepney going to Digkilaan or via motorcycle.
Just be careful at the pool. There are some leech in the area that might bite and suck your blood.

7. Iligan Anahaw Ampitheater

Iligan, Mindanao, Philippines
Excellent
14%
Good
86%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 7 reviews

Iligan Anahaw Ampitheater

Reviewed By BobnewyorkUSA - Brewster, New York

Anahaw Ampitheater, located near City Hall, is used for a variety of events that include sports, outdoor civic gatherings, celebrations of music and dance and other events that are suited to an outdoor stadium enviornment.
One regularly scheduled weekly event that impresses me is the Monday Morning Flag Raising Ceremony. This weekly event is comprised of city employees and officials and takes place at 8 AM. News and announcements concerning Iligan City are made along with other items concerning the operation of the city. Presentations and announcements by various civic organizations take place at this time as well.
When the business part of this official weekly gathering conclude there is music and dance including the performance of " Iligan March " , the citys anthem , performed by the entire assembly and usually led by a different city department each week. This is a very unique performance that can also involve the participation of city residents and others from the upper seats and roadside observation area.
Parts of Iligans most famous annual events the " Dyandi Festival " , a celebration that attracts many visitors are also performed in this ampitheater each Spetember. The Ampitheater is illuminated for use after sunset.
You can view a few sample Performances of City Employees performing " Iligan March " on Youtube in the Anahaw Amphetheater during the Monday Morning Flag Raising Ceremony. I am not sure if weekly meetings are customary in other cities in The Philippines. To me, this is a way that Iligan City celebrates itself at the beginning of each work week. Official Holidays that fall on a Monday are excluded. from the weekly flag raising ceremony.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFQbklVNZ3w
http://www.youtube.com/user/jollibeefan#p/f/5/_JC2oQSU0bY

Iligan City
Simply Amazing !

8. Robinson's Place

Macapagal Avenue, Iligan, Mindanao 9200, Philippines +63 947 950 9353
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Robinson's Place

Reviewed By nicehue - Iligan, Philippines

It’s a welcoming idea to finally have this store in my Iligan. This is a new rendezvous for family, friends, lovers and others who love to just hang out, dine out or let the time pass by.
It was carefully planned to be in the southern part of the city to avoid being crowded.
What I love the most is their decorations which is very timely. It has Christmas/winter theme with all the wreaths plus my favorite Panda

9. Maze Park and Resort

Iligan, Mindanao, Philippines +63 63 221 1800
Excellent
10%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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4 based on 10 reviews

Maze Park and Resort

Reviewed By kuyals - Hays, Kansas

Maze Park has 1 Olympic size pool, 2 smaller pools and a kiddie pool. There are tables and shelters for rent at a reasonable rate. Entrance fee is only P25 and worth a visit. Food is available, but you can also bring your own and there are many place to cook. The pools are all nice and clean. The place is kept up very nicely. There are 2 water slid, but they are not very fast. A great place for 2 or the whole family. Getting there can be a little tricky if you do not have your own service, but public transportation is readily available and only a few kilometers from Iligan. Yo will enjoy the place.

10. NPC Nature's Park

Agus 6/7 Hydro Electric Plant Complex, Maria Cristina, Iligan, Mindanao, Philippines
Excellent
20%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
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4 based on 5 reviews

NPC Nature's Park

Reviewed By denver c - Quezon City, Philippines

Approximately 10km from Iligan City proper. Entrance fee is P30.00 for adults, P20.00 for senior citizens, children, and students. Shuttle ride is P10.00 per person, you could pay for 5 persons if you don't want to wait for other passengers (minimum 5 passengers to leave) The park has the maria cristina falls, botanical & zoological Gardens, zipline, and a snack store.

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