Known as one of the most prestigious waterfalls in Iligan City together with Tinago Falls and Maria Cristina Falls, Mimbalot Falls is an awesome tourist attraction to visit especially for nature lovers who enjoys the beauty of our God-given environment. Just one of the 39 waterfalls in the City, Mimbalot Falls is part of the “big three” or the “tourism triangle” together with the other two waterfalls mentioned above.
Unlike Maria Cristina Falls, which supplies the electric power in the province, Mimbalot Falls is not very developed yet. Restaurants and sari-sari stores are nowhere to be found nearby. Considered part of Iligan Paradise Resort and Eco Park where one can enjoy the zip-line (for a clearer view of the whole waterfalls), Mimbalot is one of the most accessible waterfalls in Lanao del Norte. Inside the Eco Park you can try the cable car and enjoy the stunning views without the added adrenaline rush experienced in zip line rides. It is also feasible to get pleasure from tours across the resort aboard all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) for a reasonable amount. Dirt bikes are also available in the Iligan Paradise Resort.
The concrete tables and benches are quite distinctive because these are placed over a shallow basin so that you get to dine while the water gently touches feet. Be very careful as the base is very slippery.
The beautiful Mimbalot Falls cascades down a path of large rocks, forming smaller rivulets and mini waterfalls. The area immediately under the waterfalls can be extremely dangerous for swimming because of the large rocks and the strong force of the cascades. Rocks have fallen here and accidents have happened in this waterfall.
There are shallow basins below the waterfall that are perfect for swimming. Most of the stones are slippery and there are deep areas, which are not noticeable because of the whitewaters. Do not forget to bring towel and extra clothing, which are wrapped in waterproof bags, if you are going to Mimbalot Falls because you might want to take a dip in the cold cascading water of the waterfall or you might want to try river trekking and go to Tinago. A stonehenge-like entrance welcomes the visitors at the foot of Mimbalot. Occasionally, there are locals taking a bath and washing their clothes here because of the free cold water of the falls.
If you have an extra time when you visit Iligan, visit also Mimbalot Falls in Buru-un. On some occasions, you will see foreigners and students on a field trip here. The area is also perfect for a pre-nuptial photo shoot.
How to get there
From Iligan City, ride in a jeepney bound to Barangay Buru-un. Tell the driver to drop you in Miguel Canohoy Memorial School. Cross the road and walk for more or less 10 minutes to reach the waterfalls. Fare is P15-P20 only. You can also hire a habal-habal from the city proper to go directly to Mimbalot.