How to Reach Asik-Asik Falls
I have already published a comprehensive article about the Asik-Asik Falls in Upper Dado, Alamada, Cotabato, which I visited last September 2012. A lot are still asking how to reach these must-see waterfalls. Below are some directions on how to get to Asik-Asik.
There are several options if coming from Manila to Asik-Asik Falls. You can either choose General Santos City or Davao City airports, but the nearest and the most convenient would be the Awang Airport in Cotabato City, which is around 1 hour 30 minutes flight time.
Option 1: Stay overnight in Cotabato City
Flights from Manila to Cotabato City are around noon time, so it is advisable to stay overnight in the city. There are several hotels and budget accommodations available like the Grand Rio Hotel, Estosan Garden Hotel, Hotel Filipino, Diamond Hotel, Pacific Heights Hotel and The Marqueza, Citi Plaza Hotel, El Manuel Hotel, Vision Inn, Azaleas Pension House, Sardonyx Pension House, Pension Rafael, Fiesta Cotabato and Hotel Cirilo.
Get an early bus from Don Rufino Alonzo St. (Magallanes) Weena Express Terminal bound for Davao City and drop by Libungan, which is around 30-40 minutes from Cotabato City. Take a “double tire” jeep to Alamada, Cotabato (around 45 minutes). From there, hire a habal-habal that would bring you to the waterfalls.
Another option is to hire a habal-habal from Libungan to the waterfalls. The one I got was Php400 roundtrip (Libungan to Asik-Asik and vice versa). Please email me if you would want one. I could contact my parents back home to arrange a habal-habal ride from our neighbor.
Option 1A: Overnight in Midsayap, Cotabato
From Awang Airport, ride a tricycle to the highway then take a jeepney to Don Rufino Alonzo Avenue Weena Express Terminal bound for Davao. You could also have the option of taking a van along SK Pendatun St. going to Midsayap. This town is a first class municipality and there are several lodging houses you could choose from namely Hilltop Inn, Pioneer Lodge, White Hut Inn and Resort, Hotel Angelo, Ju-Eds Lodging House and Twin Cubs Haven Hotel and Coffee Shop.
The following day, early in the morning, take a “double tire” jeep going to Alamada. From Alamada, hire a habal-habal to the waterfalls.
Take the Weena Express at Ecoland Terminal bound for Cotabato City, drop by Midsayap or Libungan and then follow the directions mentioned above.
From Cebu and Cagayan de Oro
The best option if coming from Cebu City would be taking the TransAsia Lines going to Cagayan De Oro City. From CDO, take the Bachelor Bus from the Agora Market bound for Kabacan, Cotabato, which would be around 6 hours of travel time. From Kabacan, take a Weena Bus or van to Midsayap. Spend an overnight there and then just proceed to the waterfalls the following day.
There are jeepneys and vans from Bulaong Terminal in North Dadiagas that will take you to Cotabato City then simply follow the directions stated above.
Cebu Pacific has flights to GenSan 4 times a week. Then follow direction stated above.
Note: Pobre Spring Resort is the nearest basic accommodation in Lower Dado, Alamada, Cotabato, which is around 30 minutes away from the waterfalls. Contact Neneng Pobre at +639056788640.
For further information, please contact Alamada Municipal Tourism Officer RJ Neville Repollo at +639496898858.
Please help preserve the waterfalls. Leave no trace. Please don’t bring bottles and other non-biodegradable items to the waterfalls. No shampoos and soaps, please.