How to Reach Asik-Asik Falls in Alamada, Cotabato

Asik-Asik Falls

The famous Asik-Asik Falls of Alamada, Cotabato.

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.

From Manila

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.

From Davao

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.

From GenSan

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.

From Iloilo

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.

 

About Jakeson Florido

Jakeson Florido is working for a Fortune 500 company engaging in engineering and technology. Writing is his passion. Nature, culture and heritage conservation is his advocacy. He is a traveler wannabe and also speaks and writes in three major Philippine dialects.Follow him on twitter @myplanetph or his Facebook Fan Page My Planet Philippines. You can also find him at Google+.
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37 Responses to How to Reach Asik-Asik Falls in Alamada, Cotabato

  1. that is a scenic falls indeed! will add this on my bucket list, very comprehensive guide. thank you!

  2. Thanks for the guide. Planning to visit this falls also.

  3. ian says:

    getting my ass there next week :-)

  4. SembranoCA says:

    how many hours is the Habal Habal ride to the Falls? I’m making an itinerary. Thanks.

  5. Benjamin says:

    Hello Po,
    just wondering is it safe for a foreigner to base himself in Cotabato city for
    a couple days in order to see the Asik-Asik falls? Australian government websites and media
    seem to overstate the problems in Mindanao, what is your opinion and what would you recommend?
    Maraming salamat Po,
    Benjamin

    • Hi Benjamin,

      Most of the foreigners in Cotabato City are members of religious order (priest and nuns), which make them at least “safer.” Unless you have friends in Cotabato City, it would be fine. But if you are travelling alone, I would not recommend.

      • Tom says:

        Can you tell me why you would not recommend? What are possible dangers for a lone Polish traveler? And how to avoid them?

        • Hi Tom, I guess it would be better to coordinate with the local tourism office (contact number can be found in the article). I believe they would be of great help to you especially in terms of safety. I can assure you they would be more than willing to assist you given that you’re a foreigner. Although safety in the place is stereotyped as “unsafe” I personally wouldn’t want to gamble.

  6. Lovemindanao says:

    Thanks for featuring Asik Asik . very nice guide for people who wish to visit the unique waterfalls .

  7. judy says:

    hi jake. this is a perfect site how to get to asik-asik. missed this when i was in cotabato city last year. but i am planning to go there again around the week of eidl fitr on july. i am alone. would you recommend it? i also plan to stay over night in the nearby area. is there a place that you can refer me to? perhaps your parent’s house? (hehe)
    thanks and God bless

    • Hi Judy,

      Thanks a lot. As I native of Cotabato, I guess, I should give justice to my province. =) Travel alone? Okay lang naman. Are you a guy or a gal? My parent’s house are currently not available at this time since my nieces and nephews are staying there. But you don’t have to worry since there are a lot of affordable accommodations in Midsayap, which is around 10 minutes from Libungan. Keep in touch since July pa naman. Contact the Alamada Municipal Office for further info. I posted a number in my blog.

  8. Robert Gould says:

    Hi,
    Im going end of June 26th arrive in Manila and have till July 1, then Angeles for a month, then El Nido?
    Any others good suggestions? So many nice places to see and never enough time, old sory!

    Best Regards,
    Robert

  9. mrdukeaaron says:

    Hello,

    I will also visit Cotabato on July, but before the Eidul-Fitr. I find this blog very useful.. Thank you.

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