Information about Maria Cristina Falls
Maria Cristina Falls
Iligan City, located in the province of Lanao Del Norte, is not called the City of Majestic Waterfalls for no reason. The city got its nickname because of the presence of numerous waterfalls in it. The local government has listed 24 waterfalls in Iligan, and the most prominent of all is the Maria Cristina Falls.
Aside from its natural beauty, this 320-foot-high waterfall provides a part of the electricity supply of Mindanao through the Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant. This plant has been operational for more than 65 years already. Because of the falls’ significance to the region, the local government agencies maintain the waterfalls by restricting water activities and limiting tours whenever there are red alerts. At times when the hydroelectric plant is not operational, one will witness the original “twin falls” of Maria Cristina. A large rock at the top slope separates the water flow hence the moniker.
The visit to Maria Cristina Falls is made worthwhile by the activities that may be experienced in the same nature park where it is located. Similar to the nearby Tinago Falls, there are picnic spots in the park complex where one can enjoy a meal with a good view of the waterfall. One of the frequently availed attractions inside the nature park is the Tree Top Canopy Tour, where one can get a better view of Maria Cristina Falls. Other features of the park complex include the hanging bridge, three zip lines, and a mini botanical and zoological garden. The latter houses a crocodile farm, a butterfly sanctuary, and an orchidarium.
Best time to visit
To get a clear view of the Maria Cristina Falls, it's best to schedule a trip here during the summer months of March to May.