Travel Guide: Iligan City, Lanao del Norte

Iligan City is a highly urbanized city in the Northern Mindanao, Philippines. It is one of the 10 largest cities in the Philippines in terms of land area.

The name Iligan is from the native Higaunon word “Ilig” which means “to go downstream”. Iligan is predominantly Christian, with Catholics constituting the majority of the Christians. Cebuano is the major language in the city.

Waterfall hopping is now becoming one of the popular activities for tourists in Iligan City. Iligan is known as the City of Majestic Waterfalls because of its numerous waterfalls. There are about 24 waterfalls in the city. The most famous as well as the city’s major landmark, is the Maria Cristina Falls. It is also the primary source of electric power of the city, harnessed by Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant.

Other famous waterfalls in the city are, Tinago Falls, accessible through a 300-step staircase in Barangay Ditucalan. Mimbalut Falls in Barangay Buru-un, Abaga Falls in Barangay Suarez, and Dodiongan Falls in Barangay Bonbonon.

The Maria Cristina Falls
At the Botanical and Zoological Gardens of Maria Cristina


Historically, the coastal town of Linamon was a barangay in Iligan City. It became a separate municipality on January 13, 1960. It is considered as the “Beach Capital of Lanao del Norte”, with beaches spanning from Barangay Poblacion to Barangay Samburon that comprises 16 established beach resorts.

Coastal area in Poblacion, Linamon where you can swim for free

How to go to Iligan City?

Iligan City is served by the Laguindingan International Airport in Cagayan de Oro where there are multiple daily flights from Manila and Cebu.  From the exit of the airport, you can find van transfer booths heading to Iligan. You can also opt to choose to travel by bus. Just go Bulua Bus Terminal. Travel time is roughly an hour.

From Marawi City to Iligan City

This was the route I took going to up north of Lanao. From Marawi City transportation terminal I took a van going to Iligan. Travel time lasted for almost an hour.

For places to stay in Iligan, you can check this link from Iligan Tourism  here

Featured Image: Iligan City’s major landmark MARIA CRISTINA FALLs

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