ASIK ASIK FALLS of Alamada, North Cotabato💚 The most secluded & best waterfalls lies at the lower slope of Mt. Ragang (Blue Mountain-active volcano). Asik-asik Falls is located at Sitio Dulao, Upper Dado, Alamada, Cotabato. ALAMADA was named after the brave hero Datu Amaybulok Alameda. He fought against the foreign invaders and summoned hundreds of his men from the south.
HOW TO GET THERE?
🛬Fly to Cotabato Airport, 🚍Van to Midsayap 🚜motorbike to Upper Dado and walk the flight of stairs heading to the secret waterfalls
TIPS AND REMINDERS:
- I wouldn’t recommend Asik-Asik falls to solo travellers as it is a secluded tourist spot. It would be best to form a group of 6 or more and feel safer. Get a reliable and legit contact. Always register at designated tourism offices or barangay hall for security.
- It is quite a hike. From Midsayap, the road is unfinished, steep and muddy especially if it rains. Although there are public jeepneys heading to Upper Dado, I suggest you hire a private vehicle. In our case we took an equipped 4×4 to mount the North. A motorbike would be the fastest mode of transportation yet safety is not guaranteed due to the unfenced, clay road. You will also notice that tires are chained to give them a better grip on the slippery road.
- Waterproof your gadgets and money, bring clothes post bathing and a pair of slippers.
- Wear your sturdy hike boots preferably high cut, gore-tex with great sole grip.
Even the chained tires of 4×4 couldn’t reach it nor a habal-habal (motorcycle/skylab as they refer) so we had to climb BAREFEET in the muddy trail for hours🐻 and face the unpredictable rain.
- Bring trail food. I love making my own mix of corn bits, green peas, raisins, M&M’s, nuts and sometimes jelly beans. It serves as fuel and emergency food along the trek. Put it in ziplock and partition according to the days of your trip in Mindanao. Don’t forget your drinking water. There aren’t potable water source, just a small store at the registration area and a few wild berries while trekking.
Since my visit in 2016, it has then become the most popular tourist attraction in North Cotabato and neighboring provinces. The grand curtain of waterfalls is said to be the product of earthquake while some believe that nature took its course through time and produced the majestic 130-meter of fine waterfalls. Enjoy the cold water and don’t forget to leave no trace of non-biodegradables. Prepare to get dirty, stumble and fall!
” I’ve seen the majestic beauty of nature and the overwhelming perfection of it. To me, there is nothing closer to God than that.”
-Cote de Pablo