Chasing Waterfalls : Sta. Cruz Falls in Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte

Located in the town of Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte, Sta Cruz Falls is one of the town’s prominent tourist destinations. It is approximately two kilometers from the national highway and is surrounded with lush vegetation.

Sta. Cruz Falls, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte

The trail leading to Sta. Cruz Falls was not an easy one. We had to cross the river for a number of times and we had to trek for over an hour to reach the waterfalls. It was a very challenging journey as the river’s current was strong. We had to held each others hand whenever we cross the river.

The long and tiring trek has finally paid off. We reached our final destination. We saw Sta. Cruz Falls and we felt ecstatic. It was huge and gorgeous. It was breathtaking to hear the noise of the rushing water and feel the humidity in the air and water spray.

How to get there?
From Iligan City, take a bus going to Pagadian and alight at Kapatagan Bus Terminal. Trave time is over 2 hours and the fare for the non-airconditioned bus is P110. From the bus terminal, take a habal-habal going to the jump-off point at Barangay Sta. Cruz. Travel time is around 20-30 minutes and fare is around P30-50 depending on your bargaining skills. It is recommended that you hire a guide because the trail is kinda confusing and also for your own safety. Do not go there when it’s raining because the level of the water in the river rises up and it will be dangerous for you to cross.

P.S. Thank you to Ms. Rhoda Secuya (Tourism Officer) for accompanying us to Sta. Cruz Falls. Also big thanks to the Mayor of Kapatagan, Municipal Councilor Mr. Johny Paul Lagura and Barangay Captain Neceas Booc of Brgy. Sta. Cruz. 

Where to stay in Iligan City. Recommended hotels to stay in Iligan City. Please click the name of the hotel below to check the rates and availability.

  1. Maria Christina Hotel
  2. Ala Sr. residences
  3. Red-C Residence
  4. Celadon Pensionne House

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