Everything you need to know about Asik-asik Falls : Where to Stay, Where to Eat and How to Get There from various routes and modes of transportation.
Asik-asik Falls is one of my favorite waterfalls in the country. It is very unique compared to the other waterfalls I’ve seen so far. It is enchanting and majestic. It’s a place I want to go back over and over again. The falls is located in the remote area of Barangay Upper Dado in Alamada, North Cotabato. Due to its location, only very few people have visited the place which make it more charming.
How to Go to Asik Asik Falls?
From Davao City to Asik Asik Falls
From General Santos City
From Lake Sebu:
From Cotabato City
From Midsayap to Upper Dado, Alamada
From Upper Dado to Jump off Point
Upon reaching Upper Dado, you will have to register at the municipal tourism booth and pay P30 entrance fee. Right across the street are tourism-accredited habal-habal which will take you to the jump-off point to Asik Asik Falls. Fare is standard at P75 one-way per passenger for a 30-minute ride. Again this is a standard fee so don’t try to haggle. Once you’re on the road, you’ll understand why it is way high than the usual rate. Brace yourself, it could be the worst habal-habal ride you will experience.
From the Jump-off point to Asik-Asik Falls
Upon reaching the jump-off point, you will be greeted with a scenic landscape. From the pavilion where you may leave your things, you will have to walk through a descending trail until you reach a stairway of about 500 steps. You will have to continue walking for a couple of minutes. It’s only about 30-minute trek or less depending on how fast you walk. Upon reaching Asik-asik Falls, you will be mesmerized by its enchanting beauty. You’ll forget about your stressful road experience. It’s majestic, it’s surreal. Don’t just take photo, experience Asik-Asik by dipping and swimming into its cold waters.
Where to Stay in Midsayap
There are a lot of accommodation in Midsayap but we chose to stay at White Hut Inn Resort. It is about 15 minutes trike ride from the town center. We chose the place as it is far from the busy streets of Midsayap and is relatively safe as it is well guarded. It is also along the national highway so it will be easier for us to move from the hotel to Davao, our next destination. We rented a room good for 4 for only P1200. It was definitely a good deal. The room was clean and huge enough for the 4 of us. There is also a swimming pool in the hotel compound which you can use for an extra fee. You may contact them at 064-229-8630 or mobile number +63 920 5329974 or email them at email@example.com
If you decide to take an overnight trip in Alamada, the vendor at the jump-off point, Ate Sally can help you with a place to stay. She has a hut for rent at P500 a night good for 4 persons. You may call her at 09058064501.
Where to Eat in Midsayap
Make sure you buy your food from Midsayap or at least in Barangay Upper Dado after you pay the tourism fee. There are stores that sell bread, pastil (steamed rice with seasoned shredded chicken wrapped in banana leaves) and other food items. Also bring water, as you will surely need it. There is a small store near the jump off point where you could also buy food but it is a bit more expensive considering the road condition when moving goods from the town center to the store. Price maybe expensive but it is of course reasonable.