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Maluan Es Falls in the Philippines

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Maluan Es Falls also known Mantubag Waterfalls has three series of falls.

Maluan Es Falls also known Mantubag Waterfalls has three series of falls.

Maluan Es Falls

The Maluan Es Falls has three series of falls, and you may choose whether to witness the first two falls, which is the easiest option, or if you're a thrill-seeker, you can visit all of the series of waterfalls in Mantubag. Located in Sitio Maluan, is situated in between barangay Marilog and barangay Baganihan. It is conveniently accessible via Marahan, Marilog District.

Achieve Your Travel Goals

On our day two travel trip, my traveling companions and I made an unexpected plan to visit the most beautiful falls in Davao City. Since we went camping in Yellow Peak Campsite in a single day. We were attempting to look for more excitement and long trail hikes. This Maluan Es Falls was suggested by one of our boyfriends.

The first two waterfalls are the easiest way to proceed, but if you want a complete and tough long thrill, you can proceed through all four-waterfall series. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, we decided not to proceed with the last falls. One of our local guides from there cautioned us not to go because it was raining that night and the trail hike is very slippery and more dangerous.

The first fall then the first time I witnessed it, my buddies and I were completely smitten already.

The first fall then the first time I witnessed it, my buddies and I were completely smitten already.

When you notice this arrow direction sign, pull over to the side of the road and begin walking through the first fall of Maluan Es Falls.

When you notice this arrow direction sign, pull over to the side of the road and begin walking through the first fall of Maluan Es Falls.

The Beginning of Our Journey

To be honest, the long journey we had to go just to get in there wasn't easy, but it was well worth it. Even on long walks and in hot weather, the falls, mountains, and nature provide a magnificent experience. We took a lot of pictures before we even started walking. We leave our friend's vehicle in there and just pack essentials such as food and drink before beginning on our lengthy treks.

Each of you should bring a large bottle of water especially if the weather is so hot. I'm not sure how long we walked through the main stop or center before heading into the first fall. We met a local guide there. The locals are very generous and friendly, and they also treat us very well. I was amazed because our kuya tour guide, a local guide from there, is also serving as a tour guide with his Philippine dog also known aspin dog.

The fee we paid for their services is not extremely costly. I beg you to give him a tip afterward because they are great people. We stretched a bit, went into the restroom, and takes snacks and water to get ready for our journey. I remember providing some treats to the kids there. I loved seeing their happy faces.

I take off my hiking shoes and put on slippers.

I take off my hiking shoes and put on slippers.

The Ups And Downs Of Trekking

We're passing by and across the river. The river stones are difficult to walk on, since it's also slippery. You must take caution to avoid falling and stumbling. We are fortunate that the river current was calm. It was a tough and long hike, but I had a great time walking and laughing together with friends.

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The First Series of Maluan Es Falls

In the end, even the downs are enough of an up to make the entire experience worthwhile. No wonder Maluan Es Falls is one of Davao City's most beautiful waterfalls, accessible by a lovely and shaded route through gorgeous sage scrub.

How to Get to Maluan Es Falls

  1. From Davao City, you can take a van to CDO Bus. Tell the conductor to drop you off in Marilog.
  2. From Marahan, you have the option of hiring a motorcycle driver also called habal-habal driver to transport you to Sitio Maluan, Marilog District.
  3. Then, from Sitio Maluan, register your name, and the community will provide you directions to Maluan Es Falls also known Mantubag Falls.

In our instance, we have our own vehicle to travel there. It was the more convenient path for us. There will be less traffic, checkpoints, and we will be able to stop on the side of the road and acquire food and beverages because there isn't one close. Before we started our long walks through the main long hike trail leading to the falls. There's a small store in there, and if there is, either close, nearby or far away.

Another way to get in there:

  1. Take a bus from the SM Ecoland terminal (CDO Route) to Marilog District. The fee may vary depending on whether the bus is air or non-air.
  2. Look for a motorcycle to take you to Sitio Maluan in Barangay Marilog. If there are two of you, the fare will be 80 pesos per person; if you are alone, the fare may be 100 pesos.
  3. When you get in Sitio Maluan, search for the Sitio Leader house to register and obtain your guide for the whole falls hopping or hunting trip. There are dozens of local guides able to assist you there.

The registration fee is 20 pesos per head.

Guide Fee: 200 pesos per head, with a maximum of 5 heads.

(Rates may vary depending on the driver and if the bus is non-airconditioned or airconditioned.)

As long as you can make it through the very steep but short descent from the highway and the initial creek crossing to reach the main route, the rest of the trip is very easy.

As long as you can make it through the very steep but short descent from the highway and the initial creek crossing to reach the main route, the rest of the trip is very easy.

10 Tips When Visiting Maluan Es Falls

  1. Start as early as possible to avoid traffic.
  2. In case of mosquito or pest bites, keep insect repellent on hand. Keep in mind that you are in the woods.
  3. Remember to bring food and drinks because there is no restaurant nearby. It's a long trek path, bring a lot of water.
  4. Don´t forget to bring food and drinks as there´s no restaurant nearby. The small stores at the entrance sell very expensive snacks and drinks like mineral water.
  5. Make sure your camera or video camera's battery is charged.
  6. Keep insect repellent on hand in case of mosquito or pest bites. Keep in mind that you are in the woods.
  7. A sunblock is a requirement. The temperature is extremely humid, and the sun is really scorching. You could get a sunburn.
  8. Bring slippers or hiking slippers because you will need to cross the river at some time. Simply remove your hiking shoes and wear hiking slippers to prevent them from getting wet.
  9. When swimming at the falls, you do not need to wear a bathing suit. Filipinos wear T-shirts and shorts or pants to the pool. Ladies, if you must wear bikinis, be aware that you will be the focus of attention, and Filipino men may congregate near the falls just to watch you.
  10. If you have back or spine problems or have had surgery in the past, driving on rough and bumpy roads is extremely detrimental to your health. An abrupt movement of your neck and shoulder could prove catastrophic. So consider carefully. This journey has taught me a lot about it. My neck, shoulder, and back soreness took a few days to go away.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Faith Nacario

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