Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel, Davao Oriental is a wonder. A first time viewer is easily struck dumbfounded, speechless and awed by the spectacular sight. Just imagine, a series of 84 falls forming almost a hundred steps cascading from the forest to the edge of where it enters Cateel River and empties to the coast. The total height of the falls is said to be 1110 ft with varying drops of between 6 to 100 feet and is a declared protected area by the national government.
What’s more, its very accessible as it can readily be viewed along the road connecting this town with Trento in Agusan del Sur. The bridge over the river is a good viewing area to this waterfalls considered the most beautiful in Mindanao. It is also said that there are parts in the forest just near here where one can find the burial grounds of the Mandaya, the tribal group in this area which can be reached by hiking.
This area, a few feet from the main road is a good bathing spot where the locals come to enjoy a good splash. Aliwagwag Falls is way off the tourist map and are known mostly to locals and intrepid adventurers. It is not even listed in international guide books maybe because its Mindanao and many foreigners are discouraged from going here even if its relatively safe.
Like most provinces in the Eastern part of Mindanao, there are other beautiful and taller waterfalls but these are, again, not so known.