It was a short but easy trek amidst farmlands (think of rice terraces in Mindanao!) and a small patch of forest when I visited the two waterfalls of Barangay Ditoray in Pagadian City years ago. The first one was smaller while the second is taller, has four levels and just amazing!
There was nothing much interesting in the city proper that I decided to explore the waterfalls within the area. A quick search online yielded guides but the once in Ditoray seemed to appeal to me. The past few days have been raining that the trail was wet and muddy. And when I got to the first waterfall, which was smaller, the water was brownish. It would have been great to swim in its wide pool.
My guide then told me that there was another and better waterfall a short walk at the opposite river that got me excited. Who would have thought that I will be visiting two different waterfalls in one trip? The online source I referred to didn’t mention it.
It was another easy trek along the edge of the river and sometimes over rocks. As we neared the bigger waterfall, the sound of gushing water became stronger, the river more turbulent and my heart was beating fast with excitement. I can already see from the distance the taller waterfall but because of the vegetation, blocked a full view.
I stood on a rock, smiling, amazed at what I saw! Four levels of stunning falling water, multilevel waterfall that is also segmented in section. The water was strong and gushing. Sprays of water near the base that I had to look for a good vantage point. Unfortunately, there are no higher vantage points for a better view of the cascades.
I took my shots and decided not to swim because of the water. After spending thirty minutes just admiring the waterfall, we hiked back, this time, at another steeper trail out of the forest. It was a good and nice trip. There were no leeches in the forest, the trail easy and manageable. The farmlands at the edge is beautiful and reminded me of the rice terraces in the Cordilleras.
GETTING THERE: From Pagadian City, you need to hire a Ditoray bound tricycle and ask for it to wait if you don’t want to spend more time waiting for a trip back to the city. Not all drivers know the location of the waterfall so it’s better to ask at the Barangay Hall first and ask for a guide.