Visit one of Cagayan de Oro’s recently-discovered and marvelous attraction — Sinulom Falls.
Sinulom Falls derived its name from the Visayan dialect term of “sulom,” which means black ant. The residents discovered the falls back in 2002 and have since been added to the city’s tourism circuit.
The Falls can be considered unique and impressive, with its 28 curtain-like waterfalls scattered about in the area. The water directly flows through the Cagayan de Oro River and is thus clean and clear — perfect for swimming. The surrounding area is also filled with lush greenery and thriving wildlife, so nature lovers and those who are looking for a relaxing getaway from the city will surely enjoy the spot.
The Sinulom Falls is located in Barangay Tignapoloan, Cagayan de Oro.
Opening Days and Hours
The Falls is open 24/7, but it is advisable to visit during the daytime.
Entry Fee and Bookings
As the site is still being developed, there is no entrance fee.
How to Get There
- From the country’s capital of Manila, you can fly in via Cagayan de Oro’s Airport.
- From the city proper, you can rent a private vehicle or motorcycle. Take the CDO-Talakag road and pass through Barangays Bayanga, Mambuaya, and Dansolihon. Pass through the Mangalay Bridge, then look out for the habal-habal waiting shed across a green house, after the said waiting shed is the crossing to Tinagpoloan. You will then pass through a rough road, a paved road, and then a bridge until you reach the Tinagpoloan Elementary School. From here, travel around 1.5 kilometres to a crossing before a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall and a small bridge. The road to Sinulom Falls is on the left side after this.
- If you rented a vehicle, you can then park it on the basketball court. Parking is free although you can also opt to tip the locals to watch your vehicle for you.
- From the basketball court, trek downhill through a path with a “Yellow boom” — this is the access road to the falls.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
You can spend around 2 to 4 hours at the falls.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit is during the country’s summer months of April to May, so the trek will not be difficult.
- Bamboo rafting
There are no restaurants located near the attraction so you can opt to bring packed food.
A number of accommodations can be found in the city proper of Cagayan de Oro, which include hotels and inns such as Seda Centrio, Uptown Condotel, and Limketkai Luxe Hotel. Prices range from USD 69 to USD 20 per night.