“Matigol Falls is a 500 meter multi-tiered waterfall veiling the steep ravine of Sitio Matigol, Brgy. Datu Ladayon, Arakan Valley, North Cotabato. It is most accessible in Sitio Inamong, Datu Ladayon.”

Chasing Waterfalls: Matigol Falls, Arakan, Valley North Cotabato

How to get there?

From Davao City, take a bus bound for CDO. Alight at Kampo Uno in Arakan. It’s few minutes away from Marahan. Travel time from Davao City takes approximately two (2) hours. Fare is P85 (via Non-AC, Rural Transit Bus).
Take habal-habal ride to Sitio Inamong, Datu Ladayon. Habal-habal fare is fixed at P50.

As you arrive in Sitio Inamong, take a 20-minute trek to the MALMOC (jump-off point to Matigol Falls). Pay for a registration fee of P25.

Guides are provided upon registration. We were a group of 10 people. We paid P50 each for the guide and we were provided with two (2). Our hike was a self-contained hike. However, we shared to provide food for our guides. Be sure to do the same. 🙂

Chasing Waterfalls: Matigol Falls, Arakan, Valley North Cotabato

Chasing Waterfalls: Matigol Falls, Arakan, Valley North Cotabato

Chasing Waterfalls: Matigol Falls, Arakan, Valley North Cotabato

Chasing Waterfalls: Matigol Falls, Arakan, Valley North Cotabato

 

Matigol Falls is a day’s worth of trek. I bet it’s easier to be trekked if it didn’t rain the day before we hiked. The lands could get too slippery. We trekked the wet and muddy lands of Arakan Valley for approximately two (2) hours and hailed from the bottom of the waterfalls to its peak for an hour.

Chasing Waterfalls: Matigol Falls, Arakan, Valley North Cotabato

Chasing Waterfalls: Matigol Falls, Arakan, Valley North Cotabato

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If you’re planning to experience the waterfalls, be equipped with rain essentials. Rainfalls are expected every afternoon and on-wards at these times of the year as of writing. Also, there is no drinking water source from and to the falls. Make sure to bring enough drinking water with you. Moreover, expect that the sun could get as high up and its heat could be excruciating. Know that the whole dry lands to the falls is an open trail.

Reflections:

Chasing Waterfalls: Matigol Falls, Arakan, Valley North Cotabato

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I wanted to help the people of Sitio Inamong by boosting their tourism. However, because Arakan Valley is such a beauty, I wanted it preserved and unspoiled more than ever. I honestly want to keep the place all for myself and the little few who knows of it. I know it sounds selfish. But, how can I not? It’s simply is a place I wanted to go back to every once in a while and feel the same solitude and satisfaction I felt the first time. I wouldn’t have it in any other way especially if I see the possibility that one day it could be damaged if not protected well. But, I guess, I just have to reiterate the Hiker’s Creed here which I hope, seasoned hikers or not, really take it to the heart and apply the same principle when chasing the waterfall or simply when becoming one with nature.

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Toni has always been an adventure seeker, always up to experience new things. She is a proud Davaoeña who lives for the moment, capturing episodes of bliss. She keeps a 9-5PM job in a reputable bank on a Monday through Fridays and her foot soles just itch in between. She's someone who has a very strong desire to travel, but she is no big traveler herself as she always says. She does her ‘kindergarten adventures’, as she calls, to break the monotony of working in a one-sitting-cubicle type of job. Saturdays and Sundays are too sacred for her. She'd prefer outdoor adventures hiking up mountains or diving into the deepest sea. Wandering helps her keep going and say her “Hello, Monday!” mantra lively.

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