Bani Falls aka 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. This multi-tiered falls is equipped with natural pools where one can enjoy a cool dip in its gentle waters.
It was midday when I boarded off the bus and met Caroline, Joan, Lyn and Jen at Campo Uno, Katipunan. After lunch, we hired 3 habalhabals to take us to Sitio Inamong, Brgy. Datu Ladayon.
Half of the way is a well-paved uphill and downhill concrete road leading to Poblacion, Arakan. Bumpy ride started when we entered Sitio Matigol, Datu Ladayon.
The bumpy motor ride lasts for around 15 minutes. When we reached Sitio Inamong, we looked for Datu Dionog and he gave us place to spend the night.
It was 2:00 pm when we headed to the base of the falls. The trail is easy at first, though mostly descending. We were treading ridges amidst beautiful cogon fields. Lovely landscapes never failed to amaze us.
Barely after an hour of trekking and taking selfies, the falls started to show off its magnificence.
Getting to the base requires extreme descent. Our children guides were easily jumping and running while we were carefully creeping.
The breathtaking height and sight of Bani Falls rewarded all the heat and sweat brought by clear sunny afternoon.
Our happy guides added joy to our overwhelmed hearts.
We ascended back before sunset. The sun shed marvelous color when we stepped on the ridge overlooking the wonderful valley.
The next morning, we headed back to the falls, at the top portion this time. We again enjoyed the view of the valley. Running children overtook us while we descended creeping.
After 30 minutes, we set foot on natural pool just before the gentle fall. It was the most beautiful infinity pool I saw. We were among the kids enjoying cool dip and water jumping.
I spent wonderful time playing with marvelous height. I also explored the upper portion of the natural pool where rock formations are undisturbed.
We spent another 3 hours enjoying this God's creation. We got back to the village and bonded with locales before heading home.
(Photos on this post were taken with action camera except for my personal portrait shots taken by CAROLINE ESPEJON)
Sitio Inamong is just 4 kms away from Campo Uno national highway. The way is half concrete and half unpaved. Habalhabal ride is overpriced at P80.00 per passenger.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Take a bus bound for Davao. Alight at Kampo Uno, Katipunan, Arakan (NOT KAMPO UNO IN MARAMAG). Travel time takes 6 hours. Take a habal-habal to Sitio Inamong, Datu Ladayon. Hike to the falls.
Take a bus bound for CDO. Alight at Kampo Uno, Katipunan, Arakan (NOT KAMPO UNO IN MARAMAG). Travel time takes 2 hours. Take a habal-habal to Sitio Inamong, Datu Ladayon. Hike to the falls.