Misamis Occidental’s Famous U River

Bigaan U River, also known as Nature’s Horseshoe Bend as seen above a hundred foot cliff in Baliangao, Misamis Occidental is now one of the tourist’s destinations in the province. Discovered by the locals in Sitio Mabini many years ago, the U-shaped river once posted on Facebook in 2017 became a hit! So travelers, photographers, and b/vloggers from all corners of the world flock to this wonderfully unique God’s masterpiece that only planet earth could give. Welcome to Philippines’ magnificent U River! 🙂

Best Spot: 

The Cliffhanger (as I call it). Just be very careful with your steps. Rock climbing and cliff diving are not allowed.

How to Get There:

For public transpo, take a bus from Ozamiz bound for Calamba. Travel time is around 2-2.5 hours. From Calamba, take a motorcycle bound for Baliangao. Travel time from Calamba to Baliangao is around 30 minutes. Upon reaching Baliangao, the best thing to do is ask the locals around. I’m sure, they’ll be happy to help you. Or you can ask the motorcycle driver from Calamba to bring you to U River directly. (My apologies for not giving fare info here.) 

For private transpo, ask the locals the way to Sitio Mabini upon reaching Baliangao. Some of ‘em would represent to take you there. Don’t worry. They are not scammers. Just go!

Then trekking to the top would be around 20-30 minutes depending on your number of stops for picture-taking.

What to Bring:

Bottled water, towel, extra shirt, hat/cap/umbrella, and Fascino Citronella Mosquito Repellent. Don’t bring too heavy load for the trekking.


Entrance Fee: P10 (if you’re early, you can skip the fee like us but it’s better if we pay as a little help to the locals)

Food Sidetrips:

Plaridel-UNIDEBA Moron and Nang Editha Pan Bisaya
Oroquieta-Suzette Broas
Aloran-Delta Ventures Heritage Cookies
Jimenez-Lola Luz Bago-ong
Tudela-Lee Bakery Pineapple Pie
Clarin-Suman House

Plan Your Trip Ahead!

Contact Michael to guide you ‭(0997) 291 3066‬. Be generous with your tip. Let us all help promote Philippine tourism.

Contact Nang Editha for Pan Bisaya in advance ‭(0946) 377 1790‬. Her humble home is just near the Catholic Church in Plaridel. Ask the locals for directions.

Now don’t lose one-half of your half-life by not going outdoors! Go out, explore, and experience! Life is sooooo short so just go ahead and get crazy!

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