Pagadian Airport is a class 1 domestic airport that serves the city of Pagadian.
In 2006, the Airport underwent an upgrading initiative for expansion and was reopened in 2009 by then President, Gloria Arroyo. The airport officially opened for commercial operation in 2010 and has been operational ever since.
There are many airlines that fly to Pagadian Airport like Cebu Pacific, so it is easy and convenient to book a flight out of your home town for a short getaway to Pagadian.
Here are some things to know before your trip to Pagadian City.
From Pagadian Airport, it is only less than 5km away from the city center. Most hotels and hostels should provide you with an airport transfer, but you can’t get one, feel free to either drive, take a taxi or a tricycle to the city from the airport. Just be sure to always negotiate the price before boarding if the transport is not metered.
Bounded by mountain ranges, Pagadian City has quite a steep terrain. The tricycles built in this area have all adapted to the land and most are built at an incline of 25-40 degrees. Go for a thrill ride (especially in the uphill and downhill slopes) in one of these tricycles in your travels in Pagadian City – by far the best way to get around!
For travels that are slightly further, you might want to consider taking a jeepney or even a minibus.
What to see and do
Get a bird’s eye view of the sprawling city of Pagadian by heading up the Rotunda. There you can enjoy an elevated view high above the downtown area overlooking the blue waters of Yllana Bay. You could hike up to have a picnic, do some horse riding at the peak, or just take in the wonderful views.
An alternative place to view the clear blue waters of Yllana Bay would be through a hike or tricycle up Mt Palpalan. At the summit, you’ll find tall communication towers standing 700m above sea level. Also a perfect place for a picnic, this is one vantage point of the city not to be missed.
There are many natural attractions like waterfalls and hot and cold springs located just outside the city. One example would be the Lourdes Hot and Cold Springs located 32km away from the city. The springs are all natural, and so safe that they are tapped by the city’s water district as a prime source of water. There is also a waterfall at Lourdes that is a great attraction.
Aside from Lourdes Waterfall, Pagadian also has a great variety of waterfalls and you can either choose to visit all, or just head to one depending on your schedule. The nearest to Pagadian City would be the Manga falls which are just 7km away. A two-layered waterfall, the Manga falls are surrounded by huge trees that are also home to white monkeys so be sure to keep your eye out for these rare monkeys when you visit.
Other notable waterfalls include the Pulacan Falls, Lison Valley Waterfalls and the Ditoray Waterfalls, all relatively easy to get to from Pagadian and equally gorgeous and breathtaking.
Lastly, for delicious cuisine and fresh seafood, head down to the Greenhouse Fishing Station and Restaurant, that is located at the heart of a massive fishpond. There you can enjoy various varieties of super fresh seafood, a treat for any visitor to Pagadian.
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