Tinuy-an Falls (Surigao del Sur, Philippines)

“There is a hidden message in every waterfall. It says, if you are flexible, falling will not hurt you!”  ― Mehmet Murat ildan

Tinuy-an Falls is considered the widest waterfall in the Philippines. It is approximately 95 meters wide and 55 meters (180 ft) tall. This well-tucked gem of is situated towards the rainforest of Bislig, Surigao del Sur. It has been tagged as “The Little Niagara Falls” of the Philippines. Its white and astounding water gushes to its three different levels (the base pool is elevated at 50 meters above sea level and its largest fall drop is elevated at 70 meters above sea.) making this place as one of the most picturesque and the most visited tourist spot in this side of Mindanao, Philippines.

DSC_4336 It takes around forty-five minutes to an hour of habal-habal (motorcycle) ride from the Bislig City proper to the waterfalls located in Brgy. Borboanan. Most of the roads are not yet asphalted (so expect a dusty, long and winding ride). But once you reach the place, the natural beauty of Tiny-an will make you feel a lot better. Such majestic spot is a photography and nature-enthusiasts heavenly abode. It is perfect avenue for on-the-spot photo-shoots.

How to go to Bislig, Surigao del Sur:
From Butuan Bancasi Airport (Agusan del Norte): Go to Langihan Terminal, ride a bus bound for Mangagoy (Bislig) (approx. 5 hour trip)

From Surigao del Norte: Take a bus bound for Butuan and take bus bound for Mangagoy. (This was the route I took because prior to this trip, I went to Siargao).

From Britania, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur: Ride bus going to Butuan and alight at Barobo terminal. From there, take another bus bound for Mangagoy (Bislig).

From Davao City: Take buses/van that go directly to Bislig. One may also take those bound for Butuan and alight at Mangagoy (Bislig).

***Most locals refer Bislig as Mangagoy (and most buses have this signage as well).


Once in Bislig, hire a habal-habal: Rate could range from P300-500 including waiting time (and depending on your haggling skills). Entrance fee is P20.00.



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