Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tinuy-an Falls in Surigao Del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls in Surigao del Sur is tagged as the Little Niagara Falls of the Philippines.  With 95-meter width, it is said to be the widest waterfall in the country. The waters plunge from a 55-meter or 180-feet height.

The water cascades in 4 tiers or levels but only 3 is visible.

Tinuy-an Falls in Surigao Del Sur

The mist produced by the strong pressure forms a rainbow between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Sadly, it was already late in the afternoon when I arrived, so I missed the rainbow.

The rushing waters plus the surrounding lush tropical rainforest is a picturesque vision that forever will be etched in my mind.

Tinuy-an Falls in Surigao Del Sur

Despite the rain when our group came, I still enjoyed the majestic view.

Tinuy-an Falls in Surigao Del Sur


The word Tinuy-an means the intentional act of doing something to achieve a goal. According to legend, the inhabitants of the Magdiwata Mountains were captured to slavery by fierce Agusan tribesmen. They were mistreated and forced to do hard labor. The natives plotted to kill their cruel masters. So, one day, when their masters boarded the gakit or bamboo raft, they jump off and shoved the gakit towards the waterfalls. Hence, the name Tinuy-an to commemorate the courage of the natives.

Tinuy-an Falls in Surigao Del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls in Surigao Del Sur


I was fortunate that we have a van to take us to Tinuy-an Falls, so commuting was not an issue. We came from Cagayan de Oro, which was like a 7-hour road trip.

If you are backpacking, you have to bear the transportation transfers.

If you are coming from outside Surigao del Sur, the starting point would be in Bislig City. Go to Mangagoy, which is the town center of the city. From there, you can contract a habal-habal to take you to Tinuy-an and back to Bislig.

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