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Tinuy-An Falls: Your Perfect Morning Bath Experience

The 3-tiered cascading falls is another delightful destination in Mindanao, situated 15 kilometers away from the town proper of Bislig City. Dubbed as the Niagara of the Philippines, it is the widest waterfall curtain in the Philippines.

Going to the remote location of the waterfalls may not be a walk in the park. You will have to endure the rough and unpaved roads with thick dusts for roughly an hour.

Once you arrive at Tinuy-An Falls, you will be rewarded with lush scenery and soothing crash of the falls. The backdrop from the first tier falls is an invigorating glimpse of the entirety of the 3-tiered cascading falls.

The 95-meter wide and 55-meter high second tier falls is at its most imposing appearance after a downpour. On the contrary, we got there on a dry spell so the waterfall was calm, serene, and the stunning details of the rocks were unconcealed.

There’s a path going to the third & highest tier of the falls which would only take about 3 minutes to reach the top. It is advisable to get a guide when climbing up for safety reasons. The fee lies on your generosity to help the volunteer guides for their daily living — we gave 100PHP to our guide.

The view at the top will surely captivate your eyes. The tranquility of another waterfalls and vast forest are perfect combination to reconnect and appreciate the wonder of nature.

We didn’t plan to bathe in the falls but the gush of the soothing falls was alluring. The pressure of the falls was tolerable and therapeutic, and the water temperature was just right — not too cold, not too warm.

The unspoiled beauty of Tinuy-an Falls is a paradise for everyone. This is a great place to revitalize your soul with natural surroundings, and at the same time, a great adventure to experience.

How to Get there

Via Butuan: At Butuan City Integrated Bus Terminal, ride a bus (250PHP) going to Mangagoy, Bislig City; travel time is around 5 hours.

Via Davao: At Ecoland Bus Terminal, ride a bus (260PHP) going to Mangagoy, Bislig City; travel time is around 6 hours.

From Manggagoy, hire a habal-habal  for 300PHP, round-trip; travel time is around 1 hour.

Fees and charges

Entrance fee: 50PHP general admission, free for 7 y/o & below
Raft rowing: 150PHP/3o minutes
Life jacket: 50PHP/1 hour
Cottages: 300PHP/6 hours
Campsite: 100PHP/overnight
Aircon room (common bathroom): 600PHP/night/2 pax (additional 150PHP per pax)

We had the chance to stay in one of the two bedrooms for a night. It has 4 double deck beds and a queen-size bed with total capacity of 10 persons. Our pre-ordered dinner and breakfast were cooked by the locals at a reasonable price; they also offer massage for a minimal fee. Overall, we had a remarkable stay because of the hospitality of the people.