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Tinago Falls

Written by Patrick

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Tinago Falls

Caption: Stream near Tinago Falls | Image Source

Tinago Falls is one of the more than 20 waterfalls found in Iligan City, also known as the City of Majestic Waterfalls.  Don’t leave Iligan City without seeing this breathtaking beauty.  The falls is high, about 240 feet and has multiple cascades that fall into a basin-like pool where people can enjoy the refreshing cool water.  Aside from swimming, visitors can also cliff dive, ride the bamboo raft, and have picnics as there are tables near the edges of the river.  

The falls is hidden in a lush jungle, hence the name “tinago”, a local word for hidden.

Reaching the falls requires a 10-minute trek and descending a concrete winding staircase with more than 300 steps.  But despite the effort to get there, it is definitely worth it as the sight is breathtaking and the experience is something you will never forget.

Fast Facts

Attraction:
Tinago Falls
Type of Attraction:
Address:
Iligan City, Mindanao 9200
Phone:
+63 (063) 221 3426
Hours:
Monday-Sunday 8:00-17:00
Closed:
None
Best Time to Visit:
December to May
Food & Drink:
YES
FREE WiFi:
NO
Cost:
Cost per Person:  $1-5
Payment Type:
Cash
Fees:
25 pesos ($0.5 USD) Life jacket only
10 pesos ($0.20 USD) Toilet use
50 pesos ($1 USD) Tables and chairs rent
300-500 pesos ($6-10 USD) Bamboo raft rent for 30 minutes
50 pesos ($1 USD) Parking fee
50 pesos ($1 USD) Guide fee (per tourist)
Notes:
Wear durable footwear and appropriate clothing to ensure your comfort during the hike.

Bring drinking to keep you hydrated during the trek.

You can bring as much food as you want as there is no corkage fee.

MAP

This attraction is located on Mindanao Island in Iligan City.

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How to Get to Tinago Falls?

By Air

Via Laguindingan

It’s not possible to fly directly to Iligan City as the only airport in the city is no longer operational. The best option is to fly to Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental.

Step 1
Book a flight via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines. These airlines have multiple direct flights to Laguindingan from Manila and Cebu while one direct flight from Davao everyday. Cebu Pacific also has direct Iloilo-Laguindingan flight once or twice a week.

Step 2
From the airport, you can ride a bus to Iligan City. Fare is about P200 and the travel time is about one hour and 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can take the airport shuttle to the National Highway where you can hail a bus bound for Iligan City.

Step 3
Get off at Iligan City Terminal and ride a jeep going to the public market. From there, ride a jeep bound for Maria Cristina or Purakan.

Step 4
Get off at crossing Purakan and take a motorcycle (habal-habal) to the falls.

Via Ozamiz

Step 1
Fly to Ozamiz via Cebu Pacific or Philippines Airlines. These airlines fly to Ozamiz from Manila once daily. Cebu Pacific also flies from Ozamiz once a day.

Step 2
From the airport, ride a tricycle to the Integrated Bus and Jeepney Terminal where you can ride a bus bound for Cagayan de Oro but make sure to let the driver know that you are getting off at Iligan City. Travel time is around two hours.

Step 3
Get off at Iligan City Terminal and ride a jeep going to the public market. From there, ride a jeep bound for Maria Cristina or Purakan.

Step 4
Get off at crossing Purakan and take a motorcycle (habal-habal) to the falls.

By Sea

Via Cagayan de Oro

Step 1
If you prefer to ride a ferry, you can book a trip through 2Go Travel. The shipping company has a ferry sailing to Cagayan de Oro four times a week – Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Arrival is around 39 hours after departure and the fare ranges from P2,385 ($47.7 USD) and P7,504 ($150.08 USD) depending on the type of accommodation.

The said ferry also sails from Cebu every Monday and Thursday. Travel time is around 9 hours and the fare ranges from P1,12 ($22.4 USD) and P3,740 ($74.8 USD) depending on the type of accommodation.

Step 2
From Cagayan de Oro Port, proceed to the bus terminal and take a bus bound for Iligan City. Fare is about P200 and travel time is about one hour and 30 minutes.

Step 3
Get off at Iligan City Terminal and ride a jeep going to the public market. From there, ride a jeep bound for Maria Cristina or Purakan.

Step 4
Get off at crossing Purakan and take a motorcycle (habal-habal) to the falls.

Airport Closest to Tinago Falls

Laguindingan Airport (IATA: CGY), also known as Laguindingan International Airport, is the airport closest to Tinago Falls. It is about 80 kilometers away from Tinago Falls and roughly about two hours drive.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this attraction to avoid crowds is early in the morning usually before 10:00 AM.

Closures

This attraction is always open. 

Fees

Fees require payment in cash.  Credit cards are not accepted at this attraction. 

Food & Drink

Food and drinks from outside the attraction are allowed at this attraction.

Alcohol

Consuming alcohol is not allowed at this attraction.

Pets

Pets are not allowed at this attraction.

Smoking

Smoking is allowed at this attraction.

Trash

Please dispose of your trash properly or take it with you.  Don’t Trash the Philippines!  

The Philippines are beautiful islands … let’s all ensure they remain this way. 

TIPS & HACKS

The following are recommended items for this experience: 

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS

CamelPack

I always carry a Camelbak Hydration Pack with me when traveling. Not only does it allow me to pack all my daily gear and snacks, but it also has a 3-liter water bladder which holds enough water to get me through the entire day.

Bluetooth Speaker

Compact yet mighty, a bluetooth speaker setup is a breeze, and the sound quality it delivers for its size is nothing short of impressive. Beyond its audio prowess, it boasts exceptional durability, making it an ideal companion for outdoor adventures.

UV Shirt

UV Shirt is an essential when travelling in a tropical country. Providing reliable protection during long hours in the water, not only comfortable but also ensures a secure shield against the elements.

Snorkel Gear

For my island-hopping escapades, a snorkel gear set has become indispensable. Designed to enhance the joy of snorkeling and free diving, each piece ensures comfort and functionality. Together, they create an immersive and enjoyable underwater experience.

Adventure Camera

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Aqua Shoes

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Photos

The following are some photos of this attraction.

Videos

The following is a video of this attraction.

NEARBY

The following are other points of interest nearby:

  • Maria Cristina Falls 
  • Mimbalut Falls
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Timoga Spring Pool 
  • NPC Nature’s Park
  • Agad-agad Mountain Range

READ MORE: Iligan City Visitors Guide

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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