Tinuy-an Falls has four tiers, one of which is hidden from view.
People enjoying the Tinuy-an Falls.
While it is not as tall as many other waterfalls in the country, Tinuy-an Falls made up for it in width. It measures 95 meters in width making it the widest waterfall in the Philippines. It is even nicknamed the “Little Niagara Falls of the Philippines” due to its curtain-type appearance similar to that of world famous waterfalls found in the border of Ontario, Canada and New York, USA. It is amazing to know that a rainbow appears in the area almost every morning between 9:00 to 11:00 AM.
Aside from swimming in the refreshingly crystal clear water, you can also ride a bamboo raft to take you near the cascades and explore the upper tier. Cottages and picnic tables are available for rent and you can also order food for lunch or snacks.
Although Tinuy-an Falls often gets crowded especially during weekends and holidays, it is not fully developed yet so don’t expect to be arriving at a destination with fully working facilities such as changing rooms, showers, or toilets.
Modern facilities and convenience aside, Tinuy-an Falls is a wonderful place to visit to experience the serenity and beauty nature brings.
Cost per Person: $= $1-5 | $$ = $6-10 | $$$ = $11-15 | $$$$ = $15+
This attraction is located on Mindanao Island in Bislig City.
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How to Get to Tinuy-an Falls?
There is no direct flight from any airport in the country to Bislig.
Via Davao City
One option is to take a plane to Davao City. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have multiple direct flights to Davao from Manila and Cebu everyday. Iloilo direct to Davao is only offered by Cebu Pacific.
AirAsia, on the other hand, flies directly to Davao from Manila only.
Via Butuan City
Another way to get to Tinuy-an Falls is via Butuan City which is less than 200 kilometers away. Philippine Airlines has multiple flights to Butuan from Manila and only one flight from Cebu everyday. Cebu Pacific offers multiple flights daily from Manila and Cebu to Butuan City. Travel time is about one hour and 40 minutes.
There is no ferry sailing direct to Bislig City. The best option is to sail to Nasipit Port in Agusan del Norte. 2Go Travel departs Manila every Monday at 8:30 AM and arrives in Butuan at 5:00 AM Wednesday making the travel time around 45 hours. Fare is between P1,778 ($35.56 USD) and P7,772 ($155.44 USD) depending on the accommodation type and date of booking. Try booking early to avail cheaper rates.
2Go Travel also has a Cebu-Nasipit schedule every Tuesday. The ferry departs Cebu at 8:00 PM and arrives at Nasipit Port at 5:00 AM Wednesday, making the travel time around 9 hours. The rate is between P722 ($14.44 USD) and P3,990 ($79.8 USD) depending on the accommodation type and date of booking.
Cokaliong, on the other hand, sails from Cebu to Nasipit at 7:00 PM every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sun. Travel time is around 10 hours and the fare is between P1,345($26.9 USD) and P9,600($192 USD) depending on the type of accommodation.
From Nasipit Port, ride a tricycle to the bus terminal where you will find a bus bound for Mangayo.
Via Davao City
From Francisco Bangoy International Airport, ride a taxi to take you to Ecoland Terminal which is approximately 12 kilometers away. Fare should be around P400 ($8 USD).
At the terminal, take a Bachelor Express Bus bound to Mangagoy in Bislig City. A bus departs Davao City every hour starting at 2:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Travel time is between five to six hours and the fare is between P300($6 USD) to P400($8 USD).
In Mangahoy, proceed to the terminal where you can ride a jeep for Barangay Borboanan. You can also hire a habal-habal (motorcycle) to take you to Tinuy-an. Travel time via habal-habal is around 30 to 45 minutes and the roundtrip fare starts at P300($6 USD).
Via Butuan City
From Butuan, you can ride a multicab to City Integrated Bus Terminal where you will find vans bound for Mangayo. Travel time is about four hours and the fare is around P250($5 USD). There are also regular and air-conditioned buses plying the same route. A Bachelor Express bus departs Butuan City every 30 minutes starting at 2:30 AM until 5:30 PM. Travel time is about five to six hours.
Alternatively, you may also opt to hire a van parked just outside Butuan Airport. While it costs more than the passenger van or bus, it is more convenient and faster since it won’t pick up passengers along the way.
In Mangahoy, proceed to the terminal where you can ride a jeep to Barangay Borboanan. You can also hire a habal-habal (motorcycle) to take you to Tinuy-an. Travel time via habal-habal is around 30 to 45 minutes and the roundtrip fare starts at P300($6 USD).
The airport closest to Tinuy-an Falls
Bislig Airport (IATA: BPH), the airport closest to Tinuy-an Falls, is less than 17 kilometers away. The airport hosted no commercial flight.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit this attraction to avoid crowds is early in the morning, usually before 11:00 AM.
This attraction is always open.
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.
Consuming alcohol is not allowed at this attraction.
Pets are not allowed at this attraction.
Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.
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The following are other points of interest are nearby:
- Kawa-Kawa sa Awog Falls
- Sian Falls
- Hagonoy Island
- Hinayagan Cave
- I Love Bislig Monument