Philippines: Tinuy-an Falls in Surigao del Sur – A Gem in the Jungle

Another natural wonder in the province of Surigao del Sur is the majestic white Tinuy-an Waterfalls. It is considered as the “Niagara Falls” of the Philippines since it is 95 meters wide and 55 meters high. It is located in Mindanao Island where it nestles in the middle of the chunky jungle of Barangay Burboanan, Bislig City.


Tinuy-an Falls

Papa first time to use a camera and he took this photo when they went to the falls.

From a distance of 30 meters, my family and I marveled at this heavenly wonder of nature. It looks like a white curtain of water flowing from up above. When we looked up the falls it was just simply hair-raising. The cascades glimmered spectacularly under the sun as the lucent clear drops of water were carried by the breeze. The uninterrupted, bubbling and roaring splashing waters create a steady pattern of ceaseless rhythm. It was just like a wall trying to block out the sounds of the world and behind the waterfall it roared louder and louder. And when the waters crashed on the rocks, it was just like the heartbeat of the world. It was awesomely photogenic!

Tinuy-an Falls


Tinuy-an Falls

It was my second time to visit the Tinuy an Falls, but it was my first time at the breathtaking falls with my family. My family and I were so impressed by the magnificent sight of Tinuy an Falls. Indeed, we had a cracking time there since the weather was fabulous.

Tinuy-an Falls

Tinuy-an Falls

We went there by private car. It was quite a long drive on a rough road through rustic scenery of tall old trees. We also saw some coconut farms in the mountains and lowlands of the province when we were on our way. We passed a road close by the sea and the cool waves seemed to entice us on a hot sunny day. When we arrived the place, we were welcomed by the charming staff of the resort. It was wonderful!

Tinuy-an Falls

Tinuy-an Falls

When we arrived there, we couldn’t stop ourselves from getting closer to the falls. So, we rented a bamboo raft to get under the waterfalls. It was so awesome to feel the cold mist of the falls while we were getting closer to it. Getting in the water from the raft was just superb. When we were under the falls, we experienced the impact of the waterfall falling 55 meters and gave us the one of a once in a lifetime waterfall back massage. It was fantastic! We all jumped in the water for a while. My son and my nephew were so happily brave that they could stay under the very cold waterfall for a few hours. Even when they looked gray and their body were shaking because the water was so cold, they didn’t want to go back to the shore. In fact, they were also very keen on jumping into the water.  At the same time, while we were enjoying swimming, my mum and dad climbed up approximately 100 steps uphill to see the beautiful view from the top of the waterfalls, and they took awesome pictures of the waterfalls.

That’s us on the raft 🙂


I’m very sure, I will feel the same excitement again if I visit this place once more.

Little Lilly travel tip:

  • The entrance fee is Php 50.00 per person, but children below 7 years old can get in for free.
  • There are available cottages if you wish to have some picnic. The rent ranges from Php300 to Php 500.
  • The rent of the bamboo raft is Php 100.00 regardless of how many people are aboard.
  • There are available life vests for Php 30.00.
  • If you wish to stay night over, there are available air-conditioned rooms for Php 600.00
  • They have underwater camera for rent for Php 300.00.
  • There’s no restaurant inside the vicinity so be sure to bring your own food. However, there’s a small shop inside the resort which sometimes offer some native food and delicacies. They also offer some drinks.
  • It can be reached both by public and private vehicles. If you are travelling by public buses such as Bachelor Express, you take Davao-Bislig Route if you are from Davao City or Butuan-Bislig Route if you are from Butuan City. Then, you can hire a private vehicle or “habal-habal” at the Bislig terminal to go to the Tinuy-an Falls. It is about 8 hours from Davao City and 6 hours from Butuan City.



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