Thursday, August 01, 2013

The Grandeur of Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Surigao del Sur

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Approximately 95 meters wide and 55 meters (180 ft) tall, this fall that is situated in Surigao del Sur moniker as "The Little Niagara Falls" of the Philippines. It's none other than the Tinuy-an Falls (Tinuyan Falls) of the municipality of Bislig. Tinuy-an Falls has been the main attraction in Bislig. Its white astonishing water that drapes and cascade to its three different levels makes this place as the most visited tourist spot in the region of CARAGA. Aside from that, Tinuy-an falls is considered to be the widest waterfall in the Philippines. So with all those words, backpackers like me who planned a Mindanao trip didn't forgot to include this wonder in our itinerary and adventure.

How to get there?
Starting at Bancasi Airport in Butuan City, one can take a jeepney going to Langihan Premium Bus Terminal. Upon arrival at the bus terminal, commercial buses or vans for hire going to Mangagoy are available. Travel time is about 4-5 hours. When in Mangagoy, head to Integrated Terminal and take a jeepney. Just inform the driver to drop you at the jump-off point of Tinuy-an Falls. From the main road, rent a Habal habal (single motorcycle) that will take you to the waterfall. I couldn't give you the prices of each ride because we came from a different route.

Sneak peek of the 1st and 2nd levels of Tinuy-an Falls (Photo from Byron Cantonjos)
Our Tinuy-an Falls adventure starts right after our visit to Enchanted river, read full details here. A habal-habal driver approach us in Enchanted River and offer us a ride going to Tinuy-an Falls at 1,500 pesos. As we heard his offer, we use math that we acquired during our elementary years and calculated the expense if ever we go to Tinuy-an by commute. Based on our computations, the driver's offer is quite expensive. It was too much for 2 backpackers like us to shed that amount going to Bislig. So we had to decline his first offer. He still insist the ride so we ended up bargaining the trip and settled at 900 pesos. This includes a ride from Enchanted River (Hinatuan) going to Tinuy-an Falls (Bislig). Then the habal habal driver will wait for us there until we're done with our Tinuy-an exploration. Afterwards, he will also help us find a hotel in Bislig City. DEAL! Now that's how tourists should handle this kind of situation.

It was the longest habal-habal ride I had experienced in my whole travelling life. I lost track but I believe it was 1 1/2 - 2 hours backride. Thank God the view is refreshing. It somehow takes away my butt pain and leg cramps of this habal-habal trip. As we approach near the site, I noticed the cold air that flows in my skin. It makes the two of us excited.

Grandest Falls I've ever seen so far... (Photo from Byron Cantonjos)
Then we finally arrived in the site of Tinuy-an Falls. We shed 20 pesos per head for the entrance fee then we go directly to the area where this waterfall lies.Tinuy-an is really grandeur. Since it rains the night before we got there, the water that afternoon was raging. I can say that we saw Tinuy-an Falls in its full form. It's the widest and tallest falls I've ever been to. It does seems like a curtain that covers the tall rock wall behind it. In addition to it, there are trees beside it that add colors and appeal to this falls. We do not waste any time. We set up our cameras and take photographs in any way possible.

(Photo from Byron Cantonjos)
Tinuy-an Falls in its full form
Then a local guy approach us and offers a trip going to the 1st and 2nd level of Tinuy-an falls. One needs to pass 90 ++ steps in order to reach the spot and of course we say yes to his offer. It wasn't that hard. There are concrete stairs so it will be easy for non athletic person like me to reach its top. And the view up there was superb! It is a midget Tinuy-an Falls. Short yet still wide. We're lucky because we can still be able to see a rainbow even we got there late. People say that rainbow only appears at 9:00am to 11:00am only.

It is really beautiful up there. Visitors should not miss trekking this one (Photo from Byron Cantonjos)
Photo op! #selfie #lol (Photo from Byron Cantonjos)
Me and our tour guides (Photo from Byron Cantonjos)
I envy Baron for having a photo with that rainbow! (Photo from Byron Cantonjos)
After our trekked at Tinuy-an Falls, the same local guy offers us a bamboo raft ride to go near the splashing water of Tinuy-an Falls. Again, we say yest to it! It was off-season and weekday when we got there so the place isn't crowded. For the bamboo raft, the passengers were only me, Baron and the 2 bankeros. Cool! As we approached to the falls, I started to feel cold. The water is hitting us as well as the cold breeze of the air which makes me freeze on this raft ride. In the middle of this activity, Byron and I jumped from the raft. I don't know if that's the right thing since it only worsen the coldness we feel that time. Overall, it was a fun experience. We really enjoyed our bamboo raft ride. We just gave 150 pesos to the local guy for the whole activity (trekking + bamboo raft + tip).

Start of our Bamboo rafting adventure! (Photo from Byron Cantonjos)
We barely couldn't hear each other out there (Photo from Byron Cantonjos)
By the way, that's my travel buddy Byron of Baron the Explorer (Photo from Byron Cantonjos)
My words are not enough to describe the grandeur of Tinuy-an Falls. After seeing it with my own eyes, now I know why it is reputed as the "Little Niagara Falls" of the Philippines. I hope people of this town take care of this place so that future generations will be able to see and visit it as well.

Breakdown of Expenses:
Habal-Habal (Enchanted River - Tinuyan Falls - Hotel in Bislig City) - 900.00 PhP / 2 = 450 PhP per pax
Entrance Fee - 50.00 PhP
Bamboo Raft + Tinuy-an trekking + Tip - 150.00 PhP / 2 = 75.00 PhP per pax
Table - Since it was off peak, we got it for free!

22 comments:

  1. Wow ang ganda at ang laki ng falls na to. Pero makulimlim ata weather.

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    1. umaambon na po nung bandang gitna ng stay namin pero enjoy pa din naman kahit ganun yung weather

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  2. Where did you stay during your visit?

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    1. After our adventure at Tinuy-an we drove back to the city and We stayed at PCI in Tabon, Bislig.

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  3. nice ang ganda ng falls... diba magkalapait yan sa Enchanted river?

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    1. medyo magkalayo po sila. mga 1 1/2 to 2 hours of habal habal ride yung binyahe namin to reach this falls from Enchated River

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  4. Wow grandeur nga! Maulan ba at that time kasi parang makulimlim yung weather eh. Ilang oras sya going back to the city?

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    1. Yup. Sa kalagitnaan ng pagbisita namin ay nagumpisa nang umambon.

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  5. Tinuy-an Falls is really beautiful! I hope more effort will be done to preserve the natural beauty of this waterfalls.

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    1. That's what I also hope for. So that future generations can still witness this amazing waterfall

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  6. Hi Just want to ask ung 900 na habal habal that is from Bislig proper to Tinuy-an then to Enchanted River? 6 kse kme na pupunta dun , do you happen to know ung max capacity? Im trying to calculate the price of going around Surigao thank you

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    1. The 900 pesos is only 1 way. From Enchanted River (located in Hinatuan) to Tinuy-an Falls (located in Bislig) then from Tinuy-an, a bonus trip going to our hotel (also located in Bislig). So basically, yung 900 pesos namin is from Hinatuan going to Bislig lang.

      Regarding naman sa passenger capacity ng habal habal, kaya nila yung 3 persons per motor. Humanap nalang kayo ng marerentahan na mahaba haba yung motor para sa convenience nyo. Pero meron akong nakitang kaya mag sakay ng 5-6 passengers but I find it dangerous kasi lalagyan lang ng tabla yung motor then dun uupo ung passengers (bale nasa magkabilang-gilid sila ng motor) Parang ganito itsura nya: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_AnPqTL-MV8I/SPjX7D7W3OI/AAAAAAAAAKY/P2qXIq0u6QM/s320/habal1.jpg

      Have a safe and fun trip ahead! :]

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  7. hello po, thank you po for the blog. Me and the fam are planning to go in enchanted river + tinuyan falls in december, so i have some questions po if you don't mind. Ano po ang best mode of transportation for a bigger group? around 10 or more people po. Are both places accesible po with a car/van? And can you recommend a hotel or a good place to stay overnight in while over there? Coming from davao po kami. Thank you po in advance :)

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    1. Enchanted and Tinuy-an are accessible with van/car. I suggest that you rent a van since you'll be travelling in large group. However, I don't have any contact for van rental since we only took Habal-habal as our form of transportation.

      If your planning to stay in Hinatuan/Enchanted River: I recommend Sibadan Fish Cage. Lodging in the middle of the sea is an awesome experience! :)
      For Bislig/Tinuy-an, You may try Paper Country Inn.

      Thank you for visiting Geejay Travel Log. Have a safe trip!

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  8. Do you have contact no. of the Tinuy-an Falls for reservation?.Thank you..

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    1. You mean room reservation? Sorry but I dont have any contacts in Tinuy-an Falls

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  9. Hi, this is very informative and helpful as we are scheduled to do this surigao sur trip.
    I have 2 questions po. :-)
    1. Is the habal-habal good for 1 passenger only?
    2. Did you notice small multicab vehicle there? Multicab is very common in Camiguin.
    These are my concerns since I have my mom who will travel with me.

    Best Regards,
    ROBERT
    Http://tourism-philippines.com/tawi-tawi

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    1. Hi Robert. Thank you for finding my blog helpful. Here are my answers to your questions.

      1. Number of passengers depend on the size of the habal habal. Most habal habal that I saw can accommodate 2 passengers. Others can accommodate up to 6 passengers but I find it extreme because you'll be placed on the side of the motorcycle sitting on a piece of wood.
      2. Sorry, but I haven't noticed any multicab passing through Tinuy-an falls. I believe the route of those multicab are only on the main roads of Bislig.

      Have a safe trip ahead!

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  10. ang ganda! it's really #morefuninthephilippines <3

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