There are a lot of reasons why you have to visit the province of Surigao del Sur. It is a place where natural resources is also a contributing factor to the overall progress of its economy. More so, it is endowed with so many tourist destinations where tourists from all over the country and from different parts of the world seek a unique kind of adventure and thrill.
One of the famed tourist destinations of the province is the Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig City that is frequently touted as the “Niagara Falls of the Philippines” because of its breathtaking 95-meter width and 55-meter plunge from its three-tiered waterfall formation invitingly comparable in appearance to the world famous Niagara Falls of the United States of America.
The term “Tinuy-an” dates back before the Spanish colonization era in the country. It was said that the people of Magdiwata Mountains were enslaved by a group of tribesmen from Agusan. In their quest for freedom, the Magdiwata people plotted an escape by riding small boats called “baroto” to cross the falls and to lead their conquerors to their demise. The mountain people’s act to lure the tribesmen into their fall birthed the name “Tinuy-an”, a Visayan term for intentionally doing something to achieve a certain goal.
How to get there?
If your starting point is Cagayan de Oro City, the nearest stop before going to Bislig City is via Butuan City. From CdeO, there are many bus companies around the city proper where you can take a ride bound to Butuan City for about 3 and a half hours. You can also rent a taxi but it would more or less cost you too much.
After arriving in Butuan City, you could take a bus ride bound to Bislig City for around P250 within 5-6 hours of travel time. If riding by bus, does not suit you, vans are also available for public transportation with around P200 fare and roughly 5 hours of time travel.
From Bislig City proper, you can rent a “habal-habal” (single motor vehicle) for 200-300 pesos towards Tinuy-an Falls depending on your deal with the driver.
While at Tinuy-an Falls…
Before jumping in the waters and gorging on the magnificent scene of falls, do not forget to pay the P50-peso entrance fee (for adults and no charges for small children).
There are some stores and cottages around the area for those who plan to have a nice spot for delicious meals and for those who just want to have a short break or a chitchat with the group. You could also see a few tables but visitors must follow a “first-come-first-serve” rule to be able to use the table.
Marveling at the beauty of Tinuy-an Falls will make you forget the long hours you spent travelling as well as all the worries you left at home. You can also ride a bamboo raft if you wish to have a closer look at the falls or you just want to take selfies or groufies with your friends at the middle of the natural pool or while allowing the raft to flow you somewhere along the stretch of the water.
For a more adventurous experience, you can hike to the top of the falls to see where the running trailing waters on the tiers of the falls end at the bottom below. However, it is not advisable for anyone to have a jumping dive from the upper part of the falls to its basin because of the dangers that come with it.
With so many things that you can do when visiting Tinuy-an Falls, make it also a goal to avoid doing prohibited activities which may damage any of the amenities and, more so, the view of the place. Do not leave any trash when you are done with the merrymaking and be mindful of your surroundings so that you will not be able to disturb other tourists.
With that in mind, you are all set to make happy memories and you are ready to make the most out of your time far away from home. Let the cool breeze of the water put your soul and mind at peace and bathe yourself anew with the refreshing water of Tinuy-an Falls.