Surigao del Sur: Tinuy-an Falls, Philippine’s Widest Waterfalls in Bislig

Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig
Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig

We made a good decision to delay our visit to Tinuy-an Falls the day before and opt for Hagonoy Island. Our driver, who I call Pacman, told us the falls grounds were crawling with visitors and the parking area extended a few hundred meters from the entrance. But when we got there early mid-morning, the crowd was manageable and we headed for the entrance with excitement flowing as strong as the lower cascades of the falls. We paid the P50 entrance fee and we’re in.

Beautiful reflection of the falls as we approach
Beautiful reflection of the falls as we approach

It took us an hour to reach the Tinuy-an Waterfalls from Bislig’s City Center. Heading deep into Barangay Borbaonan, we followed a trail of billboards pointing the direction of the falls and the mayor’s profile popping out of the serene waterfalls image at the background. We passed by Lake 77, a 77-hectare manmade lake used as a water reservoir before by PICOP resources. PICOP used to be the largest paper mill in Asia until it was shutdown in 2008 to give way to the forest as a habitat for eagles.

The 55-meter high falls have several layers
The 55-meter high falls have several layers

With the PICOP gone, the locals shifted their livelihood to tourism, capitalizing on the falls. Pacman, told us that there are several tour agencies now within Bislig. He used to be part of an agency as a certified driver and guide but chose to work independently now. We actually met him at the lobby of Hotel One Eleven when he offered his Van service. He gave us a good price based on what I researched. A bit laconic but he do point out and tell important trivia to places we pass through.

People enjoying the falls while riding on the rafts to get closer
People enjoying the falls while riding on the rafts to get closer

There were already cemented pathways and bridges leading to the falls. There were only a few people at that time that’s why we rushed as close to the falls as we can on the side. We felt its spray coming from the left side of the falls and we could see it as it obscures our lens. I moved around, traversing the shallow water and keeping myself from sliding on the rocks. But I found the walk really pleasurable as the clear waters lap over my feet and legs.

Mid-day at the lower cascades of the falls
Mid-day at the lower cascades of the falls

Tinuy-an Falls is a real beauty, majestic like a flowing curtain of a stage wherein the star is dazzling curtain itself. It was really wide. From reading, the falls was said to be 95 meters wide and 55 meters high. From a far, one can actually see the layers on this humongous falls. The people seemed like ants moving about the vicinity, enjoying the rush of the water.

The beautiful wide wall of  cascades
The beautiful wide wall of cascades

While I really like Tinuy-an Falls, I’m also concerned at the speed of its development. Maybe because I was there on a long weekend where there are more people than usual. I’m a lot disappointed on how people can easily neglect leaving trash near the falls. Like this mother and child I found amusing but was suddenly irritated when they intentionally left the baby’s diaper near the river flow. More disheartening is the news that the Mayor is planning to build a hotel resort on top of the falls. Why can’t they just leave it as is and build it somewhere?

Return to Tinuy-an in the afternoon
Return to Tinuy-an in the afternoon

We left the place by noon to have lunch and visit the nearby town of Hinatuan. But the benefits of having a flexible itinerary, we went back again to the falls in the afternoon where people are about to leave. We took photos in low light to see how it looks like on a different time. And it was wonderful to see the silky flow of the waters that afternoon. Tinuy-an is beguiling, but is also threatened if mismanaged.

Tinuy-an Falls early evening
Tinuy-an Falls early evening

16 Responses to “Surigao del Sur: Tinuy-an Falls, Philippine’s Widest Waterfalls in Bislig”

  1. WOW… super ganda ng pictures…

    Hopefully, I can make a sidetrip here when I visit Surigao. Do you have any idea how many hours from Bucas Grande to Tinuy-an? Thanks much…

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  2. This is supposed to be part of my itineraries when I visited Nasipit last month for a business transaction and I planned to cross the border of butuan to surigao to see this place. But for some reason, I head back home. Sayang at hindi talaga natuloy last month. baka nagkita pa tayo ferdz. hehehe. BTW, I like the pulse of your shots. They say the Mini Niagara Falls daw ito sabi ng mga taga surigao. Congrats Ferdz, for another wonderful post. This makes me proud as Mindanaoan.

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  3. Ferdz! beautiful photos as always. am so excited for my trip next week. I hope we can get a good rate too re: transportation. By the way, do you use filters for shooting the waterfalls or just slow shutter?

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  4. Joecands

    Taga dito ako sa Bislig. Ganun pa rin Tinuy-an super ganda.. i just wonder sa picture, kung ganun tlga ka smooth ung water na parang silky tingnan.. hehe or edited.. pro ganun pa man, ang ganda..

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  5. bryan

    wow!grabe super ganda ng pagkakuha ng picture.at ang place parang sarap tumambay :) at mag tampisaw sa tubig…

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  6. very nice post!!!! will be in Surigao 3rd week of January and your post made me wanna visit the falls. Do you have your driver’s contact details by any chance? Also, would you recommend Hotel One Eleven? Thank you!

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  7. Thanks Anne! Hotel Eleven has a good location and the facilities are okay. Let me check if I can find our driver’s number

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  8. cool! thanks. i’d really appreciate it if you can also provide Hotel One-Eleven’s number.. been googling it up but no luck. :(

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