Location: Bislig City, Surigao del Sur
Types: Cataract, Cascade, Tiered

Tinuy-an FallsI have always held the belief that waterfalls mirrors the relationship of man to the environment. The more the man nurtures it, the healthier the watershed, the more forceful the water.

Tinuy-an FallsOne splendid example of this symbiosis is the Tinuy-an Falls. Located in a former bustling industrial hub, Tinuy-an Falls is now the number one tourist attraction in Bislig City which pushes the city once more in the consciousness of the people. The city was best known as the site of PICOP, once the country’s biggest paper mill.

Tinuy-an FallsThe city government under Mayor Librado Navarro, the province’s former three-term vice governor, has been aggressively promoting its tourism industry. Under his leadership, they are catching up as the previous administration neglected the tourism sector of the city. Mayor Navarro even deputized the indigenous people groups Manobos to protect the watershed and to go after illegal loggers. He is also improving the road going to the falls which is 15 kilometers from the city proper. Cottages were built so that tourists can have a better view of the falls. Between November and June, Surigao del Sur enjoys a very rainy season. With that Tinuy-an Falls becomes even more spectacular.

Tinuy-an FallsHow To Get There:

  • From Manila: take any Davao City-bound flight of PAL, Cebu Pacific, and Zest Air.
  • From Davao: take a Mangagoy-bound Bachelor bus at the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal.
  • Bus leaves at 2AM and arrives in Mangagoy, Bislig City at 8AM.
  • From Mangagoy: contract a habal habal going to Tinuy-an Falls. Travel time can be 30 minutes.

Note: This is part of LegendHarry‘s ambitious travel project: Chasing Philippine Waterfalls. Also, this is part of his June 28-July 3, 2012 Davao-Caraga-SOCCSKSARGEN Trip.


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