Location: Barangay Borboanan Bislig City Surigao del Sur Philippines southeastern coast of Mindanao facing the Pacific Ocean, Bislig is 158 km south of Butuan, 152 km south of Tandag City the capital of Surigao del Sur, and 208 kilometers northeast of Davao City.
Bislig City can be reached by air or sea travel from Manila or Cebu via Davao City or Butuan City or Surigao City.
Height: 55 meters (four-story building)
Wide: 95 meters
Mode of Transportation: Hire tricycle or habal-habal (motorcycle) from Bislig City Surigao del Sur Philippines. It may be reached via a 6-hour bus ride from Davao or a 5-hour bus ride from Butuan. From the terminal, it is a one-hour bumpy ride to Tinuy-An Falls.
Parking: Right beside the waterfalls
Best time to go: January to February (water has a lot of volumes) 9:00 A.M. TO 11:00 A.M. (sparkle of the rainbow appear)
A remarkable beauty!
That is what I can say about Tinuy-An Falls, it is the main tourist attraction in Bislig, a city known as the Booming City on the Bay.
Tinuy-An Falls is a real beauty majestic like a flowing curtain of a stage wherein a star is a dazzling curtain itself, with approximately 95 meters wide and 55 meters high (180 ft), touted as the Niagara Falls of the Philippines, from afar one can actually see the layers of this humongous falls.
Tinuy-An is a white water curtain that flows in three levels and is known as one of the widest waterfalls in the Philippines. A fourth level is said to be within the same system but is farther into the rugged forests. There were already cemented pathways and bridges leading to the falls, the walk really pleasurable as the clear waters lap over your feet and legs.
Spray of water form mists, while the banks are shallow enough for travelers to bathe in the cool waters. Flat stones conveniently make a good platform for those photo poses. The best one is between Philippines Waterfalls. The best time to visit and photograph this is during the early morning as the sun isn’t behind, thus giving a better image of the waterfalls.
Every morning, the area is blessed with a sprinkle of the rainbow that appears between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Its majestic and unique natural formation makes it one of the best waterfalls in the entire Philippines.
Centuries-old amazing giant trees, ferns, and vines in a thick rainforest envelop your ride through thickly forested hills that enclose the falls. Islets are on the swimming ground, with slippery logs where you can cross for a good view, plus multi-layered stones as pathways.
This is also a good place for bird watching and international bird-watching groups visit for a specific type of sunbird, a small but very colorful species that was discovered here a few years ago.
The Borboanan Reservoir with its natural lake a few minutes after sunset located a few kilometers after the waterfall is just along the trail. If you stop here after sunset, just make sure you have handy anti-mosquito lotion as these insects really make a feast out of you.