Tinuy-An Falls, Surigao Del Sur

According to Wikipedia:

The name Tinuy-an comes from the word Tinuyo-an, a native vernacular which means “intentional act or performance to attain an objective or goal“. It can also be transliterated into the Filipino context as Babalik-balikan or “a place you’ll keep going back to”….  sounds about right ♥

Tinuy-an Falls is a multi-tiered waterfall in Bislig, Surigao del Sur in the southern island of Mindanao, Philippines. Bislig, is a city known as the Booming City by the Bay.

We left Marky’s Hostel at around 05:30 am and head off to our first stop, the famous Tinuy-An Falls of Surigao, which serves as our very own version of Canada’s Niagara Falls. According to Manong, this is better to be our first stop as there are always rainbow in the morning here, and he wasn’t mistaken on that one.



We arrived at the Tinuy-An Falls at arounf 06:50 am. We paid P50/each for the entrance fee.


They have cabanas and table that you can rent if you’re travelling with a big group. So since it’s just the two of us, we just put our things on one of the table without any fee, as we really didn’t use it. Based on our experience, it is safe to leave your belongings on the cabanas as there are lots of “bantay” on the area.


Here are some layers on the entrance part…



Tinuy-An Falls at its finest ♥


The water where the raft is is just shallow, maybe around 4 feet. But you have to be careful as there are big rocks at the bottom. The deep part of the water is the one below the waterfalls.

You can approach the local tour guides on the area if you want to rent their raft, so that you can go and reach the waterfalls itself. Me and my friend didn’t try it though and we basically just sit at this raft and took a dip at this shallow part of the water.

There’s already few people when we arrived but no one was swimming on the river. There’s a few others who stopped-by to take pictures but no one (aside from the two of us) who really took a dip and enjoyed the water. So basically for two hours, it’s just me and my friend enjoying (or should I say owning?) the moment! Hahaha! The rainbow would disappear for a few minutes, but it will reappear again on the other part of the lake. It was like that until we left Tinuy-An at around quarter to 9am, but as per the locals, the rainbows are visible from 7am-11am everyday

There’s also a steep stairs on the right side of this big falls that you can take (with a tour guide), so that you can see the upper part of the waterfall. It was a bit steepy as their path are mostly made of iron, so make sure to be careful.


We left Tinuy-An Falls at around 9am. I can say that this is the best part of my Surigao visit as we really enjoyed the view and there’s not much people when we went there so it’s really peaceful and very serene.

Here are some of the photos I took during our Tinuy-Ann ride 🙂



I can’t still believe that I’ve been to this place and I got to experience the beauty of Tinuy-An Falls ( ^ ~ ^ )




8 thoughts on “Tinuy-An Falls, Surigao Del Sur”

    1. Nakatali yung raft, pero hindi halata, baka kasi anudin kami sa malayo eh parehas kaming hindi marunong lumangoy. Hahaha

      Yay! Thank you! I will later!

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