Bislig: Tinuy-An Falls, PH’s Grandest Falls

Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur

The real deal (Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur)

Of all the falls we’ve visited, this is the real deal. With almost a hundred meters wide, Tinuy-An Falls has the crown for being the widest waterfall of the Philippines. This 3-tier, 55 meters high cascading waterfall can be found on Barangay Burboana, Bislig, Surigao del Sur. As the leading tourist spot of the city, it’s been frequently featured in travel magazines and videos.


After being bewitched by Hinatuan Enchanted River (one of the province’s top destinations), Tupang Gala flock spent two hours (60 km.), including side-trip to Bislig Baywalk, going to Tinuy-An. It is said that traveling there is much faster nowadays; going to and fro those beautiful places before were troublesome due to rough roads and frequently broken bridge. Of course, the beauty of Tinuy-An can’t stay hidden; seeing its potential led to the road development of the area.

Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls welcome arch (Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur)

Our first impression of the falls was, WOW. We can’t help but feel praising the Creator and His creation.

To further our amazement, we rushed to change clothes and jump to its cold water. We also rode gakit or bamboo raft and went towards the drop point of the falls to feel its mighty downpour.

Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur

WOW! (Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur)

Then, we climbed the 95 steps to see the other tiers of the falls. Up there, we no longer need to use gakit to catch the plunging waters, as most of its parts are shallow. It was a whole new view and experience seeing the towering trees, ferns and vines, while feeling the current.

Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur

Bislig’s premier destination (Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur)


Behind the captivating beauty of the falls, lies a dark story. Its legend can be seen on the inscription on the entrance:

Legend revealed that long before, the Magdiwata Mountain Settlers were enslaved by cruel tribesmen coming from the hinterlands of Agusan. They were mistreated by their masters and were forced to perform hard manual labor.
Tired of the maltreatment, the brave natives convened among themselves and created a plan to be free of the cruelty. So, one day, while rowing the gakit (bamboo raft) boarded by their masters, the slaves jumped off and intentionally shoved the gakit towards the waterfalls killing all their vicious masters and attaining the freedom that they longed for.
From then on, the high falling waters is called Tinuy-an Falls to commemorate the courage and gallantry of the heroic natives.

Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur

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.” (Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur)


It’s no wonder why Tinuy-An Falls is the main tourist destination of Surigao del Sur. Its natural formation is one of a kind. Of all the falls we’ve visited so far, this is arguably the best in the country. Hate to join the dubbing of Tinuy-An as the “Niagara Falls of the Philippines”, as giving it that title deprives its very own identity and beauty (at least for us).

Around 9:00-11:00 AM, a spray of rainbow appears to add to the already picture-perfect falls. We marveled the place so much, that we were unaware that it’s already dusk.

Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur

The 3-tier waterfall (Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur)

If planning to go to Mindanao, make sure to add Tinuy-An Falls on your bucket list. It’s a must-visit destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Those who are already in their senior moments, no need to worry about trekking, as Tinuy-An Falls is just few walks away from the road.

Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur

View from the top (Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur)


  • Commute
    From Butuan, San Francisco, or Hinatuan, ride a bus bound to Mangagoy, the business center of Bislig City. Then, ride a habal-habal going to Tinuy-An. Just be patient on your 18-kilometer (30-45 minute) ride.
  • Private
    As mentioned above, travel the road to Mangagoy. Before reaching its central, turn right and cross the Poblacion-San Isidro-Burbuanan-Tinuy-An route (18 km. from main road). Just look for the huge billboard along the highway.
Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur

Feel the rushing waters massaging your back (Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur)

Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur

The flock enjoying the cool water (Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur)


  • There are stores outside the grounds if you don’t have food and drinks.
  • Phone signal is kind of weak there; just few spots have strong connection.
  • Just a small group? You may rent a raft or gaket as low as PhP 100.
  • Concerned about your safety? Chill. There’s a PNP substation there during weekends. Or, the police is just a 911 away.
  • Support locals. Buy their handcrafted souvenir items. 😉


Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur

Marvel at its beauty (Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur)


  • Entrance Fee – PhP 50.00
  • Cottage Small – PhP 200.00
  • Cottage Big – PhP 300.00
  • Function Hall – PhP 1,000.00
  • Life Jacket – PhP 30.00 (whole day use)
  • Table with chair (4 chairs) – PhP 100.00
  • Chair – PhP 10.00
  • Umbrella Shed – PhP 150.00
  • Gaket/Raft – PhP 100.00-150.00
  • Parking Fee – PhP 20.00
  • Room Rental – PhP 1,800.00 good for 10 persons, if only 2 persons = PhP 600.00
  • Camp site – PhP 100.00 (for camper tourists who bring their own tents)
Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls at dusk (Bislig, Surigao del Sur)


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  1. Jen says:

    been there. the people are nice, the falls are absolutely fantastic. we enjoy going there (although a bit far from Davao). would definitely go back

  2. Mikesop says:

    it’s my first time visiting your blog and I am very fascinated. Thank you for sharing and keep up 😉

  3. Brian says:

    Thank you for the blog, it is loaded with so much helpful info.

  4. James Faige says:

    Great post.

  5. cris says:

    I didn’t liked it. Too crowded. Go to Sian Falls nearby if try want to see pure nature and be alone. 100 times better and free.

  6. Ernestocatt says:

    Nice view. Nice scenery. Too hot in the morning though. The road is halfway cemented and halfway rough road.

  7. Kent says:

    Breathtaking falls. The view from the top of the waterfall is exhilarating. Must see

  8. ThorusMab says:

    Niagara Falls of the Philippines! You can go up the falls, but you would need to hire a guide. They do not have a fixed rate, rather depends on your donation. However, I don’t think there are any lifeguards around.

  9. John Mark says:

    How much po yung bayad sa habal-habal back and fort? thanks in advance

  10. Tupang Gala says:

    Depende po kung san manggagaling. Normally P200

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