It may be a bit of a stretch to call Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Surigao del Sur the Niagara Falls of the Philippines as some locals do, but the falls cuts its own imposing figure, measuring 180 feet tall, over 300 feet wide, and producing a thundering cascade of water.
On good-weather days which happen more often than not in these parts, a rainbow forms on one side of the falls usually between 9am to 11am, quite instagram-perfect. Basic dorm-type rooms are available right beside the falls for about P500 (US$10) per room per night. Those who miss the rainbow hour can still enjoy the falls, taking a raft to the base of the waterfalls for a strong water massage.
It’s a long journey to Tinuy-an falls in Bislig. After a six-hour bumpy bus ride from either Butuan or Davao where the nearest airports are, one must also journey another 45 minutes from the town proper to the falls itself on an equally bumpy and sometimes steep path on the back of a single motorcycle (habal-habal). Fare is about P700 for two people round trip.
Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines fly to Butuan daily. From the airport, head to Butuan City Integrated Bus Terminal and board a bus bound for Mangagoy in Bislig. Buses are not air-conditioned. Fare is about P200. Across the road from Mangagoy bus station you'll find Habal-habals or motorcycles for hire to take you to Tinuy-an Falls.
Published November 2015