The Beautiful Tinuy-an Falls

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The Beautiful Tinuy-an Falls

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. The waterfall itself has been featured in various international travel magazines and TV shows. The Tinuy-an falls are 95 m wide and 55 metres (180 ft) high, touted as the little Niagara Falls of the Philippines. Tinuy-an is a white water curtain that flows in three levels (with a fourth tier hidden from view) and is said to be the widest waterfall in the Philippines. Every morning, the area shows a rainbow between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. One may also ride a raft to get close to its cascades and get a water “massage.” Tinuy-an Falls is a co-management effort between the tourism office of Bislig and the Manobo Tribal Council.

Here's a map of Tinuy-an FAlls for your reference:

The name derives from the Visayan word “tuyo,” which means “aim,” and not the Tagalog word that means “dry.” Tinuy-an or tinuyo-an means an intentional act to achieve a certain goal. According to legend, there was a time when cruel tribes from Agusan enslaved the Magdiwata Mountain settlers, forcing them to do much of the heavy labor, which included building and manning small boats called barotos for their enslavers. One day, while rowing their masters on barotos, the slaves decided to put an end to the plight of their people by deliberately steering the barotos towards the thundering falls. This intentional act was the basis for the name Tinuy-an Falls. Another version maintains that the name comes from the belief a higher being planned the placement of the riverbed stones. At any rate, the Tinuy-an Falls is currently the most famous tourist attractions in the area.

The Tinuy-an Falls is set amidst nature in its rawest form. Its charm is in its unspoiled beauty, which is why development has been kept to a minimum. There are a small playground, some picnic tables, cottages, and stores, but not much more. You pay PhP50 to enter, and you have the run of the place. You can cross the wooden bridge to get as close as possible to the falls, and take a dip in the cool, clear waters. If you get there between 9 and 11 am when the angle of the sun is just right, you will witness rainbows forming at the base of the falls.

Later in the day, you can take refuge from the heat of the sun by walking along the scenic trails, where you will find orchids, dipterocarp trees, and ferns. It is also a perfect place to do some bird watching. If you plan to check out the two other falls further up the trail, you should have a guide with you. Take lots of pictures.

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