Mindanao is home to many pristine beaches, unspoiled natural attractions and beautiful waterfalls that will keep you coming back. One of its gems is the Tinuy an Falls. It is dubbed as the Crown Jewel of  Surigao del Sur for its breathtaking beauty. 

Unlike other waterfalls, Tinuy-an has natural pools where one can take a plunge. The natural pool of the second waterfall—the tallest of the three layers⁠—is the biggest. It is wide enough to accommodate bamboo rafts to take guests closer to the falls where the waters drop.

Not as commercialized and popular as destinations like Cebu, Boracay, and Siargao, visiting this place may mean that there are only a few tourists. Sounds like a good thing, huh?

Why is it the Little Niagara Falls of the Philippines?

Many people describe Tinuy an Falls as the “Little Niagara Falls of the Philippines” because of its curtain of water cascading down a four-tier drop. The waterfall is 95 meters wide and 180 feet high. 

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Tinuy an Falls History

tinuy-an falls

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Tinuy-an comes from the word Tinuyo-an, a Cebuano word which means “intentional act or performance to attain an objective or goal.” It can also mean babalik-balikan or “a place you’ll keep going back to” in the Filipino context. So, the question here is how did the people come up with such a name? Let’s find out the Tinuy an Falls history!

Legend says, the Magdiwata Mountain settlers were enslaved by cruel masters coming from the hinterlands of Agusan. They were mistreated and were forced to do hard manual labor.

Tired of the maltreatment, the brave natives gathered among themselves and created a plan to end the cruelty. So, one day, while rowing the bamboo raft boarded by their masters, the slaves jumped off and intentionally shoved the bamboo raft towards the cliff of the waterfalls killing all their vicious masters. This was how they got the freedom they’ve been longing for so long.

From then on, the high falling waters are called Tinuy-an Falls to commemorate the bravery of the heroic natives.

In 2018, the falls was proclaimed as one of the three protected areas in Caraga region under the Republic Act No. 11038 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System  Act of 2018.

The area is home to 91 species of animals consisting of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, freshwater fish and crustaceans; and 144 species of flora, 33 of which belong to species considered to be nearing extinction.

Things to do in Tinuy-An Falls

Here are some of the best things to do in and out of Tinuy-an Falls:

1. Ride a bamboo raft

tinuy-an falls rainbow

To make your trip to there more fun, make sure to ride a bamboo raft to get closer to the base and enjoy the plunge of water. Then, you can go to the second and third level of Tinuy-an where you can sit or lean on the rock and let the water massage your back. You only have to take 200 steps to reach them. You can ask your guide to give you a Tinuy an falls brochure for more information.

2. Swimming

tinuy an falls

Enjoy the refreshing and soothing waters of Tinuy-an by swimming! The natural pool is wide enough to perform your hidden talent for swimming strokes or just float around. Just make sure to read your Tinuy an falls brochure to keep safe while having fun.

3. Visit the Hinatuan Enchanted River

Although this isn’t exactly located where Tinuy an Falls is, it’s still worth a visit. From Bislig City, you can ride a habal-habal (motorbike) from the falls going to Hinatuan Enchanted River which will take about 2 hours. This river is very popular because of its clear blue water which allows you to see the bottom from the river bank.

Tinuy an Falls Map

It is situated in Borboanan, Bislig City. From Mangagoy, the travel time is just one hour going to the falls. To keep you guided, check out this Tinuy an Falls map below.

 

How to get there

From Manila, you can reach Bislig City by riding a plane going to Davao City, Butuan City, or Surigao City. From there, you can ride a bus going to Mangagoy, part of Bislig City. the fare costs P250 to P300 one way.

The travel time depends on where you’re coming from. From Butuan City, the trip takes about 3 to 4 hours; while from Davao City, it takes 5 to 6 hours. 

Upon reaching Mangagoy, go to the terminal and ride a jeep going to Barangay Borboanan, the location of Tinuy-an Falls. Motorcycles are also available, which can be paid 100-150 pesos per person.

The best time to visit the place is in the morning, around 9am to 11am because a rainbow can be seen on a sunny day. Entrance fee at Tinuy-an Falls is P50.

The beauty of Mindanao is covered by the fear of people who have never been there. But once you see it for yourself, the region’s gems, like the Tinuy an Falls, will inspire a sense of wonder for those willing to go on an adventure.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tinuy-An Falls

Q: What is the Little Niagara Falls of the Philippines?

A: Tinuy an Falls is called by many as the “Little Niagara Falls of the Philippines” because of its curtain of water cascading down a four-tier drop. The waterfall is 95 meters wide and 180 feet high. 

Q: What is the meaning of Tinuy-an?

A: Tinuy-an comes from the word Tinuyo-an, a Cebuano word which means “intentional act or performance to attain an objective or goal.” It can also mean babalik-balikan or “a place you’ll keep going back to” in the Filipino context.

Q: What is there to do in Tinuy-an Falls?

A: Here are some of the best things to do in and out of the falls:

  1. Ride a bamboo raft
  2. Swimming
  3. Visit the Hinatuan Enchanted River

Q: Where is Tinuy-an Falls located?

A: Tinuy-an Falls is situated in Borboanan, Bislig City. From Mangagoy, the travel time is just one hour going to the falls. 

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The water of the bluest of blues is a common sight in Cebu. From its stunning beaches in Bantayan to Kawasan Falls in Badian—Cebu is never a disappointment and always catching its visitors’ hearts.

What draws local and foreign tourists alike to this beautiful destination is this majestic falls’ turquoise water in Southern Cebu. Perhaps, thanks to social media that contributed a lot to keeping the flame of interest alive for Kawasan Falls. 

It is located at the foot of Mantalongon Mountain Range, approximately one kilometer from the national road of Badian and at least four hours of trekking from Osmeña Peak of Dalaguete. 

Aside from its stunning view and turquoise water, Kawasan canyoneering has also brought an influx of adventurous travelers in town. 

Things to do in Kawasan Falls

man canyoneering kawasan falls cebu

In Cebu, there are many activities that you can try depending on your interests. If you’re more of a laid back person who wants a chill trip, you can book a City tour and go island hopping in Northern Cebu. But if you want thrilling adventures, Southern Cebu is the place to be!

1. Canyoneering – Kawasan Falls tour is not complete without Kawasan canyoneering! It is, after all, the main and most famous activity in the area. People come here just for canyoneering! This is perfect for those adrenaline junkies who love thrilling adventures. In canyoneering, you’ll be doing rappelling, water rafting, and of course, waterfall jumping!

2. Rent a bamboo raft – Want a picture for the ‘gram like no other? Or just want to sail around the Kawasan Falls? You can do all these by renting a bamboo raft. It costs about P300 that can accommodate up to 20 persons.

3. Swimming – If you’re not up for Kawasan canyoneering, you can still enjoy the famous turquoise water of this waterfall and take your time swimming! You can do stroke tricks or just float around the area. To make this more fun, call your travel buddies and ask them to join you form a star while floating and ask your local guide to take a group photo.

4. Picnic – Since food is allowed in Kawasan, it’s the best time to have a picnic with your family or friends. But please be mindful of the trash and waste. Store them or throw them properly and not just leave in the area.

5. Shower massage – Go near where the water drops and get your massage fix by the falls! Its flow is strong enough to massage your back and get the relaxation you need.

Kawasan Falls Entrance Fee

tourists and cottages in kawasan falls

Kawasan Falls entrance fee is P40 per person. Cottages and picnic tables are available for rent while those planning to stay overnight may opt to get a room for as low as P1,000 if your Kawasan Falls hotel is far. Food is also not a problem when you go here because you can bring your own or order in the restaurants in the area. 

How to get to Kawasan

man standing on a bamboo raft

From Cebu South Bus Terminal, take the bus going to the town of Badian. The trip will take around two hours depending on the traffic. Bus fare is P130, one way.

Tell the bus conductor that you’re headed to Kawasan so that they can drop you off at the national highway. From the highway, you will walk around 15 minutes to get to the Kawasan Falls. 

Kawasan Falls Map

Booking a Kawasan Falls tour will make the trip easier because your guide will handle all the logistics. But if you’re doing it yourself, here’s a map to guide you to go to Kawasan.

Check out ZEN Rooms and book the best budget hotels in Cebu for a quality accommodation without breaking the bank!

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The world is changing fast. Everyday, people, animals, places and the things we love are affected by climate change. Year after year, we are experiencing the impacts of climate change more than ever. That is why, people are already preparing for the Earth Hour 2020 to take action in saving the planet.

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the environment, uniting millions of people, to make a significant change. This “lights out” event started in 2007 and has grown to more than 17,900 landmarks in 188 countries switching off their lights in solidarity with the planet.

It is the time of the year to take action after we have taken nature for granted for too long. 

For most cities in the Philippines, especially in Metro Manila, it is very unusual to feel a strong earthquake. But last year, the city dwellers have felt one of the strongest quakes, alarming the whole country to be careful and prepare for “The Big One” that scientists are sure to come that could hit us sooner than expected.

According to the United Nations, global biodiversity is declining at an unprecedented and alarming rate and the planet is on the verge of runaway global warming. In 2019, the report by scientists at IPBES, an Intergovernmental Platform of experts assessing biodiversity threats, showed that one million plants and animal species are currently threatened with extinction and (on average) more than 25 percent of documented species are under threat. 

WWF said that the last decade was the hottest ever recorded. Last year was also a year of disaster for some parts of the world. Remember the wildfires in Australia and Amazon? It killed more than one billion animals and at least 28 people, and destroyed millions of acres of land.  And these point to climate change as a factor making natural disasters go from bad to worse.

This alarming reality demands strong and vigorous global action to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet. Preserving nature is crucial and giving up is not an option. We CAN and MUST secure a future worth having for the planet and its inhabitants.

The need is stronger than ever! It’s never been more important to make climate matter.

How to take Part in Earth Hour 2020

From a UN report, scientists predict that we only have ten years left to reverse the current trend of environmental degradation. We are running out of time. There is no perfect time to take action than now. Here are the things that you can do to save the planet.

1. Switch off everything for an hour

The whole idea and DNA of the Earth Hour movement is to switch off lights for an hour. But why stop there? You can make more impact by switching off other appliances such as air-conditioners, internet, computer, etc.

2. Be aware of the issues and possible solutions

Awareness is the first step before action so it is best to learn more about the issues and solutions. 

3. Attend a digital Earth hour event

In the wake of the current health crisis, you can attend many online events like Voice for the Planet or join a live stream to see how people across the world are participating in it.

4. Live sustainably

Simple changes in the way you live can have a significant impact on our planet. Even the smallest way like avoiding single-use plastic and recycling materials can go a long way.

5. Spread the word

You don’t need to be a celebrity or an influencer to make a voice. You can spread the word about Earth Hour 2020 even just by posting it on your social media accounts or by word of mouth to your family and friends. Tell them about the Earth Hour Philippines and take action together.

On March 28, cities across the world will go dark as the globe comes together in the fight against climate change.

Earth Hour Philippines will be at 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm.

 

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