Tinago falls is one of the most popular falls here in Mindanao and this falls will catch your heart from the top. The falling water is really huge and cold. I remember 2 years ago when I’m still dreaming to go in this place. I told my self that I will never go to Visayas unless I’ve already been in Tinago and that makes Tinago falls a special place in my heart. Tinago was our side trip in our special exploration in Cotabato. This was not part of the plan but because I insisted to go in Tinago so we add 2 hours time in our itinerary. We visit Maria Christina falls but it still closed to the public due to incident of bombing in Davao City.
Tinago Falls is a waterfall in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. It is one of the main tourist attractions in Iligan, a city known as the City of Majestic Waterfalls.
Tinago is a Filipino term meaning “hidden”, the falls being hidden in a deep ravine. Trekking to the falls requires approximately 500 descending steps called the winding staircase.
The falls is high, its very cold waters cascading beautifully into a deep and calm basin-like pool which appears like a blue-colored lagoon. Under the falls is a small cave where people can enter and listen to the rumbling waters.
1. From Manila/Cebu/Davao-Cagayan de Oro (By plane via Cagayan de Oro) The closest airport to Iligan City is Laguindingan International Airport. If you are from Manila, Cebu or Davao City, you may opt to take a direct flight to CDO via Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific. 2. From Cagayan de Oro City to Iligan City From CDO Airport or terminal, take a bus heading to Iligan City at Balua Integrated Bus and Jeepney Terminal. Travel time is around 2 hours with an interval of 15-20 minutes before the next bus. Fare is @85 Pesos. 3. From Iligan City to Tinago Falls Tinago Falls lies in the middle of Iligan City and the municipality of Linamos, so two route options can be explored if you want to get there.
Buruun Route (Iligan City) : From Iligan City, take a jeepney that leads to Buruun. Inform the driver to drop you in an intersection to Tinago Falls. From crossing, hire a single motor or habal habal heading to the jump off point of Tinago Falls. Fare varies from P50-P80 per way depending on how you haggle with the driver. Also don’t forget that you need to hike for around 10-15 minutes to get to the entry point of the falls. From the entry area, you have to take around 500 steep steps downwards. So if you are weak-hearted and you are afraid of heights then it is not advisable for you to pursue Tinago Falls.
Linamon Route: From Iligan City, ride a jeep that leads to Buruan. Notify the driver to drop you off at the border of Linamon and Buruan. From the small market or Talipapa, ask the single motorcycle driver to take you to the Highland Resort , the jump off point of Tinago Falls. Don’t forget to bargain well with the price and to ask for the driver’s cell phone number so he can pick you up after. Fare ranges from 50-80 Php per way. Note: Linamon route is deemed to be more convenient since streets are entirely paved. Moreover, Highland Resort has a more secured parking space for vehicles instead you choose to bring one.
Rates per person
- Entrance fee – Php 10.00
- Life Jackets – Php 20.00/ person(subject to negotiation)
- Cottages – Php 100-300
- The Small Cave
- The Magnificent
- The 500-step winding staircase
- Swimming Pools
TIPS sa mga Laagan:
There are 2 access point to go in Tinago falls. Just ask the habal-habal driver which one is much easier route if you want an easy access.
So tara na sa Tinago falls at mangambak na ta!
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