Tinuy-an Falls | Travel Guide

November 26, 2015

Do you ever wish to see the Niagara Falls but airfare to Ontario or New York is way too expensive? Don’t worry because we have a Philippine version of it. I guess you already know which one I’m talking about.

entrance of tinuy-an falls

Tinuy-an Falls

Tinuy-an Falls is known as the Niagara of the Philippines because of its multi-tiered falls and wide water curtain. It is located in Brgy. Burboanan, Bislig, Surigao Del Sur, Philippines.

1st tier

The first tier of Tinuy-an falls.

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2nd tier

You may ride a bamboo raft to get closer to the falls for P 150.

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The 2nd tier.

stairs to 2nd tier

going to 3rd and 4th tier
Stairs to 3rd and 4th tier

3rd and 4th tier

The 3rd and 4th tier.

your truly

Yours truly at the upper tier.

view from 2nd tier

The view from the 2nd tier.

Here’s how to get there?

  • Fly to Butuan Airport (Fare: P 815 | Travel time: 1 hour and 20 mins)

If you’re coming from Manila going to Surigao Del Sur, the cheapest flight will be through Butuan or Bancasi Airport. I got a round-trip ticket for P 815. Yey! As always take the earliest flight to Butuan and the last flight back to Manila.

Butuan Airport

Butuan Airport
  • Van to Mangagoy (Fare: P 350 | Travel time: 5-6 hours)

From the airport, you can take a van going to Mangagoy, Bislig. Travel time takes around 5-6 hours ride for P 350. There are instances that the van leaves even if it’s not full.

Butuan to Bislig

Other route:

a.) From Davao City – From Ecoland Terminal, take a bus going to Mangagoy, Bislig or the bus going to Butuan City.

Get off at San Franz or San Francisco then ride a bus or van going to Mangagoy. The total travel time is 6 hours.

Davao City to Bislig

b.) From Surigao City – Take a bus going to Butuan City Bus Terminal then the bus or van going to Mangagoy . The travel time to Butuan City is around 3 hours plus going to Mangagoy which is 5-6 hours.

You may also take a bus going to Davao City then get off to San Franz then ride a bus or van going to Mangagoy.

Surigao City to Bislig

  • Motorcycle or Habal-habal ride (Fare: P 300-400 | Travel Time : 45  mins)

Upon arrival in Mangagoy, Bislig, you can hire a habal-habal goingto Tinuy-an Falls. It cost around P 200-300 per person going to the falls and back to Mangagoy. Travel time is around 45 minutes and it is a rough road so get your butts ready.

Road to Tinuy-an falls

The road going to Tinuy-an falls.
  • Pay the Entrance fee

There’s an entrance fee of P 50 per person. You can also hire a tour guide going to the 3rd and 4th tier for P 100 and a little tip for the guy.


Registration Area
Day 2: Enchanted River

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Day 3: Britania Group of Islands

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Where to Stay

  • Marky’s Hostel (Maharlika, Hinatuan)
    Contact Number: 0905-3879319 / 0928-4397785
    Room rates starts at P 250 for fan room to P 1200 for aircon rooms good for 6 pax.

Marky's hostel

Nanay Lumen and Tatay Toto with an okay sign!

  • Other Accommodation in Bislig:

Paper Country Inn (Osmena Street, Tabon) – Contact No.: (086) 628 2313
Casa De Babano (Abarca St., Mangagoy) -Contact No.: (086) 853 1297

Where to Eat

Drawde's Kamayan

Affordable meals at Drawde’s Kamayan.

Itinerary and Budget

Day 1 – Tinuy-An Falls
05:00 Check in Naia 3

P 815

07:05 ETD to Butuan
09:10 ETA in Butuan
09:45 ETD to Mangagoy, Bislig Look for a VAN to MANGAGOY

5 hours

P 350

14:00 Hire habal-habal to Tinuy-an Falls Sitio Sote, Brgy. Burboanan

1 hour

P 300-400

Explore Tinuy-an Falls Entrance Fee

P 50

Tour Guide

P 20 (P100/5)

16:00 Back to Mangagoy, Bislig Hire a habal-habal

1 hour

P 200

16:30 ETD to Hinatuan Proper (Marky’s Hostel) Bus to Butuan or jeep to Hinatuan Terminal

1 hour

P 50-100

17:30 ETA in Hinatuan Terminal Walk to Marky’s Hostel

10 mins

17:45 Check in Marky’s Hostel / Shower

P 250 (1000/4)

18:30 Dinner / Social Drawde’s Kamayan near Marky’s Hostel

P 50-70

21:30 Sleep


  • Tinuy-an falls is for open 24 hours.
  • Be early as possible and avoid going there on a holiday or weekdays.
  • Hire the habal-habal for a round trip going back to Bislig.
  • Bring a waterproof case for your phone or gadgets.

I hope this article helps you plan your Surigao Del Sur trip and don’t forget to share your tips and experiences going to Tinuy-falls.

Have fun travelling!

Check out my other Surigao del Sur Adventure

Day 2: Enchanted River

Day 3: Britania Group of Islands

Surigao del Sur: 3-day Itinerary

  • Gay Aida Dumaguing

    Hey! I’m also a blogger but I havent been there yet and planning to. I’d like to drop by a comment and compliment you about this very helpful details. Keep it up!