Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tinago Falls, Revealed!

Tinago Falls
Tinago Falls is a fan-like waterfalls in a deep ravine in the heart of the jungle of Linamon town. It is situated in the boundary of Barangay Purakan in Linamon and Barangay Ditucalan in Iligan City. But it is usually considered one of the 23 waterfalls of Iligan City which is also called “City of Majestic Waterfalls.”

Around 30 kilometers from Iligan City is the town of Linamon. From the highway, one travels 4 kilometers to another road that turns to another 2 kilometers going to Sitio Tinago, Barangay Robocon. The fenced entrance to the falls is maintained by the local government of Linamon.

Are we there yet? Signs along the way from Iligan City proper.
On the left side from Iligan City is the sign pointing to Tinago Falls. This is from the highway.
One will never get lost with all these signs especially during election.
Landmarks along the way. The bottom right is the entrance gate to the Tinago Falls resort.
Signs inside the gated area where there's ample parking. There are also guides who are locals to help out.
The falls cannot be seen right away though. It needs energy and sturdy legs for someone to go down 434 steps to the lagoon where Tinago Falls is. Lush vegetation flank the concrete stairs and if one is lucky he will be able to see blue butterflies and dragonflies flying around. Upon reaching the site, one needs to catch one’s breath not only because of the descent but mostly because of the beauty that’s worth going down there for.

Lush vegetation! Soooo green!
Are we there yet? Nahhhhh...there are still over 400 steps to hurdle.
The steps are not for the weak-hearted but for the adventurous ones. There are several landing stops along the way.
Wow, there goes a glimpse of the falls!
Wuhoo! Is that it? Are we there already?
Yeah, right! That's a part of the fan-like Tinago Falls.
According to legend, the name of the falls comes from the name of the daughter of a powerful Sultan and his wife who were cursed by an enchantress to become ugly. Due to their embarrassment, the couple hid the child in a cave and named her “Tin-ag” which means “hidden face.” “When the child grew up, she came out of the cave and became amazed at what she saw. The enchantress, who cursed her parents, saw her and made an offer to transform her into something of great beauty and splendor. She accepted the offer and became the Tinago Falls.” (Source: Wikipedia)

People can go near the biggest falls via rafts.

Cool, isn't it?

For the even more adventurous, try jumping from the rocky cliff!
During summer months, people flock to Tinago Falls to swim and hold picnics notwithstanding the long and arduous descent as well as the ascent back to the entrance. The enterprising people of the LGU offer rides to the falls on bamboo rafts tied to a tree. The falling water gives a soothing massage to the daring ones who ride the rafts. Those who are adventurous climb the rocky walls and protruding branches of trees and dive into the cold water of the lagoon. This hidden falls reveals so much beauty and adventure we did not regret visiting it also in May 2013.

Make Tinago Falls your lakwatsa destination anytime!


  1. Hi Ma'am Tess! I am going here this weekend..with some officemates and Zee. :) Exciting!

    1. Hi Louie!
      Merry Christmas!
      Oh, you're going to Tinago? Great! Hangak ra ba didto, pero bata ka pa man pwede ra daganon panaog ug saka. Hehe.

      Don't forget to check out the trees at Initao-Libertad. Go hug one old tree! 😊

  2. Merry Christmas! Yes po. Mubyahe nami in a bit. Where is Initao-Libertad?

    1. It's along the way going to Iligan City. Please take a look at my next post 😊


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