My Visit to theTinago Falls in Mindanao Island, Philippines

Visiting a waterfalls was on top of my agenda when I was in Cagayan de Oro City en route for a summer family vacation in Cebu Island, Philippines. Hence, with our youngest kid Edrian in tow, I and my wife chose Iligan City as our jump-off point to Cebu City so we can have a side visit at the famous Timoga Springs as well as the Tinago Falls.

We arrived at Iligan City at 9:00 in the morning and was told by a staff of the Cebu Ferries that the vessel would depart for Cebu at 4:00 pm. Hence, I and my wife had a quick huddle on where to go. Initially, we decided to have a quick swim at the Timoga Springs in Barangay Buru-on. Nevertheless, after peeping on the gates of the resort, the sight of huge crowd of summer revellers had changed our mind and made us decide to go straight to Tinago Falls. I was told by a passenger motorcycle (habal-habal) driver that Tinago falls is accessible thru both ends via Iligan City and Linamon, Lanao del Norte but he informed me that the latter is the easier route. Then, after buying food for the 4 of us including the driver in one of the chicken barbecue stalls on the roadside opposite Timoga Springs, we headed for our travel to nature straight to the town of Linamon. Upon reaching the town proper, the habal-habal slowed down as we approached a street corner on the left side of the national highway with a signage  THIS WAY TO TINAGO FALLS, which we followed through towards a gravelled road heading uphill until we reached this place . . .

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The winding concrete stairway down a ravine . . .

I was about to confront the driver on what he meant by easy route but preferred to just keep on slogging deeper onto the stairway taking care not to miss holding on to the concrete handrails. Then, I  heard a gentle roaring sound coming from the foot of the ravine which stimulated my senses to go down further. The roaring had intensified and became more  and more thundering as my excitement kept soaring high until I spotted this scenery…

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The azure plunge pool of the Tinago Falls as viewed a few steps farther . . .

After slogging a total of  437 steps downward, I was really mesmerized with the sight of the waterfalls with water spreading horizontally as it descends while remaining in contact with the bedrock unfurling before my eyes. . .

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The 73.152 m (240.0 ft) high fan-type Tinago Falls . . .

My travel to nature would not be complete without taking a close-up photograph of the mighty  5-drop  Tinago waterfalls from both jurisdictions . . .

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The Tinago Falls as viewed from the side of Linamon, Lanao del Norte . . .

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... And as seen from the side of Iligan City

You might be thinking that I walked that far in taking those 2 pictures but no, I just crossed this bridge . . .

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The bridge that divide the Tinago Falls and its environs between the 2 local government units with a mini-waterfall on the background.

To satisfy my passion of taking pictures of nature, I aimed my camera lens at this lovely mini-waterfall . . .

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A comely mini-waterfall within the vicinity of Tinago Falls . . .

Had it not been for a very tight schedule, we could have engaged into a languorous swim at the cool and azure waters of the Tinago Falls plunge pool. In fact,  my youngest kid Edrian could not stop his tears as he was prodding me to allow him to have a quick dip. . .

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The sparkling bluish green color of the Tinago Falls plunge pool with Edrian (in blue shirt) at the foreground venting his frustration for not given the chance to perform his favorite acrobatic swim.

As we were really short of time, I decided to take a souvenir shoot of my wife with the Tinago Falls . . .

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Vanjie attempting to catch in her palm some drops of water from the Tinago Falls. . .

We ended our travel to nature with a strenuous 437 step climb upstairs and only realized how useful this view deck-looking structures were. . .

One of the stop points to let catchy breaths pass by disguised as view decks constructed in strategic areas beside the winding stairway.

Travel To Nature – Final Thoughts

I really harbor a deep affection with waterfalls. The thundering sound produced by the impact of the cascading waters dropping into the ravine is really sweet to my ears. The awe-inspiring feeling brought about by the  view on the cascading waters rapidly dropping over a steep region is second to none. The mists that smack on my face really produces an exhilarating sensation deep inside me which is beyond compare. No wonder, I consider my travel to nature at Tinago Falls as a trip to heaven here on earth.

5 comments

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  2. Bonzenti [Con Tour]

    One of our financed projects which just recently sold to prominent investors. Nice Post Sir Edsan.:-).

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