The Magical Tinago Falls, Iligan City


The Magical Tinago Falls, Iligan City

One of the most memorable places which I’ve visited in my recent vacation to Iligan City is our trip to Tinago Falls. I was  truly amazed by the beauty of the falls, no doubt Iligan City is dubbed as the City of Majestic falls.

Tinago Falls is  one of the beautiful if not the most beautiful waterfall in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte in the southern Philippine , Mindanao. It is one of the main tourist attractions in Iligan and one of the most visited falls in the city.In fact, Tinago was one of the location which was featured in the movie   ” Forever and a Day” which starred by KC Concepcion and Sam Milby.


Tinago is a Filipino term meaning “hidden”, the falls being hidden in a deep ravine. Trekking to the falls includes approximately 445  descending steps  which the locals called the winding staircase. The “going down” was relatively  easy, but the “going up” was really a challenge. For senior citizens going into the falls could be difficult. In fact going down the falls are not advised for the hypertensive or people with a heart problem. Otherwise, they are advised to take a rest in between.

The falls is high, with an elevation of approximately 420 feet cascades.  The  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. I didn’t attempt to go inside the cave as I am not familiar with the place.

Tinago Falls, Iligan, Philippines

As we  approached  the foot of the mountain, the magical  paradise was  unveiled little by little. And finally, when you have full sight of the falls, you will surely  be refreshed.

I truly enjoyed the Tinago falls. The water alone  were  so inviting and the sight and sounds  of the children diving and swimming and having fun in the bamboo raft were very enticing.  The rentals and entrance were very cheap as well so I took all the opportunity I had to enjoy the place.

Visiting Tinago Falls was very rewarding and while the place is quite far from the city I vow to return and bring more of my friends who have never been there.

Tinago Falls, you’re a perfect “Happy Trip!”


How to get there:

By jeepney: From the city proper, take a Buru-un route jeepney. Ask the jeepney driver to drop you at the Buru-un Market (or talipapa). From there, take a motorcycle and ask the driver to take you to Tinago Falls.

Habal-Habal/ Motor Ride: Php30/person

Public Utility Vehicles: Taxi (fare: 250-350Php, from city proper to the highway or to the Tinago Falls Resorts, depending on agreed fare with the driver)

Or you can call the City Tourism Office to provide you a tour guide at Tel No: (063)221-3426



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  1. I’ve been in tinago falls before because it’s near in our province, it’s a very nice place to enjoy. Very cool. People will really enjoy. I hope this place will become more famous and more accessible by everyone.

  2. The place is magnificent. I just wish it remains hidden enough so it won’t get spoiled by mass tourism.

  3. wow, truly magical those falls are. i would love to visit this place and see for myself. thanks for sharing

  4. Wow! The Tinago Falls looks majestic! I wish I can go there very soon!

  5. Tinago falls indeed looks like magical place. It looks like a place worth visiting.

  6. I’m so excited for my trip to Iligan next year! We’ll definitely visit this falls, I’m sure my friends will enjoy it 🙂

  7. Nice place, great photos. Although the commute seems tedious.

  8. I hope to visit it someday. I have read a lot of great reviews about it. Maybe when my little girls are bigger and able to appreciate nature more. 😀

  9. Tinago falls has remained pristine which adds to its natural beauty. I hope I can visit all the falls in Iligan.

  10. I have family in Iligan, and I remember we visited Tinago Falls with them some 15 years ago. Back then, there was nothing there but rocks and water. So majestic! But I agree, the climb up is a real challenge.

  11. This is so beautiful.. Sad that we do not have much natural scenes in Singapore.

  12. There really are a lot of beautiful places to visit in our country! We are so blessed that is why we should really take care of them for other generations to enjoy. I will definitely be including this in my to visit places 🙂

  13. I want to come to Tinago Falls and experience the awesome place.

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