Touted as the “Niagra of the Philippines”, Tinuy-an Falls is said to be the widest waterfall in the country with its three-levels of white water curtain cascading 95 feet wide and 55 meters high. It is also said that every morning, you can see a rainbow between 9:00 to 11:00 a.m..
Located at Burboanan, Bislig, Surigao del Sur, Tinuy-an Falls is really a far ride from Davao City. My first romance with this magnificent waterfall dated back over two years ago, when a some of friends from my previous workplace invited me for a road trip. It was the first time for all four of us to travel in Surigao del Sur and the bits of information we had were taken from the quick search in the internet I did the night before, since I was informed of the trip only a few hours away from departure. It was already late at night when I realized that none of us know the exact way, and we are scheduled to leave Davao City by 4:00 a.m. of the following day. All we know is that Tinuy-an Falls in located in Bislig, Surigao del Sur.
Armed with a knack for adventure, we went on with our trip. All the while, we thought that to reach Surigao del Sur, we have to travel as far as Butuan City, where we could take a turn prior to reaching the city proper.
On our way, upon reaching Mawab area, we felt our stomachs already showing signs of hunger, so we decided that we will stop at the nearest roadside cafeteria, however we didn’t find a decent cafeteria that suits to our liking, until we reached San Francisco, Agusan del Sur. We saw the sign of the local food chain Jollibee, so we decided to take our breakfast there. However, upon reaching rotunda at San Francisco proper, we missed our turn going to Jollibee as the road signs were somewhat vague, so we had to take a few more turns before finally navigating towards Jollibee. We were already feeling a little impatient driven by hunger, but luckily enough, it was during those few turns around the rotunda when I saw the road sign TO BISLIG.
After making several inquiries, we found out that indeed, the supposed direction we are heading to is the wrong one. So, we headed to where the road sign say TO BISLIG. We practically had no idea where is Bislig and where is Tinuy-an Falls, which made our travel arduous at times. We had to make several quick stops to ask for directions until finally reaching our destination.
We all forgot about our struggles during the long travel when were greeted by such magnificent view. All of us could only agree that Tinuy-an Falls was all worth the travel. It was such an experience cooling ourselves in the refreshing waters of Tinuy-an Falls.
Someone recently warned me against taking a splunge in the waters of Tinuya-an Falls as possible run-off from the mining activities in Compostella Valley may have seeped through Tinuy-an’s water source. If this information is true, it would be very tragic to lose such magnificent gift of nature to yet again, another greedy human activities. I hoped that efforts will be made by authorities in the local and national government agencies to verify this information and possibly would do some mitigating measures to preserve this natural wonder.