Tinago Falls, Iligan

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A place where legends and nature meet, Tinago Falls lie tucked away in a verdant ravine. To get there, you need to descend several hundred stairs until you see the veil of water plummeting into the clear pool. Enter the small cave under the pool to hear the drumming of the water. Ask the locals about the ancient legend of the king and queen that had wronged an enchantress, who later punished them by making their daughter ugly. They hid the child in a cave, and she transformed into the falls and thus became beautiful. Make Tinago Falls a centerpiece of your Iligan vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Iligan vacation builder tool .
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  • This is a waterfall a natural wonder located in linamon del norte Philippines very beautiful waterfall you do have a good condition because it is a descent of 450 stairs but you must also back up I have now visited this waterfall for 20 times can make you look what buy snks and drink you can swim or come under the waterfall with a raft to definitely do the water is very cold when you close sure do you have seen
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  • Amazing Water Falls view. If you are a nature lover then this very much for you. Love the blueish water and vegetative surroundings. Not appropriate for older ages as the stairs is steep and going dow...  more »
  • Walking is a simple way of exercising which u can experience when u go there. Tho it might be a lil tiring but it's absolutely worth it when u reach there☺. #powerofnature  more »
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  • One of the most visited falls in Iligan. Aptly called Tinago, meaning ‘hidden’, the falls is literally hidden in the deep ravine. Covered by tall trees, the 420-ft falls flow down the basin that also serves as the pool. The clear, cool waters are sourced from Lake Lanao and flow through the plain. Another feature that gives its distinct wonder are the small streams branching at the waterfall wall, cascading among the green, mossy rocks leading to the basin. To see its beauty, you have to trek 365 steps downward to reach the falls (or alternatively, you can choose the 480-steps on the Limanon side). Fortunately, concrete pathways among the tall trees make the trek more convenient. You will feel the excitement flowing when you start to hear the rushing waters on your descent. Entrance is free, but you can freely donate to fund the maintenance of the site, and you need to register. There are guides who will help you, though you can go on your own because the falls is just nearby. Any amount you can give will be a great help to the people here (like Jonathan, a student, who volunteered to guide us and his only other livelihood are harvesting copra). Though the falls seemed to have gained public exposure just recently thanks to the social media, the site has already long since been visited. In fact, a resort once operated here, the Tinago Residence Inn that was opened in 2000. But because the tourist visits were just seasonal, the resort has to close five years later. Today, you can still see some of its structures, abandoned and well blended with nature. After more than 15-20 minutes of trek, you will finally see the hidden beauty of Tinago Falls. You will be greeted with a cool welcome with a mist hugging you though the falls is still far away. We visited on a weekend, so as expected, the site is crowded with visitors. Even though, there are still plenty of space because of its large size. Several facilities have been constructed, like concrete tables, comfort rooms, and cottages. You can also enjoy different kinds of activities, like cliff diving, swimming in its cool waters and on the waterdrop, and riding a balsa or raft. And if you want to have a chill on one side, you can just stand in one of the small cascades at the opposite side of the falls. ADMISSION Entrance Fee – Free, Registration is required Guide – By Tourist consent Parking – 50
  • Tinago literally means “hidden” in Filipino. That doesn’t mean that people don’t know about this natural gem. These falls are being hidden in a deep ravine that’s why it’s a bit of a struggle to get there. You will have to walk approximately 500 steps to see it. These steps are dubbed as the winding staircase. But it’s well worth it! The waterfall has 5 drops of 74 meters into a serene lagoon, which is deep. Everyone is requested to wear the life jackets. The water is cold so it will take away the heat of the summer. There’s even a bonus. Under the fall you can find a small cave. Here, you can listen to the rumbling waters, forget about everything and just live in the moment.
  • Most beautiful place I've ever seen. It's a long way down into the gorge but it's worth the effort.
  • raft to falls available. cool water. just be weary of the flight of stairs going down and up. life jackets are for rent and there are mini stores near the falls
  • Tinago means "hidden" in English. It is a breathtaking natural wonder in Iligan City. A must see view!
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