One must-stop-over is one of its pride — the Tinago Falls. The site for Star Cinema’s Forever & A Day movie by KC Conception & Sam Mibly. No, it wasn’t Ma. Cristina Falls but this other beauty. It is 13.8km away from the city proper and is accessible through two points, Brgy. Buruun, Iligan City and its neighboring municipality the Linamon, Lanao Del Norte. Tinago is the local word for hidden, being hidden in a deep ravine. Tinago Falls used to have a resort, mini zoo, playground and vast developed land area for a vacation one would truly enjoy with the family. Unfortunately, the resort has closed down and what is now left is a rundown buildings and cottages structures.

But Tinago Falls is still accessible and open for the public through the old resorts property. You can ask any locals for directions and even be accompanied through overgrown grasses and bushes of the old resorts to the makeshift entrance area for an agreed price or for free!

Height drop of 73.152 m (240.0 ft)
It’s a 5-10minutes walk through the property and, trust me when I say that you MUST, call a 5-10minute break, before descending down the stair. Trekking down through the side of the mountain requires an approximate of 500 descending steps called the winding staircase. I actually counted them, my count was 425 steps. Unless I missed or counted 1 for two or three. It is worth every sweat drop you’ll have as the falls just simply takes your breath away. 

A required life vest can be rented for fixed price, coming in a colorful hot pink, bright orange and green colors.  You must bring with you your own provisions, there won’t be any stores that may sell anything that you might need. So if you’re planning for a meal, pack one, and pack a good amount of it to satisfy you and your company. When down in the ravine, the signal for cellular connection is weak, from Globe, Smart, Suncellular, and their partner networks. So do make your calls or send texts messages to important people that you may be out of reach for a couple of hours. Pack you cameras with waterproof cases and tripods. The view will definitely take your already breathless breath away.

+Swim across the water basin to a small cave at the side of the falls. In good weather condition, the current is not strong. But for safety purposes have a couple of strong swimmers with you if you do so.
+Hop on the bamboo raft for a fixed price to get you near the waterfalls, and have someone with good zoom in lenses to take the pictures of you for printed memories.

+Always observe courtesy all the time, to locals and to what locals believe.
+If you brought a lot of food with you to consume, share it to the ones who watches over the property. There is this guy and some kids who stay there and make a living keeping you safe. 

How To Get To Iligan City:
—-Read: Iligan City, Philippines


*****Fares may change depending on approved rates
Post Date: June 2011; Updated: March 2014
From Iligan City Proper to Tinago Falls:
A.] 1] Public Jeepney: Brgy. Buru-un Line
Fare: ~15Php/person one way
2] Take the Habal-Habal/
Fare: 35Php/person one way
B.] 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. It will be very costly.)


*****Fees may change depending on approved rates
Regular: None.
Life Jacket Rental (required): 25Php
Cottages/Tables: 50Php
Bamboo Raft Ride Fee:

You might also like to check out the rest of the ILIGAN WATERFALL SERIES posts:
Ma. Cristina Falls    Tinago Falls       Limunsudan Falls
Mimbalot Falls         Hindang Falls    Kalubihon Falls

Dodiongan Falls       Pampam Falls   Dalipuga Falls

People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination,
the kind of people they ignore at home.” – Dagobert D. Runes
  • I am always fascinated by waterfalls! Would love to visit this place soon 😀

    Btw, thanks for following 😀

  • I lurve your blog tina..^^ drop me a line if ever you're at this part of the country..

  • Wah! when ka nag adto sa Tinago Lai? may pa ka naka swim na. Ako wala pa gyud. Cge lang ko naog didto pero la gyud ko nakachance of ligo oy… next time maligo na gyud ko. hehe…

  • You must take a swim the next time you visit Tinago Falls ma'am Binky.. and dapat you should swim towards the little cave beside it.. super nice feeling..^^

  • For those of you without Google accounts.. Comment as ANONYMOUS and leave your name at the end of it and i'll definitely get back at it..^^

  • Anonymous

    This is once of the most comprehensive reviews of Tinago Falls I have read out of at least 50 or more of them in the past few years. I have been to Tinago Falls, a truly breathtaking place. I have read in other reviews and blogs about the number of steps being anywhere from 200 to 500, this review has a precise count compared to the others. There are a few small landing areas on the stairway so if need be you can stop, rest, catch your breath and enjoy the view without being in the way of others going up or down.

    To compliment this Blog, recently the Award Winning Kampagintaw Band of Iligan Medical Center Band created an original and quite professional Music Video of Tinago falls. Take a few moments to enjoy it.

    Iligan City

    Simply Amazing !

    Bob New York USA

  • At Bob New York,

    Hello, the letter you sent to IBS was a very inspiring letter.. Thank you for commending this article.. I blog because I feel the need to share my experience and yes, it is one-stop-not-to-be-missed when you're at Iligan City..

    I saw the video, I actually came from Iligan Medical Center College (IMCC) and I've heard them play a couple of times.. Really talented individuals and pleasant to work with when I'm in an organizing committee for an event and they are performers for it..

    You should plan you're next visit to Iligan City and actually meet with the Kapagintaw Band by dropping for a visit at IMCC,they're at the campus on Sundays for their practice/s..

  • Anonymous

    Hi Lai,
    I spent a better part of a day on my last visit touring IMCC. Clarie Bontol as the countrys Top Notcher in the licensing exam brought my initial attention to IMCC. It was the performance of the IMCC Jingle as shown on Youtube that made me really want to see IMCC. Although I could not understand many of the words that were being sung, I liked the Jingle but what really blew me away was the " Audience Reaction " and to be more precise it was the Filipina Students screaming in the audience that convinced me. To me, it was almost as if it were a Rock Concert from the sound of those screams ! I thought to myself, " those students have a lot of pride in their school " This is a place I would like to visit.

    Advance arrangements were made for me to have a guided tour of IMCC and Iligan Medical Center Hospital.

    I met with IMCC President Royce Torres and some of the faculty and staff in one of the confrence rooms and made a donation of a good quality Stethoscops and an Aneroid Bp Cuff as a token of my appreciation. I explained to Pres. Torres what really convinced me to desire to tour IMCC. I never expected to find a Music Department at a Medical College as the one I found at IMCC. I was very impressed with the entire facility and those that I met there.

    You never know what is going to attract someones attention to make them have a desire to visit and tour something. In this instance it was the Audience Reaction in this video ! I was even introduced to one of the performers in the Jingle Video during my visit.

    For me, there is a lot more to Iligan City in addition to the major Tourist Attractions. From one visit to the next I continue to find things on the internet that interest me to see the next time I am there.

    Always something new
    Things to look forward to

    Iligan City

    Simply Amazing !

    Bob New York

  • WOW! I was a student there when she topped the Licensure Exams.. she was ahead of me and we were the ones who organize the thanksgiving mass and program for her and other passers..

    I'm really glad to hear that you've visited IMCC.. And there's more to IMCC that meets the eye — a top-performing musical group in a medical school.. ehehehe.. you can't chance that too often..

    We will be having the Mindanao Bloggers summit this end of October. Hopefully we can prepare new stuff for our visitors to experience and learn about Iligan City. Like we said at the letter reply through IBS email.add, we would like for you visit and join us if your time permits it..

    I'll going on a nature hike with some IBS members to Hindang Waterfalls and Cave in Hindang, Iligan City. Not much has been said about it in the internet. we're hopeful that we can tour the rest of the world through our posts.

    Keep posted Iliganon-by-heart-Bob..


  • Anonymous

    Two regular events in Iligan I feel may be of interest to visitors are the Night Market Fri. & Sat. night at City Plaza where visitors can socialize and meet Iliganons, sample varieties of local taste tantalizing delights, enjoy the Live entertainment and maybe even buy a few pasalubongs to take home with them. I am looking forward to this on my next visit and will include it in my reviews. It might be an item for IBS to include in a blog.

    I do not know if it is customary in other Philippine cities but I am quite impressed ( as viewed on youtube, in still pics elsewhere, and articles ) of the Monday Morning Flag Raising Ceremony at the Amphetheater near City Hall. From what I have seen of it on the internet, it appears to me as Talk, Music, Dance presentations, award giving and much more. In some of the videos I have seen of this weekly event it appears as though the general public as well as visitors are welcome to attend, as seen from the Observation Deck ( street level ) overlooking the Amphetheater.

    To me, this is something quite unique and I think of it as

    " Iligan, The City That Celebrates Itself "

    As this is for the most part a weekly event ( Monday holidays possibly excluded ) visitors and tourists at almost any time of the year could view this event should they be interested. I hope to attend this ceremony myself and once again have another attempt at doing the Iligan March with Iliganons. Soon, I'll start practicing it again using my internet screen as a guide !

    This event may also be something for IBS to consider.

    Iligan City

    Simply Amazing !

    Bob New York

  • Hello Bob,

    Yes, the night Market is quiet a place to be at on the Friday and Saturday nights.. and the stall owners are paying only 90Php rental of their spot to put up their stalls and sell their goods.. totally good for the entrepreneurs..

    If am not mistaken, other cities also have flag raising ceremony on the Mondays.. i haven't witnessed how they do it but Iliganons do it the festive way!

    You should schedule your visit that would hit a Monday to join them.. if you'll try to make it during the Mindanao Bloggers Summit, you might not witness the flag raising ceremony since the Monday that follows is a holiday (Nov1).. Drop us a line at IBS email when you work out your travel sched itinerary, okay..

    Salamat Bob..


  • This is the most comprehensive articles on Tinago Falls out of the many of them I have read in the past few years. I have read of the step count of anywhere between 200 and 500 and here, you have actually counted them so an accurate number is now known. The life jacket requirement is not always mentioned in other reviews I have read. When I visited Tinago Falls I saw a non-compliant swimmer ( no life jacket ) removed from the water by lifeguards after repeated verbal warnings. I hope you may consider sharing this article with other tourism websites about Iligan as you really have it all in this one !

    To compliment this article, readers may enjoy a recent and original Music Video about Tinago Falls by the award winning Kapagintaw Band of Iligan Medical Center College.

    Many thanks for an all inclusive article of Tinago Falls !

    Bob New York USA