There are a total of twenty three waterfalls in Iligan City, making its moniker as “City of Majestic Waterfalls” very fitting. But among these waterfalls, one of the most prominent is Tinago Falls.
The breathtaking Tinago Falls is situated in the boundary of Barangay Purakan of the town of Linamon and Barangay Ditucalan of Iligan City. It is also called as Linamon Falls, but geographically speaking, it is in the vicinity of Iligan and is widely regarded as the most beautiful of all the waterfalls in the city. Derived from the Filipino word “tinago” which means “hidden”, Tinago Falls is hidden in a deep ravine accessible via the 500-steps winding staircase.
The water comes from the outflow of the man-made reservoir in Agus IV located in the town of Balo-i, flowing to the Agus River that cuts into two channels before going to Iligan Bay. One channel goes to the famous Maria Christina Falls also in Iligan City and the other to Tinago Falls. The cold water plunges from a 240-feet high cliff into a deep blue-green natural pool ideal for swimming.
Experience waterfalling in Iligan City, start it with a visit to the majestic Tinago Falls!
How to Get to Tinago Falls
Tinago Falls has two entry points, one via Barangay Buru-un of Iligan City and another via Linamon.
Via Barangay Buru-un (Iligan City)
From Cagayan de Oro, make your way to Iligan City and transfer to a jeep going to Buru-un or Linamon or a bus going to Ozamiz or Pagadian. If you are coming from Ozamiz or Pagadian, catch a bus to Iligan City. Get off in front of Maze Resort at Barangay Buru-un. From there, transfer to a motorbike (habal-habal), round trip rate is as low as P100. Entrance fee is P10 per person, cottages can be rented from P100-300, and life jackets can be rented for P10-P20.
Via Linamon to Tinago Falls
This route has better road and ideal for those who have their own vehicles. Commuting from Cagayan de Oro, make your way to Iligan City and transfer to a jeep going to Linamon or a bus going to Ozamiz or Pagadian. If you are coming from Ozamiz or Pagadian, catch a bus to Iligan City. Get off at Poblacion Linamon, in front of Cebuana Lhuillier. From there, transfer to a motorbike (habal-habal), round trip rate is as low as P100. Entrance fee is also P10 per person, cottages can be rented from P100-300, and life jackets can be rented for P10-P20.
Where to Stay in Iligan
Maria Christina Hotel
Celadon Pensionne House
First Published: 12-Mar-2010; Updates: 25-Jul-2017; 8-Dec-2017;25-Mar-2018; 14-Apr-2019
Can’t wait to see this falls… hopefully soon…
Waterfalls are my ultimate fav! Would so love to visit Iligan City very soon!
Great Pics! 🙂
i’m living in misamis oriental but i haven’t yet visited this place. my friends say it’s really wonderful. i hope i can visit this soon.
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