Tourists who get to see Tinago Falls for the first time will be mesmerized by how magnificently the waters cascade down through a huge freshwater lagoon. The waterfalls also runs through the cliffs and lush vegetation like a fresh white curtain. The height of the highest waterfalls in Tinago is about73 meter, with several smaller falls around it. The water drops into a deep blue-green natural basin pool, which is perfect for swimming and cliff jumping. The entrance fee is only ₱10 ($0.22), and these fees are used for the maintenance of the attraction.
Cottages and tables for picnics can be rented for only ₱100 ($2.20) to ₱300 ($6.60). Life Jackets are also available at ₱20 ($0.44) per piece.
A bamboo raft is also available for only ₱10 ($0.22) per person, these raft can take tourists to the small cavern tucked beneath the waterfalls.
If you are travelling to Tinago Falls from other parts of the Philippines, the first step is by reaching Cagayan de Oro City by plane. Upon arriving at the Laguindingan International Airport (the primary airport that caters to both Cagayan de Oro City residents and Iligan City residents), you can ride a van to Iligan City. The distance from the airport to Iligan City is approximately 62 kilometers, or about an hour of travel time.
When you reach Iligan City (or your hotel), take a taxi ride to the Southbound Bus and Jeepney Terminal. Since TInago Falls is situated between Iligan City and the municipality of Linamon, you can take a bus ride to Ozamis City and have the driver drop you off at the intersection to Tinago Falls in Barangay Buru-un (there will be a big sign beside the highway indicating that you are in the right place). When you get off the bus, ride a habal-habal (rental motorbike) to the main entrance of the falls. The fare for the habal-habal is about ₱75 ($1.65).
From the entrance, tourists have to walk down 500 steps to the main area of Tinago Falls. People are advised to take their time when going down, especially the fainthearted. There are also no railings on some parts of the descent so tourists should be extra careful.
There are no restaurants in the main area of the falls, be sure to bring enough food to last your entire stay in Tinago Falls. Although there are vendors in the area, the stuff they sell to tourists are limited to snacks and refreshments only.
There are also no accommodations and electricity in the main area so the ideal time to visit Tinago is during the morning. It is also important that you leave before sundown to avoid any inconveniences.
Since there is a steep, 500-steps staircase between the entrance and the waterfalls, be sure to pack light to avoid exhaustion.
Iligan City is also well-known for its delicious delicacies and its other landmarks, such as the Maria Christina Falls. You can visit all of the attractions in the city by getting a day tour at your hotel or at a local travel agency.
Legend has it that there once lived an influential and powerful Sultan Agok and his wife. They were appointed by their people as their king and queen. But they became too proud of themselves and became selfish rulers of their kingdom. When the sultan's wife was pregnant, an enchantress, disguised as a beggar, begged for their help but instead they exiled and rejected her. Because of this, the enchantress cursed the couple that the child will become ugly but they did not take it seriously and permanently banished the enchantress. The child did become ugly. The couple was sad and disappointed, expecting the baby to be as lovely as her mother. They hid the child in a cave to avoid embarrassment and named the baby Tin-ag, which means "hidden face". They visited and took care of the baby in the cave. When the child grew up, she came out of the cave and became amazed at what she saw. The enchantress, who cursed her parents, saw her and made an offer to transform her into something of great beauty and splendor. She accepted the offer and became the TINAGO FALLS
Tinago Falls is located in a deep ravine in Barangay Ditucalan, Iligan City. The falls plunges 240 feet (73 m) high from a cliff.
The child did become ugly. The couple was sad and disappointed, expecting the baby to be as lovely as her mother. They hid the child in a cave to avoid embarrassment and named the baby Tin-ag, which means "hidden face". They visited and took care of the baby in the cave.