Tinago Falls

Biliran’s pretty Tinago Falls

Beautiful, pretty Tinago Falls with its single drop

Beautiful, pretty Tinago Falls with its single drop

The island province of Biliran, being mountainous, is known for its many waterfalls. But the most popular and which is easily accessible is Tinago Falls in the municipality of Caibiran. It’s not difficult to go to with well paved roads and along the way, shows you the rugged beauty of this island.

Once you get to the site, there’s a series of cemented steps going down which is manageable and not steep. There’s a small fee to pay the caretaker and, well, it is a developed area with a cement path that leads to the beautiful waterfalls.

Tinago Falls, at 90 feet tall is unlike it’s namesake in Iligan City, consisting of only a ponytail like cascade emanating from a single point of the rock wall and into a basin which is swimmable. The water streams pass a series of rocks and empties into a shorter cascade and a bigger pool.

Some might be disappointed by the structures built within the falls but thankfully, its only limited within the periphery of the main catch basin, thus preserving the look and beauty of Tinago Falls.

cemented path with railing that leads you to the waterfall

cemented path with railing that leads you to the waterfall

Tinago Falls as seen from the kiosk

Tinago Falls as seen from the kiosk

Vantage point at the kiosk that gives you a view of the short drop and pool below

Vantage point at the kiosk that gives you a view of the short drop and pool below

View of the short drop and kiosk on the rock

View of the short drop and kiosk on the rock

I really don't know why this was built as if there's a water performance

I really don’t know why this was built as if there’s a water performance

GETTING THERE: Just follow the main road from Naval to the town of Caibiran that goes through the interior of the island. There is a signage which directs you to detour to the waterfalls. If you don’t have your own vehicle, you have to hire a habal-habal. I don’t know how much is the fare but try to haggle or visit the Biliran Provincial Tourism Office at the capitol in Biliran where you can ask for assistance.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

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