Camiguin Island, Camiguin

The island-province of Camiguin is a pear-shaped volcanic island in the northern tip of Mindanao. It is approximately 90 kilometers north of the City of Cagayan de Oro. It is bounded to the north by Bohol Sea, to the west by Macajalar Bay, to the southeast by Gingoog Bay and to the east by Butuan Bay.

Camiguin is the smallest province in Northern Mindanao, with its land area pegged at 29,187 hectares. It is composed of five towns, namely, Mambajao – the capital town, Mahinog, Guinsiliban, Sagay and Catarman. The island plays host to seven volcanoes, including the still-active Mount Hibok-Hibok. According to the National Statistics Office, Camiguin has a total population of 74,232 persons, making the province the second smallest in the Philippines in terms of population.

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Among the Province’s major products are coconut, cassava, banana, camote, palay, corn, fruits, coffee and vegetables. Camiguin’s volcanic soil has proved to be a fertile ground for planting various crops. At present, the Provincial government is looking into an agricultural program that would increase the cultivation of fruit trees and vegetables in Camiguin. The Province is also among the best abaca fiber producers in the country. Camiguin is proud of its natural resources, which include sulfur deposits, geothermal energy, agricultural lands and fishing grounds.

The Camiguin culture is a mixture of both Boholano and Cebuano culture. It is very colorful and creative. The people are deeply religious, hospitable and friendly. Cebuano is the major dialect in the Province. However, in the towns of Sagay and Guinsiliban, where most of the indigenous tribes reside, the Kinamiguin dialect is still spoken. Kinamiguin is derived from the Manobo dialect with some mixture of Boholano.

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Camiguin province holds the record of having the most number of volcanoes per square kilometer than any other island on the planet. But beyond volcanoes, the province also boasts natural attractions, including an uninhabited white sandbar, hot and cold springs, and waterfalls. Moreover, you can also witness the Lanzones festival in October, visit centuries-old churches, old ancestral homes and the infamous sunken cemetery.

 

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Tinuy-an Falls

The province of Surigao del Sur has been welcoming locals and some international vacationers and travelers because of their natural wonders of nature that now has turned into popular tourist destinations in Mindanao. One of the major tourist attraction there is in Surigao del Sur today is the Tinuy-an Falls. It is located in Barangay Burboanan, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur in the Southern Island of Mindanao,Philippines.

The Tinuy-an falls is 95 m wide and 55 m (180 ft) high and is said to be the widest waterfall in thePhilippines making it the number one tourist attraction in Bislig City and one of the main attractions in the entire region of Surigao del Sur.

How to go to Tinuy-an Falls from Davao City

Going to Tinuy-an Falls, one must take a flight to Davao City or Butuan City as their point of entry. In my case, I started at Davao city since I live here. This is how you do it.

  1. From Davao airport, head to Ecoland Overland Transport Terminal by hailing a cab. It will cost you around 200 pesos.
  2. Look for a bus which is going to Mangagoy, the town center of Bislig City. The fare is not greater than 300 pesos. Travel time is around 5-6 hours.
  3. At  Mangagoy, Charter a Habal-habal (motor bike) to Tinuy-an Falls. Make sure the driver you will be hiring will also agree to bring you back in town proper to avoid problems. It will cost you 400 pesos back and forth per habal-habal to bring you to and fro Tinuy-an Falls.
If you have more time, make the most of Surigao del Sur by also visiting Enchanted River in Hinatuan which is around one and a half hour away from Mangagoy and experience Island Hopping in Britania, SanAgustine which is around two hours from Hinatuan.

Tinuy-an Falls is a waterfall in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. It is the main tourist attraction in Bislig, a city known as the Booming city by the bay.

The falls is approximately 95 meters wide and 55 metres (180 ft) high, touted as the Niagara Falls of the Philippines. Tinuy-an is a white water curtain that flows in three levels and is said to be one of the widest waterfalls in the Philippines. Every morning, the area is blessed with a sprinkle of a rainbow that appears between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Its majestic and unique natural formation makes it one of the best waterfalls in the entire Philippines. Its magnificent scenery had once appeared in the International Travel Magazine.