Tinago Falls

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(8.159273, 124.185998)
Open: All year daily.
Fee: .
Classification: GorgeGorge
Light: n/a
Guided tours:  
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Tinago Falls.
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2014 natural resources management (NRM) project completed.


Tinago Falls is a spectacular waterfall 73 m high and a bathing lake located at the bottom of a narrow gorge. The waterfall was actually named after its location, tinago means hidden. Even the nearby village was named Tinago. Today the site is a popular bathing spot and there is a trail down to the waterfall with 500 steps. There is only one drawback, after your swim being fresh and clean, you have to walk up 500 steps and are sweaty all over again.

Once an influential and powerful Sultan named Agok and his wife were appointed by their people as their king and queen. But they were corrupted by power and became selfish. When the sultan's wife was pregnant, an enchantress, disguised as a beggar, begged for their help. They were annoyed and rejected her. The enchantress cursed the couple, that the child would become ugly. They became even more irate and permanently banished the enchantress.
When the child was born it actually was ugly, and the couple was disappointed. They hid the child in a cave to avoid embarrassment and named the baby Tin-ag, which means "hidden face".
When the child grew up, she left the cave and became amazed at what she saw. The enchantress, who had 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.

The lake has a deep blue colour, which is most intensive around noon when the sunlight falls into the canyon. Beneath the waterfall is a small cave, where people can listen to the rumbling waters.