Enchanted river + Tinuy-an Falls

Day 2 – Enchanted RiverTinuy-an Falls

Enchanted River


From the unique hues of unusual colors to its unexplored depths, this river is living up to its name: Enchanting. Shades of aquamarine to dark blue were reflected on its crystal clear waters as if guiding the visitors of its shallow to deepest parts. Distinctively colored and outlined fishes that inhabits the body of water also adds to the mystique.

This deep spring river can be found in Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur, between the boundaries of Barangay Talisay and Cambatong. The water coming from an unknown source flows into Philippine sea and the Pacific ocean.

We avail one cottage for 150php. While lunch had been pre-ordered from the stalls on the entrance. Foods were delivered exactly noontime at our cottage.


At exactly 12 noon, the caretaker rings a bell signalling that the ‘feeding’ of fishes is about to start. Everyone must stay out of the water during this period. Schools of fish from out of nowhere appears in the surface (competing for food) much to the delight of the onlookers.


Tinuy-an Falls

A humble raft awaits the visitors for a chance of getting into the fall’s cascades.

We head next to Barangay Borboanan in Bislig City to marvel at Tinuy-an’s beauty.

Tinuy-an is a three layered falls stunning enough to be considered as Philippines’ little Niagara falls. The area is surrounded with tall trees coupled with lush vegetation that makes it a sight to behold.

The second tier is the tallest and the most viewed and photographed among the three falls. We ride a makeshift raft towards the cascades. We stayed there for a while and get, well, wet.


Uppermost layer of the three-tiered falls

We had a little trek to the uppermost tier. The height is short, not even half of the one below it, but the cascades’ pressure is intense enough for a hard back massage.


Locals said that everyday around 9am to 11am, a rainbow is formed on the lower falls which gives a majestic view. We arrived in the afternoon, so unfortunately we were not able to witness the phenomenon (and probably the chance to dig our pot of gold?)

Before resting our pressure-from-falls battled body, we decided to pass by the international doll house. On the way is the Bislig City Baywalk where we spent a couple of worthy minutes for I-LOVE-BISLIG poses.

Sidetrips: Bislig City Baywalk and International Doll house/Ocean View Park


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Sidetrips: Bislig City Baywalk and International Doll House/Ocean View Park

After witnessing the elegant cascades of Tinuy-an falls and be mystified by the enchanted river, we can say that Surigao is undoubtedly on the upper-hand when it comes to nature’s blessings.

Yet, aside from the surreal beauty of its water forms, an unlikely attraction has found its home on this humble province; the International Doll house.

I was quite skeptical at first on including this on the itinerary, but since the entrance fee is very cheap (20php per head), I just put it in like a filler – ah, not bad. But it turns out, this is not your ordinary “doll house” and in fact, this is one of my most enjoyed destination in Surigao!

The International Doll House and the adjacent Ocean View Park Restaurant both sit atop a hill in Barangay Cumawas, Bislig City.

Getting there is quite a workout! You have to survive 257 steps to reach the top where a small and fancy pink house awaits.



And we’re here. Exhausted but smiling 🙂

Both the dollhouse and the restaurant were owned by the Switzerland-based couple Werner and Ruelaine Williman. Mrs Willman began collecting her treasures in 1980.

The brother of Ruelaine greeted us as we enter and guided us inside the premise. One must enter in barefoot (so as to maintain cleanliness) in the air-conditioned room that housed the dolls.

On the receiving area, before the gallery, there’s a 3D wallpaper previously owned by Universal Studios and was bought by the couple through an auction.

Dolls of different sizes, characters and fashion style surrounds the small gallery behind glasses. The dolls were of finest quality (and the prices were crazy!).

The golden babushka doll set is said to be of hundreds of thousands to a million peso worth. Sounds grand!

The owner bought majority of the display overseas from all corners of the world. Hairs of some dolls were taken from well known personalities like Princess Diana of Wales (woah!),  Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson (if that’s not impressive, I don’t know what else is)

Real jewels adorned some of the dolls and the clothings were made of fine fabrics.

They also sell souvenir dolls from Switzerland for 150php. All the profit, including the entrance goes to charity.

The inner kid in me is indeed happy 🙂

Few feet away from the doll house is the Ocean Park View restaurant. It offers good view and great food!


We also had fun wandering around the Bislig Bay Walk where a huge sign I-<3-BISLIG stood with an overview of the Pacific.



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