Must-Visit Waterfalls Near Manila For Your Next Weekend Trip
When you’re getting tired of the towering skyscrapers and busy roads of the city, just know that refreshing waterfalls near Manila, in its neighboring provinces are waiting for you. With most falls demanding only a couple of minutes of hiking, going on an unplanned weekend getaway is not a bad idea.
In fact, we say, go and explore these waterfalls near Manila the first chance you get.
1Dunsulan Falls in Bataan
Quiet and tranquil—those are the two words that best describe Dunsulan Falls. Despite being a zip line ride away from the top of Mount Samat, Dunsulan Falls seems to fall off the radar when we talk about Bataan. It’s the perfect day trip, and it can be easily reached, perfect for those who do not want to trek or hike.
It may be small but it has a scenic view, and swimming on the catch basin is highly encouraged. Adrenaline junkies will also be glad to know that Pilar, Bataan’s Tree Hopping Adventure is also right next to the falls.
How to get there: Ride a Balanga-bound bus from the Genesis terminal in Pasay. From the Balanga Terminal in Bataan, get on a jeepney going to Cabog-Cabog. Drop off the foot of Mount Samat and hire a tricycle to take you to Mount Dunsulan.
2Hulugan Falls in Laguna
Laguna is best known for its hot springs, lakes, and buko pies, but it also has its fair share of falls that will leave you awestruck. Hulugan Falls in Luisiana is one of them. It has emerged from obscurity in recent years, and it’s now enjoying a little fame among weekend warriors looking for a quick escape.
What makes a trip to Hulugan Falls spectacular is that depending on the path you’ll take, you can see other smaller but equally mesmerizing falls, namely, Talay Falls and Hidden Falls. The months of December to February are the best months to visit, but the falls is most visually stunning during the rainy months of June to November.
How to get there: From the bus terminals in either Cubao or Taft, ride a bus going to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. From Sta. Cruz, hop on a jeepney bound for Lucena or Lucban and ask the driver to drop you off at San Salvador. From the corner in San Salvador, head to the Information Desk, where you’ll be assigned a tour guide.
3Buntot Palos Falls in Laguna
Don’t let the name fool you. Reaching Buntot Palos Falls, one of the highest in the country, is not for the faint of heart. It requires a minimum of two hours of trekking through a muddy, rocky, and slippery ascending trail, starting from either Pangil Eco Park or Barangay Balian.
But the trekking is relatively easy, and even newbie hikers will find it enjoyable. The natural pool has shallow and deep parts, so swimmers and non-swimmers alike can relish swimming in the basin.
How to get there: Get on a bus going to Sta. Cruz from any Pasay or Cubao bus terminals. Drop off at the Sta. Cruz end terminal then ride a jeepney going to Siniloan. Alight at Brgy. Balian Outpost to register and to hire a guide.
4Daranak Falls in Rizal
Due to its accessibility, Daranak Falls in Tanay, Rizal is just one of the growing number of hot tourist destinations in the province. It’s also one of the waterfalls near Manila on the mountainside of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. There’s an entrance fee of PHP 50, and picnic sheds can be rented for only PHP 300 per day. It’s only open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Rubber tubes are also available for rent, and daredevils can try cliff diving, too.
Craving for more waterfalls near Manila? Batlag Falls is just a few minutes away from Daranak Falls, but you’ll need to pay an entrance fee of PHP 100.
How to get there: At Aurora Boulevard in Cubao, take a Cogeo-bound jeepney and ask to be dropped off at Cogeo Market. From there, ride another jeepney going to Tanay Market at Brgy. Sampaloc. You can hire a tricycle driver to take you to Daranak Falls from the market.
5Verdivia Falls in Bulacan
Hiking and crossing rivers for more than an hour are required to reach Verdivia Falls at Brgy. Talbak in Doña Remedios Trinidad. Visitors can take a dip in the natural pool or be more proactive and climb the waterfalls. To best enjoy the trip, go spelunking at Puning Cave, though it can be challenging for beginners. But here’s the catch, there’s no public transportation going to Brgy. Talbak, so bring your own car or rent a van.
6Ambon-Ambon and Malagaslas Falls in Batangas
Ambon-Ambon Falls and Magalaslas Falls are just fifteen minutes of trekking away from each other. You’ll need to pass by a hanging bridge and cross the same river three times to reach Magalaslas Falls, so it’s best to wear good trekking sandals. It’s only a short hike, roughly twenty minutes, and the area is pretty well-developed, with wooden tables that are ideal for picnics. Aside from the main swimming pools, there are smaller natural pools around it. Ambon-Ambon Falls can be reached by trekking a little farther.
Crossing bridges, visiting twin falls—well, that sounds like a perfect weekend plan.
How to get there: Board a bus going to Tanauan City from a bus terminal in Cubao or Pasay. Get off at Tanauan City bus terminal, and take a tricycle going to the city market. From the market, ride a jeepney going to the public market of Laurel, Batangas. Here, you can rent a tricycle to take you to Sitio Salipit where you can start trekking to Ambon-Ambon or Magalaslas Falls.
7Cawayan, Balagbag, and Noknok Falls in Quezon
Since you are set on visiting waterfalls near Manila, why visit just one when you can visit three? Braving the four-hour travel to Real, Quezon is all worth it because the town is actually home to nine waterfalls. Though not all are accessible, Cawayan Falls, Balagbag Falls and Noknok Falls are perfect for this trip.
Cawayan Falls or Mahinginhangin Falls in Poblacion Real can be easily reached from the Real-Infanta Road, and it has ten cascades, the last of which towers at 40 feet. From Poblacion, Real, only two tricycle rides away is the Balagbag Waterfalls, which has two cascades and a shallow catch basin. The first cascade is just five meters high, so it’s ideal for cliff diving. Noknok Falls is just a ten-minute walk from Balagbag Falls. It’s a favorite among the locals because of its accessibility and the foliage surrounding the falls. Its ten-meter high cascade and deep catch basin are also an ideal jumping ground of adrenaline junkies.
How to get there: From the bus station in Legarda, get on a Real-Infanta bus and ask to be dropped off at Brgy. Cawayan. Take a tricycle ride to Cawayan Falls and start your journey there.
So next time someone asks you whether you like beaches or mountains better, proudly tell them that waterfalls aren’t so shabby either.
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