7 Waterfalls near Manila for your Weekend Trip

Cool off at these amazing waterfalls just hours away from the metro.

By Rhea J. Bernardino
September 19, 2016

Weary souls who have gone tired of the city's hustle and bustle usually escape to a far-away tropical paradise to relax and unwind. But if you can't afford to go to the beach, then waterfalls are a great alternative.
Not only will you get to swim in cool fresh waters, but you'll also be able to commune with nature. What's more, there's no need to travel far since there are already some breathtaking waterfalls just a few hours away from the metro. With that, here are some beautiful waterfalls near Manila for a refreshing getaway.

1. Hulugan Falls in Luisiana, Laguna
Hulugan Falls is one of Laguna's best-kept secrets. It stands more than 200 feet and has a basin where visitors are free to take a dip. The trek is short but quite tricky because of the muddy and slippery path, so be sure to wear the proper footwear.
Getting there: Ride any bus bound for Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Some of the usual bus lines that offer trips are DLTB and JAC Liner. Once you arrive in Sta. Cruz, you can either ride a jeepney or a tricycle to Brgy. San Salvador in Luisiana. Register at the tourism office, pay the necessary fees, hire a guide, and you're set.

2. Aliw Falls in Luisiana, Laguna
Aliw Falls can be visited alongside Hulugan Falls. Also located in Luisiana, it is a beautiful multi-tiered waterfall that can be reached after a fairly easy trek courtesy of a guide. Once you get there, freshen up by swimming at the basin.
Getting there: The way to Aliw Falls is similar to that of Hulugan Falls. You must first commute to Sta. Cruz, Laguna via bus. Upon arriving there, take a jeepney or a tricycle to Brgy. San Salvador and Luisina, the jumping-off point for the trek towards Aliw Falls. Make sure to hire a guide for your trip. Total travel time takes about three hours.

3. Daranak Falls in Tanay, Rizal
Tanay is blessed with many natural wonders and one of them is Daranak Falls. This majestic waterfalls near Calinawan Cave is a popular hangout spot among locals during weekends. Aside from wading in its cool waters, there is also an area for cliff jumping.
Getting there: There are shuttle vans at Starmall EDSA's transport terminal that offer direct trips to Tanay. Travel time usually takes about an hour and a half. Get off at Tanay Market and ride a tricycle towards the entrance of Daranak Falls. There's no trekking involved.

4. Batlag Falls in Tanay, Rizal
Daranak Falls tends to get a bit crowded during the weekends, so if you're seeking an alternative, try visiting Batlag Falls. An easy trek from Daranak Falls will lead you to this peaceful waterfall with two basins of varying depths. But you need not worry if you don't know how to swim since there are floaties available for rent.
Getting there: Similar with getting to Daranak Falls, take the Tanay-bound shuttle vans at Starmall EDSA's transport terminal and get off at Tanay Market. Afterwards, hire a tricycle to take you to Daranak Falls. Once there, you can start the trek going to Batlag Falls.

5. Malagaslas Falls in Laurel, Batangas
Batangas is popular for its beaches but little do people know that it is also home to some beautiful waterfalls worth a visit. One of them is Malagaslas Falls in Laurel. These falls are tucked within forest surroundings, making it the perfect place to commune with nature. Ten minutes of trekking and crossing through rivers will take you to this wonderful spot.
Getting there: Hop on a bus bound for Tanauan City and get off at Tanauan Bus Terminal. The trip will take more or less two hours from Manila. This will be followed by a tricycle ride to the city market where you can take jeepneys bound for Laurel. Make sure to tell the driver that you're getting off at the Laurel Public Market. Upon arrival, take a tricycle to Sitio Salipit, which is the jumping-off point for the trek towards Malagaslas Falls.

6. Ambon-Ambon Falls in Laurel, Batangas
If you're going to visit Malagaslas Falls, then you might as well include Ambon-Ambon Falls in your itinerary. Most commonly considered as the "twin" of Malagaslas Falls, this two-tiered waterfalls has cascading waters that create a drizzle (ambon) effect, where it got its name. It is about a 10 to 20-minute trek from Malagaslas Falls.
Getting there: From the jumping-off point in Sitio Salipit, you will first pass through Malagaslas Falls before you can reach Ambon-Ambon Falls.

7. Kaytitinga Falls in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan
Kaytitinga Falls is often included as a side trip after climbing Mt. Balagbag. Hikers usually troop to the falls after their descent to freshen up. It has a natural spring pool where you can swim. You can even sit under the rushing waters and get a relaxing natural massage. For those who don't feel like hiking, you can also head to the falls directly; it can be reached after about an hour's trek.
Getting there: There are city buses bound for Tungko in San Jose Del Monte. From Manila, travel time usually takes about an hour and thirty minutes. From there, ride a jeepney going to Licao-Licao followed by a tricycle ride towards the jumping-off point for Kaytitinga Falls.

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