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Daranak Falls: A Quick Weekend Getaway

Daranak Falls

Daranak Falls – Last weekend, Aj and I went on a day trip to Tanay, Rizal. Since Tanay is just a couple of hours away from Manila, most of the city dwellers opt to visit this province for their quick weekend getaway. We all know that the province of Rizal is known for many things and it has a lot of things to offer including its pollution-free air, scenic and panoramic views, and its natural attractions. I can say that Tanay is one of the best places that you might want to visit near Manila. One of the tourist attraction that can be found in Tanay is the 14ft high waterfalls or popularly known as Daranak Falls.

Daranak Falls

Daranak Falls

THE DARANAK FALLS

Daranak Falls is one of the favorites destination of the weekenders because of its proximity from Manila. It is also a popular summer getaway for locals and tourist from in and out of the country.The cascade of fresh crystal water of Daranak Falls that climbs down into the pool is extraordinarily impressive. However, I noticed that the place is a bit crowded and some visitors didn’t follow the rules especially drinking of alcoholic beverages inside even if it’s prohibited.

Daranak Falls

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Daranak Falls is truly a refreshing location because it’s surrounded by tropical trees and plants. Nature beauty indeed.

Daranak Falls

Daranak Falls

THE TOUR

For a less hassle, I highly recommend Hitch Travel & Tours. They deserved a  5/5 star for our organize trip and for their accommodation and excellent services as well. They offer great travel packages at affordable price. Their customer service is great and very promptly.

You can book a reservation through their Facebook Page at this link.

TOURIST INFORMATION

When you arrive at the Daranak Falls, be ready for an entrance fee of Php 50.00($0.98) for each person but children below 3ft are free of charge. You can also rent a picnic shed for only Php 300.00($5.90) while the picnic table will cost you Php 200.00($3.93). You can also rent “salbabida” and life vest at the store near Daranak Falls for only Php 50.00($0.98).

Their operating hours is Monday to Sunday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Daranak entrance fee

Additional Reminder: In compliance with Municipal Ordinance #2 Series of 2005, PLASTIC and/or STYROFORE ARE NOT PERMISSIBLE in Daranak Falls. Further, ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES and PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED.

TRAVEL TIPS

  • Don’t bring a pet
  • Follow their rules
  • Although there are stores around Daranak falls, it is better to bring your own food since there’s a bit price difference from Manila.
  • Don’t forget the camera 📸
  • Bring a dry bags so your things will be safe from getting wet.
  • Be a responsible traveler, do not litter around.
  • Respect the nature.

Daranak Falls

HOW TO GET THERE

Tanay is very accessible via public or private transportation. But If you want a hassle-free trip, you can book a reservation via Hitch Travel and Tours

Anyway, you have a lot of option if you are going via commute:

1.From Starmall (Edsa Shaw)

  • Tanay (FX) for P70 or Tanay (Jeep) for P53. The terminal is near MRT Shaw/in front of Starmall EDSA.

Alight at Tanay Public Market Transport Terminal and proceed to Daranak Falls Tricycle Terminal (PATODA Riders). Fare is P200/trip maximum of 4 pax/tricycle)

2.From EDSA Central/Crossing United

  • Tanay (FX) for P70 or Tanay (Jeep) for P53. Terminal is near Unilever/Mandaluyong Police Station

Alight at Tanay Public Market Transport Terminal and proceed to Daranak Falls Tricycle Terminal (PATODA Riders). The fare is P200/trip maximum of 4 pax/tricycle).

3.From EDSA Central/Parklea

  • Tanay (Jeep) for P53. The terminal is near Starmall EDSA.

Alight at Tanay Public Market Transport Terminal and proceed to Daranak Falls Tricycle Terminal (PATODA Riders). The fare is P200/trip maximum of 4 pax/tricycle).

4.From Santolan/Marikina

  • Tanay (FX) for P70. The terminal is near LRT Santolan Station.

Alight at Tanay Public Market Transport Terminal and proceed to Daranak Falls Tricycle Terminal (PATODA Riders). The fare is P200/trip maximum of 4 pax/tricycle).

5.From Ortigas Center

  • Ride a bus or the MRT going to Shaw Blvd (EDSA Starmall), then take item 1, 2, or 3.
  • Ride a bus going to Taytay (G-Liner) from Robinson’s Galleria. Alight at Cainta Junction (Big R as a landmark) then ride a jeepney going to Tanay (P40-45 fare).

Alight at Tanay Public Market Transport Terminal and proceed to Daranak Falls Tricycle Terminal (PATODA Riders). The fare is P200/trip maximum of 4 pax/tricycle).

6.From Araneta Center/Cubao

  • Ride a bus or the MRT going to Shaw Blvd (EDSA Starmall), then take item 1, 2, or 3.
  • Take the MRT going to Santolan Station and take item 4.
  • Ride a jeep going to Antipolo (P32-35 fare). Alight at Ynares Center and ride an Antipolo-Tanay jeepney (P28 fare).

Alight at Tanay Public Market Transport Terminal and proceed to Daranak Falls Tricycle Terminal (PATODA Riders). The fare is P200/trip maximum of 4 pax/tricycle).

Aside from Daranak Falls, there are lots of destination that can be found in Tanay. One of these destinations is the Calinawan Cave where local and even international movie have been shot there. As per our tour guide, Calinawan Cave has been also a shooting location for a TV series Mulawin and La Luna Sangre.

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Read our Tanay, Rizal Travel Blog series

Weekend Wanderer: Day trip to Pililla Wind Farm

Calinawan Cave: A Quick Weekend Getaway.


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Benjoe Vidal is a full-time software engineer, part-time travel blogger, and a Hobbyist Photographer.

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