Daranak Falls in Tanay Rizal
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Rizal is known for many things, including its thriving artistic community, Antipolo church, nice weather, fantastic cashew nuts, and its natural attractions. Because it is just a couple of hours’ drive away from Manila, it is the default weekend getaway for many city dwellers. One of the newer attractions to catch the attention of weekenders is Daranak Falls in Tanay, Rizal.
About Daranak Falls
If Antipolo has the 12-meter high Hinulugang Taktak, Tanay has Daranak Falls, which thunders down to its catch basin from 2 meters higher. Hinulugang Taktak is sadly polluted, but is undergoing rehabilitation as a National Park. In the meantime, the less famous but more impressive Daranak Falls is a great alternative for both local and foreign nature lovers. It still revels in its unspoiled beauty at the foot of the Tanay mountains, which forms part of the Sierra Madre range, despite its growing popularity. It Is surrounded by lush vegetation, and numerous rivers and ponds.
How do you get there?
Tanay may be mountain territory, but it is not remote. You can get there using public transportation via several routes from Metro Manila to Tanay Public Market, where tricycles that ply the Daranak Falls route (PATODA) have their terminal.
- Shaw via FX (PhP70) or jeep (PhP53) from the Starmall EDSA terminal or the Unilever Mandaluyong Police Station
- Shaw via G-Liner from Robinson’s Galleria, then a Tanay jeepney at Cainta junction (landmark: Big R) (total fare PhP45)
- Santolan/Marikina via FX (PhP70) at Santolan MRT station
- Cubao via Antipolo jeep, then a Tanay jeep at Ynares Center (total fare PhP63)
From Tanay Public Market, you can take a tricycle all the way to Daranak Falls. The fare is PhP200, good for four people.
Of course, you can always travel private. If you are coming from Shaw Boulevard, you can choose to go via Ortigas Avenue or Sumulong Highway to R-5 before taking Batlag Trail. The trip will take approximately 1.5 hours without traffic.
How much to enter?
When you get there, be ready to pay PhP50 for each person, although children 3 feet and below get in free (maybe because they don’t make as much mess!). You can rent a picnic shed right by the falls for PhP300 or a picnic table for PhP200. There is a parking lot a short distance away from the falls, and parking fee is about PhP50.
What is it like?
Daranak Falls and the surrounding areas are serene and beautiful. Ochre-colored rocks peep through the clear rushing water, and the foliage is lush and deep. The catch basin is a bright turquoise in the dry season, and deep green when heavy rains come. Despite its popularity, it is very clean and well maintained. It is tranquil and a perfect place to unwind.
What can you do there?
Aside from enjoying nature and the rock balancing art along the bank of the river that feeds the falls, you can swim in the catch basin if you have no problems with it being about 30 feet deep. You can bring a picnic lunch, or you can buy something to grill at Tanay Market. You can also dine at several restaurants there, and browse for souvenirs.
Where to eat in Daranak Falls
Theres a small canteen at the entrance area where you can buy food, snacks, bottled water and soda. You can also ask them to cook food for you but it will all depend on what is available. You can also bring your own cook food or you can bring fresh fish and meat which you can grill on their grilling area.
Additional Travel Tips:
If you want to enjoy your stay in Daranak Falls, you should leave your pets and favorite alcoholic drink behind because you can’t bring them in. It is also advisable to bring bottled water, mosquito repellent, and a dry bag to keep your smart phones and other valuables dry. Plan to go early in the morning as it gets very crowded in the afternoon, especially during holidays and weekends. Daranak Falls is open to the public everyday from 8 am to 5 pm.