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Daranak Falls: Tanay, Rizal DIY Waterfall Daytrip Blog

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Want to go on a DIY daytrip chasing waterfalls? Here’s a blog on Daranak Falls Tanay, Rizal, enjoyed with Calinawan Cave and boodle fights!

Tanay, Rizal is known to be a great place for mountain climbing. Daytrips such as Mt. Mapalad, Treasure Mountain, and Masungi Georeserve have made it popular for travelers. However, there are also old wonders in Tanay that are worth visiting.

One of those is Daranak Falls, a 14-meter high waterfall with cloudy blue waters. This Tanay tourist attraction is very convenient to visit for families with kids since there’s only a short walk from the parking lots outside. There are amenities such as stores and rental places for people who want the full “waterfall experience”.

Here’s the background story of our Daranak Falls Tanay DIY trip:

Our DIY trip to Daranak Falls Tanay

Last Christmas, Josh and I figured that the best gift to give his older pamangkins (nieces and nephews) was travel. Since some of them have graduated from college that year, we decided to just take all non-minors on a roadtrip as a gift.

Our chosen destination was supposed to be Mt. Ayngat in Tanay, Rizal. However, just under 30 minutes of the pre-dawn trek, more than half opted to go back to the jump-off point, exhausted. We had to think fast on where to go instead — and we chose Daranak Falls Tanay.

True enough, we believe most of them enjoyed swimming more than mountain climbing. Daranak Falls Tanay is an old tourist destination spot that required no trek, and I’m glad I got to visit this after years of living in Rizal.

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Daranak Falls Blog Review

Daranak Falls Entrance Fee Rates.

 Rates (PHP)
Adult & children entrance fee50
Picnic shed300
Picnic table200
Pictorial1,500
Tent pitching200

Opening hours schedule. 8AM – 5PM daily.

Restrictions. Plastic and styrofoam wares and alcoholic beverages are not allowed inside. Pets are also not allowed. Smoking is also prohibited.

Toilet & Shower. Guests may use the shower areas for washing up. Please manage expectations however as the toilets and showers may be crowded or unmaintained. There’s also little privacy since a lot of the showers only had curtains for cover.

How to go to Daranak Falls. From Robinson’s Galleria, ride a bus going to Taytay (G-Liner bus). Alight at Cainta Junction (Big R mall) then ride a jeepney going to Tanay (PHP 40-45). Alight at Tanay Public Market Transport Terminal and proceed to Daranak Falls Tricycle Terminal (PATODA Riders). Fare is P200 per trip of a maximum of 4 pax per tricycle.

Address & Map. It is located Daranak Falls Road in Tanay, Rizal. You may use Waze when driving. It may be more ideal to pass by Antipolo to avoid the traffic of passing by other Rizal municipalities. However, expect some winding and elevated roads.

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Calinawan Cave, Batlag Falls, & Boodle Fight Rates

Calinawan Cave. Calinawan Cave has said have been used has hideouts during the World War II. The story of the name “kalinawan” pertains to the sudden realization of Filipino guerrillas that they wanted to fight against the Japanese. The Calinawan Cave entrance fee rates is at PHP 20/pax. The guide fee is at PHP 100.

Batlag Falls. Batlag Falls is only a 10-minute hike away from Daranak waterfalls with a bridge passing over a stream and a short uphill hike on a cemented trail. The Batlag Falls entrance fee rates is at PHP 100/pax and features twin waterfalls. It’s much less crowded, thus guests may enjoy its raw beauty. However, it’s also a little less maintained.

Boodle Fight. Outside of Daranak Falls, there are small stores selling boodle fight packages. Boodle fight is basically laying out rice, salted egg, ensalada, and grilled food on a banana leaf. Grilled food is usually bangus, tilapia, pusit, and liempo. There are packages from 5-12 pax usually at PHP 150 – 200 per head.

Things to know about Daranak Falls Tanay trip

Best time to visit. This Tanay attraction is very popular among families, motorcycle riders, and even foreigners, so expect a moderate crowd especially during weekends. It’s always best to visit at the opening hours at 8AM. The summer months from March to May also makes it sure that the water is clear.

Where to eat. Other than boodle fight packages, you will also find other snacks and viands at the stores outside of Daranak Falls. You may also bring your own food for a picnic or grillers, provided you leave out the plastics and styrofoam.

Things to bring. Pack complete swimming attire, a change of clothes, towel, and toiletries. For guests with children, bring floats as the water is deep in certain parts. A drybag may also come in handy for your valuables. Mosquito repellents may also come in handy during certain seasons. In case you forget anything, the stores outside sell a lot of swimming clothes, so bring some cash.

What to wear. If you’re ready to jump in at once, wear your swimming clothes and flip-flops already!

Daranak Falls contact number. For more information and the updated contact number of the tourism center, please send me a message on Facebook.

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Daranak Falls is a memorable place for me because it’s the first time we gave travel as a gift. Time is our love language, and we hope this will be a holiday tradition in the years to come!

Daranak Waterfalls
Daranak Falls Rd, Tanay, Rizal

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