Mt. Romelo, situated in Brgy. Macatad, Siniloan, Laguna is an adventurer’s choice when it comes to easy chill hiking and its waterfall side trips. There are at least 7 waterfalls that can be found here in Brgy. Macatad, Siniloan, Laguna.
We started our trek at 7:00 AM and reached the summit by 8:30 AM. It is really an easy hike and is recommended for beginners. After reaching the summit, we started out trek to our first waterfall, the Sampaloc Falls.
The trail to Sampaloc Falls is a bit farther than the trail going to the camp site. We were a bit cautious while trekking because it is raining, then one of my friends screamed very loud because of the presence of Limatik. Because of the wet surrounding, limatiks can easily go to your body then suck you blood off. (LOL). After 45 mins of trekking, we reached the Sampaloc Falls. We were amazed by the beauty of this majestic falls. There are only few people visiting this waterfall because it is a bit far from the usual trail. We swam, took photos, and enjoyed the peace in this place and then proceed to the next waterfall, the Batya-batya Falls.
The Batya-batya Falls is just 20 mins away from Sampaloc Falls, which features two levels of natural pools. You can climb to the second layer of this waterfall and dive to its deep basin. Some locals even climb 20+ feet and then jumps to the first layer of the waterfall. WARNING: If you are going to attempt doing this, please do it with caution and consider your groupmates.
We also had our lunch here in Batya-batya falls. Please clean up your mess after you eat.
The next waterfall we visited is the Buruwisan Falls, the most popular falls of the seven. It is just below the campsite. Standing 180ft high, this waterfall is ideal for rappelling, some visitors brings their rappelling gears and have their group rappel down from the top. The name Buruwisan Falls came from the hardwood variety that used to grow at the river of Mt. Romelo.
The last waterfall we visited is the 70ft high Lanzones Falls, just 10mins away from Buruwisan Falls. This is where we spent the longest time and we really enjoyed swimming in its basin because it is just 6ft deep. Diving is not recommended here because of its depth.
There are three other falls that we didn’t manage to visit because of the time and its distance to one another. Maybe if we visit here again we will go directly to these falls. These are the Twin Falls, Diwata Falls, and the Old Buruwisan Falls.
How to get here:
- We had our meetup at DLTB Bus Station near LRT Buendia. First trip to Sta. Cruz, Laguna departs at 3:00 AM or whenever the bus gets full. It’s a 3 hour ride from Buendia to Sta. Cruz, Laguna.
- At Sta. Cruz, Laguna, we ride a jeepney going to Siniloan, Laguna. It’s a 30-minute ride from Sta. Cruz to Siniloan. Tell the driver to drop you off near the Jollibee going to Buruwisan.
- From Siniloan, ride a tricycle going to Brgy. Macatad, Siniloan, Laguna. Tell the tricycle driver to drop you off the road to Buruwisan Falls. A 15-minute ride going to the jump off of Mt. Romelo.
- Php 140.00 — Buendia to Sta. Cruz, Laguna (V.V)
- Php 40.00 — Sta. Cruz, Laguna – Siniloan, Laguna (V.V)
- Php 20.00/head — Siniloan – Brgy. Macatad V.V)
- Php 50.00.00/head — Registration fee
- Php 600.00/8 (We’re group of 8) — Guide Fee 10:1
- Php 20.00 — Shower Fee
Total expenses: Php 550.00*
(V.V) = Vise-versa
Things to remember:
- Where comfortable trekking shoes/sandals and outfit.
- Practice LNT (Leave No Trace) Principle
- Bring down your trash
- In case of limatik encounter, don’t panic. Alcohol spray can easily take it off. Read further information about limatiks.
- Respect the mountains, the guides, the community, and other hikers, visitors, and mountaineers.
- You can contact Kuya Teroy if you are planning to go here. 0949 891 2918