On The List: 10 Waterfalls Near Manila

We’ve collated 10 of the most beautiful waterfall adventure that are near Manila. Here’s a list of 10 waterfalls that will surely make your nature trip an awesome one!

1. Hulugan Falls

Just few hours away from Manila, Hulugan Falls is perfect for those adventurous hearts who want to relax and relieve their stress. You’ll see 3 falls along the trek and an additional hidden falls. You should see it yourself and experience its natural beauty.

DIY travel guide here: Laguna: Waterfall Quadrilogy


2. Talay Falls

It is coined to be hidden because you can’t easily see this along the trek. You have to climb through the rocks to see this wonder.

DIY travel guide here: Laguna: Waterfall Quadrilogy

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3. Aliw Falls

Aliw is a Filipino word which means “entertain”, and when you see this falls, you’ll be entertained by its natural beauty and to the sound of it flowing water. Truely a wonderful experience. Looking forward to more nature tripping!

Good news! Aliw Falls is now open to tourist after it being closed due to conflicts.

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4. Cavinti/Pagsanjan Falls

This is one of my favorite falls that I’ve visited. Not only because of it’s natural beauty, but because of the feeling it gives whenever I stare at it. When we got inside the cave under this falls, it was really awesome and remarkable experience. Will surely pay another visit to this wonder, and hopefully, with you.

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5. Sampaloc Falls

Sampaloc Falls is just one of the beautifalls you can visit when you hike Mt. Romelo in Siniloan, Laguna.

Check out our DIY travel guide to Mt. Romelo and its wonderfalls… πŸ™‚ Link to blog: bit.ly/MtRomelo


6. Buruwisan Falls

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.

Check out our DIY travel guide to Mt. Romelo and its wonderfalls… πŸ™‚ Link to blog: bit.ly/MtRomelo


7. Lanzones Falls

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.

Check out our DIY travel guide to Mt. Romelo and its wonderfalls… πŸ™‚ Link to blog: bit.ly/MtRomelo


8. 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.

Check out our DIY travel guide to Mt. Romelo and its wonderfalls… πŸ™‚ Link to blog: bit.ly/MtRomelo


9. Payaran “7 Layered” Falls

Payaran Falls is located in Brgy. Mascap Rodriquez, Rizal and a nice side trip if you’ll hike Mt. Ayaas or Mt. Sipit Ulang

Mt. Sipit Ulang Itinerary
Mt. Ayaas Itinerary


10. Kay-ibon Falls

Your Mt. Batolusong hike won’t be complete without the Kay-ibon Falls side trip.

Check out our DIY Travel guide to Mt. Batolusong here

Mt. Ayaas β€” The Scorching Hot Trail

A beginner friendly minor hike with 627+MASL elevation with a budget less than Php 300.00.

Major jumpoff: Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal
Minor jumpoff: Brgy. Mascap, Rodriguez, Rizal

We started the trek at Brgy. Mascap Rodriguez, Rizal.

Cubao to Montalban (Eastwood) – Php 50.00
Montalban (Eastwood) to Mascao – Php 150.00/trike can accommodate 5 persons.

Guide – Php 400.00 guide ration 1:5
Registration – Php 30.00

Total expenses:
Php 100.00 – RT Cubao-Montalban-Cubao (Van)
Php 60.00 – RT Montalban-Mascap-Montalban (Trike Php 150.00/5px)
Php 30.00 – Registration fee
Php 80.00 – Guide fee (400/5)

Grand Total: Php 270.00

Optional Sidetrip to Payaran Falls or Wawa Dam

Mt. Balagbag: A Chill Overnight Hike

Looking for a chill overnight hike that is just few hours from Manila? Look no further, Mt. Balagbag is the best mountain to hike with your friends.

Mt. Balagbag with an elevation of 777+ MASL can be hiked within a day. Hikers opt stay overnight here and enjoy the scenic view of the city lights. Some trail runners also choose to have their training here during dry season.

There’s no chance to get lost here because the wide trail is so established, you can even hike at night.

Silhouette shot during sunrise in Mt. Balagbag
Silhouette shot during sunrise in Mt. Balagbag
Morning at Mt. Balagbag
Morning at Mt. Balagbag
Panda and Mia
Panda and Mia
Daybreak at Mt. Balagbag
Daybreak at Mt. Balagbag
Horizon of the city
Horizon of the city
The sun rising up
The sun rising up
The sun rising up
The sun rising up
Tatay Sito at Ipo River
Tatay Sito at Ipo River
Mia with Panda at Ipo River
Mia with Panda at Ipo River
Instax shot of our group at the river
Instax shot of our group at the river

How to get here

  • From Cubao, ride a bus going to Tungko.
  • Alight at Jollibee Tungko and the ride a jeep going to Licao-licao
  • From Licao-licao you can already start your hike to the registration or you can opt to ride a trike going to the registration area. I suggest you start your hike at Licao-licao because from the registration area, it is just 20-30 mins away to summit, so enjoy the hike from Licao-licao to summit if I were you.

Expenses

  • Cubao – Tungko: Php 55.00 (Bus)
  • Tungko – Licao-licao: 27.00 (Jeep)
  • Registration+Fee: Php 30.00
  • Optional: Trike from Licao-licao to school: Php 30.00

Travel Guide: Mt. Talamitam

Mt. Talamitam, located in Nasugbu, Batangas is easily accessible by any means of transportation. A chill climb suited for beginners for a budget under Php 350.00* from Manila.

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How to get there

Ride a bus from Coastal Mall South Bus Terminal going to Nasugbu, Batangas.
Tell the conductor to drop you off to Sitio Bayabasan
Expenses

Costal Mall Bus Terminal to Sitio Bayabasan β€” Php 120.00
Guide Fee β€” Php 300 (You can opt not to hire a guide if you already know the trail.)
Registration Fee β€” Php 40.00
Sidetrip to Layong Bilog River

Entrance fee – Php 20
Shower fee – Php 20

Can also be done as a Twin Hike traverse to Mt. Apayang
More info here.

Travel Guide: Mt. Manalmon and Mt. Gola Twin Hike

If you are looking for a chill hike near Metro Manila, San Miguel, Bulacan is the right place for you. Mt. Manalmon and Mt. Gola is best for chill hikers and beginners. You can hike these two mountains half day and then you can explore and go spelunking in Madlum Cave and Bayukbok Caves.

We first hiked Mt. Gola, which almost at the same level as Mt. Manalmon (196+ MASL). We reached the summit in less than 2 hours. It has an easy trail, just need to be careful with sharp rocks. We descended after 30 minutes and the we proceed to Mt. Manalmon.

Mt. Manalmon has more little assaults than Mt. Gola, and it will give you a better view of Mt. Arayat from afar. We reached the summit also in less than 2 hours, took some photos and descended after 30 minutes.

We still have plenty of time because we finished both mountains at around 11 AM. We decided to have lunch first and then we went straight to Bayukbok Cave 1 & 2.

The most challenging part of this adventure is the spelunking. We first explore the Bayukbok Cave 2 because it is a little easier that Bayukbok Cave 1 but cave 2 has more crawling and sliding. Bayukbok Cave 1 is more challenging because there are rappelling and helicopter ladder trails and more crawling and sliding.

After finishing the cave, we descended back to the jump off point and rest, some of us swam to river and crossed the monkey bridge and did some photo ops.

We’ve had so much fun and this adventure is really worth it!

Here’s a suggested itinerary if you are planning to go here for a day trip adventure.

PS: You might want to hire a private van if you are a group of 12-15 members so that you will not have a problem finding a ride back home.

Suggested Itinerary
0300 Cubao – Jollibee (Farmers) (Assembly)
0400 ETD to San Miguel Bulacan
0730 ETA Brgy. Kamias, San Miguel; take tricycle to jump-off
0800 Arrive at jump-off; register and get guides at community
0900 Start trek
1030 ETA summit of Mt. Manalmon; take pictures
1100 Start descent
1200 Back at community; lunch
1300 Visit Madlum and Bayukbok Caves
1530 Swim at Madlum river
1700 Back at jump-off; proceed back to Brgy. Kamias
1740 ETD Manila
2000 ETA Manila

Expenses
Guides (Required): Php 300.00/Guide/Mountain
Caving: Php 40.00/Pax/Cave
Parking Fee: Php 25.00/Van
Registration Fee: Php 10.00/Pax
Van: Php 5,000/van can accommodate 15-16 pax

Update There’s an additional Php 20.00 fee before you can proceed to the jump off/registration area. This is being mandate by the local officials.

Guides:
We had 4 guides since we are 32 pax.
4 Guides (Php 300.00 x 2 Mountains) = Php 2,400.00
Php 2,400.00 / 32 Pax = Php 75.00/pax
Additional Php 40.00/pax/cave. Since we visited 2 caves, that would be additional Php 80.00/pax for two caves.
So our total guide fee per pax is Php 155.00

Transportation:
We hired two vans since we are a big group. The price of the van we hired is Php 5,000.00 each, so That would be Php 10,000 for two vans that accommodates 16 pax each.
So, Php 10,000.00/32 = Php 312.50 + the food of the driver (Php 150.00/driver = 300)
Total cost of transportation + Driver meal = Php 325.00*/pax

Grand total of our expenses/pax
Guide Fee + Transportation Fee + Registration Fee = Php 490.00*

Van Contact Number
Van For Hire – +63 906 339 5064

How to get there via public transportation
Take any Cabanatuan-bound bus from Cubao or Pasay (Baliwag Transit, ES Transport, and Five Star Transport).
Tell the conductor to drop you off at Brgy. Sibul, San Miguel, Bulacan. Fare is around P130.
Then from Brgy. Kamias, you can take a tricycle to jumpoff at Brgy Madlum (P200/tricycle, max 4 persons). This trike trip takes 40 minutes.
Food
There are food being sold at the jump off.

Tips!
Secure a permit at least 5 days before the activity date. You must send your letter of intent with the names and contact numbers of the participants. You can send your request to the following email addresses:

sanmiguelbulacan1874@yahoo.com
rrboyflorencio@yahoo.com
m.a.d.l.u.m.inc@gmail.com
Wait for the reply of the Municipality of San Miguel Bulacan or the Municipal Tourism officer for the approval of your permit or you can call these numbers to follow-up your permit:

0447640154 – Municipal office of San Miguel Bulacan,
09053726148 – Boy Florencio (Municipal Tourism Officer of San Miguel Bulacan)

Please Inform them if your permit has been approved. You can call these numbers to make your arrangements before entering the park:

09195746470 look for Mr. Carlito (tata Carling) Carpio President M.A.D.L.U.M. Inc.
09434440033 look for Mr. Rexel Marketing and Promotion officer M.A.D.L.U.M. Inc.

That is all! Have fun and remember the LNT rule!

Note from the Municipality of San Miguel, Bulacan
As per municipal instruction, minors are not allowed to climb mountains so only those of legal ages will be permitted to climb. Intoxicating drinks are not allowed, and of course dangerous drugs and other illicit substances are strictly prohibited. If there are strong rains or typhoon, the permit issuedis automatically cancelled and deferred to another date for the safet and welfare of all concerned.

Another destination in our place is a part of Biak na Bato National Park accessed through R. Magsaysay National Road going to barangay Biak na Bato. It is a nature heritage and historical place to visit. It has man-made improvements there too. Our local products such as minatamis, i.e. yema, pastilyas, ube, and others are store-available along our highways plus the crispy chicharon. Restaurants can be found also along Cagayan Valley Highway

Travel Guide: Mt. Sipit Ulang

Mt. Sipit Ulang, a mountain that offers a scenic view of rock formations, rich caves, and panoramic view of the Sierra Madre mountain range. It has various trail ranging from easy to slightly hard trail, and can hike for about 2-3 hours going to summit.

At the summit, you will see a rock formation depicting a crab’s claw, which is the main landmark of this mountain. One can climb up to the top of it and enjoy the picturesque panoramic view of the city and the Sierra Madre mountains.

After descending down, a possible side trip to Payaran Falls, the so called 7 layered falls, which offers a nice and relaxing cold water that you need after a tiring climb of Mt. Sipit Ulang. On the top layer of Payaran Falls is a small pool like basic where in you can jump, swim, and enjoy with your friends. There are tables available at the falls for free so that you eat your lunch before or after swimming at the falls.

Please observe LNT whenever you climb every mountain and every nature trips you are doing.

Take 5 at trail going to the summit of Mt. Sipit Ulang
Take 5 at trail going to the summit of Mt. Sipit Ulang
Rock climbing going to the summit of Mt. Sipit Ulang
Rock climbing going to the summit of Mt. Sipit Ulang
Shining crystals at the cave of Mt. Sipit Ulang
Shining crystals at the cave of Mt. Sipit Ulang
Inside the cave of Mt. Sipit Ulang
Inside the cave of Mt. Sipit Ulang
Andrew and Donna on the rocky part of the summit of Mt. Sipit Ulang
Andrew and Donna on the rocky part of the summit of Mt. Sipit Ulang
Our group the the summit of Mt. Sipit Ulang
Our group the the summit of Mt. Sipit Ulang
Swimming at the top level of Payaran Falls
Swimming at the top level of Payaran Falls
Streaming water of Payaran Falls
Streaming water of Payaran Falls
The Payaran Falls top level where you can do cliff jumping
The Payaran Falls top level where you can do cliff jumping

How to get there:

Ride a van going to Eastwood, Rodriguez, Rizal from Cubao, tell the driver to drop you off the tricycle terminal going to Brgy. Mascap.
Ride a Trike going Brgy. Mascap

Expenses:

Cubao to Eastwood, RR (Van): Php 50.00 – (Php 100.00 RT)
Eastwood, RR to Brgy Mascap (Trike): Php 150/trike (150/5* pax = Php 30.00*) (Php 60.00 RT)
Guide Fee: 400+Considerate fee if you want to go to Payaran Falls. In our case, we are 7 pax in the group, and wee decided to contribute Php 100 each for the guide fee.
Registration for he DENR is Php 50.00/head

Total expenses: Php 350.00

*You’ll divide the trike fee. One can fit 5 persons.