The nearby province of Rizal in eastern Metro Manila is fast becoming a popular destination for day trippers and nature lovers. This because the province is home to amazing natural wonders including some of the country’s beautiful and easily accessible waterfalls.
In the town of Tanay alone, there are numerous waterfalls perched on the mountainside of Sierra Madre Mountain Range such as Daranak Falls in Barangay Tandang Kutyo.
Sitting in a government-owned land, Daranak Falls’ main attraction is the 14-meter high waterfalls cascading into a deep catch basin that serves as its natural pool. This is aside from other smaller waterfalls situated in the area including the one across with cold and strong water freely flowing through the boulders into the same catch basin, perfect for a natural water massage.
Daranak Falls is also popular for rock balancing! Be amazed with the incredible rocks that are perfectly balanced on top of one another in various positions. Daranak hosts various competitions for this art annually.
Due to its popularity and accessibility, Daranak Falls usually becomes crowded specially during weekends and holidays so the best time to go there is on early morning or during weekdays. It is open daily from 8AM to 5PM with entrance fee of P20 for adult and P15 for kid, picnic shed can be rented at P300 while picnic table is at P150. Overnight camping or accommodation is not allowed.
How to Go to Daranak Falls
Take a jeep or van at Star Mall EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard. Get off at Tanay Market in Barangay Sampaloc and transfer to a tricycle to take you to Daranak Falls. Travel time is around two to three hours.
Alternatively, you can also take a Cogeo bound jeep in Mercury Drug Aurora Boulevard Cubao. Get off at Cogeo Market and transfer to another jeepney going to Tanay Market in Barangay Sampaloc. At Tanay Market, flag a tricycle to take you to Daranak Falls. Travel time is at least three hours.
There are also van and jeepneys to Tanay from Siniloan Laguna, Cainta, Taytay, Antipolo, Pililia and other neighboring towns.