Daranak Falls, Tanay Rizal

With all the glorious day trips I’ve been taking with my kids, I’m finding you don’t need to go far away to feel far away. Our first time living here in 2009 I would have never thought just a two hour jaunt out of Manila would take me to a waterfall, majestic rocks and cavesrafting across a lake or to a windmill farm. Expensive plane flights and hotels aren’t necessary for a dreamy adventure.

Today’s dreamy adventure was Daranak and Batlag Falls in Tanay, Rizal. Seeing photographs on Instagram and friends’ FB pages gave me an itch that needed to be scratched! I wondered if the water would really be that turquoise and clean. It was.

Daranak Falls is organized, easy to get to and the price is right. It took just under two hours each way. Admittance is 50php-100php. A plentiful number of tables, huts and inner-tubes are available for rent. Our driver mentioned that there is another waterfall, Batlag Falls and that is where you wanna be! You have to enter Daranak Falls first and then enter another passage for Batlag Falls. Definitely stop at Daranak Falls as the swimming area and waterfall are larger. However, it was so crowded we just went straight to Batlag Falls and I’m really happy we did. I always prefer less crowds.


Helpful roadsides along the way.

You can’t miss it.


Super Dad on the super sturdy bridge.

This spot is located to the right and slightly below the bridge. This would be a great spot for young kids as the water is shallow. Plus, a picnic literally on the river!

Gift shop and restaurant.

Bathrooms and showers.

A second bridge leading to Batlag Falls.

Information sign and entrance. Notice the camping price is only 200 php.

There is a small uphill climb on a staircase before reaching Batlag Falls and cottages.

No filters. The water really was that beautiful.

When in Batlag, you must inner-tube. 🙂

A pretty dreamy lunch time. Chairs and tables can be moved wherever you want.

Americans and their bread.

My crazies. Notice the cool cave in the background. My oldest could not get enough.
Things To know:

  • Daranak Falls is great place for all ages.
  • Tanay, Rizal, Philippines
  • Around two hours each way. Road signs for help.
  • Entrance fee: 100php Adults 50php children 5+
  • Huts: 300php
  • Tables: 200php
  • Inner-tubes: 50php
  • Camping is available
  • Bathrooms and food stalls available.
  • Wear shoes that can get wet as you are walking through water much of the visit.
  • I recommend bringing food as you can easily stay all day. Barbecues are available for use. We packed lunch and snacks.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Valerie says:

    Looks nice and super fun for the kids. I newly arrived in Manila and I am very happy to discover yr blog. Looking forward following you and yr adventures.


    1. amber says:

      Hi Valerie, thank you so much! I hope you find something to bring you happiness here in Manila. Cheers, Amber


  2. Rae says:

    I love your blog! And Rizal is a place that I’ve been meaning to explore because it has always appeared mysterious and interesting to me. 🙂


  3. Patty | MrsC says:

    Gosh, Amber, you’ve seen so much more of the Philippines than I have. And I’ve lived here all my life! I really should get out of my cave more often, and just explore. You inspire me to at least try haha.


  4. vinneve says:

    I have never been there 😦 hopefully next time when I’m back for a visit.


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