Philippines is a tropical country and because of that, it is mostly warm during the year, especially in summer. This year is no different. In fact, the temperature reaches a high of around 40 degrees Celsius (but that’s not considered warm, is it?)
What can you do to beat the heat then? Go to the beach such as Boracay, Palawan or Cebu? Go to cold places like Tagaytay or Baguio? Absolutely great ideas! However, if you have a limited time, or a limited budget, what do you do?
With all the work to do and bills to pay, we have to find a place where we will enjoy, yet budget-friendly. While searching nearby resorts and beaches, we came across this place in Tanay, Rizal called Daranak Falls. We have never tried going on a trip to any of the falls and little did we know that there is a place not very far from where we live.
So we searched for blogs and people who have already been there to find out how to go, how much budget should be allotted, etc. After some deliberation, we finally decided to go.
Daranak Falls is a two-hour commute from San Juan City/Mandaluyong City using multiple modes of transportation. As instructed on the Facebook page of Daranak Falls, we rode a jeepney to Starmall EDSA Shaw and took a van with the signboard Starmall EDSA Shaw to Tanay. From there, the travel time will be approximately 2 hours, depending on the traffic situation. Alight at the Tanay Public Market Transport Terminal and take the tricycle to Daranak Falls. From the transport terminal, it will take you about 10-15 minutes to get to Daranak.
There are usually a lot of people on weekends, as the tricycle drivers would say. Indeed, there were a lot of people when we arrived.
The main area where the falls is is beautiful, though crowded. It is not advisable for children and non-swimmers to go there alone or without floaters. Since we are both non-swimmers, we just stayed on the shallow parts near the falls.
The water is so refreshingly (and surprisingly) cold. No wonder a lot of people go there. Some people dive, some people swim, and some just stay on the side and on the shallow parts like us. Nonetheless, they seem to have been enjoying.
As first-timers, we really thought that the water is not as clean as the beaches we usually go to. Thinking about it, the water in the beach isn’t always as clear as the others anyway. In addition, we didn’t really expect that it’s going to be rocky underneath and that it is sometimes slippery in some areas due to the mats of moss. There’s always a first time for everything.
However, we didn’t spend most of our time there since we discovered another place just very near Daranak. You can read about it here.