May 21, 2017

Top 5 Best Waterfalls in the Philippines 2017

We are all in awe over Philippines’ majestic waterfalls!
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Time and again, our country has been a top destination among tourists and travelers because of our beautiful beaches. And let’s be honest, we do have some of the bests in the world, according to many international travel magazines!

But for the thrill-seekers and lovers of nature, another beauty that our country can be proud of is our collection of majestic waterfalls. From the life-threatening treks, the slippery stones you have to battle, and the intense water cascading from who-knows-where, waterfalls are amazing and only for the adventurous at heart!

Check out the latest ShoppersGuide list of the best waterfalls in the country according to your votes. See the one nearest you and experience a different kind of summer.


5. Daranak Falls (Rizal)



best waterfalls in the Philippines 2017

Imagine this beauty within a couple hours of drive from the city! (Image: Come Visit My Philippines Fb)


Starting our list is Daranak Falls, located at Tanay, Rizal. With just a few hours’ drive from the city, Daranak Falls has been gaining popularity from recent years because of its accessibility and it’s beautiful and well-maintained despite the outpour of visitors. The falls is spread out like a curtain into a large water basin that has a beautiful color of blue and green. Aside from the gorgeous water, the falls is also surrounded with lush vegetation and an area where you can rent one of the huts or and grill your own food.




Daranak Falls is open to the public from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Entrance fee is PhP50.00, and free for children below 3 feet. There are also a couple of eateries around the area but it is best advised that you bring your own food and bottled water. Pets and alcoholic beverages are also not allowed in the premises so best if you leave them at home. Insect repellent is also a must, especially if you are bringing kids along.


4. Taytay Falls (Laguna) and Twin Falls of Laurel (Batangas)



best waterfalls in the Philippines 2017

Enjoy the deep water basin and shallow streams of Taytay Falls. (Image: Brgy. Taytay Majayjay, Laguna Fb)


Taytay Falls is one of the most popular falls in Laguna, and one of the most beautiful, too. There will be a 10-minute trek from drop-off point to reach the falls, but the walk is worth it. This 12-meter falls is a narrow stream of water that plunges directly to a man-made basin that is over 10 feet deep and overflows to a rocky stream. The water may look a little mossy green, but it’s very clean and safe to swim in. Aside from the basin, the streams below are also a nice place to lounge around and perfect for small children because of the shallow waters.

Entrance fee to the Taytay Falls is just PhP20.00. Visitors can also set up their own tents or rent one for PhP200.00. The place might get a little crowded because of its fame, but it’s still worth a visit. There are also nearby eateries and parking spaces near the drop of point if you plan to bring your own car.


best waterfalls in the Philippines 2017

Ambon-ambon [L] and Malagaslas Falls [R] ((Image: It’s more fun in the Philippines and Courtesy of Aljon Reyes)


Another entry on our number four is Twin Falls of Laurel in Batangas. The Twin Falls of Ambon-ambon and Malagaslas is a beautiful destination but only for the adventurous at heart. To reach these two falls will require you to pass a bridge, rice paddies, and a stream before actually seeing one of the falls.

Ambon-ambon is a high falls that descends into a narrow strip and broken by a slab of a huge rock before actually hitting the water basin below. Because of the challenging trek, the place is not exactly family friendly so you won’t see many huts to relax in. Malagaslas on the other hand, is on the other side of Ambon-ambon and is much more visitor-friendly. The falls itself breaks into different streams cascading on a wall. A bamboo at the end of the falls directly feeds the water basin at the bottom.

There are also huts in the area where visitors can lounge and relax during their stay. Entrance fee for both falls is PhP20.00 and guides are available if you need one for the trek.


3. Ambon-ambon Falls (Laguna)



best waterfalls in the Philippines 2017

Ambon-ambon falls in Laguna is nothing compared to raindrops! (Image: Greedy Peg)


On our top three is Ambon-ambon falls. It does have the same name as the Ambon-ambon falls in Batangas from our top four, but this one is located in Panguil, Laguna. This one got its name from ambon or raindrops because of the drizzle of water it creates when cascading through the stone wall. But the strong surge of the water is nothing like a drizzle!

The usual drop off point is the Panguil Eco Park where you can pay the necessary fees and hire a guide because reaching Ambon-ambon falls is quite challenging. The trek will start with a normal walk until you pass by Biak na Bato, a famous landmark in the area. You then need to endure three bamboo raft rides before reaching the actual falls, but it’ll all be worth it in the end.

The falls is a small but powerful gushing of water towards the Panguil River where you can swim into a large basin of water. Despite its powerful surge, the falls is safe and you can even go near it to have a little ‘water massage’ by placing your back against the flowing water.


2. Ditumabo Falls (Aurora) and Hulugan Falls (Laguna)



best waterfalls in the Philippines 2017

Aurora may be known for surfing, but it is also home to the Mother Falls. (Image: Ditumabo Falls)


Dubbed as the Mother Falls by locals, Ditumabo Falls in San Luis, Aurora is a popular site to visit for nature tripping and water activity in Baler next to surfing. After a rough tricycle ride, Ditumabo Falls will require a 30-minute trek before reaching the actual falls. You’ll need to pass dirt paths, a bamboo bridge, streams of water, and stone boulders before actually seeing the Mother Falls.

Upon reaching the area, you’ll be greeted with a 140-foot high falls beautifully cascading into a large water basin where you can swim to your heart’s content. The water is clear and shallow, making it a perfect leisure spot and for a relaxing bath as reward after the challenging trek. No entrance fee is required but donations are highly appreciated when you visit the area.


best waterfalls in the Philippines 2017

See the curtain-like falls of Hulugan. (Image: Pipho)


Also on our second spot is Hulugan Falls in Luisiana, Laguna. There are two options to reach the falls: an hour-long easy hike or a 20-minute challenging one. You’ll likely go through a forest-like terrain, so expect bushy and steep walkways going to the area. Once you reach Hulugan Falls, you’ll be treated with its towering beauty, flowing like a curtain over a wall of rock. There’s also a mini stair-like stones at the bottom of the falls where the water overflows through a basin where you can swim your heart out.

The entrance fee is only PhP25.00 and a personal guide will also be assigned to each group of visitors. There are a few eateries at the drop-off point more known as The Kapitan’s House so no need to worry about food, but bringing your own is still a good idea.


1. Kawasan Falls (Cebu)



best waterfalls in the Philippines 2017

Greens and blues abound in Kawasan Falls. (Image: Kawasan Falls Cebu)


The falls that claimed our top spot is Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu! Worth three hours of bus ride, Kawasan Falls is located at the southern tip of Cebu. Kawasan Falls became famous because of the growing popularity of canyoneering in the area. After the high jumps, slides, and what not, you’ll be rewarded with the beauty of Kawasan Falls at the end of your adventurous journey.

Kawasan Falls is known for its strong surge, which visitors appreciate by riding a bamboo raft and passing through the bottom of the falls to experience a little shower massage. But the real head-turner is the turquoise blue basin. It is very much safe to swim in and its total picturesque scenery will be one of the bests that visitors get to beheld. If you are not into canyoneering, you can also go directly at Kawasan Falls and just enjoy the beautiful water and lush greeneries surrounding the area.


Results are based on the Top 10 Best Waterfalls in the Philippines Poll posted at the home page of ShoppersGuide.com.ph from May 8 to May 14, 2017.


Prices/Promo packages may change without prior notice.

Patricia Marie Prado

Patricia came from the field of business and accounting but is now pursuing her dreams of being a writer. She is a self-confessed introvert and is passionate about reading, travelling, writing, movies, coffee and God. When she's not writing, she loves discovering new coffee shops/cafe and doing TV-series marathons.

Patricia Marie Prado

Patricia came from the field of business and accounting but is now pursuing her dreams of being a writer. She is a self-confessed introvert and is passionate about reading, travelling, writing, movies, coffee and God. When she's not writing, she loves discovering new coffee shops/cafe and doing TV-series marathons.

Disclaimer: All articles in the Consumers Magazine of ShoppersGuide.com.ph (SG) are for general information and entertainment purposes only. Although careful research has been made in writing them, SG does not make any warranty about the completeness and accuracy of all information presented in our articles. Our content is not intended to be used in place of legal, medical, or any professional advice.

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May 21, 2017

Top 5 Best Waterfalls in the Philippines 2017

We are all in awe over Philippines’ majestic waterfalls!

Time and again, our country has been a top destination among tourists and travelers because of our beautiful beaches. And let’s be honest, we do have some of the bests in the world, according to many international travel magazines!

But for the thrill-seekers and lovers of nature, another beauty that our country can be proud of is our collection of majestic waterfalls. From the life-threatening treks, the slippery stones you have to battle, and the intense water cascading from who-knows-where, waterfalls are amazing and only for the adventurous at heart!

Check out the latest ShoppersGuide list of the best waterfalls in the country according to your votes. See the one nearest you and experience a different kind of summer.


5. Daranak Falls (Rizal)



best waterfalls in the Philippines 2017

Imagine this beauty within a couple hours of drive from the city! (Image: Come Visit My Philippines Fb)


Starting our list is Daranak Falls, located at Tanay, Rizal. With just a few hours’ drive from the city, Daranak Falls has been gaining popularity from recent years because of its accessibility and it’s beautiful and well-maintained despite the outpour of visitors. The falls is spread out like a curtain into a large water basin that has a beautiful color of blue and green. Aside from the gorgeous water, the falls is also surrounded with lush vegetation and an area where you can rent one of the huts or and grill your own food.




Daranak Falls is open to the public from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Entrance fee is PhP50.00, and free for children below 3 feet. There are also a couple of eateries around the area but it is best advised that you bring your own food and bottled water. Pets and alcoholic beverages are also not allowed in the premises so best if you leave them at home. Insect repellent is also a must, especially if you are bringing kids along.


4. Taytay Falls (Laguna) and Twin Falls of Laurel (Batangas)



best waterfalls in the Philippines 2017

Enjoy the deep water basin and shallow streams of Taytay Falls. (Image: Brgy. Taytay Majayjay, Laguna Fb)


Taytay Falls is one of the most popular falls in Laguna, and one of the most beautiful, too. There will be a 10-minute trek from drop-off point to reach the falls, but the walk is worth it. This 12-meter falls is a narrow stream of water that plunges directly to a man-made basin that is over 10 feet deep and overflows to a rocky stream. The water may look a little mossy green, but it’s very clean and safe to swim in. Aside from the basin, the streams below are also a nice place to lounge around and perfect for small children because of the shallow waters.

Entrance fee to the Taytay Falls is just PhP20.00. Visitors can also set up their own tents or rent one for PhP200.00. The place might get a little crowded because of its fame, but it’s still worth a visit. There are also nearby eateries and parking spaces near the drop of point if you plan to bring your own car.


best waterfalls in the Philippines 2017

Ambon-ambon [L] and Malagaslas Falls [R] ((Image: It’s more fun in the Philippines and Courtesy of Aljon Reyes)


Another entry on our number four is Twin Falls of Laurel in Batangas. The Twin Falls of Ambon-ambon and Malagaslas is a beautiful destination but only for the adventurous at heart. To reach these two falls will require you to pass a bridge, rice paddies, and a stream before actually seeing one of the falls.

Ambon-ambon is a high falls that descends into a narrow strip and broken by a slab of a huge rock before actually hitting the water basin below. Because of the challenging trek, the place is not exactly family friendly so you won’t see many huts to relax in. Malagaslas on the other hand, is on the other side of Ambon-ambon and is much more visitor-friendly. The falls itself breaks into different streams cascading on a wall. A bamboo at the end of the falls directly feeds the water basin at the bottom.

There are also huts in the area where visitors can lounge and relax during their stay. Entrance fee for both falls is PhP20.00 and guides are available if you need one for the trek.


3. Ambon-ambon Falls (Laguna)



best waterfalls in the Philippines 2017

Ambon-ambon falls in Laguna is nothing compared to raindrops! (Image: Greedy Peg)


On our top three is Ambon-ambon falls. It does have the same name as the Ambon-ambon falls in Batangas from our top four, but this one is located in Panguil, Laguna. This one got its name from ambon or raindrops because of the drizzle of water it creates when cascading through the stone wall. But the strong surge of the water is nothing like a drizzle!

The usual drop off point is the Panguil Eco Park where you can pay the necessary fees and hire a guide because reaching Ambon-ambon falls is quite challenging. The trek will start with a normal walk until you pass by Biak na Bato, a famous landmark in the area. You then need to endure three bamboo raft rides before reaching the actual falls, but it’ll all be worth it in the end.

The falls is a small but powerful gushing of water towards the Panguil River where you can swim into a large basin of water. Despite its powerful surge, the falls is safe and you can even go near it to have a little ‘water massage’ by placing your back against the flowing water.


2. Ditumabo Falls (Aurora) and Hulugan Falls (Laguna)



best waterfalls in the Philippines 2017

Aurora may be known for surfing, but it is also home to the Mother Falls. (Image: Ditumabo Falls)


Dubbed as the Mother Falls by locals, Ditumabo Falls in San Luis, Aurora is a popular site to visit for nature tripping and water activity in Baler next to surfing. After a rough tricycle ride, Ditumabo Falls will require a 30-minute trek before reaching the actual falls. You’ll need to pass dirt paths, a bamboo bridge, streams of water, and stone boulders before actually seeing the Mother Falls.

Upon reaching the area, you’ll be greeted with a 140-foot high falls beautifully cascading into a large water basin where you can swim to your heart’s content. The water is clear and shallow, making it a perfect leisure spot and for a relaxing bath as reward after the challenging trek. No entrance fee is required but donations are highly appreciated when you visit the area.


best waterfalls in the Philippines 2017

See the curtain-like falls of Hulugan. (Image: Pipho)


Also on our second spot is Hulugan Falls in Luisiana, Laguna. There are two options to reach the falls: an hour-long easy hike or a 20-minute challenging one. You’ll likely go through a forest-like terrain, so expect bushy and steep walkways going to the area. Once you reach Hulugan Falls, you’ll be treated with its towering beauty, flowing like a curtain over a wall of rock. There’s also a mini stair-like stones at the bottom of the falls where the water overflows through a basin where you can swim your heart out.

The entrance fee is only PhP25.00 and a personal guide will also be assigned to each group of visitors. There are a few eateries at the drop-off point more known as The Kapitan’s House so no need to worry about food, but bringing your own is still a good idea.


1. Kawasan Falls (Cebu)



best waterfalls in the Philippines 2017

Greens and blues abound in Kawasan Falls. (Image: Kawasan Falls Cebu)


The falls that claimed our top spot is Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu! Worth three hours of bus ride, Kawasan Falls is located at the southern tip of Cebu. Kawasan Falls became famous because of the growing popularity of canyoneering in the area. After the high jumps, slides, and what not, you’ll be rewarded with the beauty of Kawasan Falls at the end of your adventurous journey.

Kawasan Falls is known for its strong surge, which visitors appreciate by riding a bamboo raft and passing through the bottom of the falls to experience a little shower massage. But the real head-turner is the turquoise blue basin. It is very much safe to swim in and its total picturesque scenery will be one of the bests that visitors get to beheld. If you are not into canyoneering, you can also go directly at Kawasan Falls and just enjoy the beautiful water and lush greeneries surrounding the area.


Results are based on the Top 10 Best Waterfalls in the Philippines Poll posted at the home page of ShoppersGuide.com.ph from May 8 to May 14, 2017.


Prices/Promo packages may change without prior notice.

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Patricia Marie Prado

Patricia came from the field of business and accounting but is now pursuing her dreams of being a writer. She is a self-confessed introvert and is passionate about reading, travelling, writing, movies, coffee and God. When she's not writing, she loves discovering new coffee shops/cafe and doing TV-series marathons.

Patricia Marie Prado

Patricia came from the field of business and accounting but is now pursuing her dreams of being a writer. She is a self-confessed introvert and is passionate about reading, travelling, writing, movies, coffee and God. When she's not writing, she loves discovering new coffee shops/cafe and doing TV-series marathons.

Disclaimer: All articles in the Consumers Magazine of ShoppersGuide.com.ph (SG) are for general information and entertainment purposes only. Although careful research has been made in writing them, SG does not make any warranty about the completeness and accuracy of all information presented in our articles. Our content is not intended to be used in place of legal, medical, or any professional advice.

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