Daranak Falls, a Hidden Paradise East of Manila

Daranak Falls is one of the nearest waterfalls from Metro Manila, which makes it a quick, convenient, and relaxing getaway for Metro Manila residents. You can get to this paradise roughly 2 hours by car driving east from the metro, and the cool waters of this natural wonder is sure to relax your senses and wash all your stress away.

Inside Daranak Falls

The entrance at Daranak Falls.The entrance at Daranak Falls.

Entrance fees (updated as of post date) and some reminders at the entrance of the park. Pets, pastic & styrofoam products, and alcoholic beverages are not allowed inside. Daranak Falls is also a popular spot for pre-nup & wedding photoshoots – they charge fees for these kind of activities.
Entrance Fees and some reminders at the entrance of Daranak Falls.

Don’t forget your receipt issued by the local government!
Original Receipt at Daranak Falls.

Welcome to Daranak Falls Tanay Rizal Philippines

You are greeted by this stunning view immediately upon passing through the entrance while crossing the wooden bridge.
You are greeted by this stunning view immediately upon passing through the entrance and crossing the wooden bridge in Daranak Falls Tanay Rizal Philippines.

The majestic falls (this is what we’re paying for, right? LOL). Makes me just want to dive in its cool, refreshing waters.Daranak Falls Tanay Rizal

Daranak Falls Tanay Rizal Philippines

Best way to enjoy the falls is to avoid the huge crowds (suggest to skip the trip during weekends/holidays).
Daranak Falls Tanay Rizal Philippines

There are cottages for rent along the waterways, just please be mindful not to leave anything (including trash) behind. Let’s all strive reduce our ecological footprints!Daranak Falls Tanay Rizal Philippines

The rush of cool and refreshing waters just helps you calm down and release all your stresses away.Daranak Falls Tanay Rizal Philippines

Daranak Falls Tanay Rizal Philippines

Food options

  1. You can bring in outside food and beverages (except alcohol), no corkage fee. You can also cook your own food inside the premises (just bring your own stove, grill, and other utensils).
  2. There is a canteen inside the park selling food and cold drinks at a very reasonable (provincial rate) price. For example, a cheeseburger costs only P30.
    The canteen at Daranak Falls Tanay Rizal Philippines

    The canteen is in the wooden hut in this picture (sorry I wasn’t able to take a closer photo). Souvenirs and swimming gear are also sold here.

How to get here

Daranak Falls is located in Tanay, Rizal. Once in the town proper, you can ask the friendly locals on how to get there (if you have access to Google maps, much better). Daranak Falls is about 15 minutes away from Tanay town proper. There are two ways to get to Daranak Falls:

  1. By car – the most convenient way would be by car. You have two routes going to Tanay. One would be via Antipolo (recently opened route, quickest way), the other one would be via the scenic National Highway (through Rizal municipalities: Taytay, Angono, Binangonan, etc.). See below for estimate travel time.Manila to Tanay Rizal Route Map
  2. By public transport – you can take Tanay bound FX vans from Starmall in Mandaluyong (fare is around P70). Along the national roads in Rizal there are also Tanay bound jeepneys. Once in Tanay proper, take a tricyle ride to Daranak Falls.

The scenic drive to Tanay along the National Highway in Rizal Province. Look to the left and you’ll see the mountains; turn to the right and you’ll catch the scenic views of vast rice fields and the Laguna lake.The scenic drive to Tanay along the National Highway in Rizal Province.

Daranak Falls is located deep into the mountains from the National Road; you can still bring your cars as there’s plenty of parking space right at the entrance of the park (they’ll charge around P30 for the parking fee).
Parking available in Daranak Falls.

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