A Mom’s Road Trip to Daranak Falls on an Impulse

After finding out that there was no daily load of work, I sat in thought thinking about what to do for the rest of day. Rain has been falling more often these past weeks, a sign that summer is almost over. This day though seemed to be a sunny one so might as well take advantage of the good weather. Another road trip would be nice before vacation ends with the intention of course of shooting nature images. I thought of the fish pens in Laguna de Bay, along the C6 highway in Taguig via Bicutan, would be a nice route to travel. I told hubby before he left for work that since I didn’t have work that day, I’ll be taking the kids out for for a road trip along this route.

I googled more to find out what other places could be seen and all were directed towards Rizal. Finally, I read about the blogs on Daranak Falls and Batlag Falls in Tanay. On google map, it says it’s just about 1.5 hours away, but I knew that wasn’t accurate. Still, adding another hour to the journey wasn’t such a bad idea. But I knew that if I’d call hubby and tell him where we were heading, his answer would be a big, fat NO. I just comforted myself with the fact that I did tell him that we were going to see the fish pens along C6, which was partially true. I will have to bear the consequence of his wrath when we get home. But for now, on with the adventure 🙂

The roads to Tanay were good with a lot of trees along the highway and the view was really nice especially along the winding roads. My daughter said that the mountains of Tanay looked similar to the pictures of the mountains in Europe. It was really scenic. There were roads that were quite steep but my lil’ ‘ol 96 hatchback didn’t fail me.


The bridge leading to Daranak Falls

We finally arrived at Daranak Falls at 12pm after 2.5 hours. We decided to eat our packed lunch in the parking area so that we didn’t have to bring too much stuff up the stairs. The entrance fee was only P20 per adult and P15 for kids while the table costs 150, the picnic hut was P300.

Daranak Falls was really beautiful and there were numerous shallow plunge pools and little streams stemming from the falls. The water wasn’t cold at all which made it perfect.
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We stayed in the lower part where it was shallow so it would be safer for the kids. This is the area where you’d see the hundreds of rock balancing formations. The kids really enjoyed the pool basins in the river doing their own rock balancing, even my 4-year-old was able to make his own tiny tower.


The stones here are perfect for rock balancing…we tried doing our own and it was fun!


My little having a swell time

While the kids were enjoying their dip, I went around to take some photos. There was a 5-minute trail up which led to another waterfall, Batlag Falls, with an entrance fee of P100. This is the place where Enteng Kabisote/Okay ka Fairy ko where done. It was also nice though smaller.


Leading to Batlag Falls

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The kids and I really enjoyed a lot. It was both bonding time and a nice adventure all together. The bonus part is I only spent P400 for the entrance fee, table, sari-sari store plus gas and toll on this little adventure trip of ours planned on an impulse.


Hubby got home ahead of us and was silently mad at me. I apologized. I knew I deserved this treatment but it’s okay because it was all worth it 🙂 He used my car the following day and left it at the repair shop to have the air con “checked” and left me without a car for a week. Talk about coincidence and punishment.


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