Batlag Falls is only about a ten-minute walk from Daranak Falls, and can only be accessed via Daranak Falls. The walking track from Daranak Falls is reasonably well maintained and safe for walking. Batlag Falls is one of the most amazing waterfalls I have ever seen. Batlag Falls isn’t just one waterfall; there are several waterfalls of varying size and strength, which really must be seen to be believed.

The whole area of Batlag Falls is just like a series of waterfalls falling from the top of a set of rocks, that are about 30-40 metres wide. The waterfalls cascade into two basins – one is around 4-5 feet deep while the other is around 12-14 feet deep. The shallower one has a larger swimming area and a couple bigger and wider waterfalls, while the deeper one has a narrower higher waterfall.

We spent a good couple of hours there having a relaxing picnic lunch and then chilled out in the pools at the base of the waterfalls. We went on a Saturday so it was quite busy, but if you went on a weekday, you would have this whole paradise to yourself. Words can’t do any more justice for these amazing falls, so check out the pics:

A panoramic view of the main waterfall from the mid level, just above the picnic area. Not a bad place to have lunch eh?

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The narrower, but just as spectacular waterfall leading into the deeper basin. Only recommended for good swimmers and those that are more adventurous.

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A truly majestic waterfall. The water cascading gently down the rock face evokes such a relaxing atmosphere.

Cost:

Entrance fee for Batlag Falls is P100.

How to get there

Batlag Falls (and Daranak Falls) is about 70 kms from Makati, which by car, is just over two hours. There are plenty of signs for Daranak Falls along the way, which is unusual for the Philippines. You could hire a car for the day from Makati for about P5,000.

For those without a car, from Starmall in Mandaluyong, there is an FX/van Terminal on Shaw Boulevard. From there you can ride an FX/van bound for Tanay, Rizal for P70. The van stops at the Tanay Public Market and the travel time is about 1.5–2hrs. From Tanay Public Market, you can hire a tricycle going to Daranak Falls (Batlag Falls) for about P100 one way.

Dezza´s Tip

If you took my tip from Calinawan Cave and Daranak Falls, you will have also taken in Batlag Falls in the same trip. Therefore, my tip for Batlag Falls is to do Calinawan Cave and Daranak Falls first, and then hire a picnic table and have your lunch at this remarkably beautiful waterfall. The table costs around P300 and also gives you a place to put your belongings so you can keep your eye on them a little more easily.