Best Waterfall Near Manila!

Hulugan Falls is one of the many, little-known waterfalls in the country among foreign tourists. However, is becoming massively popular with locals. It won’t be long until it catches on as a destination for all to experience and enjoy.

Located on the other side of the mountain range from its more famous cousin, Pagsanjan Falls, Hulugan Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls I have seen in the Philippines. The hike to get there takes about an hour and a half and although not too difficult, it is awkward.

At the time we were there, the road was still in the process of being paved. This only took you about half the way to the waterfalls from the registration area. Therefore, you needed to take a dirt track for more than half the trek. The track contained a lot of clay which when wet, made it like walking on ice.

Close to Manila

Once you reach the end of the trail, you face a steep decline down to the bottom of the waterfalls. This is quite rocky and difficult to negotiate, but there are bamboo railings to hold onto to make it a bit easier. This takes about 15mins to make it down, but once you get there, it is well worth the effort.

It was a Saturday when we went there. There were so many locals there, I was absolutely amazed! This was a place I had not heard of at all. This was truly a well-kept local secret considering how close it is to Manila. This place will really take off once the road has been completed. This will make access even easier and attractive.

You need to register and pay P10 upon arrival, and a guide will then be assigned to you. In true Pinoy fashion, the guide only earns his income through tips. Therefore, a tip of P300 for the whole trek is acceptable.

The rocky path down to the bottom of Hulugan falls

The rocky path down to the bottom of the falls. It was actually harder going down than it was coming back up. You need to be fairly fit to take on the path, but it’s not too difficult.

A view of Hulugan falls through the trees

A view of the waterfalls through the trees, about halfway down the mountainside. I had well and truly earned myself a beer by this stage!

Absolutely amazing view of Hulugan Falls

Absolutely amazing view of this incredible waterfall. This is arguably the best waterfall I have seen in the Philippines. In terms of height, width and strength of water flow – it was as close to perfect as you can get.

You can see how small we look compared to Hulugan Falls

You can see our group in the middle and how small we look compared to the waterfall itself, and the surrounding gorge. It really was awe-inspiring and swimming there, in the clear cool water, doesn’t get much better.

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How to get there

Hulugan Falls are located in Barangay San Salvador, in Luisiana, Laguna. From Makati to the main drop off area, it’s approximately 110kms and takes about 3.5hrs going via Calamba and Sta. Cruz.

You can take a bus from Buendia in Makati or Taft Ave in Pasay to Sta. Cruz which will cost no more than P200, and take about 3hrs. From Sta. Cruz you then need to take a Jeepney to Luisiana which will take under one hour and cost less than P50.
There is a huge Tarpaulin for Hulugan Falls on the right hand side, so it’s pretty easy to find the jump off/registration area.

Dezza´s Tip

Pack yourself a picnic and spend the whole day there. There are plenty of places to set yourself up and just spend a day swimming, relaxing and taking in the beauty and wonder of the place. Travel lightly though as the track down for the last 15 mins is tricky.