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.
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