Have you been meaning to go to the TINIPAK RIVER and CAVE in Rizal? Here's a quick travel journal to help you plan ahead, then! :)
"Congrats guys, hindi tayo drawing today, ah."
I swear that statement was repeated over fifteen times that day. Two weeks ago, we (with my sorority sisters, Marga, Shane, and Bekai) finally went to Barangay Daraitan (Rizal) together, and true enough, yes, natuloy talaga lakad namin at hindi kami drawing.
The best part of it all? The trip was really affordable. There will be a complete breakdown of our expenses at the end of this post.
HOW TO GET TO TINIPAK RIVER,
BARANGAY DARAITAN VIA PUBLIC TRANSPORT
2. Tricycle to Barangay Daraitan (1 hour) (500 pesos/ 4pax)
3. Tricycle from Barangay Daraitan to River (15 minutes) (15 per person)
We met up at EDSA Starmall around 8:30AM, and we got to Tanay around 10:00 AM. When we arrived at the terminal, we went inside an office to register our names and to choose our tricycle.
(A group of trike drivers kept following us around afterwards, and I swear I laughed out loud when I said, "Wow first time kong maka experience nang pinag aagawan ng lalake!" Hahahahaha).
Eventually, we chose one guy who offered us a ride to Barangay Daraitan for only 400 pesos.
It took us an hour to get there, and since the ride was long and the road rocky, we decided to pay our guy PHP 500 instead.
At 11:00 AM, we registered at the jump-off point and got ourselves a tour guide (aka Kuya Oliver)! Kuya Oliver was an awesome guy. He was really patient with us and he was the one who took all of our amazing photos. Neat, huh?
Anyway, from here, you can also rent headlights. I DO INSIST that you do so if you plan to go inside the cave. You can rent one for only PHP 30.
Here are Barangay Daraitan's regulations for tourists:
PHP 20- Environmental fee (each person)
PHP 750- Tour Guide Fee for Night Trek (1AM to 4AM)
PHP 500- Tour Guide Free for Day Hike
PHP 1250- Tour Guide Fee (Over Night)
PHP 500- Photo Shoot (non-commercial, debut, pre-nup, hobbyists with mode and equipment)
(5) Five visitors= (1) one tour guide for mountain climbing activity
(10) Ten visitors= (1) one tour guide for river trekking and caving activity
Tanay Tourism Office:
0998 988 1590
*Prices may change without prior notice
The hike to the cave was relatively easy, but expect a lot of climbing and slippery rocks. (Bring lots of water cause you'll be walking long hours under the sun).
Nearing the end of the trek, we were asked to pay PHP 20 as registration. This is because there is an ongoing dispute between Daraitan and General Nakar on which side Tinipak really belonged to, thus, tourists are asked to pay separate fees.
As mentioned earlier, you will be needing headlights to see inside the cave (nope, the light from your iPhone won't be powerful enough inside). It's very (very) slippery inside, so you have to be extra careful. The caving fee is PHP5.
It took us 40 minutes to get to the end of the cave, where you can swim and relax in a small and cold lagoon the locals call, "the jacuzzi".
After caving, we trekked to the river to take a nice swim after a long, hot day.
The temperature of the water was just right. It was the perfect end to a tiring hike.
Lol. These pictures do not do the place justice; Tinipak River was absolutely breathtaking!!
We were lucky because we went there on a Thursday, which was why we were the only tourists in the place. Locals informed us that on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, Daraitan was often jam packed with so much people.
After a delightful swim in the river, we trekked back and stopped in a sari-sari store along the way. There, we took a bath (we paid a shower fee of PHP 20), freshened up, and had merienda.
The trek back was just as beautiful! <3
Here's a breakdown of our expenses (food not included)
Van to Tanay- PHP 70
Tricycle to Barangay Daraitan- PHP 500 (100 per person)
Environmental fee for Barangay Daraitan- PHP 20
Headlights rental- PHP 30
Caving fee- PHP 5
Tricycle from Barangay Daraitan to river- PHP 15 per person
Registration fee for General Nakar- PHP 20
Tour Guide- PHP 500 (100 per person)
Shower fee- PHP 20
Tricycle from Barangay Daraitan to Tanay- PHP 500 (100 per person)
Van - PHP 70
Total expenses per person: PHP 550
Aaaand here's a quick video of the day's highlights: watch it HERE.
Do not be a stranger in your own country! Go ahead and explore the beauty Philippines has to offer. :) #thewandererwonders