When one hears about Puerto Galera, the first thing that comes to mind is the beach. While it is true that tourists usually come there for an island getaway, there’s more to Puerto Galera than the White Beach. Unknown to many, there are unspoiled and unexplored sites in town. One of these is the Tamaraw Falls.
Located at Barangay Villaflor, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Tamaraw Falls stands at 423 feet and never fails to impress its visitors. It is as tall as a 5-storey building. The waterfall has unique Y-shape dropping waters because of the twin falls merging together. It is also covered with lush greens and facing the mountains. For anyone who needs a break from the sand and saltwater, Tamaraw Falls is the perfect place to be!
Unlike other falls, it is very easy to get to Tamaraw Falls because you don’t need to hike or trek over the mountains or forests to see its beauty. From the highway, you can already see its dramatic waters falling to its pool. But if you want to see it up close, you will need to pay for the Tamaraw Falls entrance fee which is really affordable.
Tamaraw Waterfalls History
The falls got its name from a species of buffalo called “tamaraw” which is endemic in Mindoro. The tamaraw resembles the carabao but it is smaller with shorter horns that grow upward in a “V” form.
Years ago, the province was home to so many tamaraws but as the environment changed—and as humans interrupted the tamaraws’ territory—the species started to decrease and soon became one of the Philippines’ critically endangered species.
According to the survey of the Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. (MBCFI), a tamaraw was last seen on Mt. Calavite in 1992. And in 2019, after 27 years, the elusive tamaraw was seen again at Mt. Calavite Wildlife Sanctuary (MCWS) in Paluan town.
Tamaraw Falls Entrance Fee
Adult – P30
Children – P15
Cottages – P140
Tables – P30
It is open from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
How to get to Tamaraw Falls
As mentioned above, the Tamaraw Waterfalls is easily accessible as it is beside the main road in Barangay Villaflor. To see it up close, it will take you about 30 to 45 minutes.
From Manila, take the Batangas-bound buses to the Batangas City pier. From there, ride the super ferry boats bound for Calapan or those bound for Puerto Galera. Once you arrive at Calapan, there are jeepneys and vans plying the capital from the neighboring towns. Tell the driver to drop you to Tamaraw Falls.
You may also rent a tricycle going to the falls. This is a better option for those who are not in a rush or have a flexible time. The driver can also do stopovers at other tourist sites you’ll pass through along the way.
By private car
From Manila, go to Batangas City Pier and opt for the RORO ferry bound for Calapan so you can bring your car to Puerto Galera. You can drive from Calapan to Tamaraw Falls for about 45 minutes.