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

a tamaraw eating grass

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

Accommodation

Cottages – P140

Tables – P30

It is open from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

How to get to Tamaraw Falls

view of tamaraw falls from the main road

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.

By commute

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.

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Being a tropical country, the Philippines is home to many wondrous attractions; from pristine beaches to majestic waterfalls. And in Cateel, Davao Oriental lies a charming wonder of nature just waiting to be discovered by you—Aliwagwag Falls.

Known for its staircase-like boulders, Aliwagwag Falls has become a top tourist destination in the province. This picturesque 84-tiered falls with more than 130 cascades stands at 1,110 feet making it the highest waterfall in the Philippines. 

The Story of Aliwagwag Falls Eco Park

long exposure shot of aliwagwag falls

According to some locals, folklore has it that Aliwagwag Falls is a gift of the gods to the Mandaya Tribe of Cateel. It is their source of living and fountain of their lives.

Before it was developed, there were no roads and no trails in the area. The only way to get there was by riding a boat passing the Cateel River. 

In 2012, Cateel was greatly hit by Typhoon Pablo and Aliwagwag Falls was not spared. The forest surrounding the river was almost unrecognizable. But through the help of the government and locals, it is now back to its full glory. Lush vegetation can now be seen on both of its sides, adding beauty to the waterfall.

The government of Davao Oriental collects a minimal entrance fee for the maintenance of the Aliwagwag Falls Eco Park. Thanks to social media, Aliwagwag has seen an influx of tourists who also want to witness its natural charm. It has also been included among the 94 National Integrated Protected Areas placed under government protection.

Entrance fee

Adult – P50

Children – P10

Table and Chair Rental – P75 to P100

Things to do in Aliwagwag Falls Eco Park

signage of aliwagwag falls eco park

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

The Aliwagwag Falls Eco Park offers a trail going up and the left side of the falls. Don’t worry, the activity fees are budget-friendly! Here are the top 3 things you can do at Aliwagwag Eco Park.

1. Zipline – P200

For those who want some adrenaline rush and view the waterfall from above, you can enjoy the 680-meter long, 180 feet high zip line strung across the Cateel River.

2. Swimming

What’s a tour to a waterfall without enjoying its water right? Enjoy the best views of Aliwagwag while swimming to its cool and refreshing water. Take also a picture of every cascade you can reach that is totally perfect for your Instagram feed! And when you get hungry, don’t worry. You can either bring food in the area or just buy from the stores there.

3. Monkey Bridge – P50

Afraid of heights but still want to feel the thrill? You can opt for the Monkey Bridge instead! The 45-meter long Monkey Bridge that spans the width of the falls, made up of literally three pieces of rope held together by a little more rope, will swing as you cross, and the view of the falls quickly rushing by beneath you will unnerve even the steeliest of you.

If you want to experience both the bridge and the zip line can pay P225 for the two activities, saving you a little money!

How to get there

There are direct flights from Manila going to Davao City and Aliwagwag is seven (7) hours away from Davao City. From Davao, take a bus to Mati City. Then ride a van going to Cateel town proper. From downtown Cateel, ride a habal-habal going to the highway where Aliwagwag is nearest. It’s about a 30-minute ride. 

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