Adventure Awaits You In Tanay: Top 12 Things To Do In Tanay, Rizal - Updated 2021

Adventure Awaits You In Tanay: Top 12 Things To Do In Tanay, Rizal - Updated 2021
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Tanay, in the province of Rizal, is the newest adventure destination in the Philippines. Only a few hours away from Metro Manila, this town is fast becoming the go-to place for weekend adventurers. It offers so many outdoor activities, not only for newbie adventurers but also for outdoor sports veterans. If you do not want to get physical, there are other things to do in Tanay, Rizal that will allow you to commune with nature. After you’ve found the best staycation spots or Airbnbs for your accommodation needs, check out our list below!

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1. Outdoor adventure: climb Mt. Daraitan

Summit Mt. Daraitan
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Mt. Daraitan is located in the Sierra Madre Mountain range and borders the towns of Tanay and General Nakar in nearby the Quezon Province. It is only a few hours away from the metro, good enough for a day hike or an overnight hike with camping. Newbie trekkers will like this trail as getting to the summit will only take between 2.5 hours to 4 hours, depending on one’s pace. This trek is usually done at the same time as exploring Tinipak River.

Daraitan is an ecotourism site that is managed by the local village through a system of local guides. The meeting point is at the Daraitan village center where visitors are required to register and get local guides. The trail is well-maintained, and majestic limestone rock formations await you. Tinipak River, which can be explored after the trek, also features large marble and limestone rocks in the river.

Mt. Daraitan

Address: Brgy. Daraitan, Tanay, Rizal

Price: environmental fee 0.50 USD per person; guide fee for day hike (10 persons max) 10 USD; guide fee for overnight hike 25 USD.

Opening Hours: 6 am onwards

Duration: around 8 hours required for day hike

Access: From Tanay town center, take a tricycle to Brgy. Daraitan

Contact: +63 917 4183004

2. Refresh yourself at Daranak Falls

Daranak Falls (Rizal)
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Long before Tanay became an adventure destination, it was known for its waterfalls such as the Daranak Falls. Located at the foot of the Sierre Madre Mountain range, this 14-meter (~46 ft) waterfall offers a refreshing respite from the heat, making it a popular destination during the summer. The falls is maintained by the local municipal government. It is also a popular place for families and friends during weekends to stop for picnics, so if you want the falls to yourself, the best days to go a weekday. The fall’s catch basin makes a perfect spot for a dip.

Daranak Falls

Address: Brgy. Tadyang Kuyo, Tanay, Rizal

Price: entrance fee of 1 USD for adults; children under 3 years free; picnic table rental 4 USD; picnic gazebo rental 6 USD

Opening Hours: 8 am - 5 pm. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: From the town center, take a tricycle to Daranak Falls.

Contact: +63 2736 1059

3. Marvel at Batlag Falls

Batlag double falls
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If the crowds at Daranak Falls overwhelm you, you can choose to move to another nearby waterfall, Batlag Falls. You can reach this falls by a 10-minute walk. It is owned by a private company so it charges a large entrance fee of 2 USD per person. The smaller Batlag Falls has fewer visitors and it has picnic facilities. Like Daranak, its falls and their catch basins are fed by cool mountain water from the Sierra Madre. If you want to take a dip or simply enjoy a quiet time in nature, Batlag is the place for you.

Batlag Falls

Address: Brgy. Tadyang Kuyo, Tanay, Rizal

Price: entrance fee 2 USD

Opening Hours: 8 am - 5 pm.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: Take a tricycle to Daranak, then hike the rest of the way

Website: Batlag Falls

4. Enjoy the view from Parola Lighthouse

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The Parola is the Spanish word for “lighthouse” and this one in Tanay was built in the 1950s. It is strategically located on the shore of Laguna Lake in the village of San Isidro, where a dike was also constructed. The lighthouse still functions as a lighthouse, but it also offers a scenic, 360 degree view of the Laguna Lake and part of Tanay town. Visitors are allowed to climb up the lighthouse to admire the view, but the number of visitors is limited due to space. The best times to go to the lighthouse is during sunrise or sunset.

Parola Lighthouse

Address: Brgy. San Isidro, Tanay, Rizal

Price: no admission fee

Opening Hours: 5 am - 7 pm.

Duration: around 2 hours required

Access: Take a tricycle from the town center.

5. Contemplate at Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia

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Devotees of the Virgin Mary frequent this center, thus making it a favorite pilgrimage destination. The Regina Rosarii Institute, however, is not only open to those of the Catholic faith, but also to anyone who wishes to take some time to contemplate and meditate. Its facilities offer opportunities for visitors to commune with nature, to pray, and contemplate. It also organizes special events and seminars that focus on contemplation and prayer. You can also choose explore the complex and its many trails.

Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia

Address: Sitio Aguho, Brgy. Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal

Price: no entrance fee

Opening Hours: 8 am - 5 pm. Closed on Tuesdays.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Contact: +632 985 3878

Website: Regina RICA

6. Appreciate history: visit the San Ildefonso Church

Tanay Church facade 2
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The formal name of this National Cultural Treasure is Saint Ildefonsus of Toledo Parish Church. Commonly called Tanay Church, it was built in 1773 and finished 10 years later in 1783. Its Baroque architecture makes the church look like a massive fortress. The church’s main attraction is its stunning Stations of the Cross, which Catholics venerate during the Lenten Season. The stations are carved in wood, depicting scenes with figures that are more Malay looking than Spanish looking. These are found encased in glass on each side of the church. No entrance fee is required and the church is usually open from the dawn mass onwards.

7. Explore greater heights at Masungi Georeserve

A white net canopy bridge at Masungi Georeserve.
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In the nearby town of Baras, you will find the Masungi Georeserve, one of the well-known Tanay tourist spots that provides a one-of-a-kind experience that is good for small groups such as families and friends.This is not for the faint of heart, however, as it requires walking on rope trails and hanging bridges. The trail takes about 3 to 4 hours to complete, taking you from a unique cob-web like platform, two peaks, an air house, and a cactus garden, all through trails that bring you closer to nature. The trail is only open to small groups and a reservation at least one week in advance is required. A park ranger serves as a guide through the discovery trail.

Masungi Georeserve

Address: Kilometer 47, Marcos Highway, Baras, Rizal

Price: during weekdays, 30 USD per person; during weekends, 36 USD per person.

Opening Hours: Depending on guest arrangements

Duration: around 3 to 4 hours required.

Contact: [email protected]

Website: Masungi Georeserve

8. Adventure galore at Tanay Adventure Camp

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The Tanay Adventure Camp is the place to go if you are serious about adventure and the outdoors. With its motto, “Building Character Through Adventure,” it aims to instil a love for adventure sports while at the same time teaching leadership and teamwork skills. Its outdoor activities include basic and advanced mountaineering, wall climbing, rappelling, paragliding, paintball, high ropes, zip line, and much more. Team building activities are usually organized here to enhance teamwork and collaboration within groups. Accommodations are also available and can cater to small families or groups to large groups.

Tanay Adventure Camp

Address: Sitio Malaanonang, Brgy. Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal

Price: entrance fee 1 USD per person for day trip; additional 2 USD overnight stay; guests can rent a tent or stay in any of the accommodation options; camp activities also have corresponding fees

Opening Hours: 8 am - 5 pm.

Duration: around 4 hours required.

Contact: +632 533 9998 / 664 5720

Website: Tanay Adventure Camp

9. Exploring Calinawan Cave

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Still don’t know where to go in Tanay? Calinawan Cave is a complex cave system that consists of several layers that visitors can explore for hours. Exploring this cave can be done in conjunction with Daranak or Batlag Falls because it is also located in Barangay Tandang Kutyo. The cave has a historical significance because it used to be a hideout for revolutionaries. The cave’s name whose root word is “linaw” also indicates that Japanese and American troops used to settle their differences or misunderstanding in these caves. Aside from its role in history, the cave itself is naturally beautiful with its chambers and rock formations.

Calinawan Cave

Address: Calinawan Road, Brgy. Tadyang Kutyo, Tanay, Rizal

Price: entrance fee, 0.50 USD; one hour services of a guide, 4 USD

Duration: around 1 to 3 hours required, depending on how many layers you would like to explore

10. Outdoor adventure: Nagpatong Rock

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It’s not a secret anymore that Tanay, Rizal is a goldmine of outdoor attractions. Another one of those is Nagpatong Rock, which is a famous rock formation that’s been a staple for weekend adventurers in town. Nagpatong Rock derives its name from the Filipino word “nagpatong,” meaning stacked together, because that’s exactly what this rock formation looks like: rocks stacked together! Hikers say that Nagpatong Rock is ideal for beginners, and it only takes about an hour to climb the top. Challenge accepted!

Nagpatong Rock

Address: Tanay, Rizal

11. Go camping at Treasure Mountain

The Sea of Clouds at Treasure Mountain
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Hiking Treasure Mountain is a truly special experience. Once you reach the top, you will be welcomed with an otherworldly view of the mountain ranges of Sierra Madre. We highly recommend that you don’t only hike to the mountain but also spend some time camping, so that you can fully take in your surroundings. You may choose to pitch a tent or rent a cottage. At Treasure Mountain, you will feel tall and infinite, with the clouds imitating cotton candies that seems to be just within your reach.

Treasure Mountain

Address: Sitio Maysawa, Brgy. Cuyambay, Tanay, 1980 Rizal

Website: Treasure Mountain

12. Dine at Pico de Pino Cafe & Restaurant

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Early risers heading out for a day of adventure in Tanay must first stop at Pico de Pino Cafe & Restaurant for some coffee to perk themselves up or for a full, hearty breakfast! Filipinos love their savory breakfast, and silog (fried rice and egg) meals are one of the bestsellers at this restaurant. Of course, you’ll find other mouth-watering dishes, such as crispy pata, kare-kare, special bulalo, and many more. The restaurant is open until 8pm every day, so hop in anytime for a fulfilling meal!

Pico de Pino Cafe & Restaurant

Address: Brgy. Cuyambay, Marikina-Infanta Highway, Tanay, Rizal

Website: Pico de Pino Cafe & Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon: 6:30am - 8pm; Tue: 6am - 8pm; Wed: 6:30am - 8pm; Thu: 6am - 8pm; Fri: 6:30am - 8pm; Sat - Sun: 6am - 8pm

Become an adventure junkie when you visit Tanay

With what Tanay in the Philippines has to offer, casual adventure sports lovers may just become serious ones. And it may very well change the way families and friends spend their time together — with more outdoor activities and more time for bonding. Now that you know what to do in Tanay, Rizal, don’t wait any longer. Pack your bags and go on adventures!

Frequently asked questions about things to do in Tanay, Rizal

1. What are the best attractions to visit in Tanay, Rizal?

Daranak Falls is one of the best attractions in Tanay, even before the town gained popularity as an adventure destination. Batlag Falls and Parola Lighthouse are also two of the best spots in town!

2. What are the best outdoor activities in Tanay, Rizal?

Tanay is famously known for outdoor adventures. You can climb Mt. Daraitan to begin your journey, and add walking on hanging bridges at Masungi Georeserve, exploring Calinawan Cave, and hiking Nagpatong Rock to your list!

3. What are the most popular things to do in Tanay, Rizal with kids and family?

Tanay may be an intimidating destination for travelers with children due to its extreme outdoor attractions, but the most popular things to do for families are camping at Treasure Mountain and going for a picnic at Daranak Falls. Tanay Adventure Camp is also a great campground with activities suitable for kids.

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