Located about 2 hours from Manila, the town of Tanay in Rizal province is a great destination for those who love adventure and nature tours. Here you can trek easy to medium-difficulty mountains, swim in waterfalls, go spelunking and more. Here we’ve compiled the best things to do in Tanay, Rizal.
1. Visit Tanay Church
Tanay Church (or more properly as Saint Ildefonsus of Toledo Parish Church) is one of the landmarks of Tanay. It’s a historical church built in the 1770s, featuring a traditional baroque design. The church also holds several antique artifacts.
If you’re going on a day tour in Tanay, it’s ideal to stop by Tanay Church first in your itinerary.
2. Take a refreshing dip in Daranak Falls
Daranak Falls is the top tourist attraction in Tanay. It’s a 46-meter waterfall located at the foot of the Sierra Madre mountain range. It has a wide basin where you can swim. The basin ranges from light blue to jade green in color, depending on the weather.
Daranak Falls is a popular weekend destination especially by locals living in the area. Families often come here for short picnics, as there are tables available for rent and a huge dining hall with a view of the waterfall. Younger visitors tend to stop here for a quick swim before visiting other destinations in Tanay.
Note: If you trek further, you may also visit Batlag Falls. Batlag Falls is in a private property so you will need to pay additional entrance fee per person.
Operating Hours: 8AM to 5PM
- Entrance fee: P50 (adult and children)
- Others: Rental for picnic shed – P300/picnic table – P200
3. Go spelunking in Calinawan Cave
Calinawan Cave is a historical cave where the Filipinos and Americans agreed to “end” the Spanish rule. The cave stretches from Tanay to Montalban which entails a 9-day journey, although today these passages are impassable.
Tourists can visit the first levels (levels 1 and 2) of Calinawan Cave. Further levels are accessible as well on good weather. However, these are considered more difficult. Narrow tunnels will require you to crawl on your stomach to get through.
- Entrance fee: P20
- Guide fee: P100
- Duration: For levels 1 and 2, approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour
4. Trek to the top of Nagpatong Rock Formation
Nagpatong Rock is one of the most unique rock formations you can find in the country. It consists of 2 towers facing each other. The towers seem to be made of blocks of rock piled on top of each other, hence the name “nagpatong”.
Trekking to the top of the Nagpatong Rock takes about 3-4 hours, depending on the trail condition. During rainy season, expect the path to get muddy so the trek takes a little longer.
Once you reach the summit, you will be rewarded with a great view (and photos taken from the other tower).
- Registration fee: P100 per person
- Guide fee: P500 for 1-5 people
5. Take on the longest zipline in Luzon
Ten Cents to Heaven Leisure Camp is a popular family getaway and team-building events venue in Tanay, Rizal. It offers various types of accommodation as well as activities.
One of the things you can do in Ten Cents to Heaven is take on the 1.2-km zipline, which is considered the longest zipline in Luzon. You can choose to ride the zipline sitting down or superman-style. There is also a shorter zipline available for kids.
6. Enjoy the views at Bakasyunan
Bakasyunan (or more formally Bakasyunan Resort and Conference Center) is a relaxing escape from Manila. Currently, it’s most popular for its IG corners consisting of bird nests and giant swings, which is inspired from Bali.
Aside from this, Bakasyunan also has other facilities you can enjoy including a swimming pool and team-building activities.
Bakasyunan accepts day tours and overnight stays. Book a discounted overnight stay here.
- Entrance fee: P100 per person (day tour)
7. Take photographs in Tanay Lakeshore
Before finishing your tour of Tanay, don’t forget to drop by Tanay Lakeshore. Tanay Lakeshore has a lighthouse (locally referred to as parola). It offers an impressive view of the lake and surrounding mountains and landscapes, specifically Sierra Madre Mountain Range, Mt. Makiling, Mt. Banahaw, Talim Island, and Tagaytay City.
Tanay Lakeshore is a great spot for sunrise and sunset photography.
8. Enjoy a quiet moment at Regina RICA
Regina RICA is a popular pilgrimage site in Tanay, often visited during the Holy Week. It’s a 14-hectare sanctuary featuring a statue of the Queen of the Holy Rosary.
Regina RICA is visited not only by Catholics who want to pray and meditate, but also by casual tourists who want to explore its trails. Aside from the church, you can also find a creek and three waterfalls inside the sanctuary.
- Entrance fee: None, but donations are accepted
9. Witness the sea of clouds in Treasure Mountain
If you like enjoying mountain views but don’t have the endurance or patience to do an actual trek, you can go to Treasure Mountain in Tanay.
From the entrance point, it only takes a short walk to reach the viewdeck. From here, you can witness a sea of clouds on early mornings. You can also order silog meals for only P150 so you can enjoy breakfast with a view!
Aside from the picturesque view, you can also do other activities in Treasure Mountain including ATV ride or swimming in the pool.
Day trips and overnight camping are available.
- Entrance fee: P150 per person
- Swimming fee: P150 per person
Another place with similar views is Martessem Mountain Resort.
10. Climb Mount Daraitan
Mount Daraitan is a medium-difficulty trail mountain in the heart of Sierra Madre in Tanay. It’s a popular option among mountaineers especially those living in Manila.
The trail in this mountain requires continuous ascent (assault). It takes 1.5-2 hours to reach the heart peak summit, where you can find an installed heart-shaped nest with an overlooking view of the river and surrounding mountains. It takes 3-4 hours to reach the proper summit.
After the trek, you can proceed to the Tinipak River below for a refreshing swim and wash-up.
- Guide fee: P500 for 1-5 people
- Duration: 3-4 hours to the summit
11. Stop for a merienda at Pico de Pino
Pico de Pino is a local restaurant in Tanay. It’s located along the highway, which makes it a good stop for people traveling in this area.
Pico de Pino offers indoor and outdoor dining where you can enjoy the mountain breeze. The menu consists of Filipino dishes including lomi, pansit, fresh lumpia, and more.
How to get to Tanay, Rizal
Tanay is located about 2 hours away from Manila.
There are various ways to get here, the most common is via EDSA:
- From EDSA Shaw, head to the terminal in front of Starmall and ride a van to Tanay (P70 per person). Alternatively, you may also ride a jeep (about P50 per person).
If you plan on visiting several attractions, it’s best to bring your own car or form a group and then rent a van.
Where to stay
Here are the recommended accommodations in Tanay, Rizal:
- Balay Tanay Bed and Breakfast. A bed & breakfast surrounded by tropical garden. It is close to major attractions in Tanay including Daraitan, Daranak Falls and Masungi Georeserve. Book discounted rooms here.
- Bakasyunan Resort. Modern resort with pools and IG-worthy corners. It is often called The Bali of Tanay. Book discounted rooms here.
- Ten Cents to Heaven Resort. A relaxing resort with outdoor pool and garden. This is ideal for those who want to de-stress and unwind. Book discounted rooms here.
How to book tours in Tanay
There are various tour agencies offering day tour and overnight packages in Tanay, Rizal.
Alternatively, you may also contact Tanay Tourism Office for packages.
Tanay Tourism Office: Facebook | 09989881590
That’s our list of top things to do in Tanay, Rizal! Do you have other recommendations? Let us know in the comments below!