Not all paths are difficult to take. There are paths that are easy. You just have to find them just like the Tamaraw Waterfalls. You don’t need to hike and cross rivers just to see a beautiful waterfalls.
The Tamaraw Waterfalls, situated at Brgy. Villaflor, Puerto Galera, is easily accessible. Imagine, you’re on a roadtrip to Calapan, Mindoro. Suddenly, you see this beauty just beside the road. It’s such a picturesque sight that you would want to stop your vehicle and have your photo taken with the flowing water as the backdrop.
The Tamaraw Waterfalls, which stands at 432 feet above sea level, was named after the small hoofed animal which is endemic to Mindoro. The water flowing off the rocks resembled the v-shaped hooves of the Tamaraw.
Weekenders can take a dip in the pool which is just across the bridge. There are also tables in the area where families or group of friends can enjoy picnics. Entrance fee for adults is Php 20. For the kids, you pay half the price of Php 10.00.
The Tamaraw Falls is named as the cleanest and greenest inland bodies of water in the province of Oriental Mindoro (Source: Puerto Galera Tourism).
HOW TO GET TO TAMARAW WATERFALLS:
- From Buendia, Taft, Manila, ride a bus bound for Batangas City Pier (Ceres Bus). Fare is Php 166 ($ 3.89).
- When you get to Batangas City Pier, ride an outrigger boat to Muelle Port, Puerto Galera. (Recommended: Minolo Shipping Lines) Fare is Php 180.00 ($4.21).
- From Poblacion, you can take either the jeepney going to Calapan or the van. For the van, pay a fare of Php 100 ($ 2.34).
- Prepare for rough waves when going to Puerto Galera. Summer time (March -May) is the best time to go.
- Ingest tablet for nausea before the trip.
- The road to Tamaraw Waterfalls is paved but it is a long and winding road. So in case of motion sickness, bring a plastic bag where you can throw out.
- There are stores near the falls where you can buy snacks. You can also buy a tablet for nausea. Yes, the vendors know that one can get dizzy with the road.
- Puerto Galera Tourism Information- +63 (043) 287-3051
- Oriental Mindoro Tourism Division- +63 (043) 441-0306 /286- 7046
- Department of Tourism, Region IV- +63 2 524-1528
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org