Featured Contributor: Melody & Trevor
TayTay Falls, also known as Majayjay Falls, is one of Laguna’s best known attractions. The two story high waterfall cascades into a large pool of clear water which serves as the perfect place for swimming with family and friends. The abundant greenery surrounding the falls also provides the ideal backdrop for photo taking. If you love nature, be sure to have your cameras ready. Mother Nature certainly performed some of her best work here.
The falls have also been named ‘Imelda Falls’. Why? Ex-First Lady Imelda Marcos financed the promotion of tourism to this place. Prior to 2008, there were no marked trails and reaching the falls was a rather hard task. Thanks to the lady with the most shoes, visitors can now enjoy an easy trail to ‘TayTay falls’., aka ‘Majayjay falls’, aka ‘Imelda Falls’.
OUR VISIT TO TAYTAYFALLS
Since we were visiting with Melody’s family in Cabuyao Laguna, we opted to take family trip to Majayjay – a less expensive but equally as beautiful alternative to the popular Pagsanjan Falls.
We decided to take a private car from Cabuyao Laguna and left bright and early as to avoid heavy traffic. If you are coming from this direction, follow the national highway going to Sta. Cruz, then head east to Barangay Patimbao Road. Turn right onto Daang Bakal Road, continuing to San Luis Road. You will then need to take Magdalena-Majayjay Rd to Majayjay-Lucban Rd. Continue to Liliw Majayjay, then turn left at the junction going to Barangay Bukal. Drive straight until you reach Barangay Hall.
Once we arrived at Barangay Hall, we secured parking (50php), registered and paid our entrance fee of 20php per head. Not bad for a day of fun. (Note: price is subject to season and change).
The trek down to the falls took 10-15 minutes and the journey was rather simple. It’s a the perfect place to bring family, including children & elderly, as the hike is not as tedious as most. A concrete path will lead you directly to the falls. Our favorite parts about the hike: Breathing in fresh air, observing all the nature around us, and snacking on some fresh chicharron made by a local vendor (there are many vendors in the area selling water and tasty snacks).
After researching photos of TayTay Falls on online, we could hardly wait to see the real thing. The kiddies were equally as excited, especially Bastie – Melody’s godson.
Once we arrived, we were enchanted with the beauty of our surroundings. The falls were powerful due to the recent rains and we were surrounded by lots of green. The pool of water was crystal clear and the rocks on the bottom floor reflected tints of gold.
Note: The water runs down from Mt Banahaw and is VERY cold. This was one downside, although, it did not stop us from jumping in and enjoying a nice afternoon swim. (Caution: be careful when standing on the pool perimeter as pictured above. One slip and you could land yourself on some pretty jagged rocks below).
– THINGS TO BRING –
- Swimsuit / boardshorts
- Extra clothes (there is a restroom near the falls if you need a quick change)
- Food / Snacks
- Bug Repellant
- Floaties for the kiddos (the water is somewhat deep)
- Bring trash bags for wet clothes + trash
- Extra cash (for entrance fee + snacks)
- Optional: Water Shoes
- Waterproof camera / Go Pro
- Waterproof cases for your gadgets/electronics.
– OTHER HELPFUL TIPS –
- Avoid visiting the area when it is raining to avoid flash flooding.
- It’s best to arrive early in the morning as the place can get really crowded, especially during peak season.
- While the trail is generally safe, we would not consider it PWD friendly. If you are disabled, or are bringing someone with a disability, make sure a guide is present to assist with the journey to the falls.
- Watch your footing when making your way across rocks. They are slippery and movable.
- Be cautious of the critters around you. Keep in mind that this is a forest filled with animals and insects.
- There is no cell phone coverage in the area. Be sure to make all your phone calls ahead of time.
- Do not leave your valuables unattended.
- Child supervision is a must. The pool is surrounded by a thin ledge that drops down to jagged rocks. Ensure the kiddies wear water shoes as to prevent slip and falls + keep a watchful eye at all times.
Our trip to TayTay Falls was nothing short of amazing. Whether you simply take in the views or go for a swim, you will have a great time.
The water is COLD. Don’t say we didn’t tell you so :)