Pililla & Tanay, Rizal: The Perfect Roadtrip Date Near Manila

Someone needed a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy city of Manila + ย the skies seem a little too friendly, thus vacationing by car is more appealing than ever.

Where to?

From Antipolo, to Pililla, then Tanay!! -just 2 hours away from Manila!!!! ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿš™๐Ÿš•



ย 1ST STOP: Pililla Windmills

No need to travel far to Ilocos Norte to see the Bangui Windmills, since we have one just a couple of hours away from Manila! (Fact: both the windmills in Ilocos and Pililla are under the same company.)

READ MORE:ย Our Roadtrip Date: The Windmill, Pililla Rizal

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You can overlook the amazing plains of Tanay Rizal and Laguna on opposite sides, as well as the majestic Laguna de Bay.

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What to do:

  • Sight Seeing
  • Sip and chill inside the Milk Tea stall (forgot the brand)
  • Rent a Kubo nearby and relax

Expenses: None (since there is no entrance fee)

How to get there:ย 

  • From Manila
  1. Take the road off to Laguna passing through Antipolo to Tanay to Halayhayin Pillila. (Isang daanan lang from Halaylayin to Windmill so less chance of being misled)
  2. There, you can already pass through the entrance of the place (left side besh)


2nd stop: Calinawan Cave

From Pililla, we’re now off to Tanay!!

Calinawan Cave, is a 5 layer cave which needs a 45-60mnts walk to cover the 1st 2 layers. The other layers are not accessible due to the rainy season. The cave is dark asf, so you need flashlights to be able to explore inside!

 

The view of the inside of the cave is something that you can behold. Also, this cave has interesting stories which relates to our history. (Will blog about this soon)

 

What to do:

  • Spelunking

Expenses:

  • Entrance Fee: 20pesos
  • Tour Guide Fee: 200 pesos
  • No parking fee

How to get there:

  • From Manila

Option 1:

  1. Take the Manila East Road passing through towns of Angono, Binangonan, Cardona, Morong and Baras before reaching Tanay.
  2. From Tanay, go to Sampaloc Road
  3. Keep Driving until you see the sign “Daranak Falls” & “Calinawan Cave”

Option 2:

  1. Take Marcos Highway and pass by upper Antipolo
  2. Keep driving until you reach Baras, then tanay
  3. From Tanay, go to Sampaloc Road
  4. Keep Driving until you see the sign “Daranak Falls” & “Calinawan Cave”
  • From Pililla
  1. Take the ONLY WAY passing through Halaylayin Pililla (oo bes isa lang daan nyan)
  2. From Halaylayin, once you see a V shape road, keep right until you reach the intersection going to Sampaloc Road
  3. From Sampaloc Road, keep Driving until you see the sign “Daranak Falls” & “Calinawan Cave”

3rd stop: Daranak Falls

 

Daranak Falls is just super nearย from Calinawan Cave! We’ve been here for the nth time already, and for the nth time, this place amazes us!

^ The place features a mini cliff dive spot, around 13 ft i guess. However, due to the rainy season, the current of the falls is too strong thats why we were not allowed to jump ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

^ Daranak is a huge place. If you still have time, you can explore around and get to discover the extension of the falls, Daranak River.

What to do:

  • Swim
  • Cliff Diving
  • Chill

Expenses:

  • Entrance Fee: 50php
  • Rent of Salbabida (optional): 40php
  • Parking Fee: 40php
  • Cottage Fee (optional): 200php

How to get there:

  • See instructions above (yung kay Calinawan Cave hehe)

4thย Stop: Parola Lighthouse

Just a couple of minutes away from Daranak lies a hidden beauty inside Tanay proper, Parola! It wasn’t that tall but it has its unique beauty as to compare to other lighthouses.

We heard that you can climb this spiral staircase to witness a 360-degree view of Tanay and Laguna de Bay. However when we were there, there was no one operating and the door of the staircase was lock ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The view around the place is so relaxing! You can also experience a quick tour in this place using boats for just 20 pesos!

Expenses:

  • No entrance fee
  • Boar fee: 20php/head

How to get there:

  • From Manila

Option 1:

  • Take the Manila East Road passing through towns of Angono, Binangonan, Cardona, Morong and Baras before reaching Tanay.
  • From Tanay, just ask the locals the directions

Option 2:

  • Take Marcos Highway and pass by upper Antipolo
  • Keep driving until you reach Baras, then tanay
  • From Tanay, just ask the locals the directions

 


Some of you are wondering what if you dont have the benefit of a car and just have to commute?

HOW TO COMMUTE:

TO PILILLA:

>From Cubao Terminal

  • From Cubao terminal, ride a jeep bound to Cogeo
  • ย In Cogeo gate 2, ride a jeep going to Sampaloc, Tanay. Tell the driver to drop you off the intersection in Sampaloc
  • From the intersection, ride a tricycle going to Pililla Windmills! (200php)

>From EDSA crossing Terminal

  • From the terminal across Starmall, ride a jeep going to Tanay Proper (53php)
  • From Tanay Proper, ride a tricyle going to Pililla Windmlls


TO TANAY:

>From EDSA crossing Terminal

  • From the terminal across Starmall, ride a jeep going to Tanay Proper (53php)
  • From Tanay Proper, ride a tricyle going to Pililla Windmlls

>From LRT stations

  • Drop off Santolan Station LRT2
  • Ride a jeep to Tanay

 

Keri na?

AND WE’RE NOW OFF TO ANTIPOLO TO HAVE MY BUDOY BUDDY A HAIRCUT! Chao! ๐Ÿ’‹



22 thoughts on “Pililla & Tanay, Rizal: The Perfect Roadtrip Date Near Manila

  1. Hi, I’m commenting here just to say I’m your no.1 fan, Colz! Taking down notes to all these adventures! My 2017 goal is to travel 2x a month, with or without company aye! You’re my superstar, Lovesss :*

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  2. Hi miss colleen . Ask lng isnt far from antipolo pinto art museum . Tas tanay ung inittiary ung ggwen namen . ? Any advice ? Thank you in advance lovelots :*

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  3. Hi mam colleen .. is it far kung mang gagaling ng antipolo to tanay ? Ang balak kc is sa pinto art museum then tanay na . Hoping for your soonest responce thank you

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  4. Hi ! Nice pix and very informative blog! Question lang pano naman po pabalik from pililia windmill going to quezon city? May jeepney or trycycle or any means of transport po ba na dumadaan galing dun? Thanks

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  5. Hi ! Nice blog! Very informative and attracting . Just want to ask if pano yung pabalik na way going to manila? May mga dumadaan bang jeepney or tricicle?

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  6. Super helpful! ๐Ÿ˜Š last time, pinuntahan din namin yung Pandin. It was fun! Next week eto naman โค๏ธ
    Thank you!

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  7. Hi colleen! Nice blog and pics. Are these locations can be reached by commuting? Hope you’ll include instructions for commuters. Hehehe…

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    1. Thankyou so much!! ๐Ÿ˜Š Yes, i actually included in the lower part of the blog. In addition, once you get to Tanay Proper, every place in my blog can be reached by tricycle! ๐Ÿ™‚ I suggest na magcontrata na kayo sa tricycle for your whole trip para mas mura ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. hi ate! how to commute po from pililla to tanay? then daranak falls to light house? plan ko po kasing puntahan lahat yan. since. magkakalapit lng nmn. pero po commute lng. hehe. thanks po. big help! ๐Ÿ˜˜

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    1. From Pililla there are jeeps going to Tanay proper if im not mistaken. From Tanay naman going to the lighthouse, you can ride a tricycle! ๐Ÿ˜Š It’ll just be a short ride since the lighthouse is just inside Tanay Proper

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