Rizal is just two hours away from Metro Manila, making it a perfect nearby getaway for adventure seekers on a budget. The province has a lot of destinations you can explore all less than P1,000.
How to get to Tanay, Rizal
There are several options for transportation if you want to go to Tanay. You can go using your private vehicle or via public transportation. If you’re coming from Metro Manila, you may choose from the bus, jeepney, or van located in Starmall Terminal in EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard. The fare ranges from P50 to P80 depending on your choice. The drop off point is Tanay Public Market. You may take tricycle rides around town for around P10 minimum. Although, the trip will mostly require a special trip which is around P150. It might be best to hire a tricycle or van for your day trip.
If you’re coming from Quezon City, you may opt to take a jeepney ride to Antipolo from Araneta Center Cubao, and then ride another jeep going to Tanay.
Coming with a group is surely an advantage. You can just rent out a van and you’re good to go. No need to stress too much during the trip.
Here are the day trip destinations you can experience when you’re in Tanay, Rizal:
1. Pililla Windmill
Ilocos is not the only wind farm in the country. Located at the southern tip of Rizal is the Pililla Wind Farm. A lane has 27 turbines overseeing the Laguna de Bay. The place is a popular tourist destination for sceneries and landscape photographs. Good news? There is no entrance fee, so take as many pictures as you want.
2. Tanay Church
Existing more than 300 years is San Ildefonsus of Toledo Parish or Tanay Church. It was built in 1606 but was destroyed by a natural calamity. The church was rebuilt and completed in 1783. National Commission of Culture and Arts declared the site as a National Cultural Treasure because of its history and legacy. In front of the church stands a 16-ft Acacia sculpture depicting the image of the Virgin Mary appearing in front of Saint Ildefonsus designed by Yvette Go and sculpted by Roel Lazaro and Frank Gajo with other sculptors from Paete, Laguna. There is no entrance fee for this too.
3. Parola Lighthouse
Perfect for early mornings, witness the breathtaking view of Laguna de Bay at the Parola Lighthouse in Tanay, Rizal. This place is nearby Tanay Church so you might want to include this in your itinerary. You may also climb the spiral flight of stairs to see the best view. No worries, this place is open to the public for free, too.
4. Regina RICA
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Regina RICA is one of the pilgrim destinations not too far away from Manila. Standing on top of a hill is the 71 feet-tall image of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary by the artist Jojo Barcena Jr. Its name came from the congregation behind the 13.5-hectare pilgrim site, Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia. It is founded by former members of the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary in 2005. People can go into the huge sculpture to meditate and reflect.
Insider tip: There is a proper dress code in the area. You should also plan your trip on this pilgrimage site on any day aside from Tuesday because they are closed from 8 am to 5 pm.
5. Calinawan Cave
Craving for cave exploration? This cave is perfect for you! Located in Brgy. Tending Kutyo is Calinawan Cave composed of various layers, openings, and chambers. For only P20 per head and P10 for helmet rental, you can explore the cave. You cannot explore the cave without a guide though, so would need to pay the guide fee for P200/ 10 persons.
This cave served as the shelter for Filipinos during the Japanese occupation and the place of enlightenment for Filipinos to fight for their freedom. Thus, it is named “Calinawan.” The cave also has been featured on various films.
Insider tip: Bring flashlights, water, and wear trekking or rubber shoes. Some areas might be quite exhausting and you will need light to see in the cave.
6. Daranak Falls
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Right after your cave exploration, you may go straight to Daranak Falls. The 14-meter high waterfall with deep catch basin is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tanay. Marvel at the nature experience Daranak Falls will give you. You will have to cross the hanging bridge to go to the actual falls, but beneath that is a beautiful view of cascading waters. The entrance fee is only P50, and they are open every day from 8 am to 5 pm.
Insider tip: Don’t forget to bring life vests or buoys so you can reach the falls because the basin is too deep. You may rent life buoys for P100.
It is best to join trips or organize a group trip for a more cost-efficient trip. You can all visit these places in just one day under P1,000 excluding food expenses. You can just bring your own baon or explore some Tanay restaurants while you’re at it.
Which Tanay tourist spot is your favorite? Share it with us in the comments!