Laguna is amazingly rich in natural scenic spots and majestic waterfalls! I am sure you have heard of Pagsanjan Falls, Hulugan Falls of Luisiana, Bukal or Kilangin Falls of Liliw, Bunga Falls of Nagcarlan, Buntot Palos Falls of Pangil, Buruwisan Falls of Siniloan, Taytay Falls of Majayjay, and I could go on and on…!
Now that summer’s here, why not take your wanderlust and explore one of beautiful falls of Laguna? Come and visit Taytay Falls!
Taytay Falls is also referred to as Imelda Falls (named after Imelda Marcos, but the name didn’t become popular and people continue to calls this body of water as Taytay Falls or Majayjay Falls).
There is an entrance fee / environmental fee of P20 that will be collected at the barangay hall for day trippers, it’s P30 for overnight stay. From jump-off point to the falls is an easy 15 minutes walk in cemented pathway. You can put up tents in the surrounding spaces and amidst boulders. If you did not bring a tent you can rent one at P350.
If you are coming from Manila and you want to go to Taytay Falls of Majayjay, how do you go about it?
First step is get to DLTB or JAC Liner bus terminals in Cubao or Buendia, and ride a bus base on the option you’ve chosen on Second step below.
Second step: You have two options: Majayjay Via Sta Cruz or Majayjay Via San Pablo-Liliw routes
OPTION 1: Majayjay via Sta Cruz, Laguna to TayTay Falls
Ride the correct bus, and once you get to Sta Cruz bus terminal, ride a jeep to get to the town center. You’ll see the church and plaza, then after that queue of jeepneys. Or you can wait for a jeepney across the bus terminal but I don’t recommend this since the jeepneys could be full by the time they’ll pass by the bus terminal.
Ride a Majayjay jeep, the jeep end of route is at Majayjay town center near the St Bartholomew Church. Then either you take a Lucban bound jeepney or hire a tricycle “pakyaw” system.
If you’ve chosen the Lucban bound jeepney, inform the driver that you are going to the falls and request him to drop you off at the road side barangay hall. Mababait ang driver so don’t be shy to request.
You’ll be drop off on the national highway in front of a barangay hall. The falls is still a few kilometers away on inner barangay roads. There are tricycles waiting beside the barangay hall, take one of these to the actual jump-off point, fare is P30 per person.
If you’ve chosen to hire a tricycle for a special trip from Majayjay to Taytay falls, fare is negotiable, but based on our actual experience we paid P150. I don’t know if this is on the high side.
Majayjay town center to the falls is close to 30 minutes tricycle ride.
No need to ‘kontrata’ your tricycle to get back to Majayjay town center because there are lots of waiting tricycle in the jump-off point.
We opted to stay downstream to swim, near the bridge. There were too many tourists close to the waterfall
OPTION 2: Majayjay via San Pablo – Liliw to Taytay Falls
This is a more circuitous route for you if coming from Manila but heyyy you will pass by our town so :D.
Once on-board the San Pablo bound bus, ask the conductor to drop you off in SM San Pablo, fare is P127. Ride one of the jeepneys in front of SM that is going to “Bayan”, fare is P7. Get off at the last jeepney stop which is in front of the Cathedral. From there look around you and spot the Fire Station, beside the Fire Station you can see stalls of foodie carts, then right after that you’ll see a queue of jeepneys bound for Liliw.
Take the Liliw jeep, and either get off in Nagcarlan P25. Then in Nagcarlan ask to be directed to the terminal for Majayjay (but a long waiting time before jeep departs the terminal) or..
Take the Liliw jeep, and get off in Liliw at the last stop which is either Badong store or 7 Eleven. Jeepney fare is P30. Then in Liliw hire a tricycle for a special trip or “pakyaw” it for P80 to get to Majayjay town center. You can try to negotiate some tricycle drivers is okay with P60.
Then once in Majayjay town center, you again have the option to take a Lucban bound jeep or hire a tricycle. Refer to Option 1 discussion above to know how to proceed from Majayjay town center.
Note: In case you are hungry there are bbq and other food stalls at the Taytay falls jump-off point. You can also take a shower in the nearby Barangay Hall if you want to freshen up before you head back to Manila again or wherever you’re headed to next.
You can put up tent for overnight stays in Taytay falls.
On the return trip, I would recommend that you go via Sta Cruz to Manila. Why? Because in Sta Cruz there are bus terminals bound for Buendia and Cubao already.
I also recommend that you hire a tricycle from Taytay Falls jump-off point to get to Majayjay Town Center. Pakyaw fare is probably around P100 to P150, maximum of 5 passengers. Negotiate the fare if want to test your negotiation skills.
This is instead of taking a tricycle from jump-off point to the barangay hall at the highway, then waiting for a jeep coming from Lucban and going to Majayjay. Madalang kasi ang jeep and often times, they’re full.
Once in Majayjay, ask any local to be directed to the jeeps going to Sta Cruz. Inform the driver to drop you off in the terminal bound for Cubao or Buendia.
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Hope this helps you make your way to Taytay falls of Majayjay via public commute!
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