When I saw a sign posted on a tree by the side of the road, however, I was like, “Why the heck not? I’m already here!” So I got off the highway, drove a few meters to a group huddled around a small store, and asked for directions.
So, it turned out that the ‘store’ wasn’t actually a store but the reception center for guests who wish to check out the waterfall. After paying 20 pesos (entrance and municipal fee,) I was informed that I would be going with a guide. I asked how much I’d have to shell out and the lady said that it was all up to me. Cool.
From the reception center, it would take around 5 to 10 minutes to get to the first river crossing. Thankfully, the footpath is big enough for motorbikes so I just asked my guide to hop on. We were at the first crossing (where a small parking lot is located) in less than 5 minutes.
After the first river crossing, it’s just a short 5 minute trek to get to the first drop.
Before you reach the first drop, you’ll be making a river crossing at least three times.
And there it is. The first drop of Binalayan Falls.
Young visitors especially love this spot because of the swings and the shallow water.
A closer look at the first drop.
The stairs right next to the first drop lead to the second drop.
View from the top. A perfect selfie spot, I must say. 🙂
According to the guide, Binalayan is also known as the Hidden Falls of Samboan.
And there she is! The second major drop of Binalayan Falls. This one is also often called Triple Drop for very obvious reasons. 🙂
At the bottom of the triple drop is a small pool which is deep enough for dives and jumps.
Visitors enjoying Binalayan. Notice that dude in green? He is one of the guides. He’s seen here picking up some trash to keep the place spanking clean. Cool stuff, right?
I stayed in Binalayan for at least an hour to swim and take photos. Beautiful, relaxing place.
I asked my guide how much I should pay him. He said that it was all up to me. He added that he usually gets 20 to 50 pesos. I gave him 100 pesos because when I asked him how deep the pool was, he dived in without hesitation so that I’d have an idea just exactly how deep it really was. Hehe.