Summer is so irritating guys right?, and beaches in popular destinations near Manila are going to be really crowded as usual. For those looking for a different destination to visit this summer. In our Province in PANGASINAN we have “100pulo” or what we call the Hundred Island.
I’ve search about cool dramatic marble rock formations, and an in-cave natural swimming pool and its proximity to Metro Manila, make this gem a perfect getaway for the weekend. I have listed several hidden paradise that haven’t been discover yet. Tinipak is located in between boundaries of Barangay Daraitan in Rizal and General Nakar in Quezon Province. The river is popular to mountaineers since this is the main attraction after summiting Mt. Daraitan and it was also awarded as the cleanest inland body of water in Region IV.
The Way to the hidden Paradise
From Star Mall in Shaw Boulevard, ride a commuter UV Express van going to Tanay Market. Upon reaching Tanay market, ride a tricycle going to Barangay Daraitan. It’s not hard to find them in Tanay since they will be the one to find you. Before riding, make sure to ask how much the driver will charge. Try to haggle but their rate is pretty much the same if you’re in a group of six. It’s also possible to ride a jeep bound to Sampaloc but you still need to get another tricycle going to Barangay Daraitan.
After about 1.5 hours of tricycle ride, you will need to cross a river to reach Daraitan Barangay Hall. During summer, locals setup a bridge so vehicles can cross but during rainy season, they remove it due to the river’s water level. After crossing, ride another tricycle going to Barangay Hall. You will need to register and pay the environmental fee for Barangay Daraitan. After securing a guide, your trek to Tinipak River starts. The trek is easy but during rainy season, it’s muddy and the rocks were really slippery. Extra caution is needed.
Before reaching Tinipak river camp site, you will need to pay another registration fee to pass a private lot. This is also because of ongoing disputes of which jurisdiction between Daraitan or General Nakar Quezon Tinipak belongs so both sides were charging separate fees. After another 10 minutes, you’ll reach the camp site which is also where the rock formations, swimming area and the cave are. If you wish to go inside the cave you need to pay to cross a makeshift bridge. Make sure to bring flash lights to appreciate the beauty of the cave. Headlamps are available for rent at Barangay Daraitan Hall.
Things to do:
Cliff jumping – Ask you guide for the right spot to do it. The river bed is not consistently deep and some were rocky. Make sure to jump on the correct area to avoid any accident. Climbing up is a challenge because you need to swim against the current from one side of the river to the other.
Explore Tinipak Cave – The cave is not as big and grand, but everything looks raw and alive. The highlight of this cave is swimming in a pool inside. Make sure to bring a camera with a powerful flash if you wish to take photos. My GoPro and flash light were useless inside the cave.
Swimming – You can’t just swim on any part of the river. The reason why you have a guide is to watch over you and make sure you are safe. Some parts of the river have strong current so make sure to listen to your guide.
Camping – Overnight camping is possible. Just bring you’re own tent and food. Be kind enough to bring extra food to share with your guide.
Take a lot of pictures – The rock formations of Tinipak River were just so dramatic and stunning on pictures and so Instagram worthy.
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