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“Be careful of the trail” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tappiya Falls

Tappiya Falls
Banaue, Luzon, Philippines
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Ranked #5 of 11 Attractions in Banaue
Type: Waterfalls, Outdoors
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Manila, Philippines
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“Be careful of the trail”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I am by no means sporty and I don't really go on hikes. But, since we were in Batad, you of course should at least checkout Tappiya Falls. Good thing we arrived the day before and chose to go to the falls on our second day. The trail going to the falls is quite scary. There are areas where the stones you step on are small and there are no railings on the side. Definitely not for someone scared of heights because if you look down, it could be about a few 30+ feet drop or even more. Steps are steep and will take up a lot of your energy.

When you get to the falls, it is rewarding in a sense that you were able to reach that far. Going back is a whole different story because most of the steps are uphill. There are rest stops throughout the trail. Beware that a tiny Gatorade is about Php 70. It was alright for us though since it is such a small amount to support the local community. Kids would sometimes be the ones manning the rest stops.

This trail took us about 1 hour and 30 minutes one way. I was really slow!! Our guide was Harold from Hillside Inn. Other couples we met at Hillside Inn even went on trecks to other nearby villages. Maybe when we come back next time, I will be more prepared. Ask your guide to take you through the Batad village on your way to the falls.

Visited January 2014
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“Average Falls but good walk”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

The walk there is good, you can stay at about the same level as the touristy part of Batad as you walk across the rice terraces to the ridge on the opposite side then it's a steep downhill section of steps and you reach the falls soon after.

The falls are pretty good. Quite a bit of force producing plenty of noise and spray. There are plenty of rocks to lay on and sunbathe and although the water is many chose to swim in the large (and in places deep) pool.

The walk back is tough. Very steep back up the steps! We're reasonably fit in our late 20's and this left us dripping with sweat and out of breath. If you really want a good walk go down through the village then steep uphill to the tourist part of the village.

Generally you'd combine walking the rice terraces and the waterfall into one activity taking most of the afternoon.

Visited February 2014
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“Be warned..Your stamina will be tested. :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Hike from this falls will be tough specially when the time we visit this beautiful falls as the steep can be slippery because it rains. Me and my wife visit batad last December 26 - 28. when we got there, you can feel the power, the water flows so strong. it's a bit disappointing that it's not a good timing to swim at that time. But i really enjoy it despite of the tough hike. i want to thank also our tour guide Hogan, he really take care of us.

I'm proud that me and my wife survive this. i want to get back on this place..this time i will really prepare for it. :)

Visited December 2013
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“Tough hike”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

The hike to waterfall can be tough, in particular when it rains. The steps are very steep and can be slippery. The waterfall itself is nice but not spectacular. Most travelers enjoy the swim, simply to cool off from the hike.

Visited December 2013
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“Impressive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

The beautiful Tappiyah Waterfall are worth the fairly strenuous walk down and back up again from Batad.

Take care: the rocks near the lagoon and at its edge are very slippery. My wife slipped over and scraped her shin. Good walking sticks are a handy.

Our advice: if you want to add this to your itinerary, consider staying a night in Batad. Engage a good local guide. We used Lawrence who was wonderful: lawrencejr2004@yahoo.com.

Visited October 2013
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