Dimatubo Falls a.k.a Mother Falls
Visiting Baler won’t be complete without enjoying the adventure at Dimatubo Falls. Here’s are some good to know.
Technically, Ditumabo Falls is outside Baler but pretty near. It is located at Brgy. Ditumabo thus “Ditumabo Falls”
Because it’s the largest among all known falls within the area.
How long would it take?
From the parking area, you’ll have to ride in a trike to the trekking starting point which would take about 10 minutes as the road is not friendly so be ready. One way trike ride is at Php100.00/group of 3-4px. Rate may change espc during peak season. Then from the starting point, you’ll have to trekk a total of 1.3km which would depend from your groups pace. You’ll pass by several streams, cross over rocky area and quite muddy when raining. I would say about an hour of trekking.
Advisable to bring your car/vehicle?
Taking your car up to the starting point is not ideal. As I noted above the road is not pleasant, one way and is designed for trikes only. Please don’t be one of them who create traffic congestion at the area. Finally, you’re not really helping the community since you’re not going to ride in a trike. So leave your car at the parking area then ride in a trike, enjoy the road trip and have fun.
Does it has a fee?
Only recently (summer of 2015), the city government implemented a fee of Php30.00/px. Php10.00 will go to the community (hopefully) and Php20.00 to the guide. I just hope that they’ll provide more guides since its part of the fee. Hopefully they’ll be able to improve this new system.
By far, only drinking water or bottled water is allowed. You’ll pass by some small kainans’ so no need to worry. You may drink water from the streams or falls. You’ll normally see hose/s on areas where you can save or drink one.
Now this depends from your preference. If you want to see a lot of people, hit summer up to early June. Note that during peak season, water level is lower. So if you prefer your group only or few guests and high level of water, try booking on mid June to mid September.