Daranak, Batlag, and Hinulugang Taktak are all found in the province of Rizal. They are very accessible from Manila (less than 2 hours). Take a jeep or FX from Edsa Central to Tanay (60 pesos). From Tanay market, there are lots of tricycle for the falls (300 pesos). There is a 20 peso entrance fee for Daranak Falls.
Hinulugang Taktak is in Antipolo and the jeep/FX bound for Tanay passes by Antipolo.
All of us are excited to take photos of both falls. The photos from several blogs show how picturesque the place is. But we were in for a surprise that day. :)
The place was packed (although it was a Monday, twas also an official holiday). To say that the place was crowded would be a great understatement. You can't take a shot of the scenery without people in them, not near the falls, not even in the river downstream from the falls. And with the huge crowd comes the mountains of garbage, literally in every nook and cranny.
Just a short walk from Daranak is Batlag Falls. The falls is located in a private property so you have to pay another 20 pesos for the entrance fee. The folks at the gate tried to squeeze a few more bucks from us seeing that we were all carrying cameras and tripods. They reason we have to have an "exclusive booking" of the place if we want to take photos there.
They finally let us in after hearing the ".. falls is beyond the commerce of men..." and "... do you have barangay permit to charge entrance fees?.." and "do you also charge folks with cellphone camera for photos?" talk from our group. :)
Just like in Daranak Falls, the place was packed to the hilt. And of course the garbage was every where. I also saw a road being built to provide an easier access to the place (right now you have to go through Daranak in order to reach Batlag). More people, more garbage.
I find Batlag a little bit better than Daranak. There are more trees for shade and there are lots of small pools downstream.
More photos of my Tanay trip here.