Today it is difficult, but still possible, to take photos of the falls on a weekend without the crowds. There is a cemented road now leading to the trail head. Its good that the barangay has started to make the trips more organized by enforcing guides (equipped with two-way radios) and putting up a first aid station near the trail head.
You have to be early to beat the crowds on a weekend. Our group started hiking about 7AM and did the reverse route by going straight down to Hulugan along a very slippery trail of boulders and mud with makeshift bamboo handrails on some sections.
It was a series of shoot/wipe/check shot/wipe/shoot until we got the shot(s) we wanted or until we decided we had too much of the water spray already.
Talay FallsTalay is a two-level cascade upstream of Hulugan. Its the first stop when you are going via the "standard" route. There are makeshift bamboo tables near the second level so its perfect for a quick picnic.
Upstream of Talay is a beautiful cascade aptly named Hidden Falls. Its basin is hidden behind huge (and slippery!) boulders and there is only space for a small group there. Its no more than a 100 meters above Talay but climbing over wet and moss covered boulders can be tricky.