Wawa Dam – A Quick Getaway For 150 Pesos


Looking for a quick and cheap getaway this weekend? Checkout Wawa Dam. Located just 1.5 to 2 hours away from Manila, it offers a lot of activities – from the casual walk-in-the-park to the extreme ones – surely, everyone is going to have a great time here.

Wawa Dam is a legendary and historic site. Legend has it that a giant named Bernardo Carpio split the mountain into two (Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binacayan). Historically, the site was used as a hide out by the revolutionary leader Supremo Andres Bonifacio. Lastly, the local government of Rodriguez has the Wawa Dam in their official seal.

GETTING THERE

Travel time is around 1.5 to 2hrs.

Commuting
From Cubao / SM North / Trinoma ride a UV Express van going to Eastwood Montalban. Just tell the driver to drop you off at Eastwood Ministop. Fare is 50 pesos. Ride a jeep going to Wawa for 8 pesos.

Alternatively, from Cubao / SM North / Trinoma you can ride a bus/jeep going to Litex. Ride a jeep going to Montalban Town Center and another jeep to Wawa. This is much cheaper (15+20+13=48 pesos) but a bit of a hassle πŸ™‚

Private Vehicle
From Cubao / SM North, drive all the way to Commonwealth Avenue, turn right at Litex Road and follow the signage to Montalban Town Center. Head to the town plaza and follow the signage to Wawa Dam. You can see jeepneys going to Wawa so you can have them as a guide.

Alternatively, from Cubao / SM North, drive all the way to Commonwealth Avenue, turn right at Sandigan Bayan and follow the signage to San Mateo. Turn left at Banaba and follow the signage to Montalban and Wawa.

TIPS
– Wear slippers / trekking sandals
– Bring foods and drinks πŸ™‚
– Stay safe!
– Do not litter

WHERE TO STAY
Cottages are for rent ranging from 150 pesos to 500 pesos. If you’re a small group and not here for swimming, you can just stay at the rocks or buy at the stores and sit there to rest πŸ™‚

FOOD
No baon? No problem! There are lot of sari-sari stores here and not overpriced either. There are also eateries for heavy meals and bakeries too. Some houses offer paluto for a fee.

ESSENTIALS
There are comfort rooms here in case you get a tummy ache or you need to pee. Signal is also strong and gets weak when you get farther the dam.

ACTIVITIES

Photo Op– we all know you’re coming here for this! πŸ˜› There are also prenups being shot here.

Date – if you’re both into nature or adventure, why not.

Picnic – a lot of families, specially residents of Montalban, are always up for a picnic here.

Videoke – there are videoke machines so if you have some P5 to spare, go for it xD

Swimming – of course there’s water, swim all you want! Just be very careful since some parts are deep (bilang lalim) and rocky.

BikingΒ – if you have your gear, go join the bikers. Wawa to Timberland in San Mateo is the most common route πŸ™‚

Motocross – Yes! I sometimes see them passing by here. Not sure if this is a regular thing.

Hiking – Wawa is home to Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binacayan. I suggest you come here at dawn so you can be at the summit by sunrise. Mini sea of clouds πŸ˜€ Guide fee is 500 pesos per group.

Rock Climbing – Yep, be Spiderman for a day πŸ˜‰

Here are some of the pictures taken using my Samsung NX2000, Nikon V1, and Supremo 4k.

pamitinan protected landscape

Welcome to Pamitinan Protected Landscape!

wawa dam bikersBikers taking a break

banana cue meryendaMy personal favorite : banana cue. P10 only πŸ™‚ I can’t find my halohalo pic sorry T_T

wawa dam souvenirsSome souvenirs. Some sell tshirts but I was intimidated by the crew so I did not take a picture haha

 wawa dam fishFishes and Hotdogs. You can have them cooked/grilled for a fee.

wawa dam fruitsFruits for sale

wawa-dam-rocks-2

wawa dam rocksHalfway to the Dam you’ll be greeted with this view.

wawa dam rocksVisitors of Wawa Dam – some are bikers and some are here for swimming

wawa-dam-falls-8wawa-dam-fallswawa-dam-falls-2wawa-dam-falls-3wawa-dam-falls-4wawa-dam-falls-5wawa-dam-falls-6wawa-dam-falls-7Up close Wawa Dam. This is the most favorite part of many people. I love the gush of the water and the breeze here will cool your summer! Cottages are in place and you can stay for 150 pesos πŸ™‚

wawa-dam-rafting-2wawa-dam-raftwawa-dam-raftingView from the watch tower. You can rent a cottage and rafts too!

wawa-dam-cottageCottage for rent.

wawa-dam-autumnAutumn feels in Wawa

wawa-dam-motocrossMoto

wawa damView from the bridge featuring Wawa’s shallow waters. Go for a dip!

wawa-dam-rockswawa-dam-shallow-2The other side which features cottages and families having picnic

wawa dam bridge

Kids jumping from the bridge and swimming

wawa dam rock climbingRock Climbing

wawa dam pamitinan caveOn our way to hike Mt. Pamitinan. Bat Cave hmmm.

pamitinan cave bat cavemt pamitinan summitmt pamitinan viewmt pamitinan summitmt pamitinan peakAlmost at the summit! The breeze here is super!

mt pamitinan summitMy friend Coi with the buwis-buhay pose.

mt pamitinan summitCoi at the summit of Mt. Pamitinan.

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