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.
Travel time is around 1.5 to 2hrs.
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 🙂
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.
– Wear slippers / trekking sandals
– Bring foods and drinks 🙂
– 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 🙂
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.
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.
Photo Op– we all know you’re coming here for this! 😛 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.
Biking – if you have your gear, go join the bikers. Wawa to Timberland in San Mateo is the most common route 🙂
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, and Mt. Parawagan. I suggest you come here at dawn so you can be at the summit by sunrise. Mini sea of clouds 😀 Guide fee is 500 pesos per group.
Rock Climbing – Yep, be Spiderman for a day 😉
Here are some of the pictures taken using my Samsung NX2000, Nikon V1, and Supremo 4k.
Welcome to Pamitinan Protected Landscape!
Bikers taking a break
My personal favorite : banana cue. P10 only :) I can’t find my halohalo pic sorry T_T
Some souvenirs. Some sell tshirts but I was intimidated by the crew so I did not take a picture haha
Fishes and Hotdogs. You can have them cooked/grilled for a fee.
Fruits for sale
Halfway to the Dam you’ll be greeted with this view.
Visitors of Wawa Dam – some are bikers and some are here for swimming
Up 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 🙂
View from the watch tower. You can rent a cottage and rafts too!
Cottage for rent.
Autumn feels in Wawa
View from the bridge featuring Wawa’s shallow waters. Go for a dip!
The other side which features cottages and families having picnic
Kids jumping from the bridge and swimming
On our way to hike Mt. Pamitinan. Bat Cave hmmm.
Almost at the summit! The breeze here is super!
My friend Coi with the buwis-buhay pose.
Coi at the summit of Mt. Pamitinan.
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