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It takes 30 minutes to go up to the waterfall on foot, there is no other means of transport to get here.
Photo: © Edgar Alan Zeta-Yap
What to take with you?
1. Sunscreen (SPF 50) (you can easily get sunburned on Mindoro).
4. Some money for minor expenses and for paying service of new-sprung guide.
How to do?
2. Then you have to find a guide because it's impossible to get to the waterfall on your own if you've never been here before. Any local can be your escort, so all you need is to go down to the beach and ask any souvenir or ice cream seller to walk you. They'll willingly agree at a moderate fee (about 500-600 pesos).
Photo: © Jovial Wanderer
3. Your way will start in a village where local masters make different household items and odd wood carving crafts. A little farther you'll find a place to have some rest, buy fresh squeezed juice, take pictures with the rocky jungle in the background or buy a t-shirt as a souvenir.
4. 30 minutes upwards and here it is, Talipanan waterfall. Here you won't get lost in crowds of tourists. More likely you won't find here anyone except you and a coconut seller that is staying here all day long waiting for buyers-to-come. In the waterfall basin there is no fish, only crystal clear water and solitude.
Photo: © Municipality Of Puerto Galera website
When to do?
Tips and hints
• watch your steps while walking - dry tree roots, wet stones (there is a river not far from here where the locals give a bath to their children and do washing) and steep ledges, you can trip and fall down;
• it's better to take a bath in the basin with footwear on. It is not deep, but there are a lot of sharp stones at the bottom.