Laguna is blessed with bountiful waterfalls, and hot springs. Another waterfall that is worth-visiting is Aliw Falls located in Barangay San Jose in the municipality of Luisiana. Since 2015, the waterfall has become a popular go-to destination for adventure-seekers and often a side trip after going to Hulugan Falls, which is also located in Luisiana.
From Cavinti Falls, we asked the tricycle driver we hired earlier to take us to Aliw Falls. It took us 30 minutes to reach the place. From Dafi Resort, the jump-off point to Aliw Falls, the locals who manage the place will ask you to register, and assign a guide before starting our trek.
TREKKING TO ALIW FALLS
The trail to Aliw Falls is fairly easy and short, albeit slippery. If you managed to survive the vertical trail in Cavinti, the trek to Aliw Falls is a walk in the park.
On our way to the waterfall, we met local kids who just finished swimming at Aliw. They said it’s definitely an amazing waterfall while giggling and smiling. Within 30 minutes (or even less), you can reach the gem Luisiana is proud of.
THE MULTI-TIERED CASCADE
Upon our arrival to the waterfall, the kids are not mistaken! The Aliw Falls is a stunning masterpiece. It consists of irregular, flat rocks overlapping one another, which makes the wide waterfall multi-tiered.
People are allowed to climb up the waterfall to get a better view of the area. Facing the Aliw Falls, you can climb on the left side if you want to jump off the falls, or on the right side if you want to get a better view of the area.
Aliw Falls offers a wide and deep water basin that is perfect for swimming. I’m not sure if the water goes clear during the dry or after rainy season, but in our case the water was murky. Don’t worry, it wouldn’t spoil your trip, I promise!
HOW TO GET THERE
- From Manila, ride a bus bound to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Travel time is 2 hours.
- From Sta. Cruz Bus Terminal, you can hire a tricycle to get you to Aliw Falls in Brgy. San Jose in Luisiana or ride a jeepney bound to Brgy. San Jose. We chose to hire a tricycle to get us to Aliw Falls since we visited the Cavinti Falls earlier.
- If the driver is not aware of the waterfall, ask where the Defi Resort is located. This is your jump-off point.
- Trekking to Aliw Falls is easy, yet slippery.
- From Defi Resort, the manager of Aliw Falls will ask you to register your names and other details about yourself, and finally assign a guide for you.
- There are no standardized fee for the guide. Donation is also encouraged by the locals, and there’s also no standard amount to be given.
- There is a changing / shower room in the resort. Charge is about PHP 20.00/person.
- There is also a store available. The locals also offer lunch food for less than PHP 100.00, excluding drinks.