Tikip Falls - Playing Tourist Hiking in Bataan

Bataan province is truly blessed with outdoor tourist attractions. A great escape to its natural waterfalls, forest reserves, beaches, and historical places will be a worthwhile experience when feeding your wanderlust. Four-hour bus rides from Metro Manila; you can indulge on the scenic mountains of Limay Bataan with blissful waterfalls as a happy ending.

Trekking in Bataan
Tikip Falls

Tikip Falls - The Less Visited Waterfalls in Bataan

Compared to Pasukulan Falls in Abucay, Limutan Falls in Bagac, and Kairukan Falls in Morong, Tikip Falls is considered inferior. Not everyone knows that Limay has its series of hidden waterfalls. Because of this little secret, Tikip Waterfalls is special.

Waterfalls in Bataan
Tikip Plunge Pool is inviting
Tikip Falls water source comes from Mt. Limay or commonly called Mt. Cayapo. 798 meters above sea level mountain east of Mt. Mariveles, and south of Mt. Samat in the north. A nice view of these neighboring mountains is visible when trekking Tikip Falls.

Mt. Samat view when Trekking Tikip Falls
Mt. Samat - the Shrine of Valor is visible.
Tikip Falls hiking in Bataan
Looking west is the Mt. Mariveles
We have visited three waterfalls. The first waterfall can be reached right after you go downhill towards Limay River. The rest of the waterfalls were few meters upstream; the highest and also the deepest was the one downstream.

Bataan Waterfalls
Tikip Falls - Swim in its cold waters.

The plunge pool of the waterfall where we stayed longer was 10 feet deep and has a vertical drop of approximately 12 feet.

How to Get to Tikip Falls

From Manila, Take the Genesis Bus or Bataan Transit heading to Mariveles. Alight at Tundol in Reformista, Limay Bataan. Your landmarks will be the Petron Gas Station and Caranzo Building. Travel time takes three to four hours.

Tikip Falls Jump Off Point
Drop off point to Tikip Falls
From Tundol, ride a tricycle and tell the driver that you are alighting at the drop off point of Tikip Falls; your landmark will be the "irrigation" under a huge mango tree. Travel time is 15 minutes.

Bataan Hiking
The start of the trek
You will reach a junction after a ten-minute walk. Take the road on the right until you reach a dead end leading to a hiking trail. Trekking time is more or less an hour depending on pace.

Trekking in Limay Bataan
The trail to Limay River where Tikip Falls is situated

Nearby Attractions

After a quick visit to Tikip Falls, you can continue touring the Shrine of Valor (Dambana ng Kagitingan) on top of Mt. Samat in Pilar Bataan or proceed to Dunsulan Falls also in Pilar Bataan.

Botolan Wildlife Farm - Playing Tourist in Botolan Zambales

A joyride to Zambales with a travel buddy from Rizal Province, Sir Ed, led us to this zoo in the town of Botolan called the "Botolan Wildlife Farm". We were in search of a nice beach that day but we decided to have a short stay at this zoo because we spotted a sign along the highway. This wildlife farm is located on the eastern side of town in Barangay San Juan, just before reaching an Aeta community close to Camp Kainomayan.

Wildlife Marker in Botolan Zambales
The Botolan Wildlife Farm Marker