Wawa dam is between Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binacayan. It used to be the only source of water for Manila until Angat Dam was built. Now, its an abandoned reservoir visit by tourist, mostly for picnic and hiking.
I have been to Wawa many times before when we climb Mt. Binacayan, Mt. Hapunang Banoi and explore Pamitinan Cave. Our destination was in Karugo falls near Wawa Dam and require to cross the Wawa river. There are UV express van in Cubao going to Rodriguez (formerly Montalban). Tell the driver to drop you off to Luvers, then ride a tricycle or jeepney going to Sitio Wawa registration area. The dam is 5 minutes walk from registration area.
After we crossed the wawa river, we walked through the Mahogany Campsite where the famous “hamok” festival was held. It was dry season, so when we reach the Karugo Falls, the water level is low.
One of the locals advised us to go up higher as there is a small falls nearby. We did not hire a tour guide, we just followed the trail to reach the small falls. When we reach the falls, we found a group of cyclist. The old man sitting on one of the cottage allowed us to use it so we started to prepare our lunch.
If you forgot to bring your own food or packed lunch, that’s fine as there are karinderya and sari-sari store in Wawa where you can buy your supplies. The stores sells fruits, vegetables, fish and meats for very affordable prices. My buddies had their camping stove and cookset so we’ve bought 1kg of rice, instant noodles and luncheon meat. We’ve used the water from the stream our “sinaing” and noodles.
There are many different outdoor activities you can do near Wawa. You can do caving, swimming, trekking, rock climbing, picnic and camping. I’ve uploaded our day tour in my Youtube channel with few aerial footage of Wawa river and Karugo falls. Please click the link below:
We met up in Jollibee farmers in Cubao QC. for breakfast. We took a jeepney going to Cogeo Gate 2 and we advised kuya driver to drop we off to Cogeo market. There is a jeepney near 7-11 going to Sampaloc, Tanay. You can tell the driver that you’re going to Mt. Maynoba and he will drop you off to Batangasan. The tricycle fare is P200 from Batangasan to jump-off, Brgy. Cayabu.
Registration fees varies depending on the type of hike. You can choose Mt. Maynoba only or, Maynoba and Cayabu loop. We planned to spend the night up there so they charged us P1,250 which is reasonable for overnight guide fee. We started to climb late in the afternoon. Kuya guide advised its better to start late if you’re planning to spend the night as there are few trees in the campsite for shades.
It took us 1 and a half hour to reach the first campsite, then we decided to spend the night there. The photo above with tent is the campsite kuya guide recommended as it was already 5 PM and the summit is 1 hour trek from here. We have 2 Century Tuna for dinner, we just cooked our rice in the campsite.
It was Friday night, we are the only campers including our tour guide. The night was so peaceful and quiet but we can still here the tricycle and videoke below.
It was cloudy the next day. We woke up early for sun rise picture taking and to prepare our breakfast. We have no sea of clouds shot. According to kuya guide, there is a low chance to witness sea of clouds during January and February as the wind above is so strong and clouds do not form. We was advised to visit Mt. Maynoba again during the month of March to May.
We followed the trail of Cayabu loop to reach the river were the 8 wonder falls is located. We passed through the Mt. Maynoba summit with an elevation of 728 meters above sea level. The campsite in the summit is wide, so if we will visit again with our friends, we will choose this spot.
You may visit my Youtube channel for the full video of our hiking experience in Mt. Maynoba. Please click the link below: