The words Uncrowded and Tagaytay don’t usually go together except when Taal Volcano erupted, and the entire country was in a lockdown. Now that the Tagaytay LGU has already opened the destination without requiring any medical certificate nor swab test from visitors, people deprived of travel are already flocking in; condotels/staycations are getting fully-booked, while restaurants and cafes are easily filled given their maximum capacity reduced to half. I have already camped in Singalong Nature Campsite and Kaliraya Surf Kamp with my Lazy HitchHiker Hammock this Oct 2020 and it seemed like there was few options to visit next so we headed for Tagaytay. Fortunately, I was able to search for places that are still uncrowded in Tagaytay.
Feeling Free at Saluysoy Falls and Spring
I and my travel buddy discovered that there’s a falls at the outskirts of Tagaytay offering refreshing clear waters we could dip in. It was a sunny Saturday before the Typhoon Quinta and we wanted to go somewhere close to nature after spending a night in a condo staycation. We typed in Saluysoy falls on the map and drove for 45 mins from Tagaytay Rotonda (Sunday traffic!) a little beyond the border of Alfonso Cavite and Tagaytay. Although the road was cemented, it was narrow and there was no parking. We only left the car at the roadside, by the jump-off to the falls. From there, we walked down for only 5 mins and was surprised by the colors that welcomed us.
Another thing that surprised us was we were the only ones there. We were thinking that this may be where local families gather on weekends but we were wrong. There was also no entrance fee! Although it was a shame that the falls was not falling rapidly like I saw on a youtube blog, we still loved the vibe, especially the clear fresh water! We immediately jumped in. We were still expecting that other travelers could come anytime, but we had it to ourselves until we left. We should have tried skinny dipping! 😛
Although I bet that there’s no one maintaining the place because of some plastic trash left by irresponsible travelers who’ve been there, the spring is still clean and appealing. There is also a spot for camping but I wouldn’t do it since our car was not parked in a proper parking area. Still, Saluysoy Falls and Spring was a perfect spot to enjoy an uncrowded Tagaytay!
Exclusive Farm Camping
The next weekend, we went back to Tagaytay with my family to do camping. Thanks to our Hammock Camping Philippines FB Group (join it to discover more campsites!), I discovered a lovely campsite just a few minutes away from Mahogany Market in Tagaytay. The campsite only accommodates one group at a time up to a maximum of 10 people only so advance booking is necessary. The rate is only 200 per person! Contact Kuya Boyet for reservations.
The farm is very peaceful and relaxing, with space wide enough for a group of 10. There is also a small kubo which you can use for free, as well as kitchen items. Kuya Boyet is so kind he even gave us some produce of his farm! We feel that we got much more than we paid so we were happy to tip him.
Tagaytay Uncrowded Recommendations
You can definitely do all of this even if you only have one weekend. You can come early Saturday morning for Saluysoy Spring then head to the camp farm where you can eat a packed lunch. Then on Sunday after checking out, head to a restaurant where you can have a view of the still beautiful Taal Volcano and Lake. Our favorite is Starbucks Domicillo and Cliff House Tagaytay where you can also buy pasalubong from Rowena’s.