Address: About a kilometer walk from Balite Road before arriving in Amadeo, Cavite. About 34 miles (55 km) southwest of Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Admission: 75 pesos per person and cottage fee of 300 to 1500 pesos
Hours: until 5 p.m.

Balite Falls, if I am not mistaken, is the only waterfall in the province of Cavite. (Please do let me know if I am mistaken.) When I saw the pictures, I told my brother that we should take the entire family on a trip to the town of Amadeo in Southern Cavite. It was nearly 4 p.m. when we got there and it was raining. We were told that the resort was going to close at 5 p.m. The water could be quite deep, and my nephews and nieces took turns to show off their diving skills. The water looked clean and clear despite the fact that it was raining, and what I particularly liked was that the falls provided a great shoulder massage.

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This is a privately-owned resort. Admission is thus not free. I therefore expected better maintenance, and I was disappointed.

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I couldn’t find any information regarding how Balite Falls got its name. It may have come from the word “balete” which in the Philippines refers to a tree known for its huge, twisted roots. Among Filipinos, the tree is known to be where supernatural creatures dwell, in particular the kapre or the tikbalang. But I’m not sure if Balite Falls has a lot of trees believed to be haunted.

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