Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Casaroro Falls - Valencia, Dumaguete City

Our Dumaguete tour was mostly a Plan B itinerary. We never planned to go to the famous Casaroro Falls in Valencia because based on my prior research it was a tough trail going to the main gush and i thought my sickly sister and my wife might not endure the long walk especially the trail includes clambering up to boulders that requires endurance. Due to unfavorable circumstance, our supposed-to-be destination (Forest Camp) was unavailable for visitors because a company rented the entire place for an exclusive party. I know, it was sad, you can't imagine my companion's faces clouded up with the situation. 


Casaroro Falls in Valencia, Dumaguete City


For all of that, the Casaroro Adventure after we visited Kookoo's Nest, though spontaneous, turned out to be one of the best experiences I had so far. Putting aside the dilemma my sister and the other girls with us went through, everybody enjoyed the trek and the breathtaking view of the Casaroro Falls itself was stunning. With a height of more than 100 feet, Valencia's Casaroro Falls is the tallest in the Visayas region. Located in the town of Valencia, Negros Oriental it is easy to find the Casaroro Falls because it is one of the famous destinations Dumaguete or Negros Oriental boasts. As the province’s most photographed body of water (as per wikipedia) and with its lush, green, breathtaking terrain no doubt our circumstance brought us their.


Me and my wife with in Casaroro Falls

One of the many natural pools safe for swimming

Wrecked cemented trail

There were a lot of natural pools upon heading the main falls that hikers can enjoy a quick dip, since it is not allowed to swim behind the main plunging cascade due to previous drownings.




me and my sister Mimi in one of the mini drops.

The entire group doing a selfie

From the long walk to the climbing up and crawling down on huge rocks it was afterall a great adventure for us. With all the amazing sights, vegetation, creatures nearby and the grandeur of the Casaroro Falls it was one great trip to end our summer!



wacky pose with the Casaroro Falls as our background

My wife Ivane, and my two sisters Lory and Mimi

My two cents:


HOW TO GET THERE?

  • Nothing beats the comfort of renting your own vehicle may it be a van or a regular FB type multicab or even a jeepney, you will end up not just renting the vehicle itself but you already have yourself an instant tour guide. You can contact Richard for a superb VAN service around Dumaguete and yes, he is very friendly: Smart 09088916413 or Globe 09273512006
  • From Dumaguete City, you can ride a jeepney or tricycle going to the town of Valencia (terminal), from there, haggle a price for motorcycle ride (habal-habal) to bring you to the entry point to Casaroro Falls, prices depends but usually around the range of 100 to 200 pesos, the rate might be different for foreigners.



EXPECT THE FOLLOWING

  • 300 plus steps stairs going down the river and that is the same stairs that will bring you back to the entry point.
  • The trail is quite difficult because of the huge boulders that you need to climb.
  • The paved walkway was ruined because of previous storms, so there are still cemented pavements in some parts of the trail. 



Ivane, Mimi, Lorie, Earl and Nico going down the 300 plus steps  stairs

Me


SUGGESTIONS

  • Limber up before the trek, this will help you condition yourself from the long walk.
  • Buy bottled water ahead, but make sure to dispose your trash properly. The bottled water they were selling from the entrance were way expensive than that from restaurants.
  • Bring a plastic bag or a ziplock for your gadgets, you can't tell if you might trip into the river.
  • Try to stop once in a while during the trek to enjoy the scenery and observe the flora and fauna, its a different kind of experience rather than rushing to just see the waterfalls.
  • Do not swim in the main waterfalls, a warning you will hear from the attendant and see from the signage near the area.


EXPENSES

  • 10 pesos for the entrance fee



Ivane, Mark, Mimi, Nico, Earl and Lorie in the entry point to Casaroro Falls


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