One of the most popular destination when visiting Dumaguete City is the Casaroro Falls in the town of Valencia, Negros Oriental. Considered to be the most photographed waterfall in the entire province, it is located just 9.4 kilometers west of Dumaguete City. Tucked in the rock crevices of the craggy Valencia mountains, the water flows and drops at a height of 100 feet to a deep, cold catch basin.
To get to the waterfalls from Dumaguete City, we took a jeepney bound for Valencia which brought us to the town proper. From there we negotiated with habal-habal drivers to bring us to the falls. Just be reminded that the road to the falls is uphill and very rough, I would suggest that you take one habal-habal each.
From the jump-off site, you need to take a 300++ steps of concrete stairs going down to the deep ravine. The trail is surrounded by lush greenery. Upon reaching the base of the stairs, natural rock formations and the strong sound of rushing water will greet you.
You just need to follow the concrete path and cross the steel hanging bridge to get to the waterfalls.
What makes this waterfalls unique is the narrow drop of water instead of the usual wide cascades as I've seen from other waterfalls such as the Tamaraw Falls, Tinago Waterfalls, Mimbalut Falls and Cambugahay Falls among others.
The water at the falls can be quite unpredictable. As advised, don't go there when heavy rains are coming. The area is prone to flash floods and can be very dangerous if you get trapped.
The waterfall itself is beautiful and the natural pools around it are very pleasant to swim in. As we were caught by the rain, we quickly left the place after taking some photos.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Dumaguete City, take a jeepney bound for Valencia, fare is 12 pesos and travel time is about 30 minutes. Upon reaching the town, look for habal-habal drivers that could bring you to the jump-off point to the falls. You may contact Tata (0935-9855491) for habal-habal services (150 pesos each, 2 way).
This is part of my adventures in the provinces of Siquijor and Negros Oriental that happened last November 20-22, 2011 with my MBA friends, Clarice and Marvin. Negros Oriental is the 49th province on my list. Join us as we enjoy the "City of Gentle People" in this one awesome trip to Dumaguete City and Valencia, Negros Oriental.
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