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Casaroro Falls – Negros Oriental’s Hidden Gem

CASARORO-FALLS-DUMAGUETE

William Feather, American publisher and author, once said, “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” That’s exactly what my family, relatives, and I did last month.

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It wasn’t spontaneous. We actually planned for it for quite some time and set the date for our Bacolod-Dumaguete-Cebu escapade for January. I must say that we had a full itinerary for the trip since we didn’t want to waste time. One of our stops for the Dumaguete leg of our journey was Casaroro Falls, which is dubbed Negros Oriental’s hidden beauty.

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Why hidden? Well, this 100-feet tall wonder is lodged between two huge rock crevices with a dense forest concealing the area. Unfortunately, Casaroro Falls was one of the areas badly hit by Typhoon Sendong a few years back, and this has somehow affected the influx of tourists to this hidden gem.

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How to Get There

 

If you’re coming from Dumaguete City and making use of public transportation, you could actually take a pedicab ride to get to the Valencia jeepney terminal. Travel time to Valencia’s municipality proper is roughly 15-20 minutes, and from here, you can ride a habal-habal (a local motorcycle ride with the seating capacity of a car) to get to Casaroro Falls. This is the primary transportation choice, as it can easily maneuver across the rocky and beaten path. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can ride a pedicab and hike the rest of the way, about 30 minutes, to get to the falls’ entrance. In our case, we had our own transportation, and since some older relatives were with us, not all of us could hike.

 

There was a lady caretaker stationed at the entrance, and after paying her the entrance fee, she told us to take 335 steps down, turn right and walk straight for 200m to reach our destination. What she forgot to tell us was that the 200m we had to traverse included scrambling on huge rock boulders and crossing rivers. I would suggest you wear comfortable footwear meant for long hikes but able to withstand slippery slopes. In addition, make sure you have bottled water handy because the trip is challenging.

 

Going 335 steps down was easy, but climbing up steep slopes was tricky and dangerous. That’s also the reason why tourists are no longer allowed to go down to the falls when it’s late. We got there around 3:30PM, but we couldn’t stay long since we didn’t have flashlights with us. We wanted to make headway while there’s still light.

 

I would say the grueling path we had to take to get to Casaroro Falls was worth it because it was AMAZING! We were merely standing on the rocks but we could feel the strength and power of the falls. This hidden gem is truly one of Mother Nature’s most remarkable gifts to us.

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26 thoughts on “Casaroro Falls – Negros Oriental’s Hidden Gem

  1. It is so beautiful! The one time I went to Dumaguete was to lead a group of foreign nationals backpacking and scuba diving. Now I know there are other places I could go to, should I have the opportunity to visit Dumaguete again.

    1. I love that you get to backpack and scuba dive. You went to Apo Island I suppose? I was going to dive while I was there but sadly enough we didn’t have time. We were with a whole group and no one was up for diving. I shall go back another time then.

  2. wow! What a breathtaking scenery you got here… Honestly, i have never witnessed a fall in my entire life but It has always been on my bucket list. I’m actually planning to visit Pagsanjan Falls last month but it didn’t pushed through because of other commitments I had.. hopefully this summer!
    Casaroro falls seems like a nice and unspoiled paradise! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Pagsanjan is also nice, there’s also cavinti ( the other side of pagsanjan) if you want to experience that. It can be done in a day so you might be able to squeeze it in for a weekend. Let me know how it goes.

  3. It looks very beautiful and peaceful. I bet is great swimming in the lagoon, feeling to power of the water. Thank you for sharing this, it’s so beautiful to read about the nature in different parts of the world. 🙂

  4. My friend loves seeing falls and we are really planning to make a trip. I will tell her about this. Thanks for posting.

  5. I bet finding out that having to go through everything to get to the waterfall was a surprise! But so worth it! Beautiful photos. I once swam around a waterfall and it was one of the highlights of my life, I felt like I was in a movie lol

  6. That looks amazing! It’s unfortunate to hear that it was affected by the Typhoon Sendong; I’m sure more people will discover this hidden beauty! I’m glad that you explained how to get there! I love when bloggers do that, so that I can easily find different ways to get there! 🙂

  7. Looks beautiful! Don’t you think the more arduous the trek is the greater the reward? In Patagonia, I thought I wouldn’t make it on this one trek up a mountain. But I did and the views were just unbelievable. Thanks for sharing yet another amazing sight in the Philippines. 🙂

  8. Sounds like a fabulous day! I would totally ride a pedicab and hike the rest of the way; thanks for the note on slip resistent footwear; that’s where I generally fail at life on these kind of hikes lol!

  9. I’ve heard and read so many amazing posts about the Philippines, and this is no exception! I love the picture of the both of you, you can feel the joy!

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