Casaroro Falls in Valencia is easily the most popular waterfall in the area, and for good reason. The sheer height alone is reason enough for tourists to want to visit, but pair this with how close it is to downtown Dumaguete and you have the perfect recipe for a Dumaguete day trip.
GETTING TO CASARORO FALLS
You’ll find Casaroro Falls in Valencia, less than 30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Dumaguete. The best way to get the falls is via scooter or motorbike, which you can rent for $8 USD a day. If you’re not comfortable driving a scooter, you can rent a car for $40 or take a tricycle from downtown, but make sure to barter for a reasonable price since it’s a “special ride” to the falls.
Once you get to the parking lot you’ll have to pay a $0.20 entrance fee, and from there the fun starts! It’s a steep trek on a paved path with over 300 steps for around 15 minutes until you reach the river. They’ve recently developed a path alongside the river that takes you all the way to falls, so all in all the trek should take you no longer than 30 minutes depending on pace.
The beauty of Casaroro Falls will hit you out of no where. You’ll hear it in the distance, but you won’t see it until you peep around a corner and there she stands, all 100ft of her. If you catch her in the right lighting (we went at midday), she practically glows against the forest greens. There’s plenty of space to swim and cool off after your hike, and big boulders that make the perfect spot to pose for photos.
After you’ve spent enough time swimming or simply admiring the beauty of Casaroro Falls, it’s time to make the trek up the seemingly never ending stairs. Once you’ve made it to the top there’s a restaurant where you can down some water and refuel from their tasty menu. We recommend their chicken and curried rice meal with a side of salsa and an ice tea for only $3.50. You won’t regret it.
If you’re looking for other cool things to do around Dumaguete, why not check out our guide to Hidden Beach in Siaton just an hour away from Dumaguete city.
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WHERE TO STAY NEAR CASARORO FALLS
Most people who visit Negros Oriental are told to stay in Dumaguete, but what they really mean by that is stay around Dumaguete. True, Dumaguete City has plenty of tourist inns and budget hotels, but it’s the surrounding towns of Dauin and Zamboanguita that offer the best spots to stay. There’s not a whole lot to do in the city itself, so when you stay in the nearby municipalities there’s plenty of nature to explore whilst still being nice and close to Dumaguete City. Check out our top picks for accommodation near Dumaguete City.
LUXURY: Atmosphere Resorts & Spa, Dauin
Atmosphere Resorts & Spa in Dauin is the resort to stay at if you’ve got a big budget and fancy the finer things in life. Atmosphere has hosted its fair share of local celebrities and deep pocketed divers looking for the best beachfront luxury in Dauin.
MIDSCALE: Mike’s Dauin Dive Resort, Dauin
If you want to stay by the ocean without breaking the bank, Mike’s Dauin Dive Resort in Dauin is a comfortable midscale accommodation option perfect for diving enthusiasts. If you’ve never dived before, you can get your certification at Mike’s, and divers of all skill sets can enjoy the abundance of macro diving opportunities in and around Dauin.
BUDGET: Bongo Bongo Divers, Dauin
Bongo Bongo Divers is one of the most popular hostels in Dauin for backpackers looking for cheap accommodation in a convenient location. The rooms are simple, without any glitz and glam, but the vibe is fun and welcoming. They have a variety of room styles to choose from, ranging from couples rooms to AC or fan only dorms.
AIRBNB: Villa Amani, Zamboanguita
Villa Amani in Zamboanguita is the perfect holiday home for small families or groups of friends looking for privacy that a traditional resort or hotel can’t offer. The main house sleeps 4 with additional space for 2 in the guest house, or you can book the guest house separately if it’s just the 2 of you and you’re on a budget. The property has a swimming pool, an unbeatable view of Apo Island and kayaks to use whenever you want.