Within the entire Philippines, Negros has erected its name among the revered islands with plenty of natural attractions in the country. From beaches and mountains to hot springs and waterfalls, surely the island does not run out wonders that’ll leave visitors in awe. Within the Municipality of Valencia, Negros Oriental, another gem awaits every ecstatic visitor and travelers alike. Casaroro Waterfall has always been one of the top destinations of visitors in Valencia. Casaroro has been making noises over the internet and especially on the social media over the years. Since then, it has grown its popularity as visitors increase day by day. So what really made this beaut even more popular?
The accessibility and cheap fees.
With just a 20-30 minute public jeepney ride from Dumaguete City, one can reach the municipality of Valencia with ease. From the municipality proper, plenty of habal-habal are readily available everywhere. Since almost every resident on the municipality knows the waterfall, it would also make sense that most of the habal-habal drivers already know the waterfall and how to get there. Habal-habal rate is quite cheap. Just around 100 pesos, one can go from the municipality proper to the waterfall and back. It’ll take around 15-20 minutes of motorcycle ride to reach the jump-off area. Entrance and environmental fee is just 10 pesos.
With the tourism potential of the waterfall, the government has already mandated several rules and regulations on the place. Most part of the trail heading to the waterfall is already paved. The concrete stairs are complete with handle bars. It is now easier and safer for visitors to get down to the waterfall and get back up to the starting point.
The impeccable beauty of Casaroro Waterfall.
The overwhelming 100-foot high waterfall can surely knock every visitor speechless. The sound of the gushing cold waters making their way through the large boulders accompanied by the misty air, brings out the relaxing lull of mother nature. Top that with its mysterious feel and beautifully eerie ambience enchanting every soul that has witnessed its beauty. Without a doubt, Casaroro Waterfall can easily slide itself to one of the top beautiful waterfalls in the country. It was my first time witnessing a waterfall so beautifully high and narrow that without fail I was somehow bewitched by its beauty.
MY CASARORO EXPERIENCE
I was more than blessed to witness Casaroro when it got included on our itinerary during our Southern Cebu trip early January of this year. We went straight from our Sumilon island escapade in Oslob to Valencia, Negros Oriental. For our accommodation, we stayed in our friend’s family house in Valencia. Drained from our trips, we decided to visit the waterfall the day after. Spending the night doing nothing and just strolling around the place and resting early gave us enough energy to get-up early to start our trip to the waterfall.
The weather was never cooperative days before so we were already expecting rains from time to time. At first, some of our friends were reluctant in pursuing the waterfall since the weather was really gloomy and the lurking storm might suddenly arrive. They were afraid of the possible sudden events like flash floods. I mean it is not bad to think of those things in advance, but it cannot put out burning flames of the adventurous hearts. Me and my other friends decided to continue regardless if the rest of the group will come with us or not. At the end, everybody agreed to proceed.
“One cannot simply put out the burning flame of an adventurous heart.”
As early as 7 in the morning we got out from the house to find something to eat just to energise our bodies. After we had our breakfast, we looked for a habal-habal to charter and take us to the waterfall. There were plenty of habal-habal on standby nearby the municipality’s park. We then got on to the motorcycles and instructed the driver to take us to the waterfall. The waterfall is already known in the municipality and there is no need to further instruct the drivers. All you have to say is the waterfall’s name and they’ll know right away how to get there fast.
The stairs. You’ll lovingly hate it.
We arrived on the waterfall jump-off point early. There was no municipality personnel present yet and so we went straight down to the waterfall. Normally, they do orientation first before allowing visitors to go ahead down to the waterfall, as I heard and read. It was good though that our habal-habal drivers were courteous enough to guide us on our way to the waterfall. Before arriving at the exact spot of the waterfall, one must descend through a 335-step concrete stairs and pass through the river boulders. Good luck on getting back up though.
It took us around 20 mins to arrive the glorious waterfall. The trail is treacherous. There are slippery stones, so take extra care when crossing the river. Electronic gadgets must be secured from getting wet especially on the waterfall area where the air gets misty. I would not recommend this for the elderly people and children below 10 years old. Supposedly there was an established concrete path heading towards the waterfall. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by the previous typhoon. The remains of the concrete path are still visible by the trail.
Feet rushing and heart stomping as if playing along by the tune of the waters gushing. Excited I was to witness the beauty of the waterfall. Few more steps as I approached to the elbow corner of the trail, I saw our guides and my friend pausing and sighing in awe as if stunned. Intrigued and curious, I fastened my pace. When I reached the corner, as I turned and faced the direction towards the waterfall, I then fully understood the reaction of the people. The waterfall is so enchanting. It seems like it was purposely enclosed and guarded by the mountain walls. Enhance that with the lush green ferns and trees. I can swear that it could be a sanctuary of fairies.
I couldn’t wait to get more up close with it’s splendid raw beauty. Hopping on every boulders and stones. Ignoring the uneven ground. I hastened to get near. I cannot explain what I felt as I watched the waterfall up close. It was a mixture of beauty and disaster. The beauty of the waterfall and the possible disaster its mighty current could bring. I was both amazed and terrified. But one thing is for sure, I was humbled. With its towering height, one could not help but feel tiny. With its ravaging water, one can be rendered helpless and fragile.
Because of the waterfall’s perilous water current, it is not advised to go swimming. Dipping on the sides, near the rocks, is the only advisable thing the visitors can do. We did not bother dipping though since the water is so cold, we can even feel it by the mist. After spending several minutes on the waterfall, we headed straight back to the jump off point. Climbing up was the real challenge. The 335 steps of steep stairs is never a joke especially for those who are not physically active people.
Satisfied. Where to next?
After the exhausting assault, we rested for a while before proceeding to our next destination. Exactly when we arrived on the jump off point, a bunch of tourists arrived. We were thankful that we arrived early and got to own the place even for a moment before people starts flooding the place. It was then when the assigned personnel arrived and collected our entrance fee. Right after paying the fees, we embarked straight to our next destination which was Pulangbato Waterfall which is also located in Valencia.
23 Replies to “Casaroro Waterfall : A Gem Beyond the Wrecked Trail”
Negros is next on our list but it may take a while since we havent explored much of Cebu.
Once you hit south Cebu, you can just go straight to Negros even for a side-trip.
It’ll just take around 30 mins of ferry ride from Cebu to Negros.
Lisura sad dal-on sa akong Lolo dira uy. Basin niya ma-slide ba. 😦
Ayaw nalang. Kay lisod pud pasaka.
I admit I don’t purposely go to somehow-far destinations without a motivation or without people dragging me to come with them. So I hope I get that motivation to visit the falls in Valencia, lol. With how you described it, sounds like it’s worth visiting though.
I have to stop watching thriller/horror films. It’s basically one of the things that’s stopping me from going to far-flung areas for fear of getting bewitched by supernatural entities (Blair Witch, anyone?) or kidnapped by sadistic extremists. HAHAHAHA. But that falls look really lovely, though.
It really is!
HAHAHA katawaa nako ani na comment oi
Magbisaya jud ko. Kay nindot kaayo ang falls. Makasuya. Ganahan ko moadto. Nindot jud kaayo cya tan-awon. ❤
Kanindot tan-awn sa falls, it looks so magical as it is! Worth it rajud ang pag travel. ❤
This is one of my goals this year, to explore Negros going north. 😀
Casaroro Falls really look nice! I’m sure it’s worth that insane stair climbing. Hahahah
Hala oi. Eerie jud? Haha! I actually laughed when I read the first sentence. Wala lang. hahahaha! Kidding aside, CASARORO!! I actually remembered when it first laid on my eyes, I said a bad word out of amusement! Amazing jud kaayo siya and I want to revisit bahala nanang stairs na taas kaayo!
eerie oi kay murag taw-an ang lugar
This is the kind of stranded that we want Bacon! Eat more breakfast ha!
Negros is such an awesome island, I wanna explore it soon!
HAHA..My mind turns green for a second. Anyway, that majestic falls deserves a rematch. I don’t care the steps going down and up. The magnificent view is more than enough reason to beat those tired muscles.
At first when we were there, our only impressions were of a curtain of doom-black confronting us. Then our senses became fully attuned as the air was musty and rank, like sticking your head into an old dustbin. The tiny droplets of water flew like mist amidst the eerie ambiance surrounding the falls. We burst through the wall of water and looked up to see a hopeful, polestar-blue sky.
Casaroro na in few days.. Can’t wait 🙂
Would gladly climb those steps just to get to that beauty of a falls! Negros really does seem to offer a lot!
Oh man, so beautiful. Good thing my partner isn’t around right now or else he will be drooling (more than me) over these places. We haven’t been out for a while now but I hope it means we’re preparing for a big getaway later this year. Thanks for inspiring!