Two2Travel Casaroro

5 lessons from trekking to Casaroro Falls in Negros Oriental

Accounts online described the road to Casaroro Falls as “death-defying” and “very rough”. The road was clearly not something your average motorbike driver can negotiate, so driving there, when we’ve barely survived Busuanga, was out of the question.

It turned out the road wasn’t nearly as bad as Coron’s—the drive was a lot shorter (no more than 20 minutes), and thankfully, our driver let us walk the (short) path up the craggy slope while he practically walked the motorbike up.

TWO2TRAVEL | Casaroro Falls

TWO2TRAVEL | Casaroro Falls

TWO2TRAVEL | Casaroro Falls

TWO2TRAVEL | Casaroro Falls

TWO2TRAVEL | Casaroro Falls

Be that as it may, this spur-of-the-moment decision left us with some important lessons, if you may, when venturing into the unknown outdoors.

Stairs do not mean a walk in the park.

It was our first time to walk along concrete stairs on the way to a waterfall, so we thought it’d be easy. NOT! The slope along which the stairs were built were so steep my knees were shaking before we were even halfway down! The walk took about 15 minutes along 300 steps, and it didn’t help that the rise-to-run ratio was 100:1 (exaggeration, but you get the point).

TWO2TRAVEL | Casaroro Falls

TWO2TRAVEL | Casaroro Falls

TWO2TRAVEL | Casaroro Falls

TWO2TRAVEL | Casaroro Falls

No other way but back.

It’s easy to dismiss 300 concrete steps down as easy, but to take the same stairs on the way up, with half as much energy and probably even less patience? I’d bet Tarzan’s a** you’d be cursing your way up. When venturing outdoors, don’t freaking wear slippers!

My mistake was not planning this particular leg of the trip ahead, and then wearing slippers thinking we wouldn’t have to trek (may stairs, diba?). The worse thing was, because I knew I was wearing something slippery, I really took my time, to the exasperation of my companions. Fortunately they were all too nice not to whine about my being slow. It certainly wasn’t like this when I went on a river trek in Cebu a year previously.

TWO2TRAVEL | Casaroro Falls

Reserve the superlatives (and probably the expletives) for later.

Casaroro Falls turned out to be a giant. At 30 meters, the single-cascade waterfall was as high as a 10-storey building. Such grand display from Mother Nature certainly was reward enough for all the effort it took to get there, BUT another word of caution –>

TWO2TRAVEL | Casaroro Falls

Follow your instincts, yes, but sometimes, you have to follow the signs too.

Of course, reserve this for the very few instances when your gut feel may be shrouded with overwhelming feelings of relief, especially at such achievements. In this case, swimmming has been prohibited outright in the area following the deaths of two tourists in November 2012. The two drowned after one of them tried to rescue the other one, who did not emerge from the waters after taking a dip. Hopefully that news won’t scare you away from this giant beauty though; we, for one, already knew about that bit even before we decided to go and visit. It really is just a matter of looking after yourself, and maybe wearing proper footwear if you can help it.

TWO2TRAVEL | Casaroro Falls

TWO2TRAVEL | Casaroro Falls

TWO2TRAVEL | Casaroro Falls

TWO2TRAVEL | Casaroro Falls

TWO2TRAVEL | Casaroro Falls

TWO2TRAVEL | Casaroro Falls

TWO2TRAVEL | Casaroro Falls

TWO2TRAVEL | Casaroro Falls

How to get there

  • Jeep to Valencia from Dumaguete city proper, P13 each, 15-20 minutes.
  • Motorbike ride from Valencia to drop-off point of Casaroro Falls, P100 per person roundtrip, 15 minutes.
  • Tips

  • Most drivers will also serve as your guide, trekking all the way to the falls and back to show you the way. It would be nice if you can give more than the asking price as a tip. Besides, the walk up and down the stairs is tiring enough. (And while we’re on that, bring bottled water too).
  • Going there unaccompanied is okay if you are an experienced trekker. But without a clear route and all the debris from the typhoon, inexperienced visitors may be doubling the risk when they come unaccompanied. In case you wondered, there is no mobile signal in the area.
  • Allot at least three hours for this trip. Don’t be an idiot. Wear something with good traction.
  • TWO2TRAVEL | Casaroro Falls

    Cursing all the way back up,
    Nikka

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    Owen Ballesteros & Nikka Corsino are trigger-happy travelers from the Philippines. They both swear by the sharpness of Nikon and almost always carry a packet of instant coffee when traveling. Photography is their bread and butter, their passion, and sometimes the only thing that prevents them from killing each other. If you have offers of work, collaborations, or an endless supply of instant coffee, please drop them a message here.

    • http://thetravellingfeet.com/ doi

      seeing the majestic Casa Roro brought back all the “painful” memories of the climb down and up. hahaha. happy you survived it Nikka! Buti nalang ang ganda talaga ng falls, your reward after going through all that trouble. Otherwise, I couldn’t imagine more curses flying from different directions. hehehe.

      I hope you also visited Lake Balinsasayao during your Dumaguete trip. ;-)

      • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00779572056259030202 Two2Travel

        Nakakainis talaga yung paakyat, hehe! Unfortunately we didn’t get to see Balinsasayao already because it was nearly 4 PM when we got back from the falls. But we did enjoy this one! Sarap ma-base sa Visayas, ang lalapit lang lahat! :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13806895398865055518 Ryan Mach

      I can vividly remember my trek here a year ago. The trek alone from the cemented road all the way to the jump-off point was tiring enough. And I didn’t get to see the falls up close because of the massive boulders that clogged the river. I didn’t bring water too so I already got dehydrated on my way up. Buti na lang merong faucet mid-day. :-)

      • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00779572056259030202 Two2Travel

        Aaaww too bad! We might not have gone for it all the way if we had trekked to the jump off point earlier! Our guide though looked like he was so bored with the trek. He was texting while going up and down the stairs! LOL

    • http://penfires.com/ Cille | Penfires!

      Wonderful pics!

      I’ve known Casaroro for a long time since my lola hails from valencia but I haven’t visited this falls yet, hopefully soon I’ll be there too. But 300 steps??? ahhh I need to get fit first hehe

      • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00779572056259030202 Two2Travel

        Hi Cille, yep I guess you have to. My legs were sore till I got home four days later. That’s what I got for being unprepared. :/

    • http://www.lakbaydiva.com/ Lakbay Diva

      love the photos as usual. haven’t been there! got me to think of going back to dumaguete again sometime soon…

      • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00779572056259030202 Two2Travel

        Thanks Lakbay! You’ll enjoy this one! ;)

    • Ren Munoz

      wow. the stairs going down reminds me of the one in Sablan, but wow, this one is higher… keep em coming.

    • http://mangmangjuan.wordpress.com/ Juan Dela Cruz

      Hi, I just want to ask how many hours it will take for a short visit here from Dumaguete?

      • http://www.two2travel.com/ Two2Travel

        Hi, I think the jeep from Dumaguete to Valencia took 20 minutes; the motorbike to the falls another 15-20. I think you should reserve half a day for this one. The walk to & from the falls is pretty difficult because the steps are too steep.

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