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THE SERENITY THAT WERE THE TWIN LAKES OF DANAO AND BALINSASAYAO


Atop the mountains that surround the small coastal town of Sibulan are two pristine Lakes that were Danao and Balinsasayao. Together, they are just two among the many beautiful lakes found in the province of Negros Oriental. Tucked away from the nuisance of the rapidly progressing Dumaguete, they lay unperturbed in the mountains with only the singing of the birds and the tranquillity of nature keeping them company. Hidden beneath the abundance of the luscious rainforest, they are treasures meant to be revered to and protected.

Being one of the major tourist attractions offered in the city of Dumaguete, they surprisingly stayed untouched. Their water is as clear as crystals and teeming with life, it reflects the greenery of the surrounding forest like emeralds shimmering under the sunlit skies. The air smells that of early morning dew or that of trees and of earth after a rain shower and will keep you cool throughout the day. The lakes need I say have stayed in their most natural state with only the presence of small cottages made of native materials and boats docked at the mouth of the lake serving as signs of little human intervention.

TRAVEL GUIDE TO THE TWIN LAKES DANAO AND BALINSASAYAO
Selfie with this stunner at the viewing deck with the even more stunning background.

FACTS

Lake Balinsasayao derived its name from the native birds Balinsasayaw which have inhabited the lake and its surrounding forest for a very long time in the past. These birds are commonly known as Swiftlet and is source to the main ingredient of the world famous Nido Soup, a Chinese delicacy made from Swiflet nest woven using its saliva. Lake Danao on the other hand was named after the native Danao people who were settlers near the lake during the early times.

Lake Balinsasayao is the more accessible of the two. Few kilometres up the mountains from the registration point lies a café that also serves as the viewing deck to the lake. From there the magnificence of Lake Balinsasayao comes into view. To get to the lake however you will have to go down the manmade stairway located at the other side of the road adjacent to the cafe. The stairway is made of huge limestone rocks. Some were covered with moss and can be very slippery.

Halfway through the end of the stairway is a trail leading to Lake Danao. This serves as a shortcut to people who intends to see Lake Danao first. At the end of the stairway are small cottages. They were built among the rocks at the side of the lake. There are also paddle boats docked at the mouth of the lake and they can be used to explore the vastness of Balinsasayao. On the other hand, Lake Danao is shied ever farther. From Lake Balinsasayao, you will have to walk west along the cottages until you reach the trail leading to Lake Danao. The trail to Lake Danao might take an hour of trekking along a rugged terrain. If you don’t feel like trekking to Danao Lake, you can at anytime paddle through the waters of Lake Balinsasayao on a boat to the other side of the lake from where Lake Danao is more accessible.

TRAVEL GUIDE TO THE TWIN LAKES DANAO AND BALINSASAYAO
The trail leading down to Lake Balinsasayao

THINGS TO DO

Simply enjoying the view of both of the lakes is good enough reason to pay this gems a visit yet these activities may be able to add more spice to your day.

  • Paddle Boating – Explore the vastness of Balinsasayao or visit Danao Lake on the other side on a paddle boat. Also try to see the waterfall that feeds both of the lakes with water.
  • Get a Foot Spa – The waters of the lakes are teeming with life. Various species of fish live in it and they can be your ticket to a more relaxed stay. Simply dip your bare foot into the water and small to medium size fishes will come swimming towards it to feed on your dead skin cells and callouses. Another reason to say the best things are free
  • Camp in broad daylight – Overnight camping may not be permitted but setting up a tent to relax in is not a bad idea either.
  • Snorkel – Bring snorkel gears and witness the richness of life underwater.
  • Free Dive – Lake Balinsasayao is said to be 80 meters deep and might be good enough to free dive.
TRAVEL GUIDE TO THE TWIN LAKES DANAO AND BALINSASAYAO
Rocky edges of Lake Balinsasayao

HOW TO GET THERE

From Dumaguete you can ride a PUJ (Public Utility Jeep) going to Amlan and get off at the juncture in La-laan in San Jose. Fare is P15 and may take just 15 minutes. From there hire a motorcycle (locals call it habal-habal). 2-way fare is P400 good for 2 people. Be very careful as local drivers can be very mean with their prices. Some of them may charge P400 a person for a 2-way motorcycle ride. If that happens, you can always go back to Dumaguete to rent a motorcycle or scooter. A day rental can cost P300-P350 but that can already take you places.

From San Jose juncture, there is just one concrete road leading to the lakes. The roads are paved but the ascent can be very steep. There are sections where you will encounter blind curves so be extra careful with your driving. You will pass by 2 small villages before you reach the registration point where you will have to pay entrance and parking fees. For those who are bringing their own car, you can just pass through the National Highway going all the way to Amlan. Turn left at the La-Laan San Jose juncture and drive all the way up until you reach the registration point. From there the lakes are just a few minutes away.

TRAVEL GUIDE TO THE TWIN LAKES DANAO AND BALINSASAYAO
Part of the trail leading to Lake Danao

WHAT ARE THE FEES TO PAY
  • Entrance Fee – P25 (Local) P100 (Non-Filipino)
  • Parking – P10 (Motorcycle) P25 (Car) P50 (Vans/SUV)
  • Cottages – P50
  • Paddle Boat – P350 for 6 people

SAMPLE BUDGET AND ITINERARY
  • Renting a motorcycle
    • Motorcycle Rental and Gas – P400
    • Entrance Fee & Parking (Twin Lakes) – P35
    • Entrance Fee Casaroro & Pulangbato Falls – P30
    • Food – P200

TOTAL: P665 (can be less if you’re sharing scooter with someone)

  • Hiring a motorcyle (habal-habal) and a driver
    • Fare Dumaguete to San Jose Juncture – P15
    • Habal-Habal and Driver – P600 (Twin Lakes alone is P300)
    • Entrance Fee & Parking – P35
    • Food – P200

TOTAL: P850 (can be less if you’re sharing cost with someone)

  • Day Tour Clubbed with Casaroro & Pulangbato Falls

0600: Wake Up
0600 – 0730: Breakfast. Tidy Up
0730 – 0800: Travel to the Twin Lakes
0800 – 1200: Twin Lakes and activities
12:00 – 1300: Lunch. Rest.
1300 – 1400: Travel to Valencia
1400 – 1500: Casaroro Falls
1500 – 1530: Travel to Pulangbato Falls
1530 – 1630: Pulangbato Falls
1630: Travel back to HOTEL


TRAVEL GUIDE TO THE TWIN LAKES DANAO AND BALINSASAYAO
Lake Danao from the viewing its own viewing deck

There you go lovely people. I wrote this post as detailed as possible but if you have other questions, by all means leave them on the comments box below or shoot me an e-mail by clicking this button right here. —————————->

Do see also my post about Casaroro and Pulangbato Falls. And for a more comprehensive budget travel guide to Dumaguete, visit my DUMAGUETE AT P6538 in 5 DAYS: Budget Travel Guide With Side Trips To Siquijor, Oslob and Apo Island post.

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DUMAGUETE AT P6538 in 5 DAYS: Budget Travel Guide With Side Trips To Siquijor, Oslob and Apo Island


Only a handful of people know that the province of Negros Oriental is home to some breathtaking sites, majestic waterfalls and enchanting islands. It’s capital city, Dumaguete serves as the gateway to all the wonderful things the province has to offer. But don’t ever think for a second that that is all there is to this city because behind its streets bustling with hundreds of motorcycles everyday are historical landmarks, awesome restaurants and scenic views that is set to blow your mind away. What made it even more endearing to visiting tourists is the warmth and kindness of its people.

DUMAGUETE CITY is also strategically located in the coastal area of the Oriental Negros province making the other nearby provinces such as Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor within arm’s reach.


HOW TO GO THERE

Tip: Please make sure to check schedule of trips to Dumaguete from the place where you are coming from for a hassle-free travel. Saves time. Less Cost.

  • From Manila – You can fly directly to Dumaguete City via CebuPacific and PAL. If you wanna spend long solitary hours in the sea, there are also 2GO Ferry Trips bound to the city. Kindly check this link for up-to-date schedules.
  • From Cebu – You can ride a Ceres Bus from Cebu all the way to Dumaguete. Travel time takes about 5 hours and Fare is P250. Earliest trip is 5:30AM and the latest is 6:00PM. For parts of Cebu near Liloan port, you can just board a ferryboat bound to Sibulan port and from there, take a jeep to Dumaguete. You would just spend roughly around P80. If you have less time to travel then you can just board from Cebu to Dumaguete. Check here for schedule and fare for each of the shipping lines operating Cebu-Dumaguete trips although I am most certain about OceanJet still operating this route unlike the other shipping lines mentioned in that website and fare may just be around P1000 or so.
  • From Bohol – Ride an OceanJet fastcraft bound to Dumaguete. Fare is P700. Check this link for trip schedules.
  • From Siquijor – Ride a ferryboat. There are several trips bound to the city everyday and 2 or 3 shipping companies operates this route including OceanJet, Aleson and GL. Fare starts at P120. Earliest ferry leaves at 5:30AM and latest in the day leaves at 6PM.
  • From Bacolod – Ride a Ceres bus going to Dumaguete. Fare is P290 for AC bus. Earliest bus leaves at 1AM and the latest at 7PM.

WHERE TO STAY

There are plenty of budget hostels in Dumaguete City but the most famous among tourists especially backpackers is Harold’s Mansion. Located along Hibbard Avenue, this hostel offers a P250 dorm room, shared toilet and bath and a sumptuous breakfast.

I’ve also listed other budget hostels you might want to check out while you are in the city.

  • Casa Demonteverde
    Address: Daro Claytown, Dumaguete City
    Price range: P500 to P1600
  • Obdulia’s Business Inn
    Mobile: 0916 156-9974 & 0917-314 3384
    Address: Gov. Perdices Street, Cor. Pinili and Colon Sts. Dumaguete City 6200
    Price Range: P899 to P1899 (with ref, hot and cold drinking water)
  • One Bethany Place
    Mobile: 09228297737
    Address: E.J. Blanco Drive, Piapi, Dumaguete City 6200
    Price Range: P550 to P1500
  • Hotel Nicanor
    Landline: (035) 421-0787
    Address: San Jose St. Dumaguete City 6200
    Price Range: P950 to P2000
  • Vintage Inn
    Landline: (035) 225-1076 or (035) 422-9106
    Address: E. Surban St. (across the public market)
    Price Range: Starts at P300 for single economy rooms with private T&B.
  • Bethel Guesthouse
    Mobile: 0917-3201484
    Address: Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete City, Philippines
    Price Range: Starts at P250

WHERE TO EAT

Hibbard Avenue is home to some awesome bars and restaurants. I happened to chance upon a fellow female backpacker who told me about Neva’s Pizza. Lots of thanks Cess if you happen to be reading this! I absolutely love the pizza. It was probably one of the best tasting pizzas I’ve ever had which might even give those famous pizza chains a run for their money. Not only do they serve great pizza but their pasta dishes and rice value meals are to die for. Pay this place a visit and I guarantee they will give you the best value for your money.

You might also want to check other interesting restaurants in the city.

  • MOON CAFÉ SILLIMAN – Mexican with a Filipino touch and nothing but good words are all what you will wallow about this restaurant over the internet. Need I say more? Just give this one a Go!
  • TACO SURF – Probably Taco’s and everything Mexican would pop into your mind the moment you hear of this restaurant but surprisingly it is mostly known for its delectable sushi platters. Weird but definitely worth it.
  • HAYAHAY TREEHOUSE BAR & VIEW DECK – Craving for delectable seafood dishes? Look no further. This restaurant got them all covered. Plus, enjoy the view of the coastlines while chilling with a bottle of beer or a glass of cocktail.
  • SANS RIVAL BISTRO – Located along Rizal Boulevard and fronting the coastline of Dumaguete, this restaurant boasts not just a great view of the sea but a menu that’s worth every peso.
  • FLAMIN’ GRILL CAFÉ – Burgers. Fries. Buffalo Wings at just the right price? This should be the place you should go to.

There may be plenty of restaurants in the city that you can choose from but nothing beats the local favorite. Take a walk in Rizal Boulevard at sundown and join the locals and other tourists enjoy clean streetfood mainly of chicken tempura and balut (boiled duck’s egg). Compliment it with beer and just simply have a wonderful time.


THINGS TO DO and/or PLACES TO SEE

  1. See the Twin Lakes of Danao and Balinsasayaw
  2. Go Chasing Waterfalls (Casaroro and Pulangbato Falls)
  3. Roam Around Town
  4. Pay Siliman University a visit
  5. Swim with the adorable sea turtles in APO Island
  6. Hike up Mount Talinis or better yet Mt. Kanlaon
  7. Experience the rush of adrenaline in The Camp or Tejero Adventure Park
  8. Discover the Enchanting Island of Siquijor
  9. Swim with the gentle giants (whalesharks) in Oslob Cebu (I don’t really recommend)
  10. See the city of Smiles – Bacolod
  11. Go Dolphin Watching in Bais City
  12. Wallow in a tropical island goodness of Sumilon Island
  13. Check out the Maldives Of The Philippines.

TIPS AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Hiring a tricycle from the airport can be a bit pricey. Better to walk outside of the airport and ride a jeepney (multicab) and it will already take you to the city for the price of P10. You can get off the main highway and hire a tricycle for the mimimum fare of P7.00
  • When you are touring the city or the nearby tourist spots, it will be better for you to rent a motorcycle. Check Kokoi’s Motorbike Rental through mobile no. 09269230455 or MoTour Motorcycles for Rent through telephone no. 035-226 1890.
  • If you want to explore the nearby provinces such as Bohol, Cebu and Siquijor, it will always be best to know the schedule time of departure of ferryboats before planning your itinerary. It will be an absolute budget saver.
  • I hate writing anything bad about any place but if you are a female solo traveler, be very careful. Some men in Dumaguete aren’t the nicest in the world.
  • Hotel check out time is 12NN. To avoid paying extra, you can just leave your bags in the reception and go back for it after your day tour.

HOW SPENDING P6538 IN 5 DAYS POSSIBLE? Read about MY ONCE, ALMOST SO PERFECT CENTRAL VISAYAS TOUR STORY

When I traveled to Dumaguete on the last week of September 2015, I was alone, a very first for me.  For the longest time, I had been travelling with Boyfie or with some friends so at that time, I was just glad to get one heck of a nuisance off my back, for just a short while that is (but honestly, I missed them). I was ecstatic at the same time nervous but I didn’t let it show. I just wanted to have a great time hoping to discover the perks of being a solo traveler in a place that was once unknown to me.. The weather wasn’t at its best as well. A couple of showers in the morning hindered me from getting started with my well planned adventure. To make things worse, this trip was bombarded with a lot of awful things throughout the 5 days I was there. There was that traffic jam in SLEX that I almost missed my 7AM flight. There’s that almost getting molested by a local maniac and a whole lot more of those unexpected misfortunes. Should I be thankful I am normally as passive as the most passive human being ever existed since those awful stuff did nothing to make me falter or have the worst of time? Anyhow, allow me to walk you through my first solo adventure which didn’t quite turn out the way I planned.


DAY 1: NATURE TRIP IN ONE OF DUMAGUETE’S GEMS, THE LAKES OF DANAO AND BALINSASAYAW

TRAVEL GUIDE TO THE TWIN LAKES DANAO AND BALINSASAYAO
Selfie with this stunner at the viewing deck with the even more stunning background.

I arrived in Dumaguete at 9AM, just in time for me to get started with my itinerary that I named as the “Ultimate Nature Experience” with plans of seeing the Twin Lakes, Casaroro Falls and Pulangbato Falls. However the weather didn’t allow things to fall just as planned. I didn’t get on with touring until after 12 noon. I went to see the twin lakes then since they seemed to be more favorable in proximity than the waterfalls in Valencia. I rode a mini jeep en route Amlan and alighted at the juncture in San Jose. I hired a motorcycle and driver to take me to the jewels lying hidden in the mountains. The next series of events were the most captivating that day at the same time the most horrible (will write a separate post).

Read: THE SERENITY THAT WERE THE TWIN LAKES OF DANAO AND BALINSASAYAO

SUMMARY OF EXPENSES (Day 1) 
TotalP800
Fare Airport to Harold's MansionP17
Lunch (Jollibee!)
P120
Fare to San Jose JunctureP15
TourP300
Environmental Fee + ParkingP50
Dinner (Korean Noodles)
P50
AccommodationP250

 

 


DAY 2: CHASING WATERFALLS IN VALENCIA

TRAVEL GUIDES TO CASARORO FALLS & PULANGBATO FALLS
Speechless moments in the presence of the RED QUEEN

Waterfalls are the apple of my eyes and those gems in Valencia are definitely not the kind to be missed so early morning of my 2nd day, off I went to the little town situated just south of the bustling Dumaguete. I rode a jeep and hired a motorcycle plus driver upon reaching the town. This day made me completely forget all the awful things that happened the day before and some other bad days I had prior to this trip.

Read: CASARORO FALLS AND PULANGBATO FALLS – 2 Stunning Waterfalls in Visayas You Might Have Never Heard Of

 

SUMMARY OF EXPENSES (Day 2) 
TotalP777
RT Fare Jeep Dumaguete-ValenciaP22
RT Fare Hotel to TerminalP20
Breakfast (Free)P0
Lunch (Local Eatery)P65
TourP300
Dinner & Beers (Street Food at the bay)P120
AccommodationP250

 

 


DAY 3: SWIMMING WITH THE WHALESHARKS IN OSLOB AND THE SEA TURTLES IN APO ISLAND

OSLOB SIDE TRIP
Swimming with the whalesharks in Oslob

The night before, I spoke with Cess, a dorm mate and a fellow solo traveler who has travelled all over Visayas for past 2 weeks. She gave valuable tips to cheap eats and awesome places to visit while in Dumaguete which included swimming with the whalesharks in Oslob. Although this is on my bucket list, this however wasn’t part of my original itinerary since I had reserved it for my trip to Cebu come January of 2016.  Yet she made it seemed so amazing that first thing in the morning after we’ve spoken, off I went to see these gentle giants.

My trip to Oslob was just fine but it was completely not much to my liking (Will write a separate post about it). Now to brighten things up, shortly after I left Oslob I went to see Apo Island and the adorable sea turtles.. I would have regretted calling the day over after some awry hours spent in Oslob as the time I had in Apo Island was that turning point I was just looking for.

SUMMARY OF EXPENSES (Day 3) 
TotalP1715
Fare Trike Hostel-Sibulan TerminalP8
RT Fare Dumaguete-Sibulan PortP24
RT Fare Sibulan-Liloan PortsP128
RT Fare Bus Liloan Port-OslobP60
Breakfast
P50
Lunch (3 sticks BBQ + Rice in Apo Island)P35
Whale Shark Tour FeeP500
RT Fare Bus Dumaguete-MalatapayP60
Boat (P3000 shared with the other 7 people)P375
Environmental FeeP25
Dinner (Neva's Pizza)P200
AccomodationP250

 


DAY 4: A FUNFILLED DAY IN THE MYSTIQUE ISLAND OF FIRE, SIQUIJOR

SIQUIJOR ISLAND SIDE TRIP
Swinging in Cambugahay Falls

Trips to Siquijor from Dumaguete are limited. I was not able to catch the last trip to the island the day after coming from an awesome adventure in Apo Island so I instead woke early to catch the first trip on my 4th day. My time in Siquijor was probably the happiest and the most memorable. People were very friendly and they effortlessly saved themselves a special place in my heart. In the place widely known for evil sorcery was where I had the most wonderful conversation, hearty laugh, unmatched thrill and adventure and the safest feeling away from home. Siquijor will always be dear to me.

I must have really loved Siquijor! So much that I missed the last ferry back to Dumaguete at 6PM making me spend the night there. It cost me more money and worse! My trip to Bohol. I should be disappointed which at first I was (I even cried! Haha) but instead of brooding over my messed up plans, I went to see the local carnival and joined in celebrating the town’s fiesta.

SUMMARY OF EXPENSES (Day4) 
TotalP1642
Ferryboat to Siquijor (Aleson)P100
Terminal Fee (Dumaguete Port)P12
Entrance Fees
Balete Tree - P5
Salagdoong Beach - P25 + Parking fee - P20
P50
Motorbike TourP700
Accommodation (Tumamak Lodge)P120
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner + Beers
Free
P60
P150
Mobile Phone (My phone ran out of battery and I left the charger back in Dumaguete)
P500

 


DAY 5: THE GREAT MISS

Yes. I missed Bohol. My plan was after Siquijor, I’ll go back to Dumaguete, pick up my stuff at Harold’s Mansion then ride a Ceres bus to Cebu City so I could catch the first ferry bound to Bohol. But this didn’t happen. 5AM I woke up. Although I enjoyed every minute I had spent the last night but waking up to slowly realize I have to wait for another opportunity to see the treasures of Bohol is like waking up to a bad hangover. But it was not the time to wallow on my failure so after completely picking up my senses, immediately I ran to the port where several other passengers lined at the ticket booth hoping to catch the first trip to Dumaguete. I arrived in  Dumaguete a little over 9AM but instead of going directly back to Harold’s, I took the time to roam around and explore the city. To Go fastcraft to Bohol wont be available until 3PM giving me plenty of time to get enough of the City Of Gentle People.

I arrived in Bohol at 5PM giving me too short of a time to see even the nearest tourist site. It again brought me a feeling of regret, but it was just too late to be sulking over one great miss. I just wanted that day to end so off  I went to find me a place to doze off the misery away!

The following morning. I woke up early to catch my flight back to Manila.

SUMMARY OF EXPENSES (Day 5) 
TotalP1604
Ferry Boat To Dumaguete (GL Lines)P130
Terminal FeeP12
City Tour on TricycleP100
Breakfast
Lunch (Mang Inasal)
Dinner (Bread&Milk)
Free
P120
P30
Fastcraft to Bohol + Terminal FeeP712
Accommodation in Bohol (Celine's B&B)P300
Tricycle to Celine's
Tricycle to Airport
P30
P20
Terminal Fee AirPortP150

TOTAL FOR 5 DAYS = P6538.00


IF THINGS WENT SMOOTHLY, THIS COULD HAVE BEEN MY ITINERARY INSERTING A DAY IN OSLOB

DAY 1

0700 Fly to Dumaguete
0900 ETA Dumaguete (Settle stuff in hotel)
1000 Start Tour Twin Lakes
1200 Lunch
1300 Casaroro and Pulangbato Falls
1700 End Tour (Back to Dumaguete)
1800 Dinner at the bay
2200 Lights Out

Safe Budget: P850

DAY 2

0430 Wake Up
0600 Depart Delta Fastcraft Siquijor
0700 ETA Siquijor (Breakfast)
0800 Cantabon Cave
1200 Lunch
1300 Cambugahay Falls, Lazi Church and Convent, Balete Tree, Salagdoong Beach etc
1700 End Tour
1800 Ferry Back To Dumaguete
1900 ETA Dumaguete (Dinner)
2200 Lights Out

Safe Budget: P1500

*** You can stay overnight for longer touring hours and to let you squeeze Cantabon Cave which might require up to 4 hrs to explore.

DAY 3

0600 Wake up. Freshen Up. Breakfast
0700 ETD Ceres Bus To Malatapay
0800 ETA Malatapay
0830 ETD Boat Apo Island
0930 ETA Apo Island. Registration. Explore
1200 Lunch
1300 Resume Exploring. Photo Ops
1500 Depart For the City
1600 Malatapay. Wash Up
1700 ETA Dumaguete
1800 Dinner + Beer (Some random bar in Hibbard Ave)
2200 Lights Out

Safe Budget: P600 (Boat ride to Apo Island can go as low as P300 if you get to join bigger groups)

DAY 4

0430 Wake Up. Freshen Up. Pack Up
0530 Sibulan Port
0630 Liloan Port
0700 Oslob. Whaleshark Tour
0800 Tumalog Falls
0900 ETD Oslob to Sumilon Island
1000 Sumilon Island (Tour may be arranged with Blue Water Resort for P1500/person)
1200 Lunch
1300 Explore Sumilon Island
1630 Depart for Oslob
1730 Oslob. Bus to Cebu
2100 Cebu City. Dinner.
2200 Lights Out

Safe Budget: P2500

DAY 5

0500 Wake up. Freshen Up. Pack Up
0600 Ferry Cebu-Bohol
0700 Bohol. Breakfast.
0800 Blood Compact Site, Baclayon Church, Loboc Cruise
1200 Lunch
1300 Punta Water Tower, Bohol Bee Farm, Bilar Manmade Forest, The Phil Tarsier, Chocolate Hills
1800 Dinner
1900 Laoay Firefly Cruise (Optional)
2100 End Tour. Pack Up
2200 Fly Back To Manila.

Safe Budget: P1000

***There are van service offered in Bohol where you can share the tour cost of P2000 with 12 other passengers. If you happen to be traveling from Cebu on a ferryboat, you would come across lots of other travelers with the same business in Bohol as you so it’s really up to you to do the talking. Saves you money and gets you to meet new travel friends.

***You can book an early morning flight back to Manila to make sure you enjoy touring around without the worry of being a little pressed with time.

Altogether this itinerary should have a safe budget of…….. P7000+ including accommodation.


There you go folks!!

Guess, this is pretty much it. I will be very happy to answer your query if there is any. Just shoot me an e-mail or leave it in the comments box below. Lastly, I would greatly appreciate if you would share this post. See yah.

CASARORO FALLS & PULANGBATO FALLS: 2 Stunning Waterfalls in Visayas You Might Have Never Heard Of.

Dumaguete is surrounded with exquisite waterfalls all of which are breathtaking and worth every bead of sweat and trouble. In fact they are all equally stunning that you would want to see all of them at once. But when you’re a little pressed with time, would you know which one to choose and see first and which one to leave for later? In  the battle of beauty and convenience, only two waterfalls in Dumaguete stand out among tourists, The Casaroro Falls and Pulangbato Falls, both of which are situated in the sleepy town of Valencia.

Allow me to save you all the thinking as what I have for you as you browse down to the end of this post are firsthand experience and honest opinion of mine telling you what Casaroro falls and Pulangbato Falls are all about.

CASARORO FALLS

I tell you if there is one thing I would warn you about, it’s the fact that Casaroro Falls is a play hard to get kind of waterfall just like most of the other majestic waterfalls in the country. She is a 20-minute motorcycle ride from the town proper of Valencia and another 15 minutes walk down a 357 steps stairway. And just when you think you are free of all the hassle after that, such a shame as you are totally mistaken. From the base of the stairway, you have to endure 20-30 minutes of trek through a muddy and rugged terrain scattered with boulders of every shape and size all the way to where lies Casaroro Falls. This trek isn’t for the fainthearted. This is for those whose got the resolve enough to get through the challenge of occasionally tripping and falling on your back. This is for those whose got lungs that can bag unlimited supply of air as you will badly need it. This is for those whose got no knees that will suddenly turn to jelly at anytime. This is for those who are really up to the challenge and will stop at nothing just to behold this exquisite work of nature.

TRAVEL GUIDES TO CASARORO FALLS & PULANGBATO FALLS
The steep 350 stairway down.

So what exactly awaits you after the trouble you’ve gone through?… It is that sight that will literally soothes you and relieve you of all that exhaustion you endured just to get you to where you are. It is that feeling that will make you forget what you’ve gone through as the sight in front of you is what made it worth of it all. It is that calmness within your soul as you watch yourself get tangled in a dream while the gushing waters of Casaroro Falls sings you a lullaby.

TRAVEL GUIDES TO CASARORO FALLS & PULANGBATO FALLS
The real challenge of the trek

Casaroro Falls exudes unearthly elegance. She is like a deity. An angel from heaven. Her presence is serenity. Sanity even. Her beauty is something you’ll never get tired of. She will make you feel oblivious of the world and every nuisance of this mundane life. She will charm you in a way that no one can as if trapping you in a spell no power in this world can ever break. Yes. She is exemplary as that.

TRAVEL GUIDES TO CASARORO FALLS & PULANGBATO FALLS
So near yet to far

How To Go There: Go to Dumaguete City. From there, ride a PUJ (Public Utility Jeep) from the marketplace going to the town of Valencia. Get off the terminal. From there, you can ride motorcyles locally known as habal-habal to Casaroro Falls. Alternatively, you can rent motorcycles from Dumaguete and follow the route going to Valencia to Taft Street where Casaroro Falls is located.

TRAVEL GUIDES TO CASARORO FALLS & PULANGBATO FALLS
Getting lost in her mystique

Safe Budget:
* DIY Commute – P234 Includes: Fare to Valencia P24, Motorcycle with guide P200 (You can add another P100 to include Pulangbato Falls in the tour) and Entrance Fee P10.
* DIY Motorcycle: – P450 Includes: Motorycle rental and gas and Entrance Fee of P10.
* Organized Tour (Hotels): P300 for a minimum of 4 people.


PULANGBATO FALLS

Don’t ever think to end a day without seeing Pulangbato Falls while you are in Valencia. While the alluring Casaroro Falls may seem to be good enough reason to cap off the day, not seeing Pulangbato falls is a miss you might regret until your dying days. She may be the exact opposite of the more famous, more photographed Casaroro as she doesn’t play hard to get but don’t ever think her being easy isn’t worth a million snaps of your camera.

TRAVEL GUIDES TO CASARORO FALLS & PULANGBATO FALLS
How do you like to wake up next to this sight in the morning every single day?

Pulangbato Falls is located within a place locals call Red River Valley. It is 30-45 minutes of motorcycle ride from the town proper of Valencia and if you aren’t into trekking for a few good minutes then fret not as you don’t need to just to see this beguiling waterfall. From the registration point, you can already hear her waters calling you out singing to you like soulful sirens. After registration, all you have to do is walk for a good 15 steps and there she lies, a priceless luxury you can indulge in.

Pulangbato falls speaks true to its name. She will enchant you in her crimson world. Her color may be resembling that of blood but she is as enticing as a red velvet. Her cool pristine waters running over red limestone rocks is one of the few things in this world one can call perfect. She is a tempest. Seductive. Irresistible. She will remind you of strong women. Hard as a warrior but gentle as silk. You can try to resist a dip in her enchanting world but mind you, it is futile as she already have you wrapped in her arms from the very first minute your eyes set sight of her charm.

TRAVEL GUIDES TO CASARORO FALLS & PULANGBATO FALLS
Speechless moments in the presence of the RED QUEEN

How to go there: From Dumaguete, ride a PUJ to Valencia and from the drop off point hire a motorcyle (habal-habal) going to Pulangbato Falls. For those renting scooters or motorbikes, just follow the route going to Valencia. From there ask the locals for directions to Red River Valley or Barangay Malabo. You need not worry as the journey towards the waterfall is as smooth as the roads leading you there.

Safe Budget:
* DIY Commute – P244 Includes: Fare to Valencia P24, Motorcycle with guide P200 (You can add another P100 to include Casaroro Falls in the tour) and Entrance Fee P20.
* DIY Motorcycle: – P450 Includes: Motorycle rental and gas and Entrance Fee of P20.
* Organized Tour (Hotels): I’m not sure with this one. Better to ask your hotel staff for more info.

CONCLUSION: These two waterfalls are equally stunning. Seeing them would be worth every minute of your time. I would never say that one is better than the other as they each have distinct features and different ways to charm their ways to your heart. I would encourage you to see both of them.

There you go lovely people. If you have questions for me, feel free to leave your comments or e-mail me at keza_m@awanderfulsole.com. Also check my BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE TO DUMAGUETE for helpful ideas on your trip on this side of the archipelago. Thanks for sticking around. Please don’t forget to share this awesome post. 🙂



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