I’ve already posted about my trip to Oslob and Siquijor, now it’s time to narrate my trip to our jump off point, Dumaguete City.
There was an impending storm set to cross the Visayas a few days before our trip. Thankfully, the storm stayed stationary for a week and thus, we were able to make and enjoy the trip. Upon arrival at Sibulan Airport, we immediately went in search for a tricycle which will take us to the city proper. Just a short ride from the airport, I was able to spot the very first St. Paul School in the country, too bad I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of it (die hard Paulinian here). The ride to the city proper wasn’t that long and soon enough we were already at Hotel Palwa. To be honest, I was hesitant at staying in Dumaguete City at first since there isn’t much to see. However, I found out that a colleague of mine went there recently and he showed me a photo of a beautiful falls found in a town which is just a 30-minute drive from the city. Because of that, we stayed longer in Dumaguete than initially intended. After checking in and leaving our things in the hotel, we set off to Valencia to visit Casaroro Falls.
My colleague told me that I can catch a jeep from Dumaguete which will take me to Valencia and then take a “habal-habal” to the drop off point going to the falls. Since we have no idea where those jeepneys are, we hailed a tricycle to take us to the terminal. Turns out, the terminal is only a 5-minute walk from our hotel. (tee hee) We rode the jeepney and when we alighted at the terminal in Valencia, we were greeted by a bunch of “habal-habal” drivers looking for customers. A persistent man followed us and offered to take us to our destination. We haggled the price of the ride and I was really thankful that he offered to guide us going to the falls. As to why I was thankful, you’ll find out later on. After buying water, we rode the “habal-habal” going to the falls. The ride took around 15-minutes and most of the roads are paved, the road leading to the stairs going down the falls however is very rough. In fact, about 30 meters from our destination, the driver told us to meet him at the top since it was impossible to drive up with passengers.
A sign bearing the name of the falls told us that we have finally arrived at our destination.
The walk going down the stairs was easy.
Upon arrival at the bottom, we were greeted by endless rocks. Lots of it. Did I mention the rocks were huge? At first glance you wouldn’t really know where to go since there was no path at all. I’m not used to climbing huge rocks, right? That’s why I’m very thankful that the driver acted as our guide here. He didn’t really help us per se but he did show us the way which saved us time.
I read that there used to be a concrete path which leads to the falls but it was destroyed during the onslaught of typhoon Sendong.
After 15 to 20 minutes of walking/climbing rocks, the falls came into view and boy was it grand! They don’t allow swimming in the pool at the bottom of the falls though since a few people already died there. I think it may be due to whilrpool (huge rocks + raging water = whirlpool, right?). There is no local manning the area and you can definitely sneak a swim but better be safe than sorry. The lady who collects the entrance told us that 3 people already died just since November last year. Still want to be a daredevil and take a swim? Think again.
We passed by these magnificent, huge acacia trees at Valencia town proper. The loading bay of the jeepney going to Dumaguete City is located along this strip.
Casaroro Falls may be the highlight of our trip in Dumaguete, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t enjoy our stay in the city. Here are the sights that we visited:
Plaza (located in front of the church)
Dumaguete Baywalk. This landmark commemorates the arrival of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres in Dumaguete.
THOU SHALL NOT MISS THE SILVANAS FROM SANS RIVAL (the best!). I also tried their Salted Caramel Cheesecake. Mmmmmmmm.
We found this cute Korean cafe, 2 Story (i think they meant storey though since the concept of the cafe is that it consists of 2-storey booths).
Try the fried ice cream at Panda Ice Cream House.