Casaroro Falls is located in the small town of Valencia, about half an hour out of Dumaguete. Valencia is 65% mountainous sitting in the foothills of Mount Talinis, which rises to an elevation of 1,864 metres.
As a result, the climate in this area is pretty cool and fresh compared to the muggy lowlands.
This region also happens to be one of the most important watershed areas of Negros Oriental and provides drinking water to both Valencia and the neighbouring municipalities.
As such Eco-tourism has risen to prominence in the area. This is where Casaroro Falls comes into the picture.
Casaroro Falls is situated deep inside rock crevices along the rugged and rough Valencia Mountains. At an amazing 30 metres in height, this is the tallest waterfall in Negros Oriental.
As a result, this waterfall is the most photographed body of water in Negros Oriental. To add to the spectacular natural scenery, Casaroro Falls is enclosed by beautiful lush greenery along with stunning rock formations.
The waterfall itself is very narrow compared to a typically wide cascading type of waterfall. Despite the narrowness of these falls, the volume of water that plummets down is extremely heavy and is almost deafening.
Due to Valencia’s hilly terrain, climbing down or up the steep gorge to get to the falls is a bit of a challenge. However, to make things a bit easier, there is a 350 step concrete staircase which happens to be the only way to access the falls.
It is common to find guides waiting around the car park near the entrance point to the hiking trail where you start your journey.
Although the trek to waterfalls isn’t complex, it is very steep. There are also 3 water crossings that are not overly difficult however, I fully recommend hiring a guide.
There is no cost to hire a guide, but they will expect to be tipped. P500 is probably a fair amount depending on how generous you feel. There is also an entrance fee of P20/person for the falls.
If you do the falls in the morning, then in the afternoon you should consider visiting Forest Camp. This massive camping ground includes 2 Large Nipa Hut Houses, a Tree House and 4 Cottages.
This is a peaceful place that is set up a bit more for picnicking compared Casaroro Falls. If you have time to chill out in the lush green surrounds, then this place is for you.
If not, you can head back to Valencia in which there are a number of cafes and restaurants that have opened in recent times offering all types of delicious dishes and refreshments.