Dumaguete

The laid back student city of Dumaguete is well worth exploring.

Highlights include-

Rizal Boulevard, there's something charming about the harbour front, it's a great place to sit and watch the world go by.

Dumaguete is also home to a 15th Century Coral Stone Bell Tower. The bell tower looks beautiful anytime of the day, but a visit after the sun has set is well worth it. Locals come to light candles, its a beautiful sight.

Surrounding Areas

Malatapay Market

This is an experience not to be missed! This market brings locals down from the mountains and from neighboring towns to sell their fruits, vegetables, grains, livestock, fish and plastic wares.

It's busy and often chaotic, for those looking for a big dose of local culture Malatapay should not be missed (not to mention it's home to the best Lechon in the region).

Casaroro Waterfall

One of the most photographed falls in the entire province, located on the outskirts of Valencia, Negros Oriental, 9.4 kilometers west of Dumaguete City lies the beautiful Casaroro Falls.

Casaroro Falls are lodged deep into the rock crevices of the rugged Valencia mountains. With an astounding height of 100 feet/30 m, the water plunges into a deep cold basin before it flows down to a stream. The waterfall is considerably narrow, instead of the usual wide cascade, but this is precisely what makes Casaroro unique. Though despite its narrowness, the volume of water that drops is heavy and causes a roar as it touches the pool.

The falls can be accessed via a staircase of approximately 350 steps, followed by a short walk up the river. Before the typhoon in 2011 there was a walk way providing easy access to the falls. It is still possible to get to Casaroro falls today, it just requires a little more effort.

Sensible footwear would be a good suggestion!

Casororo Falls

Red River Falls

Red River Waterfalls & Hot Springs

If you fancy a bit of natural hot and cold therapy, look no further than Red River.
Firstly take a dip in the natural plunge pool beneath the colourful waterfalls, then relax in the soothing hot spring waters.

Locally known as Pulangbato- pula meaning red, bato meaning rock.
The reddish color that you see is caused by oxidation. The trace iron in the rocks, after having been exposed to the elements oxidised turn red to reddish brown (typical color of rust).

These waterfalls are easily accessible, with no great effort required to reach them. At the falls there is a natural plunge pool, perfect for taking a refreshing dip, alternatively there is a man-made swimming lagoon.

The hot springs are privately and a small entrance fee is charged.
water temperatures at the source range from 37.5 to 39.5 degrees Celsius.

Journey time from Valenica is roughly 20 minutes.

Pools at Lake Balanan

Lake Balanan

Located just outside the town of Siaton. It takes about an hour to reach Siaton from Dumaguete, and a further 40 minutes down a dirt road to reach the lakes. The journey to the lakes in itself is extremely picturesque, passing through rice paddy fields, local villages and with breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside it's well worth the trip.

Lake Balanan is a freshwater lake in the forested mountains of southern Negros. The lake was formed after an earthquake in 1925, which caused a landslide that dammed the Balanan river forming a natural water reservoir that has a surface area of 25 hectares, 285 meters above sea level.

For those who love nature-trekking, there is a four-kilometer circumferential pathway around the lake under a canopy of various indigenous trees. Trekkers will also get a chance to see three majestic waterfalls.

Hiring a canoe offers another great way to see the lake.

Located next to the lake are 3 natural spring water infinity pools.

Entrance fee-
Adults: 50 Pesos
Children & Students- 30 Pesos

Mt Talanis

Mt Talinis

The dormant volcano rising 1864 metres above sea level, this is the second highest peak in Negros. There are various treks available, but we recommend the 3 day trek.

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