THE NEGROS ORIENTAL PHILS ESCAPADE

Casaroro Falls, Olayan Falls, Balinsasayao Twin Lakes and Forest Camp Adventure

Negros Oriental is another Philippine island which is located near the southern part of Cebu. Dumaguete City, as the center of industry there, is a quite a small city and is actually smaller than that of Cebu City. It is as big as the Colon Street in Cebu but much cleaner and not as crowded. Since, we are from Mandaue City, Cebu, going to Negros Oriental via Sibulan (a province in Negros Oriental and where my husband originated) took us about 4-5 hours by bus and fastcraft. If it is your first time going to Negros Oriental by bus and fast craft boat, please bear in mind that you have to take the bus going to Bato/Liloan because if you fail to, you will be taken to the other side of southern Cebu. Once you arrive at the Liloan Port, you have to buy a ticket for the ferry boat which costs 60 pesos. But if you want to save time but not money, it will only take 45 minutes by plane from Mactan Cebu Airport to Dumaguete Airport. It will cost around 1000 pesos if you are lucky enough to avail the Cebu Pacific Air’s promos.

And now here is the list of places we visited in Negros Oriental:

  • Casaroro Falls 

This waterfalls is located in Valencia, Negros Oriental.  The last time we went there, we rode the motorcycle.  There is actually a rent-a-motorbike in Dumaguete if you do not have a car or a bike. There is no public vehicle that can go near where it is located.  It is very far from the city.  And if you are already near the location, the area is not cemented.  The road is rocky.  But upon reaching to area where the falls is located, we need to pay 10 pesos for for entrance fee.  And going to the falls is really challenging.  The last time we went there, we had to go down a on a very steep stairs.  It was a long way going down. Big rocks covered the river as we reached down.  We also had to climb rock after rock. But our price of doing that was the enchanting, amazing and very strong water falls.  But swimming was prohibited.

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And now, the long journey was over, we finally arrived in the waterfall area.

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  • Balinsasayao Twin Lakes

These lakes are located in Sibulan, Negros Oriental.  These lakes are situated side by side  separated by a hill. Going there will take about 30 minutes from the main road using a car or a motorcycle. You will pass along the mountains. The entrance fee is only 10 pesos. The place is very tranquil, peaceful and so quite.  If you want to see the other lake and views hidden by the mountains, you have to rent a boat for 250 pesos per hour.  This boat can accommodate 8 people.

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Going to the other lake, we had to use the rented boat. The picture shows the twin lake.  It’s very quite and swimming is not advisable because it’s quite eerie.

 

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After exploring the twin lake, we crossed the side of the hill back again, and had to ride the small boat to explore another side of the area.  And now we’re heading to Olayan Falls.

 

 

  • Olayan Falls

This is just located beside the Balinsasayao lake.  We had to cross the lake using the boat.

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Olayan Falls is just a small waterfalls but the water is clear and very enticing to take a swim.

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  • Forest Camp

Another tourist spot you don’t wanna miss if you are exploring Negros Oriental is the Forest Camp in Valencia.  It is actually a retreat house.  You can actually spend on night there in their rooms.  The entrance fee for walk-ins is 35 pesos.  They have cottages where you can eat and can bring your own food without corkage fee.  They have quite zipline and several natural pools lined up like stairs.  The water is bypassed from the spring. The water is cold and so clear.  This Forest Camp quite accessible compared to the spots mentioned earlier.  So, getting there is not much of a problem. The view is AWESOME!!!!!!

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