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Pulangbato Falls Negros: Valencia’s Red Falls

A side-trip to Siquijor is recommended if you’re visiting Dumaguete. For more details on HOW TO GET THERE, WHERE TO STAY and our full SIQUIJOR ITINERARY (Read: Top Things to do in Siquijor and Travel Guide)

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Red rocks surround this unique falls
PULANGBATO FALLS

Clear, cool water gushing down red rocks is not something you see everyday. Locals say it’s sulfur from Mt. Talinis, Negros’ second highest mountain. It is also said that what looks and smells like rust actually has therapeutic effects to people wading in it. We’re filing this under unique places in the Philippines.

GETTING THERE

Major airlines like Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have direct flights to Dumaguete City in Negros. Travel time: 1 hour 30 minutes.

  1. From Dumaguete City jeepney terminal, ride a jeep to Valencia. Schedules are not cast in stone so ask around the terminal where you can ride the earliest trip to Valencia. Travel time is around 20-30 minutes.
  2. Upon reaching Valencia, tricycle and habal-habal drivers are waiting where you’ll be dropped-off. You can arrange trips to both Casaroro and Pulangbato Falls.
  3. The scenic habal-habal ride to Pulangbato Falls will take around 45 minutes.
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Habal-habal will pass by Negros’ beautiful landscape
ITINERARY: DUMAGUETE

Dumaguete was named one of the best places to retire in the world by Forbes Magazine, and we certainly agree upon going around the town. But beyond its laid back charm, quaint restaurants and gentle people, adventurers can find two unique and picturesque waterfalls just outside Dumaguete City. Here’s a list of hotels in Dumaguete.

Daytrip:

  • 0900 Ride tricycle going to Dumaguete City jeepney terminal
  • 0930 Departure of jeep from Dumaguete City to Valencia. Travel time is 30 minutes.
  • 1000 Arrival in Valencia. Buy food, water and other supplies you’ll need.
  • 1030 Ride a habal-habal going to the jump-off of Casaroro Falls
  • 1100 Arrival in jump-off point. Pay the P10 entrance fee and register names. Start descent.
  • 1200 Reach Casaroro Falls. Hang-out, eat, relax, appreciate its beauty. (Also Read: Casaroro Falls Negros: Dumaguete’s Hidden Gem)
  • 1400 Start ascend back to the jump-off point.
  • 1500 Departure of habal-habal to Pulangbato Falls
  • 1600 Arrival in Pulang bto Falls. Pay for the entrance fee of P20. Swim and hang-out by the falls.
  • 1700 Ride habal-habal to Valencia market to ride the jeep going back to Dumaguete City.
  • 1800 Arrive in Dumaguete City.
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Geothermal rocks emitting small clouds on the side of the road

Similar to its neighbor Casaroro Falls, the trip to Pulangbato Falls is a unique experience on its own. During the habal-habal ride, you’ll be surprised to see and smell sulfuric steam coming out from the cracks of the mountain on the side of the road. On your other side, a scenic river and a glimpse of Negros’ lush forest.

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Sulfuric steam

A few minutes past the steam, you’ll start seeing orange and red rocks by a small stream. About 10 more minutes, you’ll see a sign that reads Red River Valley and Malabo Falls, another name for Pulangbato Falls.

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Red stream going to Pulangbato Falls

The waterfalls is jaw-dropping at first glance. The water coming deep from the forest pours down a small pool surrounded by orange and red rocks. Every rock that’s wet turns to red. And the greenery encircling the pool complements the landscape.

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Pulangbato Falls seen from afar

Getting lost in Pulangbato falls, Valencia, Negros

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After Pulangbato Falls, you can ask your habal-habal driver to stop by Red Rock Hot Spring for relaxation in warm water with high mineral content. We spent around 30 minutes wading here before going back to Valencia.

BUDGET
  • Transportation: P13 jeep from Dumaguete City to Valencia. P500 habal-habal to Casaroro Falls and Pulangbato Falls. P13 jeep going back to Dumaguete City.
  • P20 entrance fee to Red River Valley
  • P20 entrance fee to Red Rock Hot Spring
TIPS
  • Package your trip to Pulangbato Falls with Casaroro Falls. It’s the perfect place to cool down after the hike up from Casaroro Falls.
  • Allot one whole day of your trip for both falls.
  • The red and rusty color can stain clothes upon contact so we don’t recommend going here wearing light-colored clothing.
  • Spend time in Red Rock Hot Spring for some rest and relaxation.
POSSIBLE SIDE-TRIPS
We made a list of must visit waterfalls in the Philippines! 26 Waterfalls to Visit in the Philippines

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