The basic transportation in Dumaguete is the tricycle with a fare of PHP9.00 per head on short distance. Dumaguete is just a small city and we were able to walk around from the plaza to our Hotel. However, to go to the tourist spots which are from the city, either you hire a van if you’re a big group but for our case we are only 3.
We first rode a tricycle from our hotel and driver agreed to bring us to our destination – Casaroro Falls and Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao – for a cost of PHP1,000. Quite a good deal versus the PHP4,000 van rental (could have been a good choice if we were a group of 4 or 5). Upon reaching Valencia Plaza, we were told by the driver that we will transfer to habal-habal (motorcycle). Each motorcycle costs PHP200 roundtrip. Apparently the tricycle ride was a deception which we learned after our Casaroro Falls hike during a conversation with our motorcycle driver/guide. So we went back to Valencia Plaza and talked to the tricycle driver and paid PHP250 and told him to go back to Dumaguete City and no need to wait for us. In our desire to save up, it was such sad experience to be fooled, how bad people could be just to earn money. Apparently there is a jeepney from Dumaguete City to Valencia which costs only PHP15 and travel time is about 30 minutes. Continue reading