PULANGBATO FALLS near Dumaguete – The Red Waterfalls in Valencia Negros Oriental



Next in our Dumaguete itinerary is visiting Pulangbato Falls, otherwise known as Malabo Falls. This waterfall was named after the reddish-orange color of the rocks around the falls from the presence of sulfur deposits in the water. You’ll immediately understand why they called it Pulang (red) bato (rock). But don’t worry, the water is safe for bathing!

Pulangbato Fall stands approximately 30 feet with its water originating from the highland of Okoy River Valley at the base of Mount Talinis, a potentially active volcano.


EXACT LOCATION: Barangay Malabo, Valencia, Negros Oriental

DIY Commute/Public Transport – From Dumaguete City, catch a multicab to Valencia (P20/person, approximately 20 minutes) and charter a motorbike to Twin Falls / Pulangbato Falls (P300/motorbike/2 pax, approximately 20 minutes).

via Private Car – Pulangbato Falls is less than a 20-minute drive from downtown Dumaguete. If you have your own mode of transport, it’s an absolute breeze to get to since all you need to do is follow the map all the way there.

via Scooter/Motorcycle -The best way to get there is by renting a scooter or motorcycle. (P450/motorbike/per day)

for larger groups – You can arrange to be transferred to and from Dumaguete City with a multi-cab. The fare is P1000 good for 6 people.

book via Klook – Get a private tour to/from your hotel.

Book a tour via KLOOK – Pulangbato Falls and Hot Springs Tour

What To Expect At Pulangbato Falls

From Casaroro Falls which is in the same Valencia town, we took a motorbike going to Pulangbato Falls for around 30 minutes. On our way to the falls, our attention got caught by these unique geothermal vents releasing sulphuric smoke into the air. Situated on the side of the road is what they call Sulfur Vent Highway or Smoky Mountain because of the repulsive odor it spread to the air.

Upon entering the resort where Pulangbato Falls is located we noticed the cottages, restaurant, and guesthouse for overnight stays. This is really suitable for family getaways plus there’s no hike included so kids and even seniors can surely enjoy it.

We only paid the entrance fee when we got there. No need to get a cottage if you’ll just explore and take a dip like us. There are two falls in the area, with a suspension bridge linking the cottage area to the main falls. You can swim on either or both of them.

The water on the big falls was FREEZING, which meant there was hardly anyone in the water but us haha. I wore a rash guard which helped a bit! I also wore some waterproof shoes which were super helpful with the slippery rocks. The water is quite powerful so be careful trying to swim toward it.

  • No entrance to Sulfur Mountain (just along the road)
  • Open: 9 AM – 6 PM
  • Entrance fee:
  • Pulang Bato Falls – P100 (adults), P50 (children 10 years old and below), FREE (below 2 years old, PWDs)


  • Cottages: P300-P600
  • Table with umbrella: P200
  • Gazebo house: P3,000/night (4 persons; with aircon)



Prepare for your trip with our must-have travel essentials.

Waterproof backpack & phone case: Dry Bag (2L 3L 5L 10L) Ocean Pack Waterproof Bag and Universal Waterproof Glow Dark Case for Mobile Phone Pouch
Quick dry microfiber travel towel: Naturehike Quick Drying Pocket Bath Towel
Action camera:  KIMSTORE GoPro Hero 11 – Black Aqua Shoes: Aqua shoes Summer Unisex No-Slip Prevention Rubber Beach Shoes Men & Women
Aqua Shoes: Aqua shoes Summer Unisex No-Slip Prevention Rubber Beach Shoes Men & Women
Rash Guard: rash guard for men and Rash Guard for women

If you have questions please let me know in the comment section below.

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