‘Mangadto ta sa Forest Camp’, this is the line that slips through my tongue every time I go home to my Lola’s hometown. The Forest Camp is a mountain spring resort located in the modest and quiet town of Valencia, Negros Oriental, less than an hour drive from Dumaguete City. Valencia is dubbed as the “Little Baguio” in the Visayas because of its cold climate.
Forest Camp is one of the most famous resorts in town. The spring resort is a perfect place for weekend family picnics and reunion with friends or even if you just wanted to take a break from work. They have quite a number of pools filled with the cold running water from Mt. Talinis. You can enjoy unlimited swimming and picture taking, which I know will be a lot, of course, for Php 90.00 entrance fee per head. There is no corkage fee so can bring food, but if you want, you can just order from the restaurant in the resort.
UPDATE: Forest camp entrance fee is now Php 100.00 for adults and for children aged 8 years old and below is Php 80.00.
Daytime visitors can rent the tree houses or nipa huts. They also have tables and chair available in the vicinity. If you want to stay overnight at the camp, they can surely accommodate you since they have cottages for overnight campers for around Php 1,000 to Php 2,500. You can even stay in a tent which is also offered by the camp for only Php 200 per head.
Aside from the pools, you can also bathe in the river, just take note that the river is shallow. One of their main attraction is the hanging bridge which is famous for those pictures that are Instagram and facebook profile worthy. haha. They have a short zip line, wall climbing activities, rock hopping, river trekking and horseback riding.
HOW TO GET TO THE FOREST CAMP?
From Dumaguete City, you can go by jeepney to Valencia proper. The jeepney leaves every 10-20 minutes or if it is full. Once you get to Valencia proper, where the driver usually drops off his passengers, you can hire a pedicab (tricycle) to get you the resort. The fare cost will be less than Php 100.
There are still a lot of must-visit places in Valencia. Forest Camp is just one of them. I am planning to go home in the next few weeks and I can’t wait to visit the Forest Camp again. See you then in this haven which is my home away from home!
PS. Inserting here photos from last weekend. 🙂