Busy and I together with our friends and my brother went on an 8-day trip to Dumaguete, Siquijor, and Cebu.
8 days is not enough but we did our best to make the best out of it.
Get ready! This is long! Hahaha 🙂
Well not that long, I summarized it, you can click on the link on some restaurants, hotels, or tourist spots to see further reviews 🙂
So here we go! These will be 3 parts and we’ll start with Dumaguete Itinerary (Part 1 of our 8-day Dumaguete, Siquijor, Cebu Trip). Here is our itinerary!
Our trip started in one of the morning of February, during Cebu Pacific’s Piso sale.
I immediately searched where to go, so from there I saw Dumaguete, and I thought of going all the way to Cebu. So I ended up booking our very cheap plane tickets:
Manila to Dumaguete
November 6, 2017 7:00AM
Cebu to Manila
November 14, 2017 12:10AM
Plus 515.20/person for 15kg check in baggage, round trip
This is the first time that I will plan a very long trip hahaha so I started early, upon booking our tickets, I immediately planned on our itinerary, how many days should we stay in Dumaguete, Siquijor, and Cebu, what are the tourist spots, what are the activities, and a lot! Hahaha so I ended up with the following itinerary. I hope this can also help anyone who are planning to go to the provinces.
Please take note that I failed to log on some of the actual time during our tour, so the time here are just estimated 🙂
Here we go!
DUMAGUETE – CITY TOUR
Day 1 – November 6, 2017, Monday
8:30 AM Arrival in Dumaguete
We were picked up by Kuya Anton through his van
Contact number: +63 955 180 9110
Please contact him directly for the rental fee
He was our driver for 2 days in Dumaguete. He is very friendly and his van is a plus! USB chargers are available, and the seats are allotted per person and are very comfortable.
If you do not want to rent a van, you can easily go around the city via tricycle. Tricycles are everywhere.
Usually it will just cost Php 10 per person per way.
Even though it is still early, we tried to check in our hotel
Island’s Leisure Boutique Hotel & Spa
Address: Hibbard Avenue, Bantayan, Dumaguete City, Philippines
Contact number: +63 915 349 1132
We booked the duo pad rooms via Agoda, it just costs around Php 1,000 per room per night! (breakfast not included)
Book through here: https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?cid=1798470&pcs=1&hl=en&city=18871
The duo pad has a sharing bathroom, 2 rooms is to 1 bathroom.
The hotel is small, but it has a Bali vibe. Very IG worthy!
You can also contact them directly to book.
Upon our arrival, we were immediately entertained, we were lucky that our rooms are already available so we left our things in our room and we started our city tour.
For a detailed review, please visit my blog on Island Leisure Boutique Hotel & Spa through this link: https://happyandbusytravels.com/2018/01/13/islands-leisure-boutique-hotel-spa/ 🙂
Start of city tour
In this tour we just took our time to relax, no rush in each places.
Silliman University is all over Dumaguete City, so we went to their campus.
A.Y. Reyes Zoological and Botanical Garden
Silliman University’s Mini Zoo
Entrance: Php 5
There is a lot of animals, especially the deer. There are also birds, snakes, crocodiles, and monkeys, but it seems that the zoo is not well maintained.
Silliman University’s United Church of Christ in the Philippines
Silliman University’s Anthropological Museum
Address: Hibbard Hall, Silliman University, Dumaguete City
Monday – Saturday 8AM-12PM & 1:30-5PM
Sunday and holidays via appointment
Mon-Sat Sun and holidays
General Admission 50 100
Senior Citizen 40 80
Student 20 40
Children below 15 20 20
We saw different ancient things, and some crystals and stones inside, however there are no picture because it is not allowed to take photos inside. So, here is just the picture of the entrance 🙂
Early lunch at Chapters Café
Address: Sta. Catalina street, cor., San Jose street, Dumaguete City
Operating hours: 7AM – 10PM
Contact number: +63 35 422 5688
Based in our itinerary, we were supposed to eat in another restaurant, however we were attracted by the design of the entrance of the café.
The café is heavily decorated (in a positive way) The theme was Little Prince, Alice in Wonderland, and traveling around the world! The theme fits us! Haha we are currently traveling and we would like to travel all around the world.
For a detailed review, please visit my blog on Chapters Café through this link: Chapters Cafe
Dumaguete Cathedral and Belfry
Tierra Alta’s Clubhouse
Entrance: Php 50
Address: Palinpinon Valencia, Negros Oriental 6215
Contact No: +63 917 133 4385
Panda Ice Cream (fried Ice Cream)
Quick snack, we thought the ice cream looks like the panda.
The desserts are not shaped in to panda, it’s the other food.
We passed by Quezon Park, Rizal Boulevard, and Freedom Park randomly the whole day.
Sidlakang Negros Tourism Village
We went here for souvenirs. Not the cheapest souvenirs, but it was ok.
Chinese Bell Temple
Back to hotel to freshen up. Almost all of us did not sleep the night before the trip due to excitement, or work. So, we felt like we had to go back to the hotel hehehe.
We thought it will take us the whole day to tour the city, but we can do it in half a day. Sadly, we still wanted to go to Casaroro Falls but we failed to include it in out itinerary.
I suggest, go on a half day city tour, and proceed to Casaroro Falls in the afternoon.
Dinner at Hayahay Treehouse Bar and View Deck Bar
Address: Flores Ave., Piapi Escano Beach,
For a detailed review, please visit my blog on Hayahay Treehouse Bar and View Deck Bar through this link: FOR UPLOADING 🙂
Back to the hotel, buy bread at Bread Camp for early breakfast.
Bread Camp is a bakeshop all around Dumaguete, you can find it in most of the busy places.
DUMAGUETE – APO ISLAND
Day 2 – November 7, 2017, Tuesday
We had our breakfast and we prepared for the day. We did not take a bath because we are going to swim today!
We went to Harold’s Diving Center via tricycle (Php 10/ person)
Address: 205 Hibbard Avenue, Dumaguete City
+63 917 302 4455; +63 939 925 6322; +63 917 783 5172 ; +63 977 739 3662
+63 35 422 3477; +63 522 0144
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com
We booked their Apo Island snorkeling package for just Php 1,200 per person.
This includes the boat, instructors, gears (snorkeling mask, fins, life vest), unlimited tea and coffee, Banana, Bread and different jams, and lunch (our lunch is Pancit Canton and Watermelon)
For a detailed review, please visit my blog on Harold’s Diving Center through this link: https://happyandbusytravels.com/2018/06/12/snorkeling-around-apo-island-philippines/ 🙂
We signed our waivers and we gave our payment. Payment is not required for booking.
We also fit and picked up our gears. Make sure to get the gears which perfectly fit you.
Ride from the diving center to Dauin.
Around this time, we arrived in Apo Island.
Our instructors informed us that the people who will dive will go first, then those who will just snorkel will go to the ocean after them. The life under the ocean is great! There is a lot of fishes and there are turtles!
We were informed that there is a 100% chance that you will see turtles, they did not lie! Hahaha There are turtles bigger than me!
For a detailed review, please visit my blog on Apo Island through this link: FOR UPLOADING 🙂
We went back to Harold’s Diving Center, returned the gears, and we headed straight to our hotel to freshen up.
We went to Citymall to buy some groceries, we also ate our dinner in their food court haha
Then we went to Tarbush to east Shawarma. Their restaurant is located in a corner that’s why the restaurant always gets our attention.
Address: Brgy Piapi Hibbard Ave and Yala Building, Calindagan Road, Dumaguete City
Contact Nos: +63 35 422 8639; +63 917 987 6524
For a detailed review, please visit my blog on Tarbush Restaurant through this link: FOR UPLOADING 🙂
We went back to the hotel to take a dip in the pool.
DUMAGUETE – BAIS BAY & MANJUYOD SANDBAR
Day 3 – November 8, 2017, Wednesday
We prepared early and ate breakfast, we did not take a bath again because we are going to swim in the ocean.
We were pick up by Kuya Anton again and we headed straight to Bais City
The ride to Bais City will just take 1 – 1.5 hours from Dumaguete City.
We met Rannie Rebuya for boat rental. We rented his boat for just Php 3,500 for dolphin watching and Manjuyod Sandbar. He is the contact person for the Two Sisters Boat Rental
Contact No.: +63 906 686 1502 ; +63 975 466 8847
He is very responsive in all of my queries, and he offered to buy the ingredients for our lunch.
Take note that there is no available food in Manjuyod Sandbar. You can rent other tour packages with food but it will be more expensive. His boat is large, good for 12 people I think? And it has a comfort room. He has a lot of boats so you can just message him to choose from his boats 🙂 Here is the boat that we picked:
We immediately proceed in the docking area of the boats and we rode the boat that we requested.
We were informed that in the past few days they do not see any Dolphin because of the strong winds (which causes the big waves), but we pushed through hoping to see them.
We arrived in Tañon Strait and waited for Dolphins, however after several hours, there is no Dolphin. Well we are looking for them in the wild so there is really a big probability that we will not see them. So we just headed straight to Manjuyod Sandbar.
For a detailed review, please visit my blog on Manjuyod Sandbar and Dolphin Watching through this link: FOR UPLOADING 🙂
We were greeted by the sellers, they sell coconuts, sea urchin, scallops etc. We bought 8 pieces of big scallops for just Php350! It’s so cheap! They cooked it and delivered it to us. Our boatman also cooked our food so we can have our early lunch. We had our photo opportunity in the sandbar and we enjoyed the beach and ocean for a while. If you just want to have a relaxed day, you can have it here in Manjuyod Sandbar. You can also rent the cottages here through their local tourism department.
We went back to the docking area and we went to Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park.
Address: Negros Oriental
Contact Nos.: (+6335) 421-0325
Entrance Fee: Php 50 per person
Driver’s entrance fee: Php 20
Car parking fee: Php 40
Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park is not usually in the top tourist spots when you Google Dumaguete, but this place should be included in the top. The park is located in a high place thus, the temperature is colder than in Dumaguete City.
We rented a boat to go to the twin lakes and the falls. The boat costs Php 250 per hour, there is no minimum number of people in a boat.
We enjoyed the scenic view of the lake and the Olayan falls. Lucky for us, we are the only group in the area, it looks like we rented the place!
For a detailed review, please visit my blog on Balinsasayaw Twin Lakes Natural Park through this link: FOR UPLOADING 🙂
We ate our early dinner at Azalea Mountain Inn
Address: Cambaloctot, San Jose, Negros Oriental
Contact Nos.: (+6335) 422 6196
This is a resort and there is a sign that they only serve meals for those who are checked in, however they entertained us very well even though we do not stay there. We have a Vegan friend, he enjoyed their restaurant because there is a lot of Vegan friendly options.
For a detailed review, please visit my blog on Azalea through this link: FOR UPLOADING 🙂
We were back at the hotel to freshen up. We planned to go out and buy Sylvanas, however we were tired haha so we have decided to take a dip in the pool again. Busy always wanted a hotel with a pool because whenever there are long waiting hours, or times like this wherein we are tired, we can just go to the pool to take a dip.
This ends our Dumaguete Trip, the next day we are heading to Siquijor!
NEXT DAY: SIQUIJOR (PART 2 OF DUMAGUETE-SIQUIJOR-CEBU TRIP)
You can view my blog about our trip in Siquijor through this link: Siquijor Island (Part 2 of our 8-day Dumaguete, Siquijor, Cebu Trip)
Dumaguete – Siquijor – Cebu Trip links:
PART1 – DUMAGUETE – This blog 🙂
PART 2 – SIQUIJOR – https://happyandbusytravels.com/2017/11/30/siquijor/
PART 3 – CEBU – https://happyandbusytravels.com/2017/12/10/cebu-2/