4. Jan.15th-16th, Dumaguete and Apo island tour – Round Trip in Visayas, Philippines, Jan 2014
Hello, this is Kumi. Continuation of Visayas trip. Third day 🙂
I arrived in Dumaguete from Oslob by a local ship.
Round Trip in Visayas, Philippines, Jan 2014: Contents
- Route and Schedule
- Jan.14th, Sumilon Island ~ Oslob
- Jan.15th, Whale Sharks Watching ~ a Waterfall ~ Dumaguete
- Jan.15th – 16th, Dumaguete and Apo Island Tour (This Page)
- Jan 17th, Dumaguete ~ Siquijor
- Jan 18th, what a haphazard day… Siquijor ~ Moalboal
- Jan 19th – 20th, Moalboal ~ Cebu
1. How to go there
From Cebu, by bus to Oslob. Then go to Liloan port, ride a ship to Sibulan port. We can go to Dumaguete from Sibulan port by cheap Jeepney. Tricycle is rather expensive, they are too eager to get guests.
2. Activity, Event, etc.
I went Apo Island Tour in Dumaguete, organized by Harolds Mansion, backpackers hostel.
Snorkel in Apo island is 1,000 PHP (about 23 USD) . (Diving is different price)
From morning to evening, almost 1 day. It was nice, very fine transparent water and I could see many turtles (more than 5) , however I have no water-proof camera…
I went Apo island, but then I don’t have even iPhone (because I was afraid it might be stolen, I left my things in hostel)
Instead of the tour, let me report about Dumaguete.
After my arriving, I walk around Dumaguete a little. I like beaches, so I didn’t expect to Dumaguete so much, but it’s rather nice contrary to expectations.
There are some university, calm and peaceful atmosphere. How can I say that…, I feel how local people love this town.
▼I love Dumaguete!
▼An esplanade. Local people enjoy it. It reminded me of Nha Trang, Viet Nam.
▼The entrance of an university. Anybody can enter.
▼At a cafe near the entrance of the university. It’s a little expensive. Free Wi-Fi.
▼The main transportation is tricycles. One ride is 9-10 PHP, share with others.
▼A Cafe (2) in Dumaguete. It’s cheap! No wi–fi? (I don’t remember)
▼A cup of coffee 30PHP, a brownie 12PHP. So cheap.
▼A large park.
▼Here is “We Love Dumaguete" How much do they love it…
▼An old tower? Related to religion?
▼Petition candle near the tower. White and brown are 1PHP each, other colors are 2PHP each.
▼I brought white (purity and enlightenment), brown (good health and healing), green (financial help / business success), red (love, joy, and peace), violet (happiness and hope) and orange (reconciliation).
▼Pray after lighting a fire.
I had a problem with an important friend before the trip, so I brought orange candles everyday in Dumaguete. It might work…
I found a reflexology as a volunteer near here. I like it. (It’s not on Japanese guide book.)
▼Is it one of their volunteer works?
The fee is “donation". Only first time, I have to buy towel, alcohol and oil, but it’s not expensive (less than 100PHP).
I went there everyday in Dumaguete.
▼Lab-as, I heard it’s popular among local people. (I found it by google)
▼The taste is good 🙂
Many seafood menus, I was glad to find boiled vegetable.
▼I’d not imagined I could eat boiled vegetable so much like this…
Bitter gourds, okras, egg plants and something.
▼In Dumaguete, there is the first restaurant of “Jo’s Chicken", which I loved in Cebu! Of course I went there.
▼The taste is, yes, ordinary Jo’s Chicken…
Though there is no beach, I like the peaceful atmosphere, it makes me think it can be one choice if I’d like to do long stay in the Philippines.
As I wrote before, the first night was so terrible…
▼This is “Eco room"! On the rooftop.
▼There are just a fan, a desk, a chair and a bed inside the room. Restroom and Shower is outside.
▼I’m quite ok with simple facilities, but…
▼I’m okay with temperature also, I don’t use air conditioner even in Cebu, Manila or Bangkok. The problem is…. Terrible noises.
- Apo Island Tour : 1,000PHP
- Rooms : Eco fan double 500PHP, Air-con double 800PHP(Harolds Mansion)
- Reflexology : donation as voluntary
- Petition candles : 1-2 PHP
To Siquijor from Dumaguete 🙂