Dumaguete: City of gentle people to Siquijor: Island of fire.

Dumaguete: City of gentle people to Siquijor: Island of fire.

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When travel bug bites me, I am happy to be infected and I will not seek the antidote to cure it.
I 💞 the symptoms and other manifestation that comes with it.  
When travel bug bites me,  the 1st symptoms that I noticed is that, spending alot of time researching about my target place/s. I found out that.. 

DUMAGUETE
Also known as the City of Gentle People is a city of Negros Island, in the southern of Philippines. Philippine Airlines (PAL)  and Cebu Pacific offers direct flight from Manila to Dumaguete. 

Together with my high school friends, we booked our flight with PAL, and it only tooked us 50 mins. to reached the Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport .

Dumaguete port 
Is also a main entry point to many seaports in the country, including Manila in Luzon,  Cebu,  Bohol and Siquijor in the Visayas and Iligan and Dapitan in Mindanao.

We took advantage the accessability of Dumaguete port to reached the island of Siquijor to maximize our time. 

Since we only have 3 days to explore the 2 provinces, we decided to do the most thrilling activities that suited our schedule. 

1st on the list.. 

APO  ISLAND
can be reached by 30 minutes from Dumaguete city to Malatapay by road trip, and from there you can hire a motorized outrigger boat and it will take you across to apo island. 
Another option is to booked a day tour to Apo island to any resorts in Dumaguete or in Dauin just like what we did.  
Apo island is a marine sanctuaries and protected. Therefore the under water world in this area is simply breathtaking 😭. Hard and soft corals are everywhere.
We booked our 3-day accomodation at Bongo Bongo Diver, and also our Apo island snorkeling tour ( P 1,300/pax) which includes our lunch, fins, snorkeling gear, unlimited coffee and of course boat ride. We spent the whole day snorkeling 3 different areas, and got the chance to swim with the Pawikans (giant sea turtle).  
Bongo Bongo Diver's boat

 My tribe. 

We end our day chillin and playing scrabble, then rest to our respected rooms,  to prepare for our Siquijor trip the next day. 

our home for 3 days
SIQUIJOR
Also known as Island of fire, caused by numerous fireflies at night. It is only 45 minutes fast craft ride from Dumaguete port or 2 and half hrs via a regular ferry ride (145 pesos fare ticket) 

When we reached Siquijor,  we hired a multicab (1800 pesos good for 10 pax) for our day tour itineraries and we start our day right away! 

Our 1st stop 
Paliton beach
It has a fine white sand,  lots of coconut trees,  turquoise water and most of all, it is NOT crowded  
😍 perfect for your camwhoring mood. This beach is also lovely to achieve your perfect tan. 

  
Our 2nd stop
Cambugahay falls
It consists of cascading multi-tiered waterfalls with fresh and warm water, from natural spring and rain forest. We love doing the tarzan swing here. This place triggered another travel bug bites symptoms, I became hyper. 😳 

This is my favorite place in Siquijor!!!

Our last stop was
Salagdoong beach
It has a white sand and pebbled shoreline.  Turquoise water and a bit crowded compared to Paliton beach.  Adrenaline junkie will love this place because it has 2 cliff diving spots. The highest is 40ft ASL 😱. When you get tired jumping and swimming, there is a restaurant to refuel your energy. Going here is also a feast in the eye because of the lush green forest. 



Salagdoong forest
It is a man-made molave forest, a tree reforestation project of local government. I was at the top of our multicab, so I got a 360 view of this and the wind was so refreshing. I asked our driver to pull over, so that I can capture this magnificent place. The tunnel-like molave trees were so appealing to my eyes. I wanted to capture the beauty of mother nature. 

So this are the places that highlighted our Dumaguete-Siquijor trip. We still have lots to explore and things to try.  I can't wait to book a flight again to come back and explore the Manjuyod sandbar, Twin lakes balinsasayaw and more. 

Stay salty,  😘


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