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Swimming with Turtles

Apo Island is located in Dauin, Negros Oriental. It is an hour ride from Dumaguete and 1-hour boat ride from Malatapay.

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Apo Island is a 7- hectare marine reserve island and a popular diving site. Aside from seeing breathtaking corals, you can also enjoy swimming with huge turtles on their manmade habitat. There are also beautiful rock formations around the island. It is best to visit Apo Island in the morning.

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(you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Siquijor, Oslob and Dumagute)

 

 

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Tour and Eat around Dumaguete City

Tourist Spots:

Rizal Boulevard – is a popular spot for locals. It is where people go after hard day works to simple enjoy the sun set while eating the famous tempura. There are also masseurs near Dumaguete port where you can have a nice massage after a whole day activities.

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Silliman University – is established in 1901 and the first American University in the whole Asia. At present, they offer elementary, high school and college education. There is also a museum inside where you can find old artifacts about Dumaguete city and Negros Oriental province.

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St. Catherine of Alexandria Church – built in 1754 and is considered one of the oldest church stone in Negros Oriental. There is also a belfry near the church used as a watchtower during the old era.

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 Food Stops:

Tempura in Rizal Blvd. –Tempura of Dumaguete is not the same as Tempura of Japan, it is actually a big version of “kikiam”. There are several stalls piled up along Rizal Boulevard where you can buy this snacks. Aside from tempura, they also have squid rolls and chicken balls with different level of spicy sauce.

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Cakes in Sans Rival – this is a popular delicacy in Dumaguete. Aside from Sans Rival, they also have other cakes and pastries. A newly opened branch, Sans Rival Bistro also offers pasta and rice meals.

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Cheap meals in Baroroy Eatery – if you are looking for a budget meal, Baroroy Eatery is best for you. Also located near Rizal Boulevard and Sans Rival Bistro, Baroroy has a wide variety of meals for a very affordable price.

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(you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Siquijor, Oslob and Dumagute)


Negros Oriental

Negros Oriental province is part of Region VII or the Central Visayas Region. The capital of the province is Dumaguete City, also called “City of Gentle People”.

Harold’s Mansion is a popular lodging for local and foreign tourists in Dumaguete. Aside from the location, the staffs are friendly and the rooms are clean (ours has just been renovated). The price for each room is very cheap considering breakfast is included. Breakfast is served at the rooftop where you can have a top view of Dumaguete City.

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(you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Siquijor, Oslob and Dumagute)


Taking a dip in Tumalog Falls

Tumalog Falls is located in Brgy. Luka, Municipality of Oslob Cebu. You have two options going down the stiff road, a trek for 10-15mins or a 2-way motorcycle ride for P50.

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I have seen few waterfalls around the Philippines, Daranak and Taktak Falls in Rizal, Katibawasan Falls in Camiguin and the popular Ma. Cristina Falls in Lanao Del Norte. But Tumalog Falls (for now) is on top of my list. I enjoyed the umbrella-like rock formations, the rain-like waterfalls and the non-swimmer friendly pool, makes me want to come back again.

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(you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Siquijor, Oslob and Dumagute)


Swimming with Whale Sharks

Whale Watching Briefing Site is located in Brgy. Tan-awan, Municipality of Oslob Cebu. Before the activity proper, every tourists needs to undergo a short orientation of Do’s and Dont’s. Local rates for watching P300, snorkeling P500 and diving P600. Viewing is daily from 6AM to 12NN.

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I am aware that some people find this activity harmful and life-threatening for the whale sharks, but I cannot resist the urge to see them up close considering I can’t dive neither can I swim. As the vendor told us during our small chit-chat while placing our things at their locker for rent, Barangay Tan-awan has been blessed to have these creatures inhabit their place. I just hope that LGUs would be stricter with their rules and visitors to be responsible enough to prevent harm to these gentle giants.

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(you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Siquijor, Oslob and Dumagute)