Here’s a throwback to my first trip this year. My girls and I decided to go on a Siquijor-Dumaguete-Apo (DIY) trip which we planned months back. For those of you who don’t know me, I love to plan! But not for this trip. There was so much happening towards the end of 2015 and I just didn’t have the time. Lucky me, I was travelling with a dear friend who owns Travel Connect so i didn’t have to worry about a thing! Though it’s fun to plan and research about the place in advance, i must say letting someone else do the planning wasn’t so bad either.
We arrived Dumaguete airport at 7am. Sadly for whatever reason, the resort failed to pick us up from the airport. We tried calling but it was too early that the office is still closed. So as not to waste time we rode a van to the port where we will make our way to Siquijor Island. Expecting that we will have to find our way to the resort by ourselves, we were surprised to see manong with our colorfully written names on a chalkboard (Effort! Fine sige na nga you’re forgiven hehe). Off to the resort! 🙂
Where to stay
We decided to stay in Siquijor for our first night and spend the rest of the days in Dumaguete. Coco Grove Beach Resort was our first choice in Siquijor. When my friend first inquired they had a minimum of 2 nights stay but staying in Siquijor for 2 nights will not fit our itinerary (or so we thought!). Little did we know that our resort offers Apo Island tour, which means we can stay in Siquijor much longer. Anyway after much discussion they allowed us to stay overnight but when we got there we didn’t want to leave. The resort was beautiful!!! 🙂 Only downside is that signal was very bad and though they have wifi, it’s only in one area 5-10 mins walk from our room.
We spent the rest of our stay in Thalatta Beach Resort in Dumaguete. It was the perfect location since the port going to Apo Island was just walking distance away and it also gives you a breathtaking view of the rising sun.
Where to eat
Be sure to try Hayahay Treehouse Bar and Viewdeck in Dumaguete for fresh seafood, good view and cool breeze. Oh and don’t forget to buy your Silvanas from Sans Rival Cakes and Pastries!
What to do
Rent habal habal/ multi cab and go around Siquijor Island. Jump off waterfalls in Cambugahay Falls tarzan style. Aside from the usual touristy stuff ask your driver to bring you to unusual places, ours brought us to a secret beach spot.
See turtles up close and swim with them at Apo Island! 🙂