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Dumaguete - Cebu Trip (October 4 - 7 2013)
Hello Tumblr! It’s been a long while since I last posted on this blog. I finally decided to just do a revamp and finally be able to post what I have been doing lately. As you see, 2013 has been a very good year to me. Everything I barely dreamed of before are slowly coming to life! (Thanks, God!) . Anyway, I am writing this post to share my Dumaguete - Cebu 3-day trip.
So, here’s how it went…
October 4 (around 4PM I think)
We (Con, Meling, AJ, Ate Jone, Lanie, Matet and Riza) met up in the airport and as usual, everyone was late. We met up altogether just about 5 minutes earlier from the last call for passengers flying to Dumaguete. Everyone was walking so fast cause we have to get to the airbus. Fortunately, we made it and almost at the rear end of the queue. Haha.
As we got into the plane, we noticed we weren’t seated near each other. Some were lucky enough to have seats beside each other assigned to them. Con and I were opposite each other. The fly was approximately 2 hours and I got so giddy when the plane was about to bound in Dumaguete airport. You could actually see the sea getting near you as the plane makes a turn to land into the runway.
After landing, we went straight to GoHotels where we stayed during the duration of our trip. UV Vans are available right outside the airport so if you’re in a group and don’t have anyone who’ll pick you up, you can rent one of these. It costed us around Php1k to rent the whole van.
Upon arriving at GoHotels, we immediately went to check the Dumaguete tour map beside the reception area. (* Note: The map below isn’t the exact map we saw, but posted this as well for your reference.)
We noticed that there were so many activities that can be done and a 3-day trip is not enough to experience all of those.
Anyway, our itinerary went like this:
Day 1 - Dinner @ Hukad, Robinson’s Place Dumaguete (this was the nearest dine-in access from GoHotels). Decided to sleep the night off so we have more energy the day after.
Day 2 - SNORKELING @ Apo Island, baby! We woke up at 5 AM to be able to reach our destination early so we have more time. The goal was to encounter the Pawikans and the beautiful fishes and corals under the deep blue sea water. Unluckily, rain poured and the current got high so we weren’t able to see the big turtles. We snorkeled at the calm part of the sea. Pretty good though, cause it’s still beautiful but it would have been better if we saw the turtles up close. Here’s some pictures:
After snorkeling, we rested on a hut and residents nearby offered us lunch that we can buy from them. We call it "paluto" in Tagalog. We agreed to let them cook for us since we didn’t bring any food and there were no nearby places to eat. Here were some of the dishes that they cooked for us:
Kilawin! My favorite among all the delicacies in Dumaguete. They have the best tasting Kilawin ever and I swear by this. Heehee.
Inihaw na Bangus ( Grilled Milkfish )
This one never gets old. Better with Toyo , Calamansi and Sili. :3
Sinigang na Isda
Almost equally good from Kilawin. The sabaw is also mouthwatering. The sourness is just heaven. :”>
After the very tiring Snorkeling Adventure, went straight to where we stayed and rested for the Whale Shark encounter the next day. :3
But before that.. we ate at the famous and fanciest resto in Dumaguete @ Gabby’s Diner.
Day 3 - WHALE SHARK ENCOUNTER!
We woke up as early as 5AM to prepare for our Oslob, Cebu trip to see the whale sharks.
Riza and I got up first. We were still feeling tired from the snorkeling but didn’t mind at all.
So we set off and rode a Ro-ro or ferry boat from Dumaguete Port going to Liloan Port. The ride was
approximately 30 minutes and as soon as we got off the boat, droplets of rain began to pour.
We hurried to the nearest bus going to Tan’awan which travelled approximately 45 minutes. As soon
as we arrived, we talked to the staff of the whale shark resort where we got off. Matet and Ate Jone bargained
for the rate of our whole-day trip and some of us were watching the other groups of people that have already met the whale sharks ashore.
After the quite long talk with the resort staff, his team took us in the next island where we were oriented on the
do’s-and-dont’s when swimming with a whale shark. After the quick guideline, we were given our life vests and goggles
then went off ashore. The feeling is very unusual as it is a mix of both excitement and a bit nervous. The
boatmen who were assigned to us start throwing the whale sharks’ food in the water to be able to attract these
So, to sum it all up, we had a very, very close and short encounter with these gentle giants but still very fulfilling. They were so huge that even when I tried to distance a bit, their fins always touch my feet and legs. It’s a bit weird though, I thought their texture is more like
of dolphins which are slimy and wet. Theirs were like a bit hairy just like a dog which had his fur wet from a doggy bath.
We may have failed seeing the Pawikans @ Apo Island but Day 3 is jampacked with all of the adventures we planned for. After the 30-minute whale shark encounter, we hopped in to the next destination — Sumilon Island. I believe this is a virgin island since it’s really small and has fine, white sand with all the untrimmed trees and big rocks that sit in the middle of the island. We were supposed to do snorkeling but the current was really bad so we just swam the and ate lunch on the island. The mad waves are perfect for surfing but too bad, there’s no surfing activity nearby. Here are some pictures we took on the beautiful island.
After our “whale-sharking” and attempted snorkeling @ Sumilon Island, some random stranger came up to us and offer a motorbike ride to Tumalog Falls. Apparently, any trip in Cebu is not complete without visiting these falls. So we agreed and the group were split by 4 so that by pairs we were able to ride one motorbike.
Before Tumalog Falls, we also stopped by this random overlooking view.
After walking on an inclined road, we finally reached our destination and really gazed at the beauty of the falls. Pictures below so you could see for yourselves:
Anyway, to wrap this all up, this is by far, my most fufilling experience ever and I hope to have a lot of adventures like this one. I claiming God will provide. Heehee. :3
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