Relaxing in Siquijor
Posted On April 25, 2013
After a bit of planning we decided to continue our Philippines advent further south and headed for Dumaguete on Negros Island. So first we had to take a bus to the nearby ferry terminal at Liolan (what a tongue twister). Twenty minutes later we arrived at Sibulan from where we took a jeepney to the port town of Dumaguete which was another 30 minutes away.
The next two days we stayed at Harold’s Mansion which was a simple but good accommodation. After a typical Filipino lunch – which as usual involved some pork, chicken and rice – we wanted to bring our dirty clothes for laundry. We thought that the hostel had offered to do the laundry for 80 Pesos a kg which stroke us as a bit expensive and so we had a look around. And indeed we found a laundry place just around the corner who would do the job for 25 Pesos a kg. So we were happy to have saved some money – only later we realized that the hostel actually offered to do our laundry for 18 (and not 80) Pesos a kg. And so our profit turned into a loss ;). However we were one travel story which we probably will still remember in a few years richer.
spent the afternoon strolling around Rizal Boulevard which is a popular
hang out for the locals despite the rather awful smell coming from the
sea. A nice dinner at the Blue Monkey Bar rounded off another day of
The next day we had a split program. Hazel went for a
dive at a nearby site and saw some fantastic sea life (and also caught
quite a bad sunburn in doing so). Lazy Kevin on the other side just took
“a day off” and devoted some time to reading and doing nothing.
next morning we were off to the tranquil island of Siquijor – about 40
minutes away from Dumaguete. Despite having almost no cars on the island
the roads were brand new and in a superb condition. Apparently the
reason for this is that the mayor of the Island was also the owner of a
major road construction company – so not that much of a coincident after
A charming beach front bungalow at Charisma Inn was our
home for the next two nights. One couldn’t ask for a better location as
you can see on the pictures. We spent the rest of the day just relaxing,
reading and and sleeping in the hammock – yeah we are living the hard
The next day we took a tricycle to Coco Cove Beach for some
snorkeling and swimming. Despite of the shallow beach we saw some
colorful fishes (and even found Nemo) and enjoyed a relaxing day at the
The following day was a typical traveling day as we needed
to head back to Cebu City. Given that the Philippines have so many
islands (more than 7000) one spends quite some traveling from island to
the other. However as the buses are generally quite good it’s not much
of an hassle especially if you have a lot time like we have. So a few
ferry rides and a crazy bus ride later (the bus driver must have been a
race driver in his former life) we were back again in Cebu City this
time staying in the bug free Myra’s Pension.