SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE TRIP PART 1: DIY ITINERARY AND BUDGET

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SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE TRIP PART 1: DIY ITINERARY AND BUDGET

SIQUIJOR – DUMAGUETE TRIP. For those who are asking me, how much would it take to visit the Siquijor Island. Here’s my Itinerary and Budget.

I had been wanting to go on a solo backpacking trip, but I was scared. I had hesitations and somehow, I admit that I actually enjoyed travelling with fellow travelers.

But moving with friends can be hard at times, particularly with our individual agendas. Others  are not available on the dates I am free and vice-versa. So finally, I decided to go alone.

At first, I was scheduled to go to the Islas de Gigantes, but the night before my trip I was informed by a friend that travelling to the Island on these dates is quite challenging because of the weather. Right away, I felt the benefit of going alone, I altered  my plan at once. Instead of going to Islas de Gigantes, I decided to visit Siquijor Island.

So let me share with you the first of my DIY ITENIRARY AND BUDGET in this SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE  travel series.

SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE TRIP PART 1: DIY ITENIRARY AND BUDGET

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Day 1 – SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE TRIP 

3:30am-9:30 am – Bacolod to Dumaguete Via Ceres Bus (Non-Aircon)  – PHP 275.00. Note: No air conditioned bus was available at that time.

10:00 am -11:30 am – Dumaguete – to Siquijor Via GL Shipping Lines. Fare was PhP 150.00 and the terminal fee was PhP 15.00. The port going to Siquijor can be found at the Boulevard in Dumaguete. The vessel was quite small, so you can really feel  the motion in the sea. The leg  room was  also  small and the seats were uncomfortable. Passengers also wore the life vest which I cannot afford to put on because it was visibly dirty. But I was holding one…just to be sure.

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11:30 am -12:00 nn –Drop by the Tourism Booth located at the main of the Siquijor Port.  I was amazed because the booth was really manned and there were people (1 from the department of Tourism and 1 Policeman in Uniform) who assisted me. They also provided me with some literature which I used to explore the place. Another thing which impressed was, Siquijor has a published rate for vehicle rentals and tour rates. I decided to stay in San Juan, a place where most beach houses and hotels are located it is just a few minutes from the seaport. I took a tricycle to bring me to San Juan. Again, they have a standard rate  of PHP 250.00 for the tricycle, but what was nice about their tariff was, the vehicle will accompany you to search for your hotel until you will decide on where to stay.In my case, since that was an instant trip I was not able o book a hotel in advance so I still have to search for a place to stay. The tricycle driver who also served as my tourist guide the following day was very nice and courteous. He brought me to a couple of hotels  until I finally decide where to stay according to  my preference of course.

I decided to stay in San Juan, a place where most beach houses and hotels are located it is just a few minutes from the seaport. I took a tricycle to bring me to San Juan. Again, they have a standard rate  of PHP 250.00 for the tricycle, but what was nice about their tariff was, the vehicle will accompany you to search for your hotel until you will decide on where to stay.In my case, since that was an instant trip I was not able o book a hotel in advance so I still have to search for a place to stay. The tricycle driver who also served as my tourist guide the following day was very nice and courteous. He brought me to a couple of hotels  until I finally decided where to stay according to  my preference of course.

12:00nn-12:45 pm – Check-in to One Sunset Hotel. Rate – 1,400/day with free continental breakfast One Sunset Hotel has a beachfront, a restaurant, wifi, a pool and it’s air-conditioned. These were the reasons why I choose his place because while there were dormitories and cheaper   rooms available, some places don’t look safe, some don’t have a restaurant, and in some hotels the rooms available are far  from the beach. In my case, I was able to get a room fronting the pool and the place was well lit at night. The hotel was also near some sari-sari stores wherein you can buy some bottled water and other things which you  might need.

Click here for the Complete List of Hotels and Resorts in Siquijor

12:45-1:30 pm – Late lunch at One Sunset Hotel. One thing which annoyed me about the place was their slow service. They only have 1 cook and 1 person serving. So it would be good that when you visit Siquijor, you can drop by Dumaguete City to buy some snack items which you can have  any time of the day. In my case, since I am diabetic and I cannot afford to go hungry, so I brought some packed snacks with me.

1:30pm-4:30 pm – Rest. I was very sleepy because I was not able to sleep the whole night before, I took that moment to rest.

4:30pm-6:00 pm – Explored the Beach. I think one of the best feature of Siquijor is their Beaches. They have white sand and it’s not crowded. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any swimwear, so I just enjoyed walking at the shoreline and took a lot oh photos.

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One Sunset Hotel, Siquijor

6:00pm-7:00 pm – Dinner at the beachfront. Their food was ranging from PhP 150-350/serving. But don’t expect for something special. They only serve simple food like fried, sinigang, etc. I was even wondering why I haven’t seen much of the seafood when the place was just  at the beach.

Travelling alone can be lonely if you are not friendly. While I was eating, I was entertained by the hotel staff.

7:00pm-9:00 pm –  I went out to explore the street, But I didn’t go far because I was alone. I went to a store near the place and bought  bottled  drinks. Beverages at the hotel were really expensive, besides they were not strict about bringing of food and drinks from the outside. In fact, I even asked them to refrigerate the food that I brought all the way from Bacolod and they didn’t charge me for that. Again, it pays to be friendly. While enjoying my drinks, a family from Brazil   joined me at the poolside which made me more relaxed and enjoyed my trip.

9:00 pm – Rest. I never slept at this early  time back home, but I guess I was really tired.

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Day 2 – SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE TRIP 

6:00 am -8:00 Breakfast. I was planning to enjoy the beach at this moment, but I was disappointed because it was low-tide so I just decided to enjoy the serene place while sipping a cup of coffee.I also took my breakfast after  awhile.

9:00 am – Start of My Island Tour. The Island Coastal Tour in a Tricycle would cost one PHP 1,000.00. But the driver charged me an additional PHP 200.00 because he fetch me from the hotel. This was something that was not agreed, but I didn’t argue anymore because I was really planning to give him a tip . So since I felt I was tricked a bit I just gave him 1,200.00. If you are a group of 4, then the rate would be very cheap because you can divide the amount amongst yourself.

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The following were the  places we’ve visited on our coastal tour: (Note: I will not reiterate on my experiences about these places because I will be writing separate articles on these in my next posts.Calipay Spring Park and St. Vincent de Ferrer Bell Tower – Free  Entrance

  1. Calipay Spring Park and St. Vincent de Ferrer Bell Tower – Free  Entrance
  2. Enchanted Balete Tree and Fish Spa – Entrance is PhP 5.00person; Fish Spa – Donation Only
  3. San Isidro Labrador Church and Convent – Free Entrance
  4. Cambugahay Falls – Free Entrance but you have to pay PhP 25.00 for a parking fee. Tour guide was compulsory, but they don’t have a fixed rate. I decided to give PhP 150.00 for the tour guide because I just took photos and treat him for a drink.It was ice to have the guide and a life guard at the same time because he also doubled as my photographer. Paying the tour guide a little more especially if your are travelling as a group. This will help the locals to have their livelihood.
  5. Our Lady of Devine Providence Church -Free Entrance
  6. Salagdong Beach –Entrance is PhP 25/person and parking Fee of PhP 25.00. This is also where We ate our lunch. Of course, you have to treat your guide for a lunch as well.
  7. Guiwahon Spring – Entrance of PhP 10.00/person
  8. Francis of Assisi Church – Free Entrance

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3:00 PM-3:15 PM. The St. Francis was my last stop. The church is also located right in front of the port. After taking pictures of the church, I realized that I still have 45 minutes  to wait for the last trip to Dumaguete City. So I decided to stay at Tudia, a snack bar right at the gate of the port. I like the place because  they have wifi and while their food was not really spectacular, the taste was acceptable. They also make their own bread.

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4:30 pm – 6:10 pm –Going to Dumaguete Via Montenegro Lines. The fare is PhP 130 and the terminal fee is PhP 14.00. I prefer Montenegro Lines as compared t the small vessel because you cannot really the movement of the vessel especially of the weather  is not good.

6:30 pm. Check-in at Novo Hotel. Rate :900/day (Queen Suite). I wanted to stay in any of the hotels at the Boulevard because that is where most people go during night time, but all hotels were fully booked  that time. So I choose Novo Hotel, It’s an economy hotel, they don’t have a restaurant, but they have clean and spacious room and most especially they have wifi. For me Novo Hotel is a low-end version of the Go Hotels. Don’t mind about the front office staff if they don’t really smile nor appeared unfriendly sometimes. I guess they were not just meant to be in the job but they were assigned there. Novo Hotel is owned by the same owner who owned Novo Store ( a store selling China goods and they are found in many provinces).

In front of the hotels were various restaurants, so eating was not a problem. Novo Hotel is just 2 blocks away from the Boulevard and its right beside Lee Plaza Mall in Dumaguete City.

Siquijor – Dumaguete Trip: Click here for the complete List of Hotels in Dumaguete  City

8:00pm-9:00pm- Boulevard: Street Food Tasting

Day 3 – SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE TRIP 

11:00 am – Dumaguete to Bacolod Via Ceres. Air-conditioned Bus at PHP 335. The bus has Wifi and very comfortable so slept most of the time.

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Here’s my other stories in this SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE TRIP series:

SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE TRIP PART 2 – Calipay Spring

SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE TRIP PART 3 –San Isidro labrador Church and Convent 

SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE TRIP PART 4 – Cambugahay Falls

SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE TRIP- List of Hotels and Resorts in Siquijor

SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE TRIP – 9 Things to do in Siquijor

SIQUIJOR-DUMAGUETE TRIP – Your Ultimate Travel Guide

 

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jojo vito

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Default Comments (13)

13 Comments:

  1. That’s nice that you had a family join you at the pool. And it’s nice too that you took a trip alone. My SIL just took a big one alone and she had a blast!

  2. Sounds like you had an amazing time on your trip! Love all the pictures you shared!

  3. Growing up and only have a poor views about the place, I wondered and amazed of the reviews you share with us here. I’d like to visit the place some day.

  4. this is another pklace I want to visit someday! Lovely place.

  5. Ok I’m mad jealous! I need an awesome trip
    Like this in my near future

  6. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this place, in spite of the scary stories. It’s definitely beautiful, who wouldn’t want to go to this place!

  7. i would love to travel here! the picture with the rope swing and the waterfalls is breathtaking

  8. Not a backpacking kinda girl but this looks pretty interesting

  9. As a travel blogger Myself I quite appreciate the time breakdown, events, dates and the amazing photo-itinerary too. The suggestions budget breakdown and even cautions e.g.the not too pleasing Life vest. I truly appreciate this Siquijor Dumaguete DIY Trip!

    I would definitely love to have a guest blog written by you on our Luxury Blog!
    Feel free to contact us if that interest you!

  10. What a stunning variety of pictures it looks absolutely heavenly. I like the mix of different locations and that you stated times of each trip.

  11. What a cool trip. I love all the water and the water falls.

  12. I really like how the driver will remain with you as you choose your hotel location. That’s so comforting!

  13. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    That sounds like a great trip! I love all your pictures.

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