Our flight was still late afternoon so we still have time to roam around the city. We were planning to check Siliman University, however the Information Booth was closed when we passed by. So we were only able to see the Dumaguete Cathedral and Bell Tower.
St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral
Coming from Siquijor via ferry, we rested for awhile after checking in at Harold’s Mansion and we went through our adventure for site seeing in Dumaguete. Casororo Falls cannot be reached directly by tricycle, car or van, one has to transfer to a habal-habal (motorcycle) to go to the jump-off point because of the rough road.
To Casaroro Falls
Sans Rival is one of the well-known and must try restaurants in Dumaguete. As such I have purposely added it in the itinerary before we head to the airport, we had to eat and buy silvanas to bring home. This store has been baking and delivering delicious goodies since 1977. Original store is still located in San Jose Street, however they have expanded their business with Sans Rival Bistro located corner of San Jose street and Rizal Avenue.
Sans Rival Cakes & Pastries
I was actually would like to try Jutsz Cafe which has been widely recommended over the internet as one of the restaurants to try in Dumaguete. Apparently, the said cafe was already closed. While onboard our tricycle, we saw this interesting restaurant with its inviting facade – 2 Story Kitchen. So, nowhere to go we decided to try it out. We explored the place first and took some pictures around.
2 Story Kitchen
A friend recommended this accommodation which is located in a strategic location near the pier, Siliman University, Cathedral and Bell Tower, as well as the town proper where restaurants are located.
Harold’s Mansion is listed as a backpackers’ accommodation which is why there were lots of foreigners that were checked-in as well during our stay.
We took the standard air-conditioned Family Room which has 1 Double Bed and 1 Single Bed that comfortably sleeps 3. The cost is PHP1,125 which comes with a complimentary breakfast (toast, coffee, tea, jams, etc.). The room was spacious and clean, has television and a balcony. Unluckily though when we arrived, there was no electricity for the whole of the city and the Wi-Fi is not working as according to the receptionist only their supervisor could reset it. The toilet and bath has hot and cold showers. Continue reading
The basic transportation in Dumaguete is the tricycle with a fare of PHP9.00 per head on short distance. Dumaguete is just a small city and we were able to walk around from the plaza to our Hotel. However, to go to the tourist spots which are from the city, either you hire a van if you’re a big group but for our case we are only 3.
We first rode a tricycle from our hotel and driver agreed to bring us to our destination – Casaroro Falls and Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao – for a cost of PHP1,000. Quite a good deal versus the PHP4,000 van rental (could have been a good choice if we were a group of 4 or 5). Upon reaching Valencia Plaza, we were told by the driver that we will transfer to habal-habal (motorcycle). Each motorcycle costs PHP200 roundtrip. Apparently the tricycle ride was a deception which we learned after our Casaroro Falls hike during a conversation with our motorcycle driver/guide. So we went back to Valencia Plaza and talked to the tricycle driver and paid PHP250 and told him to go back to Dumaguete City and no need to wait for us. In our desire to save up, it was such sad experience to be fooled, how bad people could be just to earn money. Apparently there is a jeepney from Dumaguete City to Valencia which costs only PHP15 and travel time is about 30 minutes. Continue reading
It was in 2011 when I had Dumaguete in my bucket list as one of the of places to visit, bought a Metrodeal voucher but then later on asked to be refunded due to problems encountered with their merchant.
Around 6 months ago, we booked the flight to Dumaguete via Cebu Pacific. There should be 5 of us, however due to work duties, 2 had to back out. We took the 07:10 AM flight from NAIA Terminal 3, and arrived at around 8:30 AM at Dumaguete’s Sibulan Airport.
Upon reaching Dumaguete, we looked for transportation going to the Port to Siquijor. There were 2 options: Tricycle costs PHP120 while a taxi costs P150. With the minimal difference, we chose to ride the taxi instead.
At the port, we were able to ride the 9:00 AM Ferry to Siquijor. The ferry ride took 1 hour. We were amazed of how clean the water even at the port. Outside the port, we then looked for our multi-cab driver – Kuya Benehildo (You may contact him at (+63) 916-4528674 should you need service in Siquijor).
We first proceeded to our accommodation named Old Ye Shanty before we began our tour for the day. I will be dividing the Dumaguete-Siquijor article into sub-articles.
Siquijor: Accommodation – Old Ye Shanty
Siquijor: Balete Tree | Cambugahay Falls | Lugnason Falls
Siquijor: Capilay Spring Park | Guiwanon Spring Park
Siquijor: Salagdoong Beach Resort | Cang-Isok House | Coco Grove Resort
Siquijor: Itinerary and Costing
Dumaguete: Accommodation – Harold’s Mansion Inn
Dumaguete: Sans Rival Cakes & Pastries
Dumaguete: 2 Story Kitchen
Dumaguete: Casaroro Falls
Dumaguete: PulangBato / Red Rock Falls
Dumaguete: St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral and Bell Tower
Dumaguete: Itinerary and Costing