4D3N Dumaguete Siquijor Itinerary & Travel Guide

Before this trip, I only knew Dumaguete as the land of the magical silvanas (I mean come on, water, butter and flour can’t be all that make up this very delicious pastry; magic must be involved) and Siquijor as the land of the aswangs (monsters) and mangkukulams (witches). I had also heard of rumors about this island off the coast of Dumaguete where turtles thrive and that Siquijor is white-sand beach central. I just had to go there and see these for myself. Thanks to my nocturnal tendencies, I stumbled upon some promo fares which let me venture there, albeit as a solo female traveler again. There I discovered other wonderful things about these places, like how the food is also so cheap and that sharing a seat can really win you a friend. Now that this trip is done, I will share with you this 4D3N Dumaguete Siquijor itinerary, budget and travel guide.

4d3n Dumaguete Siquijor Itinerary & Travel Guide

4D3N Dumaguete-Siquijor Itinerary

Day 1: Dumaguete

10:20  ETA Dumaguete
10:45  Tricycle from the Dumaguete Airport to Harold’s Mansion
11:00  Check-in at Harold’s Mansion and made a reservation for the Apo Island Day Tour Package
11:45  Tricycle going to the Ceres Bus Terminal
12:03  Boarded a bus with the signboard “Manuyod” going to the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes and Natural Park
12:10  Transferred to another bus because the other bus had no driver, asked to be let off at Bais
12:45  ETA habal-habal (motorcycle) terminal going to Balinsasayao Twin Lakes and Natural Park
13:15  Paid the entrance fees for me and my driver
13:20  ETA Balinsasayao Twin Lakes and Natural Park
13:50  Lunch at the restaurant by the lake
14:10  Start of trek to Lake Danao
14:45  Arrival at Lake Danao
15:05  Departure from the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes and Natural Park
16:30  Back at the habal-habal terminal, boarded bus back to the Boulevard of Dumaguete City
18:15  Walked from Harold’s Mansion to Jo’s Chicken Inatô
18:30  Dinner at Jo’s Chicken Inatô


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Day’s Expenses

Day 1 Balinsasayao Twin Lakes and Natural Park
8.00 Tricycle from the Dumaguete Airport to Harold’s Mansion
10.00 Tricycle going to Ceres Bus Terminal
15.00 Ordinary bus from Ceres Bus Terminal to Bais
400.00 Habal-habal to Balinsasayao Twin Lakes and Natural Park (RT inc. P50 tip)
70.00 Entrance fee to Balinsasayao Twin Lakes and Natural Park (P50 adult + P20 driver)
12.00 Habal-habal parking fee
85.00 Lunch: Restaurant by the Lake – Shangsilog P50 + C2 P35
15.00 Ordinary bus back to the Boulevard of Dumaguete City
119.00 Dinner: Jo’s Chicken Inatô – Paa Inato P97 + C2 P22
P734.00 Subtotal

4D3N Dumaguete Siquijor Itinerary




 

4D3N Dumaguete Siquijor Itinerary

 The habal-habal ride from Bais to the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes normally costs P400 round trip and is good for two. I tried to haggle since I was alone so they gave me discount of P50.

4D3N Dumaguete Siquijor Itinerary

Balinsasayao Lake, Dumaguete

Cloudy afternoon at the Balinsasayao Lake.

Lake Danao, Dumaguete

Cloudy afternoon at the Lake Danao.

Jo's Chicken Inatô: Paa Inato P97 + C2 P22

Jo’s Chicken Inatô: Paa Inato P97 + C2 P22

4D3N Dumaguete Siquijor Itinerary

Day 2: Apo Island Tour

06:45  Went to the Mares dive shop to sign the waiver, pay for the tour then fitting of gears at the Diver Masters shop next door
07:20  Left Harold’s Mansion and went to Dauin, jump-off point to Apo Island
07:52  Arrival at Dauin, boarded the boat
08:15  Boat left the Dauin beach, free breakfast on board.
08:55  First snorkel site: Katipanan Site (turtles!)
11:15  Second snorkel site: Rock West Site (no turtles but we went to the white corral beach)
12:20  Lunch: Pancit Canton with egg
13:00  Third snorkel site: Largahan Site
15:20  End of Apo Island trip; back at Dauin Beach
16:30  Back at Harold’s Mansion
17:30  Dinner: Sans Rival Cafe and Pastries
18:20  Made a new friend. 🙂
18:50  Campanario de Dumaguete and Dumaguete City Cathedral
19:30  Back at Harold’s Mansion


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Day’s Expenses

Day 2
Apo Island Tour
1200.00 Apo Island Tour – snorkel, life vest, fins, breakfast, lunch
174.00 Dinner: Sans Rival Cafe and Pastries – Spaghetti a la puttanesca P85 + Cafe mocha P60 + Carrot cake slice P29
P1,374.00 Subtotal

4D3N Dumaguete Siquijor Itinerary




 

4D3N Dumaguete Siquijor Itinerary

The best thing about staying at Harold’s Mansion is that everything is a stroll away. The Siliman University, the Boulevard (where you can try street food in an al fresco set up), the church and the port are just within walking distance.

4D3N Dumaguete Siquijor Itinerary

Turtle 1 of Apo Island

Turtle 1 of Apo Island

Turtle 2 of Apo Island

Turtle 2 of Apo Island

Starfish, Apo Island

Starfish, Apo Island

Clownfish, Apo Island

Clownfish, Apo Island

Beached at the Rock West Site, Apo Island, Dumaguete

Beached at the Rock West Site.

Squad Goals, Apo Island, Dumaguete

Snorkeling teammates at Apo Island.

Sans Rival Cafe and Pastries: Spaghetti a la puttanesca P85 + Cafe mocha P60 + Carrot cake slice P29

Sans Rival Cafe and Pastries: Spaghetti a la puttanesca P85 + Cafe mocha P60 + Carrot cake slice P29

Sans Rival Cafe and Pastries: Sans Rival Slice

Sans Rival Slice To Die For (Thanks again, Deanny!)

4D3N Dumaguete Siquijor Itinerary

Day 3-4: Siquijor Day Tour then Back to Reality

09:00  Breakfast
09:25  Left for Port of Dumaguete
09:36  Bought 10:00am boat ticket going to Siquijor Island
09:47  Boarding
10:13  ETD Dumaguete
11:30  ETA Siquijor; bought 6:00pm ticket to Dumaguete
11:45  Start of Tricycle Tour of Siquijor
12:05  Capilay Spring Park
12:30  Balete Tree with Fish Spa
13:05  Overlooking by Provincial Road
13:20  Cambugahay Falls
13:45  St. Isidore the Farmer Parish a.k.a. Lazi Church
14:20  Salagdoong Beach and man-made molave park
14:50  Lunch at DJ’s Rendezvous Salagdoong Restaurant
16:00  Walked along the white sand beach of Kiwi Dive Resort and nearby resorts
17:00  Guiwanon Spring Park Resort (a mangrove and beach forest development project)
17:30  Back at Siquijor Port
18:00  ETD Siquijor
19:15  ETA Dumaguete
19:30  Sans Rival Cafe and Pastries is already closed! Had to buy silvanas from the Bistro.
20:30  Dinner at Gabby’s Bistro
06:55 ETD Dumaguete


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Day’s Expenses

Day 3-4
Siquijor Day Tour
130.00 Boat Ticket from Dumaguete to Siquijor (GL Shippling Line)
15.00 Terminal Fee
100.00 Boat Ticket from Siquijor to Dumaguete (Aleson)
1000.00 Whole day Siquijor tricycle tour
10.00 Entrance fee to Balete Fee with fish spa
20.00 Parking fee at the Cambugahay falls
50.00 Salagdoong Entrance fee P25 + Parking P25
270.00 Lunch: DJ’s Rendezvous Salagdoong Restaurant – Sinigang na hipon + 2 cups of rice + 2 bottles mineral water
10.00 Guiwanon Entrance Fee
600.00 Four boxes of Silvanas at Sans Rival Cafe and Pastries Bistro
8.00 Tricycle from Harold’s Mansion to Gabby’s Bistro
280.00 Dinner: Gabby’s Bistro – Cajun Chicken Fingers P175 + Oreo Frappuccino P85 + tip P20
8.00 Tricycle from Gabby’s to Bistro Harold’s Mansion
100.00 Day 4: Tricycle from Harold’s Mansion to the Airport
P150.00 Day 4: Terminal Fee
P2,751.00 Subtotal

4D3N Dumaguete Siquijor Itinerary

 




4D3N Dumaguete Siquijor Itinerary

I heart Siquijor

Capilay Spring Park, Siquijor

Capilay Spring Park

Balete Tree with Fish Spa, Siquijor

Balete Tree with Fish Spa

Cambugahay Falls, Siquijor

Cambugahay Falls

Lazi Church, Siquijor

Lazi Church

Salagdoong Beach, Siquijor

Salagdoong Beach: where the strong of heart jump.

white sand beach of Kiwi Dive Resort, Siqujor

Great stretch of peaceful, white sand beach at the Kiwi Dive Resort

Guiwanon Spring Park Resort, Siquijor

Guiwanon Spring Park Resort

Guiwanon Spring Park Resort cottage and bamboo boardwalk, Siquijor

Guiwanon Spring Park Resort has several cottages for rent and faces the sunset.

Gabby's Bistro: Cajun Chicken Fingers P175 + Oreo Frappuccino P85

The Cajun Chicken Fingers are not quite Cajun, but the Oreo Frappuccino is to die for. 😋

4D3N Dumaguete Siquijor Travel Budget

4D3N Dumaguete-Siquijor Travel Budget

Pre-trip Expenses:
RT Manila-Dumaguete flight via Cebu Pacific (P16 promo fare): P586.84
3 Nights Harold’s Mansion: P2,800.90
Trip Expenses
Day 1 Balinsasayao Twin Lakes and Natural Park: P734
Day 2 Apo Island Tour: P1,374.00
Day 3 Siquijor Day Tour: P2,751.00
Total: P8,246.74*
*budget of a solo female traveler with no haggling skills to speak of and a penchant for expensive food and drinks

4D3N Dumaguete Siquijor Travel Tips

4D3N Dumaguete-Siquijor Travel Tips

1. If staying at Harold’s Mansion, contact them prior to your trip and avail of their free airport transfer.

2.  Tricycle drivers inside the airport will charge you up to P100 for a ride to Dumaguete City. So, exit the airport and hail a tricycle from there. This should cost only P8.00.

3. Hailing a tricycle is a tricky business as it involves yelling your destination to a passing tricycle. Prepare to be ignored.

4. The habal-habal ride to the Balinsasayao Lake is a long and winding one, filled with uphills, banking downhills and heart-stopping turns along cliffsides. Prior to your ride, apply some sunblock. During the 40 minute trip, distract yourself by counting the number of turns your habal-habal makes. I counted 62, how about you?

5. The trek from the Balinsasayao Lake to Lake Danao is along a semi-hidden trail, made up mostly of broken boulders and slippery leaves and plant roots. I got a couple of blisters from that trek because I was just wearing flip-flops.


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6. Paddle boats are available at the Balinsasayao Lake. By taking the boat, you could explore the lake, check out a small waterfall to the right of the lake or row to the other edge and visit Lake Danao. This way, blisters will form on your hands not under your toes.

7. Bring an underwater camera for your Apo Island tour. Or, rent a GoPro from Harold’s Mansion. They charge P1000 for a whole day of rent. Bring your own SD card for less hassle.

8. Allow for flexibility in your itinerary. Flight delays can derail an entire day. Schedule your Siquijor side trip not on the day of your arrival to Dumaguete.

9. If pressed for time and an overnight stay at Siquijor is not possible, make sure to take the earliest and last boat going to and from Siquijor in order to maximize your time.

10. Gabby’s Bistro is better known for its breakfast. I was not at all satisfied with their Cajun Chicken. But the Oreo Frappuccino made up for it.


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11. The famous Cafe Antonio has been out of business for some time. Don’t waste any more time (like I did) looking for it.

12. Sans Rival Cafe and Pastries closes at 07:30pm on Sundays so better get there early for your silvanas. If you end up missing the cut-off, check out their stock at the next-door Sans Rival Bistro.

13. Don’t forget to try their famous sans rival. Slices are available for order on the spot, but whole cakes are pre-ordered.

14. I read several blogs warning solo female travelers to be wary of perverts in Dumaguete City. My newfound friend said the same thing to me, as she even directly heard it from a local. Fortunately, I did not experience anything untoward during my short trip despite the fact that I was always walking around alone even late at night.

 

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Jayce Cairo

Jayce is a linguaphile who speaks four languages and currently works as a translator to finance her various interests. Scoring very high on “Openness to Experience” on the Big Five Personality Test, she is an avid globetrotter who aspires to retire at 35 and travel for the rest of her life.

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