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Dumaguete – Siquijor Itinerary and Expenses

For a group of 5, it costs less than Php4000 (food and RT airfare excluded) to travel around Dumaguete and Siquijor.

See my detailed Itinerary and expenses in the link (Dumaguete – Siquijor Itinerary and Expenses).

Here are the sights you’ll see for that amount.

 

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4D/3N Cebu Itinerary and Expenses

How much does an unforgettable Cebu experience cost? Click on the link below to find out.

Cebu Itinerary and Expenses

Without the airfare cost, it’s less than Php10K.

 

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DIY Cebu: Day 3 Bantayan Island

city to bantayan

The map shows how far the travel is from Gran Tierra Suites to Bantayan Island where we’ll be spending 2 nights at Kota Beach Resort.

How to go to Bantayan Island:

  1. From Gran Tierra Suites, go to the North Bus Terminal in Cebu city near SM mall. In our case, we just took a taxi. It took around 15-20 minutes.
  2. From the North Bus Terminal, we took a Ceres bus going to Hagnaya port. Travel time is 2.5 to 3 hours.
  3. From Hagnaya port, we rode a ferry going to Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island. Travel time is 30-45 minutes.

From Bantayan Island, we were supposed to be picked up by the resort driver but while we were on the ferry, they informed me that they can’t pick us up and instead asked us to take a tricycle and they will pay for the ride.

All in all, the travel time from Gran Tierra Suites to Kota Beach was around 4 hours. Kinda long but we were asleep most of the time as we left the hotel at 4:45AM. We just bought some snacks that we could munch on while traveling. So imagine how hungry we were when we arrived at Kota Beach Resort. Our first meal cost us Php420! Haha!

We chilled/beach bummed at Kota Beach for 2 nights! We didn’t have to go island hopping, kayaking, etc. coz just staring at the long stretch of white sand with the sun rising or setting was more than enough to keep us where we were.

We also didn’t bother to go looking for another place to eat coz the resort’s resto serve good food at reasonable price. ūüôā If you’re looking for late night partying, this isn’t the place for that – that’s why I liked it here. Peace and quiet for 2 days. ^_^

The rooms/cottages were spacious enough and were air-conditioned. They don’t have a hot shower though (at least for the room that we booked) but there are certain rooms with hot shower in the resort. Apart from the amenities, the rooms are priced based on how near they are to the beach but don’t worry, it wouldn’t matter that much coz somehow you are still near the beach even if you get the room at the 4th row.

We left early on our last day to catch the earliest ferry going to Hagnaya port. Our flight was at 5:55PM so we had a lot of time to go around SM Cebu.

Itinerary and Expenses:

4:45AM-5AM          taxi from Gran Tierra to North Bus Terminal          Php120

5:35 Р8:55AM          travel to Hagnaya Port                                                    Php160/person

9:30AM                      ferry to Sta. Fe                                                                  Php170/person

                                      terminal fee                                                                      Php10/person

                                      Kota Beach Resort (Php2500/night)                         Php5000

Total: Php2900/person (excluding food)

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The beauty of Puting Buhangin-Borawan-Dampalitan

Here’s a gallery of pictures from Puting Buhangin-Borawan-Dampalitan

Puting Buhangin: Great place to swim!

Borawan: They have the best restrooms (use of restrooms are free but they have higher entrance fee than the other islands)

Dampalitan: Best place to view the sunrise; restrooms are cemented as well

Related post: Puting Buhangin-Borawan-Dampalitan

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Puting Buhangin-Borawan-Dampalitan

Another item in my travel list is Borawan, Quezon. It is said to have the fine sand of Boracay and the rock formations of Palawan. I only dread the long bus ride going there, similar with Cagbalete, Quezon. But, as always, it’s worth the 4 to 6 hours of sitting in a bus full of excitement and anticipation.

Going to Borawan usually entails island hopping to Puting Buhangin and Dampalitan islands as well. I was more concerned with the logistics – which island should we go to first and on which island should we stay¬†overnight? I read several blog posts, specifically those posted recently but there were only a handful under 2015. I wanted to be prepared coz I have the impression that basic necessities might not be as easily available there. One thing’s for sure – we’re spending the night at Dampalitan as sunset is said to be best viewed there (and indeed it was!).

How to go There:

1. From Kamuning, take (JAC Liner) bus to Lucena and alight at Lucena Grand Terminal (took us 3 hours but average travel time is around 5 hours; Php218/person).

2. Take bus going to Padre Burgos or Unisan (takes 1 1/2 hours; Php40/person).

3. From Padre Burgos (alight at QCRB Bank), take trike going to Bgy. Basiao then you can rent a boat from there. ūüôā

Boat rental for Borawan-Puting Buhangin-Dampalitan is fixed at Php1800.

What to Bring:

1. Cooking utensils: Going through this trip is DIY at it’s finest. You really have to do everything by yourself. You may have the option of asking the locals to cook for you but let them know ahead of time and, of course, for a price.

2. Sleeping gears: Bringing your own tent is cost-efficient but if you go for comfort, you could always rent a nipa hut (no air conditioned rooms there yet).

3. Toiletries: Just bring the usual – tissue paper, shampoo, soap, etc. but you could also buy them there.

Tips:

If you want a cost-efficient trip, here are some tips:

1. Bring your own tent. A hut costs Php850-1000. Pitching a tent costs Php200 only.

2. Bring as much food as you can. I know you don’t wanna travel with all those packed food but bring just enough that you can carry (ex: hotdog, marinated pork, etc). We bought cooked rice (Php50) at Puting Buhangin and it was good for lunch and dinner.

3. Drinking water may be bought at Bgy. Basiao (just ask the boatman). Water for bathing, on the other hand, may be bought at the island either by container (Php50) or by drum (Php5oo).

4. Puting Buhangin is the farthest of the 3 islands from Bgy. Basiao. You might want to go there first then pass by Borawan or Dampalitan, wherever you decide to stay the night.

5. The more the merrier (the cheaper).

Total Expenses: Php2,116 (if only 2 of you are travelling)

Breakdown:

Activity Amount/person Estimated travel time
Bus going to Lucena (From EDSA Kamuning) 218 3 hours
Bus going to Padre Burgos 40 1.5 hours
boat 900
drinking water 25
cooked rice 25
Entrance Fees:
   Puting Buhangin 80
   Borawan 115
   Dampalitan 75
Tent Pitch Fee 100
Table Rental Fee 150
Water for bathing 100
Trike to Padre Burgos 10
Van to Grand Terminal 60
Bus to Kamias 218
Total 2116
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4D/3N Davao: Actual Itinerary and Summary of Expenses

Day1: Oct.14 Activities Expenses per head
5am-6:45am MNL to DAVAO
6:45am-7:15am Davao to Sasa wharf taxi to wharf (Php100) 33
7:15am-7:45am Sasa Wharf to Babak ferry 10
7:45am-10 Babak to Kaputian tricycle (Php250) 83
10:00 Captain Hook’s Red Parrot Inn accommodation 534
10-11:30 lunch 205
11:30-1:30pm Talicud Island Hopping package tour (1800/boat) 600
1:30-3pm Kaputian Beach Resort Kaputian Beach Resort Entrance Fee 15
3pm onwards FREE TIME dinner at nearby carienderia 40
Subtotal 1520
Day2: Oct.15 Activities Expenses per head
7:30am Check out Captain Hook’s Inn breakfast 0
9am-1:30pm Pearl Farm ride to Pearl Farm (Php1k for the day) 334
Day Tour + Lunch 1800
1:30-2:30pm Giant Clam Kuya Robert (1k/boat) 334
Environmental fee 75
2:30-3pm Samal Island Huts (SIH) accommodation w/bfast 767
4pm FREE TIME early dinner 85
Subtotal 3395
Day3: Oct.16 Activities Expenses per head
8am Breakfast at Samal island Huts
9:30am check out SIH trike to Babak wharf 20
9:45-10am Babak Wharf to Sasa Wharf ferry 10
10-10:45am Sasa Wharf to Domicilio/Lachi’s cab from wharf to Lachi’s (Php160) 53
10:45am Lachi’s lunch 210
trike from Lachi’s to Blugre Caf√© (Php30) 10
12noon  Blugre Coffee durian coffee 150
Aldevinco jeep from Blugre to Aldevinco 8
Bangkerohan jeep fromAldevinco to Bangkerohan 8
souvenirs 390
3pm Domicilio Lorenzo cab from Bangkerohan to Domicilio (Php70) 23
accommodation 600
dinner 125
Subtotal 1607
Day4: Oct.17 Activities Expenses per head
 9am Breakfast at TAPS breakfast 90
10am leave for airport fare to airport via bus 15
11am DVO – MNL 1:20pm lunch 80
3:00 PM MNL terminal fee at Davao 200
Subtotal 385

Grand Total: Php6,907 + airfare Php1,603.8 = Php8,510.8 (inclusive of all fares, meals, and souvenirs/pasalubong)

TIPS to make your Davao adventure cheaper AKA lessons from the trip:

1. Make use of Pearl Farm’s package tour. We didn’t, so we had to rent out the trike. Pearl Farm’s package tour includes a roundtrip ferry to and from Sta. Ana wharf.

2. There are few food choices in Kaputian. You may opt to bring your own food and have the staff where you’re staying cook it for you at minimal fee or scout for nearby carinderias. We were too tired and hungry when we arrived at Red Parrot Inn so we ended up having a meal worth more than Php600!

3. I thought staying in different hotels would’ve saved us travel time. Maybe it did but it also cost us. A ¬†better itinerary would’ve been:

Day1: Davao City Tour (find an accommodation near the wharfs)

Day2: Pearl Farm, GIant Clams (after arriving at Pearl Farm, have your contact for the Giant Clam meet you at the back door of Pearl Farm; go to the Giant Clams first so it is still low tide then just get back to Pearl Farm and enjoy it the rest of the day)

Day3: Samal island Tour (from farthest to nearest from Babak wharf) – Talicud Island, Kaputian Beach, Hagimit, Monfort Bat Cave, Vanishing Island

 

Contact numbers:

tricycle driver, Kuya Jason – 09129276559

Giant Clam, Kuya Robert – 09496579661

 

Other Davao Posts:

Davao Planned itinerary

Day 1: Talicud Tour at Samal

Day 2: Pearl Farm and Giant Clams

Day 3: Food Trip

Day 4: Back to MNL

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DIY Puerto Princesa City Tour

You can get a City Tour package of Puerto Princesa for Php600 or more. Ours we got for only Php100/head! We asked a tricycle driver to tour us in the city. There are a lot of places to visit but what we just wanted to see were the Crocodile Farm and Baker’s Hill.

Crocodile Farm

Entrance Fee: Php40/head

You will be given a briefing by a guide before you start the tour. The guide will bring you to the area where crocodiles are kept after which you will be given the time to explore their nature park. Not really much to see if you’ve been to Avilon Zoo.

As you exit the place, there is an area where you can have your picture taken with the biggest baby crocodile, Kiko. Taking a picture with the baby crocodile costs only Php30 and the print out of your picture (if you want to have it) costs Php150 each.

Baker’s Hill

We wanted to see this place because it’s one of the places where you could buy goodies (pasalubong) that you could bring back home. Much to my surprise, it does not only sell pastries but it also is a dining place. The ambience is great and I could imagine how wonderful it is at night. Too bad we already had a reservation at Kahlui’s.

Other places to visit during the city tour includes Mitra’s Ranch, Penal Colony, and Butterfly Garden.

Photo credits to Gelo Quebral

Other Puerto Princesa Posts:

GoHotel Puerto Princesa

DIY Honda Bay Tour

Puerto Princesa 3D/2N Itinerary

Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour

 

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Exploring Camiguin: Itinerary, Expenses, and Contacts

 

Day1 Itinerary Costs Notes
9am left Manila 100 taxi
200 terminal fee
3,089 airfare
10:15am Arrived at CDO; took a cab to Balingoan port 500 each
88 lunch
12:50pm arrived at Balingoan port; booked a ferry to Benoni port 170
1:45pm ferry left for Benoni port
3:15pm arrived at Benoni port; travel to Sabacajan Cottages 2,777 Ensogo voucher
4:30pm arrived at Sabacajan Cottages; settled in
5:30pm early dinner 222
Day2
5:30am travel to White Island
6 – 8:45am explored White Island
9 – 9:30am breakfast at Sabacajan
9:30 Р10am travel to Katibawasan Falls 15  (entrance)
11:15am Sunken Cemetery
11:35am Old Ruins 20  (entrance)
12noon Soda Pool 20  (entrance)
1:30 Р3:00pm Cold Spring 20  (entrance)
12.5 table 50
lunch 105
3:30pm Walkway 5  (entrance)
4:30pm Ardent HotSpring
6pm back at Sabacajan Cottages
dinner 87.5
400 additional Kuya Frank
Day3
6am travel to Paras beach
6:30am boat ride to Mantigue 137.5 550 boat
7 – 8:30am explored Mantigue Island
8:30 -9am boat ride back to Paras
9 – 9:45am Wash Up 5
9:45 – 10am travel to Benoni port; booked ferry to Balingoan 150
10:15 – 11:40am Benoni to Balingoan 800 taxi
11:40 – 2:10pm Lumbia Airport 30 terminal fee
30 lunch

Total of Php 8983.50. This does not include the “tips” and pasalubongs. Speaking of, pastels are at Php130 for a box of 12. Dried squid are sold as low as Php150 depending on the quantity.

Contacts:

Sabacajan Cottages – Ms. Lourdes (09157856610)

Tours – Kuya Frank (09205405582)

– Kuya Teddy (09392440521) He could privide you with a cheaper package which includes the place to stay, countryside tour, and vehicle

Taxi – Kuya Rey (09108893492) He’s the taxi driver from CDO Airport. He also tours people from CDO to Camiguin or just in CDO only or Camiguin only.

 

 

For my other Camiguin entries:

Exploring Camiguin (Day 1)

Exploring Camiguin (Day 2): White Island

Exploring Camiguin (Day 2): Tourist Spots

Exploring Camiguin (Day 3): Mantigue Island

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Exploring Camiguin (Day 3): Mantigue Island

After the white beach, falls, and springs trip yesterday, we had to wake up early again to see another white beach – Mantigue Island! After a 30-minute boat ride, we arrived at this yet another white beach. It’s actually a place for diving and snorkeling but since I, personally, am not into those and our plane leaves in the afternoon, we opted to just swim around the beach.

We stayed at Matigue Island for 2 hours then the boat picked us up again. We washed ourselves where the ¬†entrances to the Mantigue Island are paid. Don’t expect much. It only costs Php5 each. After that, we headed straight to the Benoni port, bought our tickets, ferried our way to Balingoan where the taxi driver we rented is waiting for us to bring us back to the airport.

Little did I know that having him pick us up at Balingoan will cost us Php2000 plus the metered fare from Balingoan to the airport. Had I known, we would’ve just opted to commute. For backpackers or those with shoestring budgets, commute your way all the way!

 

 

 

For my other Camiguin entries:

Exploring Camiguin (Day 1)

Exploring Camiguin (Day 2): White Island

Exploring Camiguin (Day 2): Tourist Spots

Exploring Camiguin: Itinerary, Expenses, and Contacts

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Exploring Camiguin (Day 2): Tourist Spots

After basking ourselves at the White Island, we had to go back and see other tourist spots lined up in our itinerary for the day. Here are the places we’ve been from 9am to 5:30pm.

The Katibawasan Falls was under construction. They’re probably trying to make the water deeper so people could take a dip under the waterfalls.

There isn’t much to see in the Sunken Cemetery. You may opt to take a boat ride to the cemetery but according to the locals you’ll just see damaged coffins.

I loved the Soda Pool simply because it’s a pool. I get to swim without wondering if I am still at the shallow or deep part of the waters.

We had lunch at the Cold Spring. I felt that we were somehow harrassed by the vendors offering to cook for our lunch. They were like a swarm of bees hovering around us. The matter was settled by buying something from all of them. It was a tough one. I didn’t swim here coz there were a lot of people. I think this is really the best place to have your lunch. You just have to pay an additional Php50 for your table.

Our next stop was the Walkway to the Old Volcano and Stations of the Cross. We were a bit tired so we decided not to finish the climb. I think it was a good call. We were able to spend enough time at the Ardent Hot Spring. This is my third favorite place in our tour. The water was really warm. Make sure you have this as the last stop. It will take all your stress away.

It was a full day and we were looking forward to our dinner – tuna and BBQ!

 

 

For my other Camiguin entries:

Exploring Camiguin (Day 1)

Exploring Camiguin (Day 2): White Island

Exploring Camiguin (Day 3): Mantigue Island

Exploring Camiguin: Itinerary, Expenses, and Contacts

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