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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. 🙂 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 – 8:55AM          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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DIY Cebu: Day 2 Whaleshark watching at Oslob

I’ve researched thoroughly before we had this trip and I knew that if we wanted to see the whalesharks early, we had to get up early. This is also the reason why I chose Gran Tierra Suites. It is near the South Bus terminal where we would ride a bus going to Oslob. They operate as early as 3AM. Make sure you ride the Ceres bus line. They are very efficient and on-time. Here’s their cebu bus sched.

How to go to Oslob from Cebu city
1. Ride the Ceres bus line at the South bus terminal. Travel time is at 3-4 hours. There are some stops made for comfort room breaks.
2. You won’t miss the drop off area as there are signs at the road and the bus conductor would also call out those who are getting off at Oslob.
3. From there, you’ll spot a registration area where you pay for which activities you want to avail of. Php500 if you want to get off the boat and swim with the whalesharks, Php300 if you will stay in the boat and just watch the whalesharks. They also have go pro cameras for rent for Php550. If you avail of it, the boatmen will take your picture underwater. If not, you’ll have to take the picture yourself.

TIP: Go on a weekday. There are several people during weekdays. We had ours on a weekday and the place was really crowded but it was really organized and systematic.
We were 110th on the line when we arrived. We waited for around an hour before we got our turn. The whaleshark watching takes around 30 minutes.

 

Itinerary and Expenses:

3am – 3:15am      taxi from Gran Tierra to South Bus Terminal                  Php100

3:55am                   bus left for Oslob                                                                      Php165/person

7am                        arrived at Oslob

8:30                        standby for our turn to view the whalesharks              Php300/person

Php500/person

9:00                        done and ready for Sumilon Island

Total: Php680 – if you will view from the boat (includes another Php165 for the bus ride back to Cebu city)

Php880 – if you will swim with the whaleshark (inlcudes another Php165 for the bus ride back to Cebu City)

 

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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. 🙂

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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Cagbalete Island: Tips, Itinerary and Expenses

I know you’ve been waiting for this post. 🙂

 

Day 1
Time Activity Cost (per person)
11:00 PM Assembly at JAC Liner Kamias 25
11:30 PM Departure to Lucena 218
3:30 AM Arrival at Lucena Grand Central Terminal
4:30 AM Ride bus going to Mauban 54
5:45 AM Arrival at Mauban
6:00 AM Ride trike going to Pantalan/port 10
6:15 AM Arrival at Pantalan/port
bought water & other supplies 28
Environmental fee 50
7:00 AM Ride private boat to Cagbalete 300
Tip for porters 8
8:30 AM Arrival at Villa Noe 400
BRUNCH
SWIM/REST
DINNER
squid & fish for lunch 38
other groceries 200
9:30 PM SLEEP
Subtotal: 1331
Day 2
Time Activity Cost (per person)
8:00 AM Rise & Shine
9:00 AM Breakfast
Swim
Prepare to go back to MNL
12 noon boat from Cagbalete to Pantalan/port
1:30 PM trike to JAC liner (going to Cubao) 20
1:50 PM trike to van going to Lucena Grand Central Terminal 10
2:15 PM Van ride going to Lucena Grand Central Terminal 60
3:15 PM Arrival at Lucena Grand Central Terminal
LUNCH
5:00 PM bus left for Cubao 218
8:30 PM Arrival at Cubao
taxi going home 35
Subtotal: 343

GRAND TOTAL: Php1,674 (excluding pasalubong)

Around Php2,000 will be spent including pasalubong and some taho (Php10 each) and balot (Php20 each).

 

TIPS, TIPS, TIPS!!!

1. Use the Cubao – Lucena Grand Central route to maximize your time and for a stress-free travel.

2. The non-AC bus from Lucena Grand Central going to Mauban is full of mosquitoes! -_- Bring mosquito repellant!

3. Take the private boat from the port to Cagbalete. You’ll have more free time and you’ll get to the island earlier rather than wait for the passenger boat.

4. You may opt to buy food at the island instead of bringing food with you – that is if you like eating fish. There are several vendors selling fish round the clock.

5. Take the van going back to Lucena Grand Central instead of the non-AC bus. It’s more comfortable and the price difference is just around Php6.

6. The more, the merrier, the cheaper! 🙂

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Cagbalete Island: Where to Stay

There are a lot of blog posts on where to stay in Cagbalete. Here are some of them:

Villa Cleofas

Pansacola Beach Resort

Villa Noe Beach Resort

Dona Choleng (with AC rooms)

 

The resorts are owned by 1 family with just varying prices and amenities. Most of the resorts have cottage-type rooms with fans. I think, as of this writing, only Dona Choleng has rooms with AC thus, they’re a bit expensive. The rest ranges from Php1000 – 4000 depending on the number of people.

We opted to stay at Villa Noe Beach Resort because they are quite new. Although most of the blogs I read stayed at Villa Cleofas. Anyway, the 2 are just near each other.

The room we got was a room good for 4 – 6 people, Php2000. You may opt to bring your own tent so you’ll just have to pay for Php200/night. They also have their own tents which you can rent for Php300 – 500/night depending on the tent.

When we arrived, we thought the room was too small for all 5 of us to fit so we asked if there are other available rooms that are bigger. We were okay in having to add a few amount as long as we’re comfortable. Good thing there was a room that’s just Php1000 good for 2-3 people. We took 2 of those rooms so we didn’t have to add any amount. 🙂

1st room given to us

1st room given to us

inside the room

inside the room we stayed

room/s where we stayed

room/s where we stayed

just the basics

just the basics

 

The cottage where we get to eat and stay lazy was given to us for free. 🙂

DSCN0311

 

Too bad I wasn’t able to take pictures of the restrooms but I assure you they are clean and well-maintained. There are 2 shower rooms, 2 toilets, and 2 shower/toilet rooms.

They have a “cooking area” where you have to use charcoal to cook your food. It’s always a great experience to cook from scratch. Just bring your own charcoal and if it runs out, they sell charcoal for Php20 a pack. 🙂 They lent us cooking utensils but it’s also better if you bring your own.

80g squid for Php80 only

1.1kg squid for Php110

1.10kg fish for only Php110

80g fish for Php80

no room for rice cooker

no room for rice cooker

Our stay at Villa Noe and Cagbalete was just really great! Time went by really slow that we were able to take a rest for what seemed like hours but in reality it wasn’t that long. We didn’t even think of going island hopping, kayaking, or scuba diving because we were that satisfied just listening to the wind and waves and looking at the wonderful view in front of the beach.

We enjoyed the water because it was warm! 🙂 However, high tide comes in late in the afternoon so if you like deep waters you’d have to wait til then.

the view

the view

Villa Noe Beach

Villa Noe Beach

low tide

low tide

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Cagbalete Island, Quezon

I came across Cagbalete in one of the must-see destinations in the Philippines and I took a mental note of going there. Good thing my sister invited me and my bf to join her and her bf in going there. There were 5 of us, including our youngest sister.

The journey was really long – 5 to 6 hours of 2 bus rides, 1 trike, and 1 boat but it’s all worth it. Initially we planned to meet at JAC Liner Kamias at 3am but due to the coming holy week next week, we thought there might be more travellers/bus riders on that day so we decided to meet the night before at 11PM. Good thing we changed plans as we had more time on our hands and we were not stressed with the travel going to Quezon. Also, it’s a good thing that we were wrong – there weren’t much bus riders then. Yay!

 

How to go to Cagbalete via Mauban

1. Ride JAC Liner bus at Kamias, Cubao going to Mauban

*The Mauban route has only 2 schedules. One starts at 5AM. If you miss it, the next one is in the afternoon I think.

2. Ride trike going to Pantalan/port

3. Ride boat going to Cagbalete

 

How to go to Cagbalete via Lucena Grand Central Station (this is what we did)

1. Ride JAC Liner bus at Kamias, Cubao going to Lucena GRand Central Station

* This route has almost 24 hours schedule (pls check JAC Liner’s website)

2. Ride (non-AC) bus going to Mauban

3. Ride trike going to Pantalan/port

4. Ride boat going to Cagbalete

 

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4D/3N Davao: Planned Itinerary

After scouring through different travel blogs* on how to go do-it-yourself in Davao, I finally came up with the Itinerary below:

Day1: Oct.14 Activities Expenses per head
5am MNL to DAVAO    
6:45am Davao    
7-7:15am Sta. Ana Wharf taxi to wharf  
  Breakfast; buy lunch                                                                 A.First trip 9am ” PALBROS2 ” then back to Davao at 3pm.B. Second trip 12noon ” BIG PALBROS ” then back to Davao at 7am following day

C. Third Trip 3pm ” GRACE” then back to Davao 8am following day.

D. Fourth Trip 4pm ” HOFF GORIE” then back to Davao 8:30am following day.

breakfast  
9:00am Sta. Ana Wharf to Kaputian ferry

50

10:00 Captain Hook’s Red Parrot Inn accommodation

534

10-2 or 3pm Talicud Island Hopping package tour

667

    lunch  
3pm onwards FREE TIME dinner  
    Subtotal

1251

Day2: Oct.15 Activities Expenses per head
  Check out Captain Hook’s Inn breakfast  
8am-1pm Pearl Farm ride to Pearl Farm  
    Day Tour + Lunch

1800

1-3pm Giant Clam Kuya Robert

334 (1k/boat)

    EF+snorkel etc

175

3-5pm Hagimit Falls habalhabal fr Adecor to Babak Wharf

50

    EF+environmental fee

45

5pm onwards Samal Island Huts (SIH) ride fr Hagimit to Babak/SIH (bus/habalhabal)  
  FREE TIME accommodation w/bfast

767

    dinner  
    Subtotal

3171

Day3: Oct.16 Activities Expenses per head
6am Breakfast at SIH    
7-7:15 Walk to Monfort Bat Colony    
7:15-8:15 Monfort Bat Colony Entrance

100

8:15-8:30 Walk back to SIH    
8:30-10:30 Vanishing Island RT ferry to and fromVanishing Is

167 (500/boat)

10:30-10:45 ferry back to SIH    
10:45-11am check out SIH    
  Babak Wharf to Sasa Wharf ferry

13

1pm Sasa Wharf to Domicilio/Lachi’s lunch  
  Lachi’s fare from wharf to Lachi’s

300

   Blugre Coffee from Abreeza durian coffee

150

    fare from Lachi’s to Phil. Eagle  
  Phil. Eagle EF+environmental fee

55

  Zipline  

500

  Back to Domicilio dinner  
    accommodation

600

  FREE TIME    
    Subtotal

1885

       
Day4: Oct.17 Activities Expenses per head
  Breakfast at TAPS breakfast  
  Bangkerohan Shopping souvenirs  
  Aldevinco Shopping    

10:30

leave for airport fare to airport  

13:20

DVO – MNL lunch  

3:00 PM

MNL    

Estimated Grand Total: Php6,307 (exclusive of food, fare, and pasalubong)

We planned to start with the farthest destination first, Talicud, Samal Island, then spend the last day in the city. We were to check in at 3 different hotels/inns to facilitate our activities in Samal Island and to be able to explore the island as well.

But, of course, things didn’t turn out the way we planned. A few days before our trip, we decided to take the Sasa wharf route instead of Sta. Ana wharf so we could start with our Talicud Island tour early. The boat ride from Sta. Ana wharf starts at around 9am or 10am which means that we’ll be at the Red Parrot Inn by 10am or 11am – too late for the tour according to our contact at Red Parrot who helped book our tour.

We also had to drop some activities because we were too tired from our tricycle (mis)adventures to and from Pearl Farm. This carried on til our last night in Davao thus, no city tour for us. -_-

Actual Itinerary and Summary of Expenses on my succeeding posts.

*thetravelingkit.com

samalbahaykubo.wordpress.com

thewanderingjuan.net

ambot-ah.com

lakwatseradeprimera.com

girliemangalo.blogspot.com

dabawenya.me

mgalakwacherangdoktora.blogspot.com

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