Islands and Beaches
Tour the Island of Dolphins & Wonderful Sea Creatures in 3 Days
Yua Dominguez | Sep 27, 2016
I dislike living in the city. Given a choice, I would prefer to be near the water. I love to breathe clean air and see the blue expanse of the ocean. I abhor the smog of the urban areas. That is why every opportunity I get, I go with friends to fly out or drive to relatively unexplored beaches. The more unknown the place, the better it is. So we could appreciate its unspoiled beauty.
When I was still in college, I made sure that I have at least 2 outings in a month with friends. These adventures helped me unwind, think and focus. It became a habit to scour the net for piso fares to get the cheapest flight to wherever it is we were hankering to explore. Sometimes we find ourselves booked several months ahead. The lead time was valuable since it gave me some time to save some cash and to complete my unfinished projects in school. In addition, patiently longing for these adventures served as an inspiration and motivation to excel academically. At the end of every finish line, an award awaits me.
At last, after months of hard work doing internship and thesis for my last semester in the university. My first stop after graduation was in Dumaguete which is known as The City of Gentle People.
As soon as we stepped on Sibulan Airport's soil, I couldn't help but feel excited about what was about to come. I arranged the boat to Apo Island and Manjuyod Sandbar + Dolphin watching. Every moment counts. No time is to be wasted.
First stop, Apo Island in Dauin. Since our budget was tight, we opted to take the public bus from Dumaguete City to Dauin. Apo Island is known to be a turtle sanctuary. It is also famous for its rock formations and pristine beaches.
One for the bucket list.
After the adventure with dolphins comes the relaxing white sandbar of Manjuyod. Our boat stopped by near the sand bar and there my friends and I enjoyed the heat of the sun and the refreshing water while having an ice cold beer in hand. This is the life!
Renting or staying at the stilts for an additional fee was an option. But we chose just to chill on the boat to save some money. For lunch, Manong grilled some fresh sea food for us. Eating lunch with our bare hands while on the boat in the middle of the clear blue sea. What an experience!
After all the sun, sand & sea, it's time to freshen up via a waterfall in the middle of the forest. To get there, one must ride the habal-habal from the city to from the first jump off point to the second destinations, which will take about 30-45 minutes.
It's another half an of hikng on cemented pathway and makeshift metal stairs and a 15-minute walk on the forest trail to get to the waterfalls.
Of course, the tour in the province wouldn't be complete without a take home of Dumaguete's sweet delight: Sylvanas and Sansrival.
It will be a travesty if you left Dumaguete without even tasting the province's famous Sylvanas and Sansrival. These pastries are filled with mouth watering buttery goodness of peanuts, cream and merengue... to die for!
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