Philippines Tourist Spots: LAKE BALANAN  of SIATON

Philippines Tourist Spots: LAKE BALANAN of SIATON


§ Depart for Siaton town, 50.11 kms. south of Dumaguete City.
§ Depart for Balanan Lake in Barangay Sandulot, Siaton.
                Lake Balanan is 10 kms of good, partially cemented road from the South National highway at the western end of the Siaton Bridge. It is a 20 – 25 minute of picturesque drive from the highway junction.
§ Activities at your choices:
-    Water sports,Canoeing, Rafting, Boating
-     Natural-trekking /4 kms circumferential pathway around the lake under canopy of various indigenous forest trees. 
-     Fishing Located at the southeast and 60 mtrs lower than the main lake.
-     Swimming A lagoon and 4 swimming pools utilizing free-flowing spring waters.
§ Facilities:
Small Bancas
-     Medium – sized, 8 – passenger boat
-     15 – passenger banca
-     20 – man passenger raft
-     4 – paddle boats
§ Amenities:
    7 bedroom hotel PhP 1,500 small roomsPhP2,000 big room
Balete Tree – house PhP 2,500

GETTING THERE . . .
§ POINT OF ORIGINDumaguete City
§ MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
§ By bus  or van to Siaton In Dumaguete, check Ceres Bus Terminal northbound bus at Calindagan  Dumaguete City, Tel. No. 035 225 – 9030.
-                                   PhP 42.50 DGTE – SIATON  AIRCON BUS      
     PhP 37.50 DGTE – SIATON NON-AIRCON BUS
§ V-HIRE. Terminal at Calindagan near Ceres Bus Terminal
        .PhP 40.00 DGTE – SIATON  AIRCON BUS     
§ ‘Habal-habal’ to Balanan Lake Habal-habal is a local term for terrain motorcycle. capacity of 4 people.
-                                   PhP 100.00 SIATON – LAKE BALANAN
§ FEES:
-    Entrance Fee: PhP 50 /Adult /  PhP 30 / Child /Entrance is FREE every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
-    Boating / Cruising PhP 25/pax/hr
-    Boat Transfer PhP 20/pax/pier 1 to any point vice versa
-          Pedal Boat Php 100/hr
-          Life Jackets/Hardhats PhP 10
-          Swimming pool PhP 20/pax
-          Picnic Tables PhP 30/pax
§ ACCOMMODATION within the vicinity
o Lake Balanan Hotel
Contact Person: Mercy Balbon
 Tel. No. (035) 225 – 5563: (+63)910 323 6503

Philippines Tourist Spots: MT. TALINIS  ( Cuernos de Negros)

Philippines Tourist Spots: MT. TALINIS ( Cuernos de Negros)


MT. TALINIS
 ( Cuernos de Negros)

     This is an  ITINERARY taking the Bediao Route, considered to be the easiest  trail.



DAY 1     

6:00 AM – Depart to Magsaysay, Dauin Negros Oriental

7:00 AM – Trek to Bediao. Register in the Log –book. Jump Off.

8:00 AM – Trek to Lake Yagumyum. Passing by the ridge which give you          a

                scenic overlooking view of Dumguete City and neighboring                               islands.
10:00 AM – ETA at Lake Yagumyum. Lunch.
12:00 NN – Trek to Lake Nailig.
2:00 PM – ETA at Lake Nailig. Assault the highest peak 1,800 masl.
5:00 PM – Camp.
6:00 PM – Dinner. Socials with guides. EARTH HOUR.
9:00 PM – LIGHTS OFF

DAY 2
6:00 AM – WAKE-UP CALL. Prepare breakfast and pack lunch.
7:00 AM – Breakfast. Then, BREAK CAMP.
8:00 AM – Start Trek.
10:00 AM - ETA at Kaipuhan Sulfur Vent. Proceed to Camp Vendiola (               “Rancho”).

*        10:30AM - 11:30 AM  - Side trip to TWIN FALLS, 30 mins trek from Camp Vendiola.
*        10:00AM - 11:30 AM - Proceed trekking to Banica River and enjoy swimming, then lunch.
1:00 PM – Proceed trekking to Casaroro jump off in Apolong, Valencia Negros Oriental.
4:00 PM – Apolong to Valencia town proper.
6:00 PM – ETA in Dumaguete City.

                A word of caution however, to the prospective new visitor(s) of Mt. Talinis. Never venture into the wilds of Mt. Talinis without taking along experienced guide to help you find your way, and to assist you in reaching your targeted destination. Without guide, it is easy for one to lose one’s way in Mt. Talinis.
               
SUPPORT THE CONSERVATION & PROTECTION INITIATIVES OF THE COMMUNITIES SURROUNDING MT. TALINIS BY APPRECIATING NATURE THROUGH:
  1. Hiring the service of trained forest guide.
  2. Registry entry and exit at the designated community centers.
  3. Taking the identified nature trail.
  4. Observing “NO HUNTING” in the whole Mt. Talinis area.
  5. Observing “NO UTILIZATION” in the delineated Forest Reserves in Lunga and Bediao Routes.
  6. PRACTICING PROPER WASTE DISPOSAL.

GETTING THERE . . .



                There are 4 mountain trails to reach the Talinis peaks, trails passing on either points of Valencia, Bacong , and Dauin, Negros Oriental.



BEDIAO ROUTE


                There is a regular trip from Dumaguete to Magsaysay, Dauin.  You can either walk the remaining 2 kilometers from Magsaysay to PNOC drilling site in Bediao or hire a jeep which would bring you directly to Bediao.
                This route is considered to be the easiest and the main spots includes the Nacolon peak (the highest peak – 1,800 masl) and Lake Yagumyum. It takes 4 hours from Bediao to Talinis peak.

TIMBAO ROUTE
                There is a regular jeep from Dumaguete to Timbao, Bacong.  The trail is considered to be the hardest but the shortest route.  It only takes 3 hours to reach Talinis peak. It’s the same trail used if you passed through the PT&T route in Bongbong, Valencia.
APOLONG ROUTE

                You can take a jeep from Dumaguete to Valencia.  Upon reaching Valencia, you can ride a jeep bound for Apolong or hire a jeep which would take you to Casaroro.
                The Apolong route is considered to be moderately difficult.  Before reaching Talinis peak, main spots are Kaipuhan, Tutoy Dalaga and Lake Yagumgum.  It is estimated to take seven hours to reach the peak.

LUNGA ROUTE

                You can take a jeep from Dumaguete to Valencia.  Since there’s no regular trip in going to Lunga, you can hire jeepneys up to Upper Lunga.
                 This route can also be considered difficult and challenging since it is the longest route in going to the Talinis peak which would take a maximum of 10 to 12 hours. Major tourist spots along the way are Dakong Sapa, Dakong Datag, Kaipuhan,Camp Vendiola, Tutoy Dalaga, and Lake Yagumyom. PT&T route is taken in going down from the Talinis peak.

OUTDOOR  SHOPS:
-    ISLAND LIFE
San Jose Street Besides Skin Botanicals and Fronting Sans Rival
Look for Mr Antonio “Babu” Wenceslao for referral of guides. He is a certified member of Cuernos de Negros Mountaineering Inc.
-    EL AMIGO Grill
Silliman Avenue Fronting Silliman Hall and Beside Café Memento
Look for Mr Antonio “Babu” Wenceslao for referral of guides.
-     YAGUMYUMAN OUTDOOR SHOP
Meciano Rd. Before reaching Foundation University
-     DUMGUETE OUTDOOR CENTRAL
Orchids Daro Dumguete City
Fronting Vensil Homes

Philippines Tourist Spots: SNORKEL FUN AT  APO ISLAND

Philippines Tourist Spots: SNORKEL FUN AT APO ISLAND


§ Depart for Zamboanguita, 27.8 kms. south of Dumaguete City. 30 minute drive to Malatapay. Another half hour travel by pumpboat which takes you to Apo Island.
§ Walk through the island’s quaint village on your way to the marine sanctuary, a 15,000 square meter reserve teeming with abundant coral cover and aquatic life.Apo Island, a 72 – hectare volcanic island is known for its marine reserve and fish sanctuary. You can see lush coral gardens and wall reefs and variety of big fish. Take your pick from the nine dive sites around APO.
§ Snorkeling…
§ Lunch at the rustic Apo Island Beach Resort.
§ A 30 minute trek to the lighthouse, with a panoramic view of the island.
§ Spend the rest of the day swimming, beachcombing, or just lazing at the white pebble beach before heading back to the mainland by mid – afternoon.
§ FEES
o ENTRANCE –        General Admission - PhP 100.00/ pax
 Resident of the Province – PhP  25.00/pax
                                Dauin resident, Minors,Students in the Province – PhP 10.00/pax
                                Senior Citizen – PhP 5.00/pax
o DIVING WITHIN SANCTUARY
                                General Fee – PhP 300.00/pax
                                Resident of the Province – PhP  200.00/pax
                                Dauin resident, Minors,Students in the Province – PhP 100.00/pax

o DIVING OUTSITE SANCTUARY
                                General Fee – PhP 300.00/pax
                                Resident of the Province – PhP  200.00/pax
                                Dauin resident, Minors,Students in the Province – PhP 100.00/pax
                                                                      
GETTING THERE . . .
§ POINT OF ORIGIN – Dumaguete City
§ DESTINATION’S LOCATION – Barangay Apo, Dauin
§ DISTANCE – About 5kms from Dauin coastline.
§ MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
o By bus  to Zamboanguita. In Dumaguete, check Ceres Bus Terminal southbound bus at Calindagan  Dumaguete City, Tel. No. 035 225 – 9030.
                PhP  DGTE – ZAMBOANGUITA  AIRCON BUS            
                PhP  DGTE – ZAMBOANGUITA NON-AIRCON BUS
o Motorized Outrigger Boat  3 pm – DAILY; 6 am – 5 pm WEDNESDAYS
                PhP 250/pax/ one – way  APO ISLAND – MALATAPAY vice –versa

§ ACCOMMODATION within the vicinity
-     Liberty’s Community Lodge Tel. No. 035 424 – 0888 or  
                Mobile No. 63 920 – 238 – 5704 or surf the web www.apoisland.com
-    Apo Island Beach Resort Mobile: 09102193359; surf the web  www.apoislandbeachresort.com or book at Paradise Travel and Tours 035 225 – 5490.

Philippines Tourist Spots: WHITE SAND BAR OF MANJUYOD

Philippines Tourist Spots: WHITE SAND BAR OF MANJUYOD


·   Depart Dumaguete for Manjuyod an hour and a half travel.

·   Cruise to Campuyo White Sandbar.  A narrow seven kilometer strip of white sand beach located in the middle of Bais Bay. The area is visible only during low tide and disappears at high tide.

·   Lunch at Campuyo White Sandbar.  The pristine 7 km Sandbar caps an exhilarating morning, where you can swim and snorkel in its clear blue waters or just laze around the fine white sand beach.

·   Activities at your choices ;

o Swimming at sandbar
o Snorkeling at nearby reefs
o Scuba – diving at nearby reefs
o Cruise through Talabong Mangrove Forest. A 400-hectare protected mangrove in Bais form dense thickets which serves as natural habitat of several important wetland wildlife such as the endemic Philippine mallards or wild ducks, various species of herons or egrets including the migratory giant heron from Australia.
GETTING THERE . . .
POINT OF ORIGIN – Dumaguete City
DESTINATION’S LOCATION – Manjuyod, Negros Oriental
DISTANCE –48 kms from Dumaguete City
MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
·   By bus.   In Dumaguete, check Ceres Bus Terminal northbound bus at    Calindagan  Dumaguete City, Tel. No. 035 225 – 9030.
·          Departs every 30 mins daily
PhP           Dumaguete – Manjuyod Airconditioned
        PhP           Dumaguete – Manjuyod  Non-Aircon
o Tricycle from drop – off  to Campuyo
o Privately- operated pumpboat  use for the cruises.
                PhP 2,700.00
ACCOMMODATION within the vicinity
o COTTAGES ON THE SAND BAR
      Daytime 8AM – 5PM – PhP 2,000.00
      Overnight – PhP 3,500.00
o AROMA BEACH RESORT  
                Tel. No. 035 404 – 1136; 404 – 1250

Visits can be arranged through Manjuyod SB Office
 Tel. No. 035  404  1136 ; 404 – 1250 

Philippines Tourist Spots: DOLPHIN AND WHALE WATCHING TOURS

Philippines Tourist Spots: DOLPHIN AND WHALE WATCHING TOURS


DOLPHIN AND WHALE WATCHING TOURS

·   Depart Dumaguete for Bais an hour travel.

·   Cruise to Tañon Strait.  The Tañon Strait is home to hundreds of dolphins          ( spinner and bottlenose )  and sperm whales.

·   Lunch at Campuyo White Sandbar.  The pristine 7 km Sandbar caps an exhilarating morning, where you can swim and snorkel in its clear blue waters or just laze around the fine white sand beach.

·   Afternoon swim

·         Cruise through Talabong Mangrove Area.   A 400-hectare protected mangrove in Bais form dense thickets which serves as natural habitat of several important wetland wildlife such as the endemic Philippine mallards or wild ducks, various species of herons or egrets including the migratory giant heron from Australia.

GETTING THERE . . .

POINT OF ORIGIN – Dumaguete City
DESTINATION’S LOCATION – Bais Bay, Along Tanon Strait
DISTANCE – From Dumaguete City 45 kms to Poblacion Bais
MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
·   By bus.   In Dumaguete, check Ceres Bus Terminal northbound bus at    Calindagan  Dumaguete City, Tel. No. 035 225 – 9030.
·          Departs every 30 mins daily
PhP           DGTE - BAIS Airconditioned
        PhP           DGTE - BAIS Non-Aircon
o By Van.   V-HIRE terminal in front of Holy Cross High School.
                 PhP          DGTE – BAIS V-HIRE
o Tricycle from Bais to Capiñahan wharf   PhP 20.00 BAIS
o  Government boats use for the cruises.
                PhP 3,015.00 (15 pax)
                PhP 4,020.00 (20 pax)
o Privately- operated pumpboat  use for the cruises.
                PhP 4,500.00 (15pax)
                  Php 5,000.00 (20pax)
ACCOMMODATION within the vicinity
o Bahia de Bais  Tel. No. 035 402 – 9412; 541 – 5388; 0916 – 646 – 8844
o La Planta Hotel    Tel. No. 035 402 – 8321
o Felix Economy Lodge Mobile No. +63 915 – 887 – 3372

Visits can be arranged through Jun Serrano, City Tourism Office,
Telefax 035 02 - 6629 or  0917 – 314 – 1601.

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