I am excited to share this amazing trip with Kurt! We booked our flight to Cebu last February when there was a Cebu Pacific seat sale. We scored our tickets for only P883 each, back and forth. Since then, I keep on reading blogs on what to do, places to see, restaurants to try on our visit to the Queen City of the South.
Our original plan was just to have the usual City Tour and South Cebu adventure. But, plans went out differently since we rebooked another flight to extend for 1 more day. We had 5-day tour so why not make it a goal to visit more places aside from exploring Cebu. So, after reading tons of blogs, and every guide available through the internet, I came up with an amazing plan to pursue our trip to Dumaguete and Siquijor as well.
DAY 1: Arrival + Cebu City Tour
- Arrival at Cebu-Mactan International Airport
- Check-in at ABC Hotel
- Cebu City Tour (Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino, Magellan’s Cross, Casa Gorordo, Yap-San Diego Ancestral House, Cebu Heritage Monument, SM Cebu, Temple of Leah)
- Dinner at Larsian BBQ
From airport, we rode the MyBus bound to SM Cebu. The fare is only P25. From SM Cebu, we took a cab going to ABC Hotel & Homes. We saved half of the usual P220 fare. But if you are traveling of more than 3pax, I suggest that you just take a cab directly to your hotel, it’s cheaper to split the bill.
During our city tour, we opted to choose riding in jeepney & habal-habal than taking a cab because aside from the fact that it’s actually cheaper, I also wanted to be familiar with the streets of Cebu. I learned that it’s easier to commute there than here in Manila since they have jeep codes.
Cebu is also famous for SuTuKil which stands for Sugba (Inihaw / Grilled), Tula or Tuwa (Tinola/Soup) and Kilaw (Kilawin/Ceviche). Good thing, our hotel is near Fuente Osmena where Larsian is situated. We tried their ihaw-ihaw and tinolang halaan for dinner.
Other places to see in Cebu: Sirao Flower Farm, Taoist Temple, Fort San Pedro, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Museo Sugpo, Cebu Provincial Capitol (at night). We just failed to visit them because we had limited time in the city.
DAY 2: Oslob Cebu and Dumaguete City Tour
- Morning ride to Oslob, Cebu
- Whale Shark encounter with side trip to Tumalog Falls
- Travel from Lilo-an Port, Santander to Dumaguete City
- Check-in at One Bethany Place
- Lunch at Sans Rival Cafe
- Dumaguete City Tour (Belfry Tower, Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, Quezon Park, Rival Blvd., Robinsons Mall)
- Dinner at Hayahay and Lab-as
We left Cebu City early in the morning to catch the earliest Whale Shark encounter in Oslob. After the 3-hour ride, we dropped off at Brgy. Tan-awan in Oslob and went to MB Sunrise Resort because they are just one of those resorts that offers Whale Shark Watching. After short briefing, the 30-minute adventure with the gentle giants started.
Since it was too early to go to Dumaguete after the Whale Shark Watching, we went to Tumalog Falls as a side trip. We rented a motorbike and Kuya Driver brought us to the falls. Tumalog Falls is very beautiful in person. The water was shallow because of the hot weather but still, it is really amazing!
After our side trip to Tumalog Falls, we refreshed ourselves and went to Lilo-an Port to ride a ferry bound to Sibulan Port, Dumaguete City. It is just 30 minutes to get to Dumaguete, then we rode a tricycle that brought us to One Bethany Place.
It was such a tiring morning and we decided to eat in San Rival Cafe. We tried their pasta, grilled fish, and of course the famous and my favorite Sans Rival cake. Yey! I suggest that everyone should try this resto when visiting Dumaguete because of their delicious menu.
We started off our tour around Dumaguete in the afternoon. We went to must-see spots like Belfry Tower, Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, Quezon Park, Rival Blvd., and chilled at Robinsons Mall because it was too hot outside. Dinner came and we decided to eat another famous delicacy, the Dumaguete Express in Hayahay.
DAY 3: Siquijor Day Tour
- Breakfast at Gabby’s Bistro
- Ferry from Dumaguete Port to Siquijor Port
- Siquijor Day Tour (St. Francis de Asisi Church, Capilay Spring Park, Old Balete Tree & Fish Spa, San Isidro Labrador Church and Lazi Convent, Cambugahay Falls, Salagdoong Beach, Cang-isok Old House, Mangroves)
- Travel back to Dumaguete
- Photowalk at Silliman University & Street Food in Rival Blvd.
- Dinner at Lantaw Native Restaurant
We woke up early to have breakfast in a 70’s theme diner, Gabby’s Bistro. From One Bethany Place, we rode a tricycle and paid P16. Gabby’s Bistro is such a homey cafe and instagram-worthy restaurant in Dumaguete. I will share to you my photos we took here in a separate post.
After we ate, we rode a tricycle again going to Dumaguete Port. We bought tickets and at exactly 9:30am, our ferry left the port. We arrived after an hour and half at Siquijor Airport. From there, we saw how beautiful the water is. It’s crystal clear, bluish green, and the sands near the port is so white.
There are lots of tricycle and motorcycle drivers haggling outside. We found Kuya Vince and agreed to pay him P1,000 for the tour. We said that we need to come back before the last ferry trip back to Dumaguete. We started off our day tour and visited several places like St. Francis de Asisi Church, Capilay Spring Park, Old Balete Tree & Fish Spa, San Isidro Labrador Church and Lazi Convent, Cambugahay Falls, Salagdoong Beach, Cang-isok Old House,and the Mangroves.
After the tour, we arrived in Siquijor Port at 3:00 in the afternoon. We had a quick merienda in a burger joint near St. Francis de Asisi Church just to fill in our empty stomachs. We left Siquijor at 4:00 in the afternoon and arrived at Dumaguete Port before 6:00pm.
We walked towards the boulevard and took photos of Silliman University and the I Love Dumaguete signage near the street food vendors. We went back to One Bethany Place and took some rest before we eat dinner.
We called off our night by eating at Lantaw Native Restaurant which is also famous in Cebu. We had baked scallops, shrimp gambas, cordova cooler, and lechon kawali. We really had happy tummies while we were in Dumaguete! I swear!
DAY 4: Back to Cebu City
- Pack-up our things & Check-out at One Bethany Place
- Visit Sidlakang Negros (walking distance from One Bethany Place)
- Breakfast in a carinderia near Silliman
- Travel back to Cebu City by Ceres Bus
- Check-in at Anri Pension Inn (near IT Park)
- Dinner at Zubuchon
- Go to Taboan Market for pasalubong
We woke up early to pack our things because we were going back to Cebu City. We walked outside of One Bethany Place and visited the Sidlakang Negros, the venue of trade and tourisms of 25 local government units of Negros Oriental. We just took some photos and checked out the place and found out that it was under construction. Some of the cottages are still ruined but according to the guard on duty, they are renovating the place for the upcoming event.
We rode the Ceres Bus bound directly to Cebu City via Oslob. Good thing they have direct trip, we just didn’t want to transfer from places to another. The travel time is approximately 5 hours. We reached South Cebu Terminal at 5:00 in the afternoon. We checked in at Anri Pension Inn which is near in IT Park.
We had dinner at Zubuchon in The Walk because we failed to eat lechon on our first day. We even bought dried squid and danggit at Tabo-an. Good thing, they are just one jeepney ride to one another.
Day 5: Back to Manila
- Travel from Cebu City to Manila
Our flight was 10:00 in the morning. We were at the airport two-hour earlier to avoid any hassle, plus traffic in Cebu City is every traveler’s pain. Thank God, we didn’t experience any delay on our flight back home. But still, traffic in Manila was really terrible.
It was such an amazing experience to visit these places in one trip. We will surely comeback especially in Siquijor because their beaches are really nice and clean.
Hope this post can help you! Expenses may differ from actual number of persons or activity. Thanks for reading!
CONTACT + GUIDE
ABC Hotel & Homes
Corner F. Ramos & Lim Tian Teng Streets, Barangay Sta. Cruz, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines 6000
Tel. No. (032) 412-8788; 888-6899
Mobile No(s). (0933) 508-8982 (SUN) / (0977) 013-6868 (Globe)
Buewater Sumilon Island Resort
Sumilon Island, Bancogon, Oslob, Cebu, Philippines, 6025
Phone: (63 32) 318 3129 / 318 9098 / Mobile: 0917 631 7512 / 0998 964 1879