Hello, this is Kumi. 2nd day of the Visayas trip.
I did whale sharks watching at Oslob, went a waterfall near there and went to Dumaguete by a local ship.
Round Trip in Visayas, Philippines, Jan 2014: Contents
1. How to go there
Aaron beach resort, which has whale sharks tour is very near from a front desk of sumilon island. I guess it’s just 500m or like that, walking distance. (It was so heavy rain on that day, so we took a tricycle.)
It’s south part of Oslob. From Cebu, you can go there by a bus.
I went Liloan port for Dumaguete by a local bus. That cost is probably 13PHP. Tricycles were very eager to catch people, but it was lucky for us, we could get a bus soon.
It was about 1 hour from Liloan port to Sibulan port, if my memory is correct. The fare is 62 PHP.
▼The waiting room of Liloan port.
▼They have a cafeteria. It was 45 PHP to have one food and rice.
▼The people who were in line to ride a ship.
I took a jeepney to go Dumaguete from Sibulan port. Tricycles are persistent to catch people also, but jeepney is really cheaper I think. It’s just 13 PHP. The Czech paid for me though… Thanks…
▼We went to Dumaguete by this green jeepney.
2. Activity, Event, etc.
First, snorkeling with whale sharks
I have no water-proof camera (we can rental it with paying 500PHP though), so the French gave me those photos. Thank you!
They are wild animals so we were given a attention not to touch them, but they were so close when I aware… :O So surprised.
They eat small fish like vacuum cleaners. I felt as if I was vacuumed also…So big they are.
The tour finished in 30minutes. It may be good to go there before Sumilon Island tour.
Although I got the feeling “This is the whale shark…”, I feel it’s okay just one time. I wouldn’t want to go this tour again by paying 1,000PHP, I think.
After that, I don’t know why but it happened to me to go to a waterfall near there with the French and a Czech.
We went on sharp downhill.
To be honest, at first I wasn’t so motivated, however it was rather good.
▼Water is very beautiful color. I wonder why.
▼Coconuts were sold at the entrance. Each 25 PHP, very cheap.
▼After drinking, they cut the coconut to make it be able to eat inside.
They made a spoon by the coconut! Surprising.
▼Gold Eagle？It’s my first time to see that brand. Is Filipino beer?
At that time, I prohibit myself from drinking alcohol by some reasons, so regrettable that I didn’t try it.
This day, I stayed at “Harolds Mansion“, a hostel for backpackers in Dumaguete.
Dormitory is just 250 PHP but there was no vacancy at that time… so I had to choose other type. I chose 500PHP double eco fan room, but…
I’m okay at all without air-conditioner (I don’t like it), I’m used to use common T&B, but the problem is, the room is sooooo noisy…!!! because it is on rooftop and there is a bar with many people also. The sound didn’t stop untim midnight, and even after closing of the bar, there was still very irritating noises from bars near there… I couldn’t sleep at all.
It’s not good not to be able to sleep for 2 days, so I moved the room… I had to choose 800PHP double aircon room. It has a hot shower, but I feel 800 PHP is not affordable. I guess there are better and cheaper hotel in Dumaguete.
The main cost of this day:
- Snorkelling with Whale Sharks : 1,000PHP (If you are Filipino, it become 500PHP.)
- The entrance fee of the waterfall : 20PHP (To go there, tricycle:125PHP)
- From Oslob to Dumaguete : Local bus 13PHP, Ship 62PHP, Jeepney 13PHP
- Accomodation (Dumaguete, Harolds Mansion): First day, double eco fan room 500PHP/ Second day, double aircon room 800PHP
Next day, I went to Apo Island tour by Harolds Mansion
It’s not for everyday so you should ask them in advance if your trip is not flexible.