Traveling on a budget this summer need not mean you should skimp on your itinerary. All you have to do actually is find a cheaper way of transportation to and from your destination as well as plan the right to-do list. Now, if you wish to spend summer weekends touring Negros, Siquijor, and Bohol, check out our comprehensive itinerary!
GOOD NEWS! This majestic place, which is located 2 kilometers outside the town of Lazi, doesn’t require any entrance fee. You just have to pay around 50 pesos for the table if you want to stay by the falls to eat and secure your things. You also need to walk down 135 steps to see the falls, but the natural view below will be worth the sweat and legwork!
St Isidro Convent and Church
FYI: The convent, which is still found in Lazi, is known to be the oldest in the Philippines and even considered as the largest in the whole Asia! Again, no entrance fee is required, but of course you have to dress decent to pay respect to this religious site and be able to take many pictures inside.
Capilay Spring Park
This is another must-go destination that doesn’t ask for an entrance fee. It is located in San Juan and features a refreshing public spring and children’s playground, making it a perfect spot for taking fun summer pictures.
Enchanted Balete Tree
The oldest and biggest balete tree in the province will surely amaze you. It is found in San Antonio and is definitely a requirement to complete your journey in the Land of Fire.
It’s considered as the highest peak in the whole island (over 1,300 feet high) and is known for its natural springs, forest-filled hiking trails, and caves. The Mt. Bandilaan National Park, which can be reached via a habal-habal from Lazi, also has a butterfly sanctuary. Entrance fee is 10 pesos per head.
Located in Barangay Cantabon, this cave has an interior beauty that never fails to blow visitors away. It requires an entrance fee of 10 pesos and a trek guide fee of 500 pesos for 3 people and 100 pesos for each excess person (includes the gear such as helmets and flashlights).
A trip to the Mystic Island is surely incomplete without a taste of its white-sand beaches and azure waters, and you can experience it best by visiting the Salagdoong Beach Resort found in Olang, Maria. Aside from the beautiful beach, this resort is famous for its cliff diving.
2) Leave for the Siquijor, Siquijor pier before 3 PM on Sunday, take a ferry to Dumaguete, and buy a ticket for the Cokaliong ship that departs at 12 midnight and arrives at Cebu port at around 6 AM (Note that the earlier you depart from Siquijor, the better your chances are of catching the ticket-selling schedule of Cokaliong Shipping Lines; however, this route would also mean you may have to wait for hours in the port of Dumaguete before getting allowed to board the ship to Cebu.)
Back and forth, you are to spend around 700 pesos for transportation.
NEGROS ORIENTAL – Official Site
Museum, church, Hibbard Memorabilia, and zoo are just few of the interesting features you can take pictures with when touring the huge grounds of the first and the oldest American institute in the Philippines and the whole Asia. Yes, this school is that historically significant. SU’s hard to miss since it’s near Dumaguete port.
Manjuyod White Sandbar
A few minutes away from Bais City proper, you can marvel at a 7-kilometer stretch of white sand found in the shores of Manjuyod. To reach the sandbar, you need to take a 15-minute boat ride from the Capiñahan Wharf in the South Bais Bay. The sandbar is best viewed and toured during the low tide, and you can easily rent a wooden cottage there by booking through the Bais City Tourism Office.
Negros Oriental is also known for its many waterfalls, including the 2 found in Valencia, called Casaroro Falls and Pulangbato Falls. A tour to these majestic falls and the rest of the waterfalls around the province can be easy via a pre-booked guided day tour.
If you haven’t tried meeting these friendly sea animals up close and personal, a weekend getaway in Negros Oriental can be your perfect chance! Visit this link http://baistourism.blogspot.com/2013/04/bais-dolphin-watching-boats.html to find out the rates of Bais Dolphin and Whale Watching.
This destination’s a perfect place for snorkeling, diving, and other water activities. Apo Island boasts of white sands and a rich underwater environment, making it one of the country’s top vacation spots. In fact, it has been featured in a lot of travel magazines or websites (both local and international) and TV shows already, including the recently aired “Isla” by GMA network.
Twin Lakes Balinsasayaw and Danao
Peace and serenity are truly what you will find in this famous destination. While going to the twin lake, you will experience a 13.5-kilometer trek and a relaxing boat ride that will take you to one of the best natural attractions the whole Visayas has!
BOHOL – Tourism Bohol
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Bohol is synonymous to Chocolate Hills. To marvel at the awesome beauty of this iconic attraction, you can book a guided tour which will then conveniently take you to all of Bohol’s tourist destinations, including its ancient churches. However, if you and your friends decide to go there on your own, you can go to the Dao bus terminal and hire a bus going to Carmen. Tell the driver to drop you off at the Chocolate Hills Complex, where you would then have to walk for 10 minutes to reach the viewing deck.
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Go to Corella City to find a range of wide-eyed tarsiers that will surely amaze you. The Tarsier sanctuary found in this city covers a total of 7.4 hectares of land area, run and protected by the Philippine Tarsier Foundation, Inc. You may visit the site through a guided tour with a 50-pesos entrance fee. It is important that you remember not to use a camera flash when taking pictures, to keep your voice low while mingling with the tarsiers, and to avoid littering. The sanctuary is open from 9 AM to 4 PM.
Bilar Man-Made Forest
You’ll feel like you are in one of those romantic movies while touring this famous man-made attraction in Bilar, Bohol, which is 20 kilometers away from Tagbilaran City. Inside the this thick forest, you’ll forget that it’s summer because of the cool temperature brought about by the tall trees.
Loboc River Cruise
This famous cruise will not only give you access to Bohol’s healthy water formation, but will also introduce you to the province’s unique culture. Get ready to eat a delicious meal while being carried by their very own floating restaurant and entertained by their local singers and dancers. For rates, packages, schedules, and other details, check out http://lobocboholtourism.com/.
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Panglao and Balicasag Islands
These islands are like Cebu’s Moalboal and Malapascua Island. Panglao is famous for swimming, while Balicasag is known for snorkeling and diving. If you want to check in for the weekend in a white-sand beach, visit Panglao Island Nature Resort & Spa’s official website. Or, if you want to experience an exciting diving escapade in Balicasag Island, check out http://robertzevs.tk/balicasag-island/. You may also enjoy island hopping by getting details from this link.
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Danao Adventure Park
Have you heard of Bohol’s “plunge”? Well, you can experience this thrilling outdoor activity right in E.A.T Danao! Other extreme adventures you and your friends or office mates can dare to do here are ziplet, sky ride, river tubing, cliff rappelling, and wall climbing. Find out more info through www.eatdanao.com.
Blood Compact Site
A guided tour in Bohol usually starts with a stop at the historic Monument of the Blood Compact, which is located in the East Road of Tagbilaran City.
How much you spend for the itinerary actually depends on the kinds of activities you wish to do and the number of places you wish to visit. Also checkout our ferry guides for a complete list of schedules and prices. To have a clear idea on budgeting a weekend getaway around the beautiful destinations within Central Visayas, do check out the websites given above. May you have a worthwhile summer vacation!