Adventure travelers, look no further! Siquijor, best known to locals as an island shrouded in mystery and the supernatural, also boasts of undisturbed beaches and virgin forests. During the colonial full stop, the Spaniards referred to Siquijor as Isla del Fuego (Island of Fire) because of the luminiscence produced by swarms of fireflies nestled among the foliage of molave trees. It will definitely be worth your while to discover what this quaint island has to offer! You'll be picked up from your hotel in Dumaguete in the morning to go to the pier and board a ferry bound for Siquijor Island.
Make the most of your Dumaguete visit by exploring not just famous city spots but also the tranquil and lush forests nestled at the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park! Tucked away in the mountains of southern Negros are the captivating Lake Balinsasayao and its twin, Lake Danao. These freshwater crater lakes rise 1,000 feet above sea level, separated by a narrow mountain ridge. Your guide will show you around the forests, teeming with diverse flora and fauna, including rare species such as the Japanese Night Heron.
A university town and provincial capital, Dumaguete is the ideal base for exploring what Negros Oriental has to offer. It is nicknamed The City of Gentle People because of the warm hospitality of locals. Your half day tour begins with a visit to Silliman University where you can stroll across the campus lined with acacia trees dating back a century. This stop also includes an informative tour of the university’s Anthropological Museum, better known as the Silliman Hall, which is only open on weekends. Built in 1909, Silliman Hall is considered the oldest wooden structure of Eastern Stick Style of American architecture in the Philippines. Next stop is a visit to St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, the oldest stone church on the island, and Campanario de Dumaguete, considered as one of the oldest heritage landmarks of Negros. Your guide will then take you for a walk along the historic Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete's harbor-front promenade lined with upmarket bars, restaurants and food stalls. Come noon, you can drop by the Sidlakang Negros Village, one-stop shop for Negros Oriental’s finest arts, crafts and delicacies.