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7 Days 6 Nights Dumaguete, Siquijor, Apo Island, Manjuyod Sandbar, Caves & Lakes

7 Days 6 Nights Dumaguete, Siquijor, Apo Island, Manjuyod Sandbar, Caves & Lakes

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Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Philippines, Flexible
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Go on the ultimate vacation with this 7 days and 6 nights tour package that will take you to attractions around Dumaguete, Mabinay Caves, Balinsasayao Twin Lakes, Siquijor, Apo Island, and the Manjuyod Sandbar. The package also comes inclusive of accommodations, transfers (except ferry to/from Siquijor), and meals. 

Your tour of Dumaguete on Day 1 starts at the prestigious Silliman University, Rizal Boulevard, and the St Catherine Cathedral. You will next head to the public market, the Provincial Capitol, and the pottery district. The tour further includes the Sidlakang Negros Village and Lab-as Seafood Restaurant for your free lunch. 

You will also visit Forest Camp Mountain Resort, the Cata-al World War II Museum, St Augustine of Hippo Church, and the Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage Center (NOAH). 

Day 2 will be a cave tour in Mabinay. The first caves you will visit are Bulwang (which is filled with stalagmites and stalactites) and Panligawan (a massive, picturesque cavern). You will also explore Pandalihan (a horizontal cave with bird nests) and Crystal Cave (whose rock formations seemingly sparkle when hit by sunlight). 

The third day will be spent at the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Nature Park. Here, you can steer a paddleboard or kayak across the lakes, trek to the hidden Olayan Waterfalls, or go bird watching. 

On Day 4, you will head to Siquijor, the island-province known for mystical folklore and dreamy beaches. See the 400-year-old Balete tree with a sparkling spring, the Baroque-style Lazi Church, and Cambugahay Falls, a wide waterfall with a large, pretty lagoon. The tour will also take you to Salagdoong Paliton beaches, both ultra-relaxing locations for swimming and sunbathing.

When you get to Apo Island for Day 5, you will enjoy snorkeling in a diverse marine sanctuary that’s famous among international divers. You can even swim alongside giant sea turtles.

For Day 6, you will sail to the expansive Manjuyod Sandbar, which surfaces only during low tide. For March and October visits, the tour will include a dolphin-watching experience in Bais Bay and Tañon Strait. 

Day 7 will be for your personal time. When you check out of the hotel, enjoy transfer service back to the airport or seaport. 

This 7 days and 6 nights tour package for Dumaguete, Siquijor, Apo Island, Manjuyod Sandbar, Mabinay Caves, and Balinsasayao Lakes include daily complimentary breakfast and lunch.

Included

Airport and seaport pick up and drop off
6 nights accommodation in Dumaguete (Budget Category)
Lunch: Day 1 to Day 6
Breakfast: Day 2 to Day 7
Day 1: Dumaguete City Tour
Day 2: Mabinay Caves Tour
Day 3: Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Tour
Day 4: Siquijor Day Tour
Day 5: Apo Island Tour
Day 6: Manjuyod Sandbar and Dolphin Watching Tour
Snorkeling masks and gears
All other transportation to and from included activities except Siquijor Island ferry tickets.

Activities

Sightseeing and Walking
Island Hopping
City Tours
Water Activities
Outdoor Activities

Attractions

Silliman University Campus
Rizal Boulevard
St. Catherine of Alexandria Church
Manjuyod Sandbar
Bulwang Caves
Salagdoong Beach
Paliton Beach
Cambugahay Falls
Tanon Strait
Mabinay Caves
Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park
Campanario de Dumaguete
Lab-as Seafood Restaurant
Pandalihan Cave

Daily itinerary

Day 1
7 Days 6 Nights Dumaguete, Siquijor, Apo Island, Manjuyod Sandbar, Caves & Lakes - day 1

Arrival + Dumaguete City Tour

Enjoy a comprehensive tour of beautiful Dumaguete on Day 1, visiting city landmarks, historical sites, and cultural attractions. While there are lots of places to see in one day, the vibe in Dumaguete is relaxed, so you won’t feel rushed throughout.

Your arrival in Dumaguete is counted as Day 1 of the tour package. For your convenience, the package includes transfer service to your hotel accommodation. The city tour begins after you’ve checked in and freshened up.

The first stop is Silliman University, which was founded in 1901 by American missionaries. You will enjoy exploring the campus’ lush gardens and early 20th-century architecture. Similarly, the harbourfront Rizal Boulevard boasts a lovely promenade for strolling.

You will also venture to the St Catherine de Alexandria Cathedral, which was built 1574 (in fact, the oldest stone church in Negros). Its imposing bell tower, the Campanario de Dumaguete, was built in 1760.

The tour continues at the public market, the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park, and the Daro district, nicknamed Clay Town for its collection of pottery stores.

One of the highlights of Day 1 is Sidlakang Negros Village, a tourism center for Negros Oriental province. The village boasts charming pavilions that represent the culture of key towns and cities. You will find intricately handmade souvenirs here.

Your complimentary lunch will be at Lab-as Restaurant, so you can sample the region’s prized seafood. You will also visit Forest Camp, a cinematic mountain resort that comes complete with walkways and bridges through a jungle, a sparkling natural pool, and well-kept huts.

Toward the end of the day, the tour will head to the Cata-al Museum, which features World War II army equipment, the St Augustine of Hippo Church, and a stonecraft factory, where you can buy some more amazing handicrafts.

Day 2
7 Days 6 Nights Dumaguete, Siquijor, Apo Island, Manjuyod Sandbar, Caves & Lakes - day 2

Mabinay Caves Tour

Your second day will be a caving adventure in the town of Mabinay. Nicknamed “cave town,” Mabinay has as many as 400 caves. You will be visiting the four most attractive and accessible. Caving helmets and lights will be provided.

The first on the itinerary is Bulwang Cave, which means “big hole” in the local dialect. Metal walkways with handrails are installed here. The walkways take you right up to the ceiling of the cave with barely some headroom.

Next is the Panligawan or Courting Cave. It is much more cavernous with a flat floor that’s suitable for camping. Up top at the dome is a wide opening from which the sunlight illuminates the entire cave.

The third is the more thrilling Pandalihan or Marriage Cave, a mostly horizontal cave with narrow corridors. There are actual bird nests here, so you need to be cautious when moving about.

The spelunking tour concludes at Crystal Cave. It is filled with stalactites and stalagmites with sharp angles and crevices that seem to sparkle as the sunlight hits.

Day 3
7 Days 6 Nights Dumaguete, Siquijor, Apo Island, Manjuyod Sandbar, Caves & Lakes - day 3

Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Tour

The third day of the tour will be an activity-filled trip to the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Nature Park. Here, you can steer a paddleboard and kayak across the two lakes, hike to lookout platforms for grand views of the park, or trek to the hidden Olayan Waterfalls and its swimmable rock pools.

The park is also an important habitat to as many as 114 bird species, some of which are endangered. Among the most peaceful to spot are flaming sunbirds.

Swimming isn’t permitted in the twin lakes of Balinsasayao and Danao to maintain cleanliness, especially because they remain a water source for Dumaguete City. There are also freshwater fish here.

Day 4
7 Days 6 Nights Dumaguete, Siquijor, Apo Island, Manjuyod Sandbar, Caves & Lakes - day 4

Siquijor Day Tour

For Day 4, you will head to Siquijor, best known for mystical folklore and enchanting natural attractions. Take note that the ferry to/from Siquijor isn't included in the package. You will visit a 400-year-old Balete tree, the Lazi Church, Cambugahay Falls, Salagdoong Beach, and Paliton Beach. Your free lunch will be at Triad Restaurant, from which you can also get a spectacular coastal view.

The picturesque Balete tree is said to be the oldest in Siquijor. A natural spring flows underneath. Meanwhile, the Lazi Church or the San Isidro Labrador Parish and Convent was built in 1884 by Filipino artisans. It is one of the country’s most treasured heritage churches.

Your tour will also take you to fantastic swimming locations. First is Cambugahay Falls, a wide waterfall that boasts a large, dreamy lagoon. The falls flow gently that you can wade by where the falls meet the pool.

You will also go to Salagdoong Beach, a charming cove with soft white sand. For a thrill, try cliff-jumping from the 20- and 35-foot hillside ledges.

The last stop will be the pristine Paliton Beach, which features gleaming white sand and calm, clear

Day 5
7 Days 6 Nights Dumaguete, Siquijor, Apo Island, Manjuyod Sandbar, Caves & Lakes - day 5

Apo Island Tour

You will enjoy Day 5 swimming and snorkeling at Apo Island, a world-class diving destination that’s home to as many as 600 fish species and more than 400 coral species. For your convenience, you will be provided a life vest and snorkeling gear.

A highlight at the marine sanctuary is Turtle Point, where you can swim alongside giant sea turtles. You are not allowed to touch or feed them, but you can take photos and videos, as long as done unobtrusively.

Spanning 74 hectares, Apo Island has beautiful beaches, too. Enjoy lounging in the unspoiled white-sand coves for as long as you want.

An optional detour to nearby Dauin town can be accommodated. You will visit the St Augustine of Hippo Church, which boasts a working pipe organ imported from Zaragoza, Spain in 1894. You can also revisit the NOAH stonecraft workshop to buy some more home furnishings and accessories.

Day 6
7 Days 6 Nights Dumaguete, Siquijor, Apo Island, Manjuyod Sandbar, Caves & Lakes - day 6

Manjuyod Sandbar and Dolphin Watching Tour

On the sixth tour day, you will head out to the Manjuyod Sandbar, one of the largest sandbars in the Philippines, spanning about 7 hectares. For November to February visits, you will head directly to the sandbar, but for March to October visits, you will first go to Bais Bay and Tañon Strait for the dolphin-watching experience.

These are protected marine sanctuaries populated by different species of dolphins and whales, who feed at the nearby mangroves. The most prominent are bottlenose and spinner dolphins, and pygmy sperm whales.

Meanwhile, the Manjuyod sandbar is composed of pure white sand, surfacing only during low tide. There are a few huts erected here, but otherwise, the sandbar looks like a deserted sandy island perfect for lounging.

You will love swimming in the surrounding clear water as well as strolling on the shore. At high tide, the water engulfs the sandbar completely that the huts seem to float.

Day 7
7 Days 6 Nights Dumaguete, Siquijor, Apo Island, Manjuyod Sandbar, Caves & Lakes - day 7

Free Day - Shopping + Departure

The last day of the tour package can be spent as you wish. You can relax at the hotel or head out to Dumaguete proper to get souvenirs and the city’s signature sans rival cake.

This 7 days and 6 nights tour package of Dumaguete, Siquijor, Apo Island, Manjuyod Sandbar, Mabinay Caves, and Balinsasayao Lakes also includes transfer service back to Sibulan Airport or Port Terminal.

What to bring

Extra towel and clothes
Personal medicines
Swimwear and sunblock
Beach shoes or booties

Good to know

Please take note that the ferry ticket to/from Siquijor (PHP 550) is not included. The rate is subject to change and to be paid directly at the port. The season for dolphin watching is from March to October and is subject to weather and wind conditions. If off-season or on days when the northeast monsoon is strong, dolphin watching may not be possible. During Habagat/ Southwest monsoon Season (June-October), boat ride to Apo Island may be rough.

Accommodations in Dumaguete

This package is inclusive of accommodations during your trip in Dumaguete. Guide to the Philippines curates only the best accommodation option for your budget so you can enjoy your trip and worry less about finding a place to stay. All Dumaguete accommodation options have a private bathroom, complimentary breakfast, and basic amenities. See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners for each day in the daily itinerary. Budget level accommodations will be arranged in a guesthouse or small hotel. For Comfort level, bookings will be arranged in a 3-star hotel private rooms or guesthouse with similar amenities, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double with an extra bed or extra mattress set up. For Resort level, it will be a 3-star resort with full amenities and beach access. If additional room/s are needed, additional costs will incur. Breakfast for children are at additional cost and will be paid upon check out. Guide to the Philippines will provide you with our curated accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of a similar level. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.

Budget

Our curated accommodation with basic amenities and facilities. Standard guesthouse or small hotel rooms with own bathroom. Good for double or twin sharing guests.

Comfort

Our recommended 3-star hotels or guesthouses with similar amenities. Standard rooms are bigger and with basic amenities and full facilities. Recommended for families with kids, Rooms can accommodate double, twin or triple (upon request). Kids ages 0-7 sharing rooms are free of charge, kids breakfast to be paid at the hotel.

Resort

Our partner resorts in Dumaguete provide guests with the best amenities and facilities, and beach access. Standard rooms include a private bathroom and basic amenities. Kids ages 0-7 sharing room with parents stay for free. Kids breakfast to be paid at the resort.

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