Make the most of your trip to Dumaguete with this 8 days and 7 nights tour that includes Apo Island, Siquijor, the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes, Manjuyod Sandbar, and Mabinay Caves. You will visit tourist spots with beautiful sceneries, and have fun swimming, snorkeling, and spelunking. Your accommodations, transfers (except ferry to/from Siquijor), and meals come inclusive.
The package starts with a tour of Dumaguete’s most treasured landmarks. Visit Silliman University, Rizal Boulevard, St Catherine Cathedral, the Campanario de Dumaguete, public market, the Provincial Capitol, and Clay Town.
You will further see the Sidlakang Negros Village, Forest Camp Resort, Cata-al World War II Museum, St Augustine Church, and the Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage Center (NOAH).
Day 2 will be at Apo Island, a beachy rich marine sanctuary. Snorkel to your heart’s content and swim alongside giant sea turtles. See more of the countryside with an optional side trip to nearby Dauin.
The Pulangbato Falls and hot springs are set for Day 3. Pulangbato is a large waterfall that’s framed by rocks made red by the water’s sulfur content. At the Red Rock Hot Spring Resort, you can swim indulgently with views of the lush mountainside.
On Day 4, you will visit Siquijor, which is rich in attractions with interesting stories. See the St. Francis Church (the island’s first parish), San Juan de Capilay Lake, a 400-year-old Balete tree, and the Baroque-style Lazi Church. You will also see the breathtaking Cambugahay Falls.
For Day 5, look forward to endless fun at the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Nature Park. Kayak or paddle-boat, hike to the forest, trek to the Olayan Waterfalls, or go bird watching.
The next day, you will visit the stunning Manjuyod Sandbar, one of the Philippines’ largest sandbars. If you’re touring between March and October, you will also sail to Bais Bay and Tañon Strait for a dolphin-watching experience.
Day 7 is a spelunking adventure in Mabinay. You will visit four different caves, the most attractive among the town’s 400. They are friendly to guests with zero caving experience.
Your last day is reserved for your free time, so you can do some more shopping and exploring, transfers provided.
This 8 days and 7 nights tour package of Dumaguete, Siquijor, Apo Island, Manjuyod Sandbar, caves, lakes, and hot springs include daily breakfast and lunch. Free dinner is offered on select nights.
For your arrival in Dumaguete on Day 1, transfer service will be provided from the airport or seaport to your hotel. After you’ve checked in, you’ll be on your way to a tour of the city’s iconic sites. Complimentary lunch will be at Lab-as Restaurant, so you can also sample the region’s prized seafood.
You will first head to Silliman University, the first American college in Asia, and then to Rizal Boulevard. At both locations, enjoy strolling down lush gardens under towering trees, a fitting representation of Dumaguete, which has become a favorite retirement retreat in the country.
Next to see is St Catherine de Alexandria Cathedral and its bell tower, the Campanario de Dumaguete. The church was built in 1574, indeed the oldest stone church in Negros. The belfry, on the other hand, was erected in 1760, one of four watchtowers that warn of raiders from the sea.
The tour will also take you to the public market, the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park, and Clay Town, a district with an array of pottery shops.
For a snapshot of Negros, you will visit the Sidlakang Negros Village, a collection of pavilions that showcase the handicrafts of various towns and cities.
You will also stop at Forest Camp in Valencia, a picturesque mountain resort with a sparkling natural pool and well-kept huts. The tour further includes the Cata-al Museum (featuring World War II army equipment), the St Augustine of Hippo Church (boasting a pipe organ imported from Spain in 1894) and the NOAH stonecraft factory.
On your second day, you will enjoy swimming and snorkeling around Apo Island. For international divers, the underwater scenery here is hard to beat. In fact, the marine sanctuary that surrounds the 74-hectare volcanic island is home to as many as 600 fish species and more than 400 coral species.
At one area called Turtle Point, you can swim alongside giant sea turtles. While you are not permitted to touch or feed them, you can gently take photos and videos up close. For this part of the tour, you will be provided a life vest and snorkeling gear.
Apo Island also has lovely white-sand coves on which you can rest and sunbathe. In some spots, there are impressive rock formations right along the shoreline.
Should time allow, you can take an optional detour to the nearby town of Dauin. You can revisit the St Augustine of Hippo Church and the NOAH stonecraft workshop.
For Day 3, you will be exploring the Pulangbato Falls and hot springs in the town of Valencia. There are a number of waterfalls in this mountainous district, but the main Pulangbato Falls is the largest.
The water here is rich in sulfur, which has made the surrounding rocks turn rusty red in color. But it is clean and can even be therapeutic for body aches and colds, like the water at Red Rock Hot Spring Resort, your next stop.
You can swim and bathe more indulgently here while soaking in fantastic views of the mountainside. Enjoy the relaxing sulfur-rich warm water that is said to help relieve body aches and sinusitis, among others.
Your visit to Siquijor on Day 4 will take you to places that show how richly beautiful the island-province is beyond its mystic reputation. The fare for the ferry ride to/from Siquijor isn't included in the package.
You will first visit Siquijor's oldest parish, the St Francis of Assisi church, built in 1783. The separate convent was particularly built as a hiding place from invading pirates during the Spanish-Colonial period. Also on the grounds is a bell tower, which was used as a vantage point to check for raiders.
Next, you will head to Capilay Lake, located at the plaza of San Juan town. A favorite picnic spot, the lake is fed by natural spring water from Siquijor’s hills and mountains.
The tour further includes the picturesque 400-year-old Balete tree. Said to be the oldest tree in Siquijor, it boasts a natural spring flowing underneath. You will also visit the Lazi Church or the San Isidro Labrador Parish, built in 1884.
The finale to your Siquijor trip is Cambugahay Falls, an expansive, waterfall with a dreamy, swimmable lagoon.
Your Day 4 lunch will be at Triad Restaurant, from which to enjoy a grand view of surrounding hills and beaches.
Day 5 will be spent at the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Nature Park, which offers a bevy of fun activities.
You can steer a paddleboard and kayak across Lake Balinsasayao and Lake Danao, hike to the viewing platforms to see the expanse of the park, or trek to the Olayan Waterfalls. While swimming is not permitted in the two lakes, you can swim in the rock pools at the foot of the falls.
The park is also home to as many as 114 bird species. You can tour the surrounding forest to see flaming sunbirds, wrinkled hornbills, and white-throated flycatchers, among others.
On Day 6, you will be taken to the Manjuyod Sandbar, a 7-hectare sandbar that surfaces only during low tide. Composed of pure white sand, the sandbar is perfect for beach lounging, but you will also surely love swimming in the crystal-clear waters.
A few large huts can be found here. Built on stilts, they seem to float on water when the high tide comes in. If you’re vacationing between November and February, your Day 6 tour will only include the sandbar. But for March to October visits, you will also sail out to Bais Bay and Tañon Strait for the dolphin-watching experience.
These are protected marine sanctuaries that are habitat to different species of dolphins and whales. The calm waters here are conducive for breeding, and the mammals like to feed at the nearby mangroves. Weather permitting, you will easily spot bottlenose and long-snouted spinner dolphins, as well as pygmy sperm whales.
Day 7 will be a spelunking adventure in Mabinay, nicknamed “Cave Town” for its abundance of caves. Your itinerary will take you to the four most attractive: Bulwang, Panligawan, Pandalihan, and Crystal.
Bulwang Cave offers the most comfortable experience, installed with metal walkways and handrails. You only need to traverse the walkway to explore this cave. The ceiling of the cave is made entirely of stalactites.
Your next stop is the picturesque Panligawan. Much more cavernous, Panligawan has a flat floor that invites camping. Its ceiling has a wide opening through which sunlight pours generously, dramatically illuminating the cave.
Pandalihan Cave is more thrilling, a virtually horizontal cave with narrow corridors. There are bird nests stuffed in the crevices that you’ll need to walk through carefully.
The last stop will be Crystal Cave, perhaps the most stunning among Mabinay’s caves. It is filled with sharp-angled stalactites and stalagmites that glisten like crystals when met by sunlight.
As you explore, please heed the advise of your guide to help ensure safety and keep the caves pristine. Touching the cave walls may cause a chemical reaction that changes their color.
The last day is allotted for your free time. You can relax at the hotel or head back out to the city for some more shopping.
This 8 days and 7 nights tour package that covers Dumaguete, Siquijor, Apo Island, Manjuyod Sandbar, caves, lakes, and hot springs includes transfer service back to Sibulan Airport or Port Terminal.
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.
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.
Our curated accommodation with basic amenities and facilities. Standard guesthouse or small hotel rooms with own bathroom. Good for double or twin sharing guests.
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.
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.