5:30 AM – Alarm beeping
Yes yes… we woke up early! We’re going to swim with the Whalesharks and visit Tumalog falls today.
Oslob New Village Lodge offers a car to bring you to the whalesharks and Tumalog falls at 500 per person. Not bad for us since we want to relax and forget about all the stress.
We met a fun couple staying in Oslob New Village Lodge – Mark & Mimi. They’re such a fun couple! Adventurous & friendly. We clicked right then and there, and we went on a tour together that day.
Got to the whaleshark briefing area in about 20 mins. We had to listen to the short orientation where they mentioned the rules & regulations while you’re swimming with the whalesharks.
Don’t go to near the whalesharks, no touching.
No flash photography
No jumping from the boat
Don’t apply sunblock – yes that’s why we wore rash guards
|Here’s Mark & Mimi!|
All groups are given 30mins to swim and take pictures of the whalesharks. It was a really an enjoyable experience.
After the whalesharks, we drove to Tumalog falls. The car can only get you to the top and then you’ll have to walk down the path – It’s a cemented path so don’t worry, trekking level: easy.
We took pictures and swam in the super cold water, but it was manageable, good thing the sun was up.
After an hour, we went back to our place. We had to since we’re suppose to catch the boat going back to Dumaguete since we’ll still go to Siquijor. We decided not to stay another night in Oslob since there was nothing else to do after visiting the Heritage park, Tumalog Falls and Whalesharks.
We packed our stuff and waited for a bus along the main road. Arrived at Liloan Port, bought a ticket and headed back to Dumaguete.
When we arrived, Kuya Hanz & Ate Jen were waiting for us. (Ate Jen and I were together in the Ateneo Children’s Theater 16 years ago. Yup! That’s how long we haven’t seen each other!) They treated us to lunch before our boat ride to Siquijor. Food in Sansrival Bistro is yummy!
|I ordered Lengua. So yummy!|
|Carlo liked the Bbq Ribs he ordered.|
There are several boat rides to Siquijor but most people prefer the Ocean Jet since it’s air conditioned and only takes 40mins. Others take an hour and 20, others – 2hrs. We missed the once a day Ocean Jet trip (12:50PM) so we took the GL Express (1hr 20m) It wasn’t air- conditioned, but it wasn’t that bad.
Finally we arrive Siquijor. I was so shocked to see a long stretch of white sand. “Is this really a port??”
Here, we booked a room in Cocogrove Beach Resort Siquijor. It’s not a budget resort, but I tell you it’s really worth it!
We decided to relax today since we’ll be staying here for 3 days more anyway.
We just ate dinner and slept the whole night.
Expenses (for 2):
Van c/o Oslob New Village Lodge – 500
Whaleshark watching – 1000 (500 each for locals)
Tumalog Falls entrance – 40
Bus to Liloan Port – 64
Boat to Sibulan Port, Dumaguete – 124
Trike to Dumaguete Port – 150
Boat to Siquijor (GL Express) – 260
TOTAL – P2,138