If you’re looking for the best restaurants in Dumaguete then this is the post for you. As we’ve already mentioned in The 21 Best Tourist Spots in Dumaguete, Dauin & Valencia, we ended up spending ehm, quite a bit of time in the area. We got to know the place pretty well – for better or for worse.
Dumaguete is full of tourist spots. If you’re backpacking anywhere in Negros or the Central Visayas, we’ll confidently bet that you end up spending some time here. Or at the very least, in the surrounding area.
Be warned – the city is not easy on the eyes. It’s chaotic, it’s loud, it’s busy. But there are always tourist spots to visit in Dumaguete. And when you’re bored of those attractions? Nearby Valencia has a bundle of things to do too. Or, perhaps you’re heading south to Apo Island, maybe west to Sugar Beach. You’re in a beautiful part of the Philippines.
Sipalay, perfectly located in the south-west of Negros, isn’t exactly built for international visitors. The closest airports are 4 hours away and there are no convenient ferry routes. It can be a mission to get to and there isn’t much information online – but that’s exactly why you should go.
Just because backpackers aren’t including Sipalay in their ‘top 100’ Philippines lists, it doesn’t mean it there’s nothing to see there. Far from it. In fact, Sipalay is a popular holiday base for many Filipino holidaymakers. They know their country best, and turns out, they’re keeping Sipalay a secret for a reason.
Sugar Beach is as sweet as it gets in Sipalay, on the beautiful island of Negros. It’s one of the prettiest beaches in the Philippines and, astonishingly, there’s nobody there. Impossibly blue water laps up on to gorgeous white sand and at first, you might believe there really is nobody there. Hidden by the palm trees are a few low-key resorts, guests relaxing on hammocks and birds, dogs and cats relaxing in the shade. In our quick guide, we’ll share everything you need to know about getting to Sugar Beach from Sipalay.
Apo Island is that tiny little bump you can see from your Siquijor sunset. That little bump packs a punch. Famed for its outstanding coral and thriving sea life, the island is a must visit for any scuba diver that has found themselves this close. Although accommodation is limited, wifi is non existent, electricity barely runs and provisions are scarce, it’s a cracker. The views, the sunsets and the peace that come with island life were a highlight for us. And we haven’t even mentioned the hundreds of turtles you’re 100% guaranteed to see. Our Guide to Apo Island will sort you out with everything you need to know.
There are so many things to do in Bohol, an island which is gradually making its mark as an eco-tourism paradise. It’s easy to see why it ticks all the boxes. Jungle adventure? Aye. White sand beaches? Cracking nightlife in Panglao? You’ll find all of these things to do in Bohol and more.
I’ve followed his instructions and quickly swim 20 meters away from the boat. I don’t see the point. The water’s crystal clear – this won’t leave much to the imagination. I’m in another rabid rush as round two approaches. At least I can breathe here, I think. Not a bad view for it too.
Though Filipinos will swerve Siquijor Island for fear of witches, spells and sorcery, the only magic you’ll need to worry about are the white-sand bays and gorgeous scenery. In fact, the island’s history of mysticism has become a tourist attraction in itself – it’s possible to meet healers and shamans here, and visit the locations where rituals have supposedly been performed.
There’s a Coron & Palawan itinerary for everybody! Often the first port of call for visitors to this huge and sprawling archipelago, Palawan is sadly no hidden gem. Backpacker favourite El Nido is where it will all begin for many. Regretfully, for some it will also end in Palawan.
Those who choose to explore more of what Palawan has to offer will discover gorgeous beaches, perfect lagoons and outstanding scenery by adding Coron to their itinerary. It may be more difficult to find than before, but hidden paradise is still in Palawan and Coron: our Itinerary will help you find it.
Port Barton is island hopping in Palawan without the crowds and the price tags of El Nido and Coron. Looking for laidback village vibes? Happy hour galore? We have the answer for you in Port Barton, Palawan’s sleepy getaway.