Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Mystical Siquijor Island on a Day Tour

Siquijor Island is the smallest province in the Philippines composed of  six towns Siquijor, San Juan, Lazi, Maria, Enrique Villanueva and Larena.

It was my  third time visiting the mystical island of  Siquijor  but this time its different because I'll be able to tour around the whole  island in a day.  We catched the 5:45am scheduled trip to Siquijor, Siquijor on board via GL Shipping Lines. When we arrived our tour guide Sir Sanny was already at the Wharf. After breakfast  we started our day tour adventure in Siquijor Island. 

A must visit places in Siquijor for a day tour:

*  Church in San Juan(San Juan, Siquijor)

*  400-year old  Balete Tree (Lazi, Siquijor)

* St. Isidore Church (Lazi, Siquijor)

*Lazi Convent  (Lazi, Siquijor)

*Cambugahay Falls (Lazi, Siquijor)

*Kagusuan Beach (Maria, Siquijor)

 *Our Lady Church (Maria, Siquijor)

* Saint Rita of Cascia can be found in Our Lady Church (Maria, Siquijor)

*Salagdoong Beach Resort (Maria, Siquijor)

*Cang-Isok is the oldest house in Siquijor (Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor)

*Provincial Capitol of Siquijor (Siquijor, Siquijor)

 *St. Francis Assisi Church (Siquijor, Siquijor)

*St. Francis Assisi Belfry (Siquijor, Siquijor)

Coming back, we took the 3:00pm trip via Delta Shipping Lines back to Dumaguete City.

To those who are interested to tour around Siquijor Island  feel free to contact Sir Joam Camingao (+639276932095) or  Sir Sanny Ontoy (+639269973943).

G/L Shipping Lines trip schedule and contact number

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Palawan Adventure Trip

The trip was for my daughter's birthday and the first time just the two of us traveling together. Thanks to Cebu Pacific Air for having a direct flight from Davao to Puerto Princesa (v.v.).

It was drizzling when we  arrived in Puerto Princesa City. From the Airport, we proceeded directly to "PUERTO PRINCESA UNDERGROUND RIVER" booking office to register for the next day tour. But it was already fully booked. Guests were limited due to bad weather.  Glad to meet Miss Jean of JD Travel who helped us arranged  our booking for the day tour in Puerto Princesa underground River but it was scheduled two days after.  

We checked in at Princesa Inn. Later that  afternoon  we went to the Cathedral, Plaza Cuartel, Baywalk, strolled along  Rizal Street and had our dinner at Jollibee.  

The Cathedral
Inside the Cathedral

Plaza Cuartel
On our second day, we had our Do-it-yourself City tour.  The places we visited were Binuatan Creations , Butterfly Sanctuary, Bakers Hill, Mitra Ranch, Palawan Wildlife and Rescue Center, Palawan Museum and  Capitol of Palawan. Before we went back to Princesa Inn, returned  to Baywalk. My daughter enjoyed riding the bicycle for rent at Php25.00 per hour. We tried eating  street foods at the Baywalk. We also had our  sumptuous dinner in KaLui Restaurant, known to be the most famous restaurant in Puerto Princesa.
Binuatan Weaving Center

Crafts and Souvenir Items are available at Binuatan Creations

Butterfly Sanctuary

Aside from their famous Hopia, Kids will enjoy at the playground of  Baker's Hill with statues of  Cartoon Characters. They also have  Baker's Kitchen Pizza, Restaurant a Canteen.

Mitra Ranch offers horse back riding and Zipline activities. No entrance Fee.

Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (Entrance fee for Adult Php40.00/Children Php20.00)

Palawan Museum
Provincial Capitol of  Palawan

Bicycle's for rent at the Baywalk

With my daughter at Kalui Restaurant
Our last day was spent on  a day tour in Puerto Princesa Underground River.  A van fetched us as early as  6:00a.m. since all of the guests had our flights in the afternoon. We arrived in Port of Sabang at 8:00a.m. Everything was arranged by our guide from boat transfers to and from  Puerto Princesa Underground River. The tour inside took around 40 minutes. We cannot take good photos inside since they only use one lamp in every boat. Before we return to the airport, we had our  buffet lunch in a nearby resort in Sabang. 

Port of  Sabang
Getting Ready for the PPUR Tour

If you have plenty of time in Palawan don't miss  the Honda Bay Tour and Ihawig Firefly Sanctuary. Hopefully it will be included in our next trip.