Backpacking Visayas | Day 5 & 6: Ahoy, Apo Island! What’s up, Siquijor!

Day 5 – Hello, turtles!

Upon arriving at the terminal in Dumaguete, you need to do the following to get to Apo Island:

  1. Get on a bus bound for Bayawan and ask the conductor to drop you off at Malapatay.
  2. Walk to the station where you can rent a boat. (A small boat for 4pax costs around P2,000)

Upon arrival you can rent tables and ask the locals to cook for you. But before food, we decided to swim with the turtles!


As you can see, I asked our guide to kick me down because I couldn’t go deeper. It was really hot and there isn’t much to do in Apo Island except to swim with the turtles and to go to the lighthouse which is a tiring 20-30 minute trek. We decided to leave at around 3PM as boats are not allowed to leave Apo Island after 4PM.

From Malapatay, we rode a jeepney to Dumaguete where we spontaneously had to walk around and look for a cheap lodging house as we were going to leave early the next morning for Siquijor.

Day 6 – Exploring Mystical Siquijor! (And getting stranded)

We got up at around 6AM to catch the first trip to Siquijor. (Fare is around P135) Beforehand, we already contacted our tour guide, Kuya Loloy (+639097561901).

Unfortunately, I already lost most of my photos from Siquijor except for a few from my GoPro. Basically, the whole daytour consists of the following:

  • Capilay Spring Park, San Juan, Siquijor
  • Enchanted Balete Tree
  • Cambugahay Falls
  • Salagdoong Beach

Below are some photos from Cambugahay Falls:



And this is the part where it gets kind of exciting. Upon arriving at the port back to Dumaguete, we were informed that no boats are allowed to leave as the waves are too strong. So we had to find a place to spend the night and we just made the most out of it by drinking the night away.


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