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Tejeros – Banica Swimming Lagoon

Banica Swimming Lagoon (known locally as Tejeros) is a great place for those steaming hot days as Valencia's cool climate and mountain rivers refresh you in these man made river pools. Entrance is just a couple of pesos each and cottage rental is 50 peso. We often visit here and bring our own food and drinks although there is a small shop selling basic snacks and semi-chilled drinks. Transportatio...
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Casaroro Falls

Casaroro falls is beyond what seems to be an infinate number of steps (actually 350) however I wasn't at all disapointed. At the bottom of the steps there's a short walk meandering through the valley and accross a minature suspension bridge, butterflies, birds and foliage line the path to the 90 degree bend in the river where, you can see the falls plummiting into deep pool. A short scramble over ...
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Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao

The Twin Lakes Balinsasayao are nestled in the midst of a lush nature reserve, preserving the rare birds and animals of the area. Rare trees and vines are also prevalent including the tallest of Philippine trees, the Almagica Tree. Another rare find is the Japanese Night Heron (Gorsachius goisagi) whose worldwide population is estimated at less than 1,000.   A small yet clean CR is available ...
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Sea Forest

Our visit to Sea Forest was as a party of 6 including 3 children. The children loved the pools and slides however the beach was a disappointment, being largely flat rock and stones. The restaurant was catering almost entirely for Filipino needs (download menu) which is OK for me but my children were not so impressed, opting instead to go to Chicken Jo's (next door). Sea forest is also a dry venu...
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Swan Lake Swimming Pool

Swan lake is a well maintained pair of swimming pools in the north of dumaguete. The pools are both clean and well designed although some of the tiles are a bit slippery near the edges. Chemicals in the pool are also quite strong, affecting both my friends on my own eyes within minutes. It didn't matter too much as we were only visiting for a short time but I would be caution on a longer visit. &n...
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Apo Island: Getting There and Getting to Know It

The rainy season is in, but for everyone who has a perpetual calling for the sea, Apo Island is the perfect place to be. With its collection of coral reefs and other deep sea adventure, Apo Island is a sure haven for anyone with an insatiable need for vitamin sea. Jump off point: Dumaguete City From Dumaguete City, take a bus going to Bayawan. The conductor usually asks where you want to b...
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Aguinid Falls – Samboan Cebu

Aguinid Falls - Samboan, Cebu
Aguinid Falls: It is always nice to wander off from your comfort zone. For a resident of Dumaguete like me, I have been to several tourists spot around the province, thus the idea to cross our way to Cebu Island enticed me again. Last May 23, I and my travel buddies decided to have another trip in Cebu. This time, my brother came along with us. All together, we took off as early as six in the...
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Dauin Marine Sanctuaries

Marine Sanctuaries in Dauin, Negros Oriental
Dauin, a fourth class municipality in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines is about 10-20 minutes travel from Dumaguete City. For those taking the public transport, the jeepney terminal to Dauin is near Robinson's Place Dumaguete. The jeepneys usually park near the gas station. Fare is Php13.00. Inform the driver you are getting off at the corner leading to the Marine Sanctuary. It's a...
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Weekend Getaway: White Sand Bar, Manjuyod

Unlike metropolitan cities, Dumaguete is more relaxed, and life here moves at a steady, calm pace. However, the City of Gentle People is not spared from the hustle and bustle of an urban town. Days can be stressful, and during times like these, the perfect way to wind down is a visit to the beautiful white sand bar in Manjuyod. The best time to get the sand bar would be morning so the shoreli...
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