Our first day of our backpacking trip and though I have done it a hundred times, it was some of my travel crews’ first venture.
I was quite excited because I hear that Manjuyod sandbar is like the Maldives. Will I be disappointed? Hmmm.
We took advantage of Cebu Pacific’s seat sale months prior our trip and in order to save time, we flew in to Dumaguete and departed from Cebu.
Plane ride to Dumaguete takes only 1 hour and 15 minutes.
WHAT WE DID
After dropping our bags in our hotel, we took a tricycle to get to Ceres bus terminal. We then rode a bus going to Bais and told the driver to drop us off at the Bais terminal.
From there, we were fetched by our boatman’s wife and accompanied us to buy our lunch. After such, we went straight to the Manjuyod port where we finally met Kuya Apang, our boatman.
Spots to visit:
Dubbed to be the Maldives of the Philippines, this sandbar is the next best thing in Dumaguete. Well, since the province is famous with the turtles of Apo Island and sweets of Sansrival.
We were told that the sandbar will show since low tide pa daw at the time we will be arriving. I don’t want to say disappointed but I am leaning towards that feeling when we got there.
Only a portion of the sandbar was showing and Kuya Apang told us that was the normal Manjuyod scenery.
The current was also strong at the time and though we tried to swim, it wasn’t enjoyable as what calm waters would do. What we did enjoy, on the other hand, is the challenge of eating our lunch on a moving boat. Yung hinahangin-hangin na yung kanin mo levels. Saya!
After resting for a few hours, we proceeded with our Silliman University campus tour. Such is the first American university in the country and started as an elementary school for boys.
Read from a site somewhere that they do campus tours and since we don’t have anything else on our itinerary that day, I suggested that we do this instead.
We were greeted by a jolly guide and she showed us the different parts of the campus even the eerie ones that was said to be haunted. And there’s a lot!
Tipong mejo gabi na tapos tuloy yung kwento niya ng ghost stories sabay turo sa building na haunted, gusto kong sabihin na ‘Ate stop. Natatakot na akech!’
Our campus tour guide explaining the story behind every building. Iba si ate!
Stunning church inside the university.
WHERE WE STAYED
We stayed at Harold’s Mansion for 2 nights. It is near the city center and walking distance from Silliman University.
TEMPURA – As per our Silliman campus guide, Bossing’s tempura is famous amongst its students. It is actually a kikiam with an array of dip sauces according to its spiciness level.
Of course, we were all dared to try the spiciest sauce. Most of us tolerated such but nakakaiyak talaga yung anghang!
• From Dumaguete city proper, Manjuyod is 1.5 hour bus ride away. And don’t expect an AC bus, di uso sa kanila yun.
• Don’t expect too much even when the boatman said it will be low tide. I hate comparing but just don’t expect so you won’t be disappointed.
• Contact Silliman University days prior your trip so they can assign you a dedicated campus guide.
• Similarly, always put on some sunscreen and hydrate yourself at all times.
You may reserve your room at Harold’s Mansion at this number: 0917-302-4455.
For our Manjuyod boatman, you may contact Kuya Apang at 0936-256-1267.
As per our Silliman University campus tour, I reached out to them first at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRAVEL EXPENSE SUMMARY
|Trike from airport to Harold’s||200||33.3|
|Trike to Ceres Bus Terminal||60||10|
|RT Transpo to Manjuyod||624||104|
|RT Trike transfers from Bais terminal to Manjuyod port||200||33.3|
|Manjuyod Boat Rental||3,000||500|
|Trike from Ceres Bus to Harold’s||48||8|
|Silliman campus tour||90||15|
|Dinner at Lab-as Hayahay||1,320||220|
|TOTAL||P 9,742||P 1,623.7|