Discover The Visayas
10 Days / 9 Nights
Discover the Visayas islands on this amazing tour of culture, and beaches. Go dolphin spotting in the Tanon Strait enjoy the near perfect Siquijor Island, visit centuries old cathedrals, learn how sugar is made, travel through mango plantations, cashew trees on Guimaras Island before relaxing on some of the world's best beaches in Boracay.
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Day 1. Arrive Cebu - Dumaguete (-/-/-)
Upon arrival in Cebu, immediate transfer to Cebu Pier for your ferry boat ride to Dumaguete departing at 15:35h. Once in Dumaguete, transfer to Atmosphere Resort (or similar) for your accommodation. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Day 2. Dumaguete - Tanon Strait - Dolphin Spotting (B/-/-)
After breakfast, drive up north to Capinahan Pier in Bais City where we board an outrigger boat for a short sailing trip to Tanon Strait. Stop briefly at Talubong Mangrove Island, a 400-hectare protected mangrove forest that serves as a natural habitat for wild birds and crustaceans. From Talubong, head straight for Campuyo White Sandbar while we scour the sea for dolphins. When the sea is calm, the deep waters of Tanon Strait become the playground of bottlenose, melon-head and spotted dolphins. We wait in anticipation for a pod or two to come and swim alongside our boat, until we come to rest on the shallow waters of Campuyo White Sandbar. Here in this kilometer-long sandbar, find your spot where you can stretch out on the sand or take a dip in its shallow waters.
Enjoy a picnic lunch on the sandbar before sailing back to the pier.
Continue on to the town of Sibulan, located about 6 kilometers away from the city, and embark on a 15-minute trek to the twin lakes of Balingsasayao and Danao. On a promontory overlooking the lakes, one can get a breathtaking view of coastal plains and valleys of Negros Oriental and Tanon Strait. The twin lakes are two adjacent crater lakes situated at an elevation of 1,000 meters above sea level, in a beautiful rainforest setting. Its serene surroundings, coupled by the cool, mountain breeze and the occasional chirping of the birds, compensates for the short trek you may have to make under the sweltering heat of the sun. After spending a few minutes at the lakeside, return to the resort for overnight.
Day 3. Dumaguete - Siquijor (B/-/-)
Early breakfast. Check out and transfer to the pier for your boat trip to Siquijor that will depart at 07:40h. Arrive in Siquijor 45 minutes later, and proceed to Coco Grove Resort (or similar) for your accommodation. The rest of the day is free at leisure to spend on the beach and explore your surroundings.
Day 4. Siquijor (B/-/-)
Breakfast. Rest of day free at leisure or take an optional tour of the sights on the island.
Day 5. Siquijor - Dumaguete - Bacolod (B/-/-)
Early breakfast. Transfer to the pier for your boat ride to Dumaguete, which will depart at 06:00h. Arrive in Dumaguete 45 minutes later and proceed on a tour of Dumaguete City. Drive by Silliman University Campus, the largest Protestant university in the country that is founded by the American Presbyterian missionaries who came to Dumaguete a century ago, the public market, the Provincial Capitol Building, and Rizal Boulevard. See the bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria, the city’s most popular architectural landmark which was erected 1776, then carry on to Bacong Church, a centuries-old coral church. Near the church is also is an abaca-weaving center. Lunch at Forest Camp in Valencia before taking on a 5-hour journey to Bacolod, passing through villages along the Mabinay/Kabankalan highway. Arrive Bacolod early in the evening and proceed to L’ Fisher Chalet (or similar) for check in. Overnight.
Day 6. Bacolod (B/-/-)
Breakfast. Today’s tour will be a full day visit to a sugar plantation and Bacolod’s environs. Pick-up and proceed for Negros Sugar Heritage Tour. Drive through what was once the the heart of Bacolod’s social and religious life: the plaza and the Cathedral. From here, trace the history and development of the city through its wealth of civic buildings, private residences and business districts. A stop at the Negros Museum will give more insights to the story of Negros. Proceed to sugar mill to see how sugar is made.
Then lunch at one of Silay City’s restaurants. After lunch, visit the Balay ni Tana Dicang, the home of the matriarch of the Lizares clan and political power broker at the birth of the republic. From here, visit The Ruins, a park built around the ruins of a palatial ancestral home burnt during the Second World War and set in the middle of a vast sugarcane plantation. On the way back to the hotel, stop for souvenirs at the Showroom, a testimony to the creativity and resilience of the Negrense people. Return to the hotel for overnight at L’ Fisher Chalet.
Day 7. Bacolod - Iloilo - Guimaras Island - Iloilo (B/-/-)
Early morning breakfast. Check out and transfer to the pier for your ferry ride to Iloilo that will depart at 06:30H. Arrive in Iloilo an hour later and proceed to Sarabia Manor (or similar) for check in. Immediately right after, leave the hotel for Ortiz Pier wharf where you will board the boat for a 20-minute ride to Guimaras Island. Guimaras, originally called Himal-us, is known for its mango and cashew products as well as scenic coves and beaches. The boat docks at Jordan where you will be begin your trip that takes you along verdant countryside of mango plantations, cashew trees and many tropical fruit trees. Visit the Trappist Monastery, the only one in the country run by Trappist monks, before proceeding to Nueva Valencia for lunch and a bit of swimming. Return to Iloilo early afternoon, overnight at Sarabia Manor (or similar).
Day 8. Iloilo - Miag-ao - Caticlan - Boracay (B/-/-)
Breakfast. Check out. Depart to the southern countryside of Iloilo, passing through the flower gardens of La Villa de Arevalo and the town of Oton. Stop at the town of Tigbauan to see the only church in the country with a Latin-American Churiguesque style. It has one of the most beautiful modern style interior made up of colorful stone murals. Beside the church is a monument to the first Jesuit school for boys in the Philippines established in 1592. Continue on to Guimbal town with its beautiful plaza and an imposing yellow-sandstone church. Proceed to Miag-ao town to see the famous Miag-ao Church built in 1706 with a unique façade of botanical motif reminiscent of Aztec art. This church was declared a national landmark in 1973 and included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Lunch in a local restaurant before we begin another 5-hour journey through rice fields, pasturelands, sugar cane plantations and fruit trees. On the boundary that separates Iloilo from the province of Capiz, view the several fruit stands that dot the highway. Pass through the towns of Capiz until we reach the province of Aklan. Continue on to Caticlan jetty port where you will be met by a representative of The District Resort Boracay (or similar) for your 20-minute boat ride to Boracay. Check in and overnight at the resort.
Day 9. Boracay (B/-/-)
Breakfast. Rest of the day will be spent at leisure. Overnight at the resort.
Day 10. Boracay - Manila - Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast. Check out and transfer to Caticlan Airport for your return trip to Manila. Upon arrival in Manila, transfer to the International airport to board your flight for your onward destination.
PRICES AND INCLUSIONS
10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS FROM £2,110 per person
+ domestic and international flights
based on 2 people travelling together
The price includes:
Two (2) nights accommodation at Atmosphere Resort in Dumaguete
Two (2) nights accommodation at Coco Grove Resort Siquijor
Two (2) nights accommodation at L’Fisher Hotel Bacolod
One (1) night accommodation at Seda Atria Hotel Iloilo City
Two (2) nights accommodation at The Coast Boracay
Meals as specified in the itinerary (Daily Breakfast, Four (04) Lunches and Two (02) Dinners.
Private air-conditioned transportation from Manila/Dumaguete/Siquijor/Bacolod/Iloilo/Boracay (with shared transfer in Boracay)
Ferry Tickets, Liloan to Sibulan ; Dumaguete to Siquijor / Siquijor to Dumaguete ; Caticlan Jetty Port to Cagban Port v.v.
All applicable fees and sightseeing tours as per itinerary
Services of a professional English speaking guide all throughout the tour
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Manila. Domestic flights within the Philippines. Request a quote from us.
Anything not specifically mentioned above.
Optional tours, camera fees.
Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters.
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Peak season surcharges
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