It took Alvin and I awhile to decide where to go for our 9th wedding anniversary getaway.
He said wag daw muna out of the country because tag-tipid kami ngayon. We have travels next year that we are hoping to push. Ipon ipon kami ngayon.
I asked him where he wants to go. Cebu daw. I said we’ve been there. Siargao daw. Ang mahal ng airfare. I said Bohol. Pinagtawanan niya ako. Remember our naudlot na vacation in Bohol because I was having hard core LBM? And then Alvin suggested Siquijor. I checked out the airfare sa Philippine Airlines. Php 7,500 per person via Dumaguete. Pwede na.
I just had second thoughts because isn’t Siquijor famous for mangkukulam and aswangs? Ang duwag ko pa naman sa ganyan. I agreed still kasi it’s an adventure.
We left for Terminal 3 early in the morning for our 9am flight. We had breakfast at one of the restaurants there. Ang gaganda na pala ng mga stores dun ano? They have a Bath and Body store! I wanted to hoard hand creams kaso nakabantay si Sombrero so I just bought two tubes.
Anyway, thankfully, our flight wasn’t delayed. We arrived at Dumaguete at around 10am.
From the Dumaguete aiport, we had to rent a tricycle to take us to the Dumaguete port. Php 120 ang bayad sa tricycle.
It was a 30 minute ride to the port.
When you’re going there, ask the tricycle driver to take you to the Ocean Jet ticket office first so you can buy your tickets. Nasa harap lang yun ng port.
We chose Ocean Jet because that was the fastest boat to Siquijor daw. A one way ticket costs around Php 250. You’d just have to pay Php 14 for the terminal fee and Php 50 for the luggage fee at Ocean Jet upon check in.
You can check out the different Ferry Schedules of the other ferries here.
The Dumaguete port was nice. It was airconditioned and maraming nagtitinda ng food. I was so happy they were selling Silvannas so I bought myself 2 pieces at Php 20 each.
We were asked to board around 12noon. The ferry leaves at 12:20 pm. On time sila. I love it.
The ferry was airconditioned. Ang sangsang nga lang ng air freshener. I slept in that 45 minute trip. Nahihilo kasi ako.
At last, we arrived in Siquijor. I was praying wag sana ako maging victim ng “pitik” or usog while I was there. I made it a point to be nice to the locals. Ayoko sila ma-badtrip sa akin.
But you know, I have to say, the locals in Siquijor are all very friendly and nice. They are very helpful and makikita mo talaga na sincere sila. Nakakatuwa.
A little further from the boat, I spotted the Coco Grove Beach Resort representative who was fetching us.
Fleur and party talaga?!?!
ALVIN: Sino si party?
I booked Coco Grove Beach Resort because based on the reviews, that resort is the best one in Siquijor. Sabi din ng mga locals dun, it was the nicest resort na. Dun daw nagse-stay ang mga artista. Tamang tama, kasama ko si Dingdong.
In the lobby, you will meet their talking bird, Macky.
Check in was a breeze. Mababait yung mga nasa front desk until I asked to be transferred to another room. Naging indifferent sila ng slight. I requested for another room because our terrace was facing trees. As in madaming madaming tall and big trees. Takot ako.
Wala na daw standard room na available. So sad. So never mind. Our room was a Sunset Villa room. It costs Php 3,500 a night. We went there after they gave us the welcome drink. This is how our room looks like:
Nice din naman siya except we would have appreciated it more kung may view siya nung beach sana.
After settling in, we went to one of their restaurants to have a late lunch.
I ordered butter garlic shrimps (masarap).
Alvin ordered grilled mahi-mahi.
One meal costs Php 1,000 for two pax.
Mura ang beer kaya natuwa naman si Sombrero. What I like there was their frozen Strawberry Margarita. Ang sarap ng timpla, promise! I’m craving for it tuloy right now.
The beach had a lot of seaweeds when we were there. Maganda sana yung sand: fine and almost white.
Here are the other photos of the resort:
Ganito hitsura when low tide.
We saw three girls picking out something from the ocean late in the afternoon. It turned out, they were getting sea urchins.
Did you see my IG videos that time? The girls taught us how to eat fresh sea urchins. Ang dala lang nila si rice and suka with sili. Galing. Island life!
You can have scuba lessons there too.
Wala masyadong tao when we were there. I would have loved to hang out dito sa pool bar nila. Bakit nga ba hindi ako nagswimming? Naka-ilang palit ako ng swimsuit, ni hindi naman lang ako nabasa. Lelz.
The sunset at Siquijor was gorgeous.
We stayed in at the resort that day. Hindi na kami gumala. After watching the girls catch and eat sea urchins, tumambay kami sa beach ni Alvin. Naglatag ako and we sat there until we got hungry for dinner time. Alvin drank beer while nagkwentuhan kami. Okay din going out of town just the two of us. We rarely get to this na magkwentuhan ng matagal when we’re at home because Anika keeps on getting our attention.
After dinner, I had foot spa at their spa for Php 300 for 30 minutes. Alvin played billiards while waiting for me. Nung matapos na ako, I ordered their Frozen Strawberry Margarita. It’s one of the best margaritas I have ever had. Winner talaga. Nagpustahan kami ni Alvin sa billiards. Talo gagapang sa ilalim ng billiards table. I almost won. Buti hindi na niya pinush yung bet. Hahahaha!
We called it a night at around 9:30 pm. Lolabelles na! We were puyat naman kasi and we wanted to be up early the next day for our tour of Siquijor.
Stand by for the part two of my post! =)