Dumaguete Seaport terminal

As of posting, below is an updated and recent information regarding Dumaguete seaport vessel trips and its schedule, destination from this city to nearby islands,its fare rates and contact details to guide you with your future travels.

Please see attached Document of each shipping line operator.

  1. Allesson Shipping Lines
  2. George and Peter Lines
  3. OCEANJET FAST FERRIES
  4. Orlines Sea transport
  5. Super Shuttle Ferry
  6. gl-shipping-lines
  7. COKALIONG SHIPPING LINES INC
  8. MONTENEGRO SHIPPING LINES
  9. FAST CAT FERRY

 

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Mantapi Falls-Bayawan City

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Mantapi falls of Bayawan was on my planned route after Lourdes falls in Brgy. Narra. This city is predominantly has a hilly terrain and has very rich in water resources coming from its four major rivers.

As an agricultural city, its vast lands are utilized mostly with rice plantation. En route to Brgy.Nangka, the surrounding areas has wide paddy fields. Actually, the waters of Mantapi falls has served as the fountainhead and is distributed throughout the wet fields around the community of Nangka where rice is mostly grown.

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The dispensation from the water source to the community is done amidst an irrigation system. In the same manner, the easiest way of going to the falls is to follow the irrigation channel.

By all means, it was a long walk. We followed the channel at around 30 minutes or so. The river stream has a fascinating color of somewhat blue and a tinge of green.

Mantapi falls is actually a series of waterfalls consisting of 7 layers.

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Mantapi falls-level 1 and my guide

The first level has a roaring volume of water and sound. The surrounding rocks were sharp and slippery so very slowly I followed my guide as he climbs up to the second level.

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Mantapi falls-level 2

The second to fourth level has a larger swimming basin.

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Mantapi falls-levels 3 and 4

The third level still has an enormous but a shorter downpour, while the fourth level is already visible from third tier.

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Mantapi falls-level 4

Unfortunately, I did not reach from fifth to topmost level. The trek is getting harder and steeper, the way up is getting narrower and limited. I shall return next time around with extra stamina to discover what grace lies behind up there.

 

Lugnason Falls-San Juan,Siquijor

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This post is part of our tour in Siquijor together with a travel pal from Cebu and two locals.Our two companions should have been our guide to the falls but it turned out the opposite way as they were following us heading to the falls. 😀

Lugnason falls is situated to uphill area en route to Brgy. Napo in San Juan town. This waterfall is not much known in the province unlike the larger Cambugahay falls in Lazi so it is better to ask directions from the locals.

How to get there:

Coco Grove Resort should be your recognizable landmark. A paved way facing the opposite side of Coco groves entrance will be your starting point going to uphill area to Bgy.Napo. Travel time by motorbike is around ten minutes.

There are visible feature that stands out along the way letting you know if you’re in Brgy.Napo and eventually to Lugnason.

Vehicles may park at the entrance of the waterfalls then follow a path downhill to its location.

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Lugnason is just a typical waterfall actually, the basin has a man-made swimming pool. If you’re into bathing then this might be a nice spot for you.

Luparan Falls-Tanjay City

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My mother was originally born and raised in Tanjay City, 30 kilometers away north of Dumaguete City. They lived in one of the hinterland Barangay of Pal-ew. It’s been a very long time I haven’t visited their place. As far as I could remember, my last visit was when I’m at aged 4 or 5 I think. Rugged areas can also be found en route to Barangays Bahi-an and Sta. Cruz Nuevo where Luparan falls is situated. Due to its distance, this waterfall is rarely promoted among locals. As a matter of fact, when I talked to the drivers of motorbikes for hire(habal-habal), they were hesitant.

Bus fare Dumaguete to Palanas,Tanjay – P 44.00

Habal-habal fare from Palanas to Pulang Yuta – P 150.00

How did I get there:

I rode a bus from Dumaguete to Palanas Tanjay and informed the driver to dropped me at Sta.Cruz Viejo Elementary School to be exact.Motorbikes for rent are stationed at the waiting sheds outside the school.

I haggled on one of the drivers and ended a fair price. He will drive and accompany me to and from Luparan Falls. Drop off point for vehicles will be at Pulang Yuta area, it is the fastest route we will take according to some locals we asked.

A few kilometers away from national highway, the road starts to be rough. Now I understand why most of the drivers hesitate to drive in there. I was holding firmly on both sides of the motorbike as it was seriously a very rough and rocky road. We passed through sugarcane and corn fields. Running at around 50-60 km/s on rocky road is very hard but to these drivers it was just a normal mileage for them. I can’t help to be anxious but I take my hat off to this drivers for transporting the commuters safely.

Pulang Yuta is an area which literally means “Red Soil”. I know we are already in the area as I see the presence of red colored soil on some eroded areas and slopes. We paused on a house which I supposed my driver knows some residents in the area. We saw three children in the house and ask directions going to Luparan. We were lucky that the children knows the way but they were also hesitant to guide us because it’ll be a long walk. We went at the back of their house as they pointed the spot of the falls.

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these brothers will be our guide:D

From the back of their house I can tell that it would really be a long walk. We convinced the two children to come with us, as we followed them downward. The first kilometer was fine, we passed a few houses; there were goats along the route, there were carabaos, swine and even horses freely roaming around. I just could imagine how is life living on the hinterlands, all I see are mountains, neighbors are far and away. I don’t think I can live in there.

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We slowly followed the two brothers until we found a stream of water; I believed it came from the waterfalls. We followed the waters further to the innermost part between mountains until we finally heard the flowing waters of Luparan. The falls has a relatively stunning great height. The flowing waters was a smooth one. It was past 12 already when we reach at the bottom of the falls. We found another way of going back to the place where we left the motorbike, we followed a human track going up, and that was the hardest part of the journey. It was really a very long walk, it was like an unending climb over slopes, and I was catching my breath every time we reach a resting place. That was the toughest trek I’ve been.

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I gave 50 pesos for our guide.

Travel Tip:

1. As much as possible,negotiate with a driver who knows the way to Luparan falls or the fastest way to go there.

2.Bring bottled water and some snacks as necessary.

3.Anyone should follow the path carefully and slowly, the way was really very steep.

4.Not advisable to go there during rainy days.

Lourdes Falls-Bayawan

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Lourdes falls was introduced to me by a Filipino Chinese friend who lives in Bayawan City. Approximately 100 kms(62 mi) south of Dumaguete, the city of Bayawan is a first class component city. I have lived in Negros for 28 years and this is the farthest I’ve visited so far on the southern area. The city streets were incredibly clean, several banks I’ve seen, the city’s long stroll of beach and boulevard is very inviting for unwind and sunset watching.

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Bayawan is largely an agricultural city and considered the “Agricultural Capital of Negros Oriental”.Evident along terrains of the city are considerable wide rice fields and farmlands.

Bus fare from Dumaguete to Bayawan – P 120.00(one way)

Travel time : 2 hours

The bus dropped me on a junction were motorbike for hire(habal-habal) was stationed. At once, I approached a driver and ended a deal. He will be my driver, my guide and my photographer in this trip. Hehe.Lourdes falls is situated on the mountaneous area en route to Brgy. Narra. We drove our way to the area at around 40 minutes or so. Good thing it wasn’t rainy that day,if it was, our vehicle could have been stucked in some muddy areas. Some parts are not yet paved with cement.

Habal-habal fare to Lourdes falls – P 150.00 (one way)

Drop off point is near a bridge with overflowing water. My guide/driver/photographer says we are going the easiest way, from top then descend on a hill to the bottom, another way is by harness from top all the way down, but we can’t risk that, we don’t have any apparatus for that, the other option he says is the farthest so I opted to choose on the first one. From the drop off point, I could hear an exceptional volume and intensity of its dropping waters.

At the summit of the falls we followed the stream, finding the established path.My God! My knees where trembling-not for excitement but filled with apprehension as I was watching the waters from atop. I followed my driver/guide/photographer as he finds the way down.Shesh! the way beaten down was really steep and narrow, I couldn’t afford to take a wrong step so I slowly but surely move downward.

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Now I understand what my friend had told me that getting there is difficult,even my driver/guide/photographer required an effort to reach the bottom,there were several narrow passages and trails we followed leading to nowhere and deadend, from narrow,to narrower to narrowest. My guide found a safe spot where we could watch the falls and my jaw dropped upon seeing the falls, it was majestic.

From that spot, we found another way to the very bottom near the base of the falls, we have to grasp firmly on wet roots to reach the bottom. Huge,very slippery and wet boulders are on both sides. ,We only stayed a few minutes,the surrounding aura was just different I’ve been to,the waters were like blowing me away,if wed stay longer we will be completely wet. This is a worthy short visit, it was difficult and tough slope but reaching the falls was like effortless.

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I was excited to look on the photos which my driver/guide/photographer took,and all of the results he took are the same.nyaha.see above photo.

Note: I wouldn’t recommend swimming in the basin, very strong current.

Bugsok Twin falls-Mabinay

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Bugsok falls was on my itinerary when I visited Niludhan Falls via Mabinay town. But due to time shortage I decided to just appoint a visit some other time. Since I don’t have much information on how to get to Bugsok Falls, I keep searching on possible travel blogs online, but failed to find one. Pictures were my only link and reference. With very limited information, I uploaded a single photo and saved on my phone. All I know was that it lies on the mountainous area en route to Brgy.BanBan.

Mabinay is around 87 kilometers away from Dumaguete City and situated in the central part of Negros Island.

HOW TO GET THERE:

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From Dumaguete I drove my way to Mabinay town. Travel time was less than two hours.

Upon arriving at Mabinay Bus terminal I immediately asked two locals where do I find Bugsok Falls, but to my surprise, they don’t know :D. I went further around their market looking for any sign or directions how to get to Brgy.BanBan and interestingly found a tourism tarp with Bugsok twin falls printed on it, the print is barely to seen if you would not look closely at it, the prints are losing its paint and the material printed seems to be outdated.

The locals directed me to a secluded area of Brgy. BanBan and it was a tough ride, the wet road makes it even harder for my motorbike for conveyance. I was not sure if I’m going the exact path as I do not see any sign heading to the falls. The people I asked were kind and helpful enough with the directions.

The search took me long as I went to the wrong way as I find myself driving in a rice field, worst scenario when my motorbike fell and stock on a muddy surface. Then there were two men heading my way and offered help in moving my motorbike, another way of thanking them.

The two men who helped me earlier pointed me where I could leave my motorbike. From that point, I could hear its streams and flowing water but no idea of where it is and where to go. There were few human tracks that I followed but the end thereof leads to nowhere and downhill. The sloping ground was planted with corn and various root crops. I slowly moved and went further to catch a sight of a noticeable sound of its waters.

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And from a distance, I saw a sight that filled me with awe and reverence, the raw beauty of its environment was astounding. So I made my own way from top to the bottom of the slope. There was no one in the area. Such a sight to behold.

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Revisit:Niludhan Falls-Bayawan

20150628_114446This is a post of what I have promised of coming back to niludhan falls in Bayawan city. As I suggest in visiting this falls, it is better to make a stopover there during monsoon season,where a huge volume of water drops at 25 meters wide and 40 meters high. As of posting, there is no entrance fee to the falls. Although Niludhan is part of Bayawan, a shorter way of going the falls is thru Mabinay en route to Brgy.Dawis.

This is my second occasion here so I exactly know where I would go, road is still rough and rocky. I took the same route the last time when I went here. From Dumaguete I drive my way north until Bais,then proceed to Mabinay town. Detailed page of the direction to niludhan falls thru Mabinay town https://enroutenegros.wordpress.com/2015/11/05/niludhan-falls-bayawannegros-oriental/

The weather was gloomy that weekend so I hurriedly went there as I see the sky forming somewhat dark clouds and looks like about to rain. Of course anyone should also look into ones safety specially during rainy seasons. River streams could just rise up in a few minutes.

From the entrance I could hear an emphatic drop of the waters. I was delighted to see her again.

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Niludhan Falls-Bayawan,Negros Oriental

dscf1105Niludhan Falls of Bayawan City,Negros Oriental is approximately 43 kilometers away from city proper. It lies in Brgy. Dawis en route to Bayawan-Mabinay road. Due to its distance and dry season which results too low humidity and rivers drying up, I was hesistant to visit the falls. Nevertheless, I was very eager to appoint a visit the falls before March 2015 ends.

As I was packing my stuff a night before my rest day, I checked the Google Maps for possible route directions to the falls, but still a zero result I got. As i was watching the map, I noticed a route connecting the municipality of Mabinay and Bayawan City. Correspondingly, I searched for possible detailed directions and alternative way to Niludhan Falls. A very helpful travel journal ( http://www.roamingcouple.com ) I found on my search with directions going to Niludhan via Mabinay. Although Niludhan falls is part of Bayawan City, a shorter and alternative way of finding it is passing through Mabinay.

How to get there:

From Dumaguete city bus terminal, take a bus bound to the town of Mabinay. Make sure to inform the ticket man or driver to drop you at Paniabonan junction. Bus fare is P130.00.

nilud1Our bus left the terminal at 8:10 ETD. Travel time by public transport runs about an hour and a half to two hours or more. If your driving your own vehicle, a shorter travel time will take you there.

nilud5Ongoing road improvements and renovations are still in progress on some parts of Bais-Mabinay road to allow an ease travel by some conveyance.

Note: Drive carefully and observe road signs. Winding roads,stock piles and descending curves ahead the way.

At 10:30 ETA when I was dropped at Paniabonan Mabinay junction. From that junction, another bus you need to ride but you need to wait for an hour or more interval, like on my case, as I arrived at 10:30 am, the next bus was scheduled to pass at 12:00 noon,that bus will pass towards Brgy. Pantao and then Brgy. Dawis where Niludhan Falls is situated.

If you don’t want to wait an hour for scheduled bus, then another option is to ride a motorbike for hire(habal-habal). They demand P200.00 for single commuter, P100.00/pax for double-one way only. I ended up a P350.00 deal with the driver back and forth.

nilud3It was already past 11 when I reached Niludhan falls. Such pain in my ass on board an old vehicle over an uneven, rocky, bumpy, dusty and rugged thoroughfare. I enjoyed the ride though, all I can see are sugar canes and sugarcane fields around.

We headed our way back to Paniabonan, it was about quarter to 12 when we arrive. So I went in a nearby canteen for my lunch.

As I am ready for my next itinerary, I ride my way to Mabinay proper through public jeep, it cost me P10.00 to move there.

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Mabinay Natural Spring is just a walking distance from town proper and so does Mabinay Spring to Mabinay falls. I went first to Mabinay falls following the directions told by a local.The falls is situated at the back of Mabinay Central School. A 60 meters of swinging hanging bridge connecting Brgy.Bato and Poblacion can be seen after passing a forest. But visitors shouldn’t pass the bridge, I walked at around 5 minutes following a small human trail to my right. Unfortunately, the water dries up and a student said that it will back during rainy season.From the bottom I could just imagine the grace of the falls. Nevertheless, I will be back some other time this year.

nilud14The Mabinay Natural Spring on the other hand is a favorite spot among locals in Mabinay to cool down, no wonder as I went inside the area and paid P10.00 for the entrance,mabiyanons flock here for picnics and get together. They also host visitors for overnight accomodation,activities like zipline and kayaking. Amenities include bonfire area,cottages with chairs for rent,pavilion,shower room,boardwalk,camping ground.

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For reservations and inquiries please contact these numbers

Where to stay:

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Mabinay Hotel Terminal Complex

Address:Poblacion,Mabinay Negros Oriental

Suite Rooms(2 pax)——————P 1,500.00

-Air conditioned

-free wifi

-free TV

-free swimming pool

additional person……P150.00

Dormitory type(14 pax)—————-P150.00

-wall fan

-free wifi

-free tv at lobby

Convention hall

1st 4 hours—————P5,000.00

succeeding hour——–P1,000.00