Father Christmas found us & in my stocking was Lego (architecture – The Eiffel Tower), the last 2 state quarters for my collection & bananas. We spent Christmas Day on the beach, swimming in the pool & building the Eiffel Tower – exhausting!
Why did we go? To swim with big turtles & snorkelling
Some facts: it is a 72 hectare, 200 meter high volcanic island off the southeast coast of Negros Island. It has 5 pocket beaches & 2 mangrove lagoons and a lighthouse. It has 63.1% average total coral cover.
To get there we took a local bus
then a short walk to the beach & to find someone with a boat. It was a bumpy 30 min ride & we had to hang on tightly (& got very splashed). We saw an excellent sunset on the way back from the boat – which means we got back to Negros in the dark!
Dumaguette city & Countryside tour
Why did we go? To find out more about Dumaguette or the “City of Gentle People”.
We went with a guide called Pen who told us a lot of history. We visited the historical Sta. Catalina de Alexandria church, Silliman University with century old acacia trees, a world war 2 museum/collection of things a man had found since he was 5 years old and a forest camp in Valencia & tried some local treats.
Cebu & Sumilon Islands
Why did we go? To see up close “tuki” or whale sharks & snorkelling in a marine sanctuary
To get there we took a car & Ro-Ro from Dumaguette, then small boats. We borrowed an underwater camera, so I hope we have some good pictures!
(More photos to follow, when the Internet speed is a little faster!)