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Experience all that the beautiful islands of Bohol and Dumaguete have to offer on this 10-day exploration of Philippine nature and local lifestyles.
Hit all the popular tourist spots…
We’ll see and do everything you’ll find on any list – The Chocolate Hills, the Tarsiers, Loboc River, snorkeling and diving, waterfalls, zip lining, horseback riding, Dauin, Apo Island, you name it!
…and Make A Difference
More than that, however, we’ll spend some time with local communities to hear their stories, share our own, and experience their ways of life. We’ll get our hands dirty at their organic farms, get creative with some handicrafts, and taste some delicious authentic Filipino dishes.
Upon arrival in Tagbilaran airport (Bohol), we will take a van to your hotel so you can settle in and rest.
Bohol is one of the most varied tourist islands in the Philippines – there is so much to do! We will venture inland to visit one of the Philippines’ most iconic tourist hotspots, the famous Chocolate Hills. Along the way, we’ll say hi to the world’s smallest primate – the Tarsier Monkey. We will also enjoy lunch as you cruise along the Loboc river.
On your third day here, we’ll get up early to take a boat to find some of Bohol’s beautiful islands and sandbars where you’ll get to snorkel in the stunning turquoise waters. If we’re lucky, we might even see some dolphins along the way!
It’s time to make a difference! We’re going to venture off the beaten track and discover the other side of beautiful Bohol. Today, we will visit one of the communities of Gawad Kalinga, a leading Filipino NGO which has built over 2,500 colorful and peaceful communities all over the Philippines. Take a tour of the community, feed the animals in the community’s organic farm, and experience Filipino hospitality at its finest.
You can stay overnight here for a unique experience, or travel back to your hotel after dinner.
If you stayed overnight in the community, we will spend the morning making banana chips and peanut butter with the community’s special recipes.
Around mid-morning, we will then depart the community (or your hotel) for the port to take a boat to Dumaguete (around 2.5 hours).
From Dumaguete, we will head into the mountains and check in at the Forest Camp Resort in Valencia. If you want to visit the local market in Dumaguete before departing we can happily arrange that.
After breakfast, we will head north towards the mountainous Valencia region. We will begin our trek to the stunning Casaroro falls, arriving at the falls for a picnic lunch.
In the afternoon, we’ll head to the Forest Camp, a mountain resort nestled between in a valley. In the afternoon, you’ll have free time to partake in any of the activities offered by the resort, including swimming, ziplining, Horseback riding and more.
You’ll spend the night at the Forest Camp Resort.
We’ll visit the GK community nearby, the colorful village of GK Valencia. Have fun getting to know the locals as they teach you how to make different handicrafts.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Red Rocks Hot Springs, before departing for your final destination: the long sandy coastline of Dauin (1 hour).
You can either rest on the beach or take a short boat ride to visit Apo Island, a small sea turtles paradise where you can snorkel and dive. Have lunch on this tiny island before heading back to the mainland during the afternoon for some rest.
Feel free to enjoy your last full day in Negros as you wish. Spend the entire day on the beach, or perhaps you’d like to go on another excursion: diving, snorkeling, visiting the whale sharks, or hiring a motorbike can all be arranged directly with your hotel.
On your last day, you’ll take the short transfer from your hotel to the airport of Dumaguete after breakfast.
The colorful houses hidden among mango and banana trees are home to 18 inspiring families of the Gawad Kalinga Maribojoc Community.
Maribojoc was one of the areas severely affected by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake of October 2013. A month after the earthquake, typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones that have hit the country, also struck the community. This left the community houseless and hungry but not hopeless.
Today, the community stands strong with their hopes, dreams, and skills. Backyard farms are lush with papayas, calamansi (local lime), and an assortment of vegetables. Products like locally made peanut butter, tablea (chocolate), and banana chips are in the works. Some locals have also begun looking into making goods such as dinnerware from coconut shells. Community members are eager to share their stories and use their resources to rebuild their lives.