All Aboard to Siquijor

Finally, a seat sale that allowed D and I to book flights to Dumaguete, Negros Oriental.

I was a tad nervous a couple of days ago as Typhoon Tisoy made its way to the Philippines, and a day before our flight NAIA Airport was declared Closed from 11 in the morning to 11 at night. I was so relieved when the next day the skies have cleared up. And so off we went to Dumaguete, a little over an hour’s flight from Metro Manila.

First thing we did when we landed: hire a tricycle to the Dumaguete Ferry Port to head to Siquijor. I’ve always been intrigued by the island of Siquijor. It find it mysterious, not really talked about much, and as far as I know not as touristy. From the few people I know who have gone, I’ve heard nothing but raves. It’s just 45 minutes by ferry from Dumaguete – hurray!

At the port we bought our one way tickets at the OceanJet kiosk. It was a choice between Tourist class and Business Class – we got the Tourist class at 250 pesos each. We also paid the terminal fee of 15 pesos per head. Security was tight as bags and IDs were inspected twice – first at the port gate and second at the waiting area. As soon as we got through security we were asked to get our seats at the counter. The staff that gave us our seat was a friendly fellow and recommended the window seats.

The waiting area was spacious and clean. There were food kiosks and when we saw the SansRival kiosk, we headed there immediately. I read in blogs that Dumaguete silvanas were good – they were right! D and I enjoyed our silvana with tea and coffee, and shortly after it was time to board.

At first I thought the ferry would open air, and I imagined myself standing up through the ride looking out at the sea, with the wind messing my hair. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw OceanJet’s boat – it was airconditioned, clean, and had plenty of seats.

A big plus: the boat left on time. The ride was smooth and fast – I’d say OceanJet was a good choice.

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