Boracay closes for 6 months starting today April 26th 2018!
President Duterte is closing Boracay Island Resort to fix sewage and other enviromental-related problems. Last February 9 Duterte told a business forum in his southern home city of Davao that “I will close Boracay. Boracay is a cesspool”. Cesspool means in the dictionary is “an underground container for the temporary storage of liquid waste and sewage.”
“You go into the water, it’s smelly. Smell of what? Shit. Because it all comes out in Boracay.” Duterte added. Closing boracay was actually recommended by three government agencies and Duterte approved it.
Boracay being closed to tourist would mean Philippines would lost an estimated 1.5 million in a year. Back in 2017, 1.7 million tourist flocked to Boracay thus making it “The World-Famous Philippine Island Resort.”
Duterte’s decision for closing down Boracay was met with both praises and disappointment online.
Hey losers, are you done attacking President Duterte for being resolute in rehabilitating the cesspool that is Boracay? Look at this.
— zenszeiwa (@zenszei) April 24, 2018
This doesn’t look like prep for closure for rehabilitation. This appears like preparation for take over & militarization.
— elizabeth angsioco (@bethangsioco) April 25, 2018
Now that Boracay has been officially closed where to go next your travel adventures?
Well, I have here a list of Destination in Dumaguete that you can go visit right now!
Get up close and personal with incredible sea turtles, dive for sunken treasure or just snorkel off the beach, Apo island is a marine adventures playground. Located 25 Kilometers south of Dumaguete, take a short 20 minute boat ride from Dauin and spend an amazing day in one of the Philippines most pristine marine ecosystems.
Manjuyod Sand Bar, Manjuyod, Central Visayas, Philippines
With is calm blue waters, The Tanon Strait is a major breeding ground for nine species of Marine Mammals. When in Dumaguete, don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to see Dolphins and Whales in their natural habitat.
Casaroro Falls, Valencia, Central Visayas, Philippines
In the town of Valencia, Negros Oriental located 9.4 kilometers west of Dumaguete City lies the beautiful Casaroro Falls considered to be the most photographed waterfall in the entire Negros province.
National Road, Cauayan, Western Visayas, Philippines
The island is 1.5 kilometers long and 0.5 kilometers at its widest point, has 5 lagoons and is covered with limestone forests providing asylum to many wildlife species that struggle to exist in the mainland.
Dauin, Negros Island Region, Philippines
The Marine Sanctuary starts a few meters from the shore and remains fairly shallow for about 20-50 meters before it slopes down into the deep. It is best to start snorkeling in the mid-morning until lunch, as the water gets shallower towards the afternoon. You can expecting to see parrot fish, clown fish, anemone fish, neon damsels, hump-head banner fish, some baby black tip sharks, boulder coral, giant lobe and whorl bowl corals at the center. It’s amazing how you can see fishes without diving far. Even if you are not a professional diver you can rent snorkeling gear to see all this aquatic life. You are allowed to bring food for the fishes like bread so that they would gather in your area and have a view of the underwater sea creatures up close.
Imagine taking a romantic moonlit walk by the waterfront with a date by your side and the ocean waves lapping gently nearby. Or perhaps you prefer an adventurous nightlife, with buzzing clubs and restaurants to sample. Maybe you’re a history buff and you enjoy visiting national landmarks, or you’re a parent with kids to entertain while in Dumaguete. No matter who you are, Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete has something to offer.
Siaton, Central Visayas, Philippines
Nestled in Siaton, Negros Oriental, Lake Balanan is a recommended retreat for those visiting Dumaguete City.
Lake Balanan is a freshwater lake surrounded by lush tropical rainforest with the mountain ranges of Balanan in the East, and Nasig-id in the West. This placid lake is located in Siaton, Negros Oriental, about 55 kilometers south of Dumaguete City. Lodged deep in the mountains, the lake is primarily fed by the Lamarao Creek, Balanan Creek, and Nasig-id Creek, and flows out to the Balanan River.
Lake Balanan was formed in 1925 when an earthquake with a 6.8 magnitude on the Richter scale caused massive landslides in both mountain ranges. The landslide created a natural dam right across the southern end of the Balanan River and the water rose to become a figure 8-shaped lake.
If you’re thinking of checking out other places aside from the overrated beaches this summer, then Mag-Aso Falls is your perfect destination. Located in Sitio Dug-anon, Barangay Oringao, Kabankalan City; it is only a two-hour car ride from Bacolod City.
Get drenched in the powder blue water coming from the unsoiled and enchanting place of Mag-Aso Falls. This body of water can be likened to Cambugahay Falls in Siquijor where it allures the travellers of its bewildering aura.
This pristine 7 kilometer stretch of premium white sand can be accessed via a short 15 minute boat ride from Capiñahan Wharf in the South Bais Bay, Bais City Negros Oriental. It is basically an island towards the North Bais Bay in the Tañon Strait that emerges only during low tides. On the island you can find native wooden houses built on stilts – and which, during high tide, appears to be floating on the water. These cottages could be rented for overnight stays and can be booked at the Bais City Tourism Office.
Valencia, Central Visayas, Philippines
Mount Talinis is known to be the highest peak in the province of Negros Oriental. Dubbed as Cuernos de Negros or the Horns of Negros, this majestic mountain is one of Negros Oriental’s most visited places. For adventurous people who take on mountain climbing as a serious passion, the trek to Mount Talinis is in fact, a challenging 4 hours of solid hiking to reach the summit where a taste of heaven simply awaits for those who truly appreciate the gifts of nature.
Canlaon, Negros Island Region, Philippines
At 2435m Mount Kanlaon, two hours south from Bacolod by jeepney, is the tallest peak in the central Philippines and offers a potentially dangerous challenge. One of the thirteen most active volcanoes in the country, there’s the real possibility of violent eruptions and climbers have died scaling it. The rim of the crater is a forbidding knife-edge overhanging an apparently bottomless chasm. The dense surrounding forest contains all manner of wonderful fauna, including pythons and tube-nosed bats and locals believe the mountain is home to many spirits.
Niludhan Falls, one of Negros Island’s underrated natural attractions, lies hidden amidst its forests and vast sugarcane plantations and agricultural lands in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. This water wonder is conveniently located right beside the main road along the city’s northern border connecting Brgy. Dawis to adjacent Mabinay town.
Steam hissed out from the side of the hill as the scooter made its way up a small winding road. To the left of the road was a serene river. To the right was a cliff wall emitting sulfuric fumes. I was on my way to a waterfall with red rocks located in the town of Valencia, near Dumaguete City, and I was finding the scenery very surprising.
Siquijor, Central Visayas, Philippines
Siquijor /ˈsɪkiːhɔːr/ (Cebuano: Lalawigan sa Siquijor, Filipino: Lalawigan ng Siquijor) is a 5th provincial income class island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region. Its capital is the municipality also named Siquijor. To the north of Siquijor is Cebu, to the west is Negros, northeast is Bohol, and to the south, across the Bohol Sea, is Mindanao.
Tumalog Falls Road, Oslob, Central Visayas, Philippines
One of the best things about our home province of Cebu is that our humble island is jam-packed with so many unique natural wonders. Come to think of it, each municipality has its own set of “specialty” attractions, and many more are still being discovered. Cebu is like a paradise of multiple facets. It’s no wonder then why so many visitors, local or foreign, fall in love with Cebu.
Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park is a natural park in the Philippines surrounding Lake Balinsasayao and Lake Danao in the province of Negros Oriental, 14.5 kilometres (9.0 mi) west of Dumaguete. It covers an area of 8,016.05 hectares (19,808.1 acres), with heights ranging from 830 to 846 metres (2,723 to 2,776 ft). The park is located in the Mount Talinis range, also known as Cuernos de Negros, in the southern portion of Negros Island, and spans across the municipalities of Valencia, Sibulan and San Jose. It was declared a protected area in 2000.