Dumaguete is not really a top-of-mind destination for Filipino travelers, but this sleepy town attracts a considerable number of foreign tourists, perhaps because of its proximity to some of the country's best diving sites, the whale sharks swimming around Oslob, and the dolphin sightings in the nearby city of Bais. We were lucky enough to be able to swim with the whale sharks, and you can read about our whale shark experience here.
We stayed at Hotel Essencia, a hotel that is conveniently located in the middle of downtown Dumaguete, walking distance away from everything else. Click here to know more about our accomodations and how we got around the city.
Iloilo is another place we visited because J participated in another swimming event, the Batang Pinoy National Championship. I initially thought that our 5-day stay would provide sufficient time to squeeze in a city tour; but quickly realized after having spent half-day cheering my daughter on by the poolside, under the humid Iloilo sun, I was too pooped to actually go around the city. Nevertheless,you will still be getting the dish on Iloilo's must-visit restaurants and what pasalubongs to buy here in this post. And if you want to make the most out of your money in terms of accomodation, then you won't go wrong with Days Hotel Iloilo. You can read my review on the hotel right here.
|At Tatoy's, one of the best seafood restos I've tried.|
ANVAYA COVE in Morong, Bataan
Anvaya Cove will indulge the water lover in you as you take your pick of four pools that lay side-by-side. A lap pool on the right most, followed by an infinity pool that appear to blend seamlessly with the waters of Subic Bay, then a Jacuzzi and, tucked in a corner, a kiddie pool with a slide.
I wrote about the accomodation and the facilities in our first visit here. And on our second visit, I mentioned about the Nature Trail activities like a rope obstacle course that the kids enjoyed because they got to release their inner Indiana Jones. There's also a trial that took us into the middle of a very thick bamboo forest; we step gingerly on boulders as we make our way through stream beds that are almost dried up. The last stop in this adventure was taking the zipline.
ACUATICO in Laiya, Batangas.
Acuatico in Laiya, Batangas doesn’t have the wide and spacious frontage that other resorts have, but it lays claim to having the best pool among the Laiya resorts, or even the whole of Batangas, for that matter. The pièce de résistance - the infinity edge pool that looks out to the open sea.
Read ALL my post about Acuatico Resort in Laiya, Batangas here
Have you finally decided where to bring your family this summer? You can also read my other post about Summer Vacation Plans 2014 if you are thinking of going out of the country.