There was a knock on the door. It was Arvee, a member of the Punta Bulata staff, informing us that the boat had just arrived, ready to pick us up.
“Are you sure it’s safe to go now?” The rain seemed to be getting heavier and the waves stronger. Honestly, my two friends Celine and Ronnie and I had been having second thoughts. We were not sure whether we wanted to brave the downpour and the waves to go to Danjugan Island. But we figured that the 4 hours of travel time from Bacolod to Cauayan would be pointless if we chose not to push through with our daytrip. But as it would turn out, we would miss so much had we chosen otherwise. Our visit to Danjugan Island was the highlight and the most memorable part of our Negros Occidental trip.
Our flight back to Manila was scheduled at 2pm so we still had the entire morning to explore Puerto Princesa City. Again, our original plan was to take the City Tour by Casa Linda, which cost P600 per person. That would allow us to explore the city on an air-conditioned van.
But if there’s one thing we learned by then, it was that tricycle drivers always had a greater offer. Once again, we contacted Kuya Ding (09186620495) and asked how much would he collect should we choose to hire him for the tour. P600, he replied. Wow, that’s so much cheaper. Imagine, instead of paying P600 per person, we would now be paying P600 for the entire trip. Who wouldn’t grab that deal? Besides, we could ditch the aircon for a while.
Update: I’ve read a couple of articles saying that this site is not being run sustainably and ethically. Will try to get more information. In the meantime, we suggest that you visit the tarsier sanctuary run by Philippine Tarsier Foundation in Corella, Bohol.
Bohol is most widely known for two attractions — the Chocolate Hills and the tarsier, both of which have become the icons of the province. I remember, they were featured in my Grade 1 “Sibika at Kultura” textbook so as a child, I had always wanted to see the tarsier in person. Twenty years later, that dream became a reality. The first time I met a tarsier, however, it broke my heart.