Travel Time: Dalaguete, Cebu

7:38:00 AM

Nigad Spring is a spring that flows from a big rock towards the beach.

So when the tide is high, the water can't be seen or be used, yet when the tide is low, a lot of people can use the water for bathing, or washing clothes.
Sad to say, we went at the wrong time. We ended up relaxing and took a few photos.

We then went back to the main town, bade farewell to my aunt and her daughters, took our things and waited for a bus to come. We washed our body with water without changing our clothes so we were still soaking wet while waiting for a bus at the highway.

We first noticed an not air conditioned bus when we reached the highway but it immediately left. We had to wait for another same kind of bus. Bought some food and snacks while waiting. However, most of the buses were air conditioned.
Until we finally surrendered and rode an air conditioned bus, we had no choice. It was so cold. And the ride took around 15 to 30 minutes and we fell asleep on the way. Good thing that the driver's assistant  we call "konduktor" was so kind as to wake us up and remind us that we had arrived at the area. We paid PhP 50.00 each for the ride.

We fell asleep but then our energy became high again when we stepped down the bus. The entrance of the spring was just ordinary. It was like entering a private area of residences. We just went in without knowing that we had to pay when we came in. A lady at the side, inside a small guard house looking, called our attention and told us we had to pay for the entrance. We paid PhP 5.00 for it.

We walked down and heard some laugh from the spring.
It was a very interesting spring. Under a huge old dalakit tree flows a spring of wonders.

For additional information:
"The dalakit (Ficus benjamina) tree is the foundation of the origin and name of Dalaguete. In ancient times, before the coming of the Spaniards, these trees had been used by people as major landmarks. People gathered under the encompassing shades and conduct social and economic activities such us festivities, contest, trading meetings and other community gatherings. They establish market places under the shades of the dalaket where they sell their products and conduct trade with local roving traders bringing in Chinese and Asiatic goods from the port of Cebu." - Wikipedia

A table costs PhP 100.00 only with a free one big life preserver made of an interior for huge car's wheels. We needed the table for our things. We didn't have any food in our bag, so we just enjoyed swimming and playing in the spring.

We had expected it to be deep because of the kids diving and tumbling from the side to the water, but eventually it wasn't that deep. Our heights are around 5 feet and 4 to 12 inches and the water was just until the neck or shoulder part, or actually just almost at the chest area.

It was a fun experience because of the big difference of temperature of the water. The first time we dipped in, it was so cold! The next few steps, it was hot. One step to another side, it was cold, and then it was hot. It was like a hot and cold spring altogether.
It was fun swimming at the deep part because we couldn't be seen immediately since the water is colored blue and the floor was made with soil and a few rocks wherein, the water can be seen as a little bit brown when swimming under and opening the eyes.
Once we swam near the floor, we could feel the heat of the water, and as we go up towards the surface, the water was slowly becoming cool to cold. It was fun doing it. Diving in the deep part was also nice.

The deepest part of the spring was the one near the dalakit tree. It was also cold at that part because it was under the shade of the tree. The deepest I went was just around 6 feet and I wasn't near the tree yet.

There were mangrove trees that can be seen in the spring, that would show the separation of spring and the sea since the two of them are really connected to each other.

We tried going to the sea and we could feel the heat of the water. Then we concluded that the hot part of the spring is seawater. The seawater and the spring has mixed together.

There were so many dalakit trees around too. We had enjoyed swimming until the sky turned dark. It was almost the end of our day tour. We had to wash ourselves, but we had no chance. No more fresh water in the area. So we just changed our clothes to the first clothes we wore in the morning and started leaving the place.

We had reached the highway and waited for a bus or any public vehicle we could ride. We were hungry and confused. Confused with the water from the spring, and hungry of course, after all we did. It was also quite scary because we were in a foreign place, at such a time. We took a tricycle and asked the driver to bring us to the town market or to a market place. I, in my case, was desperate to eat and to escape that area. There were few people, and everyone were looking at us, we had foreigner friends with us.

When we reached the main town, we walked a few meters and found a place to eat. We had found Balamban Liempo. Good thing we could eat there. We ordered two big portions of Liempo and some hanging rice or puso. I had a liter of water with me, so we just shared it with each other since the shop doesn't have any drinks with them.

After eating, I spotted a certain shop I used to stop by to buy some mamon.  It is the delicacy in Dalaguete and it is really delicious. We bought some mamon and another food with jack fruit inside it.
While purchasing the delicacy, someone approached us and asked if we were going to the peak.
He was actually talking about Osmeña Peak. He asked if we plan to go there and plans to camp there. Well, next time. When that certain time will come again.

We went to the waiting area for a bus and rode an air conditioned bus going home.
There were few people in the bus and most of them were sitting near the driver. We had chosen the back part of the bus. We were sitting beside each other when we realized we were getting sleepy, we separated and owned a seat nearest to the window and slept until we arrived back to the city.
We reached the city around 9 to 10PM.
It was so fun.

Until next time. 'Til we meet again.
Back to the normal life, and when there is another opportunity, grab it, when there is none, make a door so that opportunity can knock~

Here is a video summary of the trip:

A/N: If you have not read the previous part, you can check it here.

The Guide

The whaleshark watching/swimming is only available from 7AM to 1PM, so as much as possible, arrive there early. Being their late in the morning will  be hot, and a lot of guests will be there so it will be crowded. 
It is best to visit the place on weekdays because it has fewer visitors.
From Cebu City, head to the South Bus Terminal either by taxi or jeepney.
We used jeepney so we saved enough money for that.
There will always be a ride from Cebu to Oslob.
Here is the list of routes you can ride to the area:
Cebu to Oslob
Cebu to Dumaguete
Cebu to Samboan
Cebu to Bato
Cebu to Liloan

You can go there from 5AM. That would be the best time or even 6AM because there is less traffic.
Just tell the pay collector or "konduktor" the destination. You can say "Tan-awan, Oslob", sometimes they ask, "Are you going to the whaleshark area?". You can just say yes since they already have that idea in mind. Tan-awan = Whaleshark

Once arrived, just ask a person around for the "Whaleshark Briefing Area" or notice a "BCD Whaleshark watching" or something with that sign in yellow background.
Walk down from the road towards a hall.

Registration is needed before starting an orientation.
For people who didn't bring enough swimwear like rushguards, swim suits, trunks, slippers, and the like, there is an available island souvenirs shop before entering the briefing area.
The guests(you and your friends) will be oriented by staffs in English language.

Then, head to a table to pay for the fees.
Whaleshark watching (only sitting in a canoe like boat with lifevest):
PhP 30.00 for Oslob registered residents
PhP 300.00 for Filipinos and Foreigners
Whaleshark swimming (w/ snorkeling gear and life vest):
PhP 500.00 for Filipinos
PhP 1000.00 for foreigners
For those who does not have an underwater camera, you can rent one for PhP 500.00 with unlimited shots,
For no memory cards available, you have the option to burn a CD or copy to a USB for PhP 50.00.
To rent a camera, you'll have to ask someone from there since it is in another table.
You are given at least 30 minutes to swim and take photos with the whale shark. Timer starts when the whaleshark swims near you.

Rules to follow:
  1. Touching of whaleshark is prohibited. Once caught, you are either to pay a fine of PhP 6,000.00 or a punishment of imprisonment for 6months.
  2. To help these wild animals healthy, sunscreen or sunblock is a NO NO. It will poison them. You can take a shower and wash all those sunscreen or sunblock in your body before swimming.
  3. Do not leave your things unattended. For travelers who didn't bring a car, you should check in some rooms in the resorts located near the briefing area. It is my hometown, so I already asked a relative to keep an eye on our things so it was fine for us.

After the swim, you can take another shower. By the way, the showers are all free of charge. Comfort rooms are also available for changing your clothing.

There are restaurants near the briefing area, so you can have your breakfast or brunch there before going to Tumalog.
When you visit the whaleshark, going to Tumalog falls should also be visited, it is worth the trip.

Going to Tumalog, you'll have to ride a public motorcycle or "habal-habal".
It costs around PhP 120.00. That is a ride from the briefing area to the falls + 1 hour wait + another ride from the falls back to the briefing area. There is additional costs if you will spend more than an hour in the falls.

So from the briefing area, if there is available tricycle or jeepney, you can ride on them but if there is none, you'll have to ride a bus.
We were able to ride a jeepney, and it only costs PhP 10.00 to go to Poblacion where the old church, Cuartel beach with a baywalk looking park are located. You can swim there for free. 
From Poblacion, to visit the Nigad spring, you can ride a tricycle or another jeepney. A tricycle ride is PhP 8.00 per person. But do not ride from the terminal of tricycles. Ride from the side of the road waiting for a tricycle to pass by. 
Nigad spring is for free. Make sure to go and visit in low tide to properly appreciate that nature.
Nigad Spring is just located at the Barangay hall of Daanglungsod.

From Daanglungsod towards Obong Spring of Dalaguete, ride a bus. It will cost PhP 50.00 per person.
An entrance fee of PhP 5.00 per person. Paying it just when you are about to enter into a secluded looking downhill road.

Renting a table for PhP 100.00 will keep your things safe from water and you will also get a 1 free big floater for you and your friends.

To be safe and to enjoy dinner or some food, you will have to go to the Poblacion of Dalaguete by riding a tricycle. There are available local restaurants and places to eat. It is easier and safer to ride a bus in a crowded place like the center town of the province.

Airconed bus from Dalaguete to Cebu would cost around PhP 100.00 to less than PhP 140.00.

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