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Quiet time at Sugar Beach

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We left in the morning for the ferry ride to Negros, Dumaguete, a supposedly nice college-town
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We had planned to stay overnight in Dumaguete, but when we arrived we felt that we have had enough of cities and noisy Tricycles for a while.
After some discussions we decided to continue with buses to the small, remote town Sipalay where it is a beautiful beach; Sugar Beach.
We knew that we needed to take 3 different buses, but it should be pretty straight forward.

The first 2 bus rides were very comfortable and the road by the coast was beautiful.
At 7 pm we arrived at the bus station in a small place in the middle of nowhere to catch the last leg of our journey.
It was very dark and some people were waiting around to get a bus.
We were then told that there were no more buses to Sipalay that night, the next bus would leave 4.30 am.
The only way for us to get there was by a motorbike tricycle.
The ride would take about 45 minutes and since we didn't have any other choises, we accepted.

The people at the bus station were very amused when we tried to get into the seat, which was much smaller than the tricycles in Bohol.
We finally got ourselves and our luggage onto the tricycle, and off we went.
The driver drove very fast, but he also seemed to be a very good driver, so I decided to just relax and enjoy the ride in the dark landscape.

We arrived in Sipalay and went to a "pension", the only place to stay except for the very expensive hotel. The owners/managers were not very friendly but finally we agreed on a price for a double with shower.
Hank asked me to check out the room, and I took a look, checked that the bathroom looked clean. I told the lady that we were okay with the room and she went back down and collected the money from Hank.
When he came into the room he took a look at the bathroom and after a little bit he turned to me and said "there is no water faucet in the shower"!
I guess I was too tired to notice this small little detail. :-)

Hank went down and talked with the lady and she offered him a bucket, she said we could use it to wet ourselves in the shower! :-)
Of course Hank wasn't happy with that solution and we finally got another room after some discussions and after refusing to pay extra money.

We were very hungry and we decided to take a stroll to the beach where it was supposed to be some restuarants. I was looking forward to have a pizza, which we have read about in Lonely Planet.
But the girl looked surprised when I tried to order one, said that they only served drinks. We continue our walk and it was a handful of restuarants, they all served the same and only one dish; Chicken and Rice - so that was what we had - again. :-)

The next morning we woke up early, left the pension and got a small tricycle to take us to the beach where we got a Bangka boat to Sugar Beach.
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We had to wait a while for the Bangka, but we were waiting comfortably with a cold drink.
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The Bangka arrived and Hank helped to drag it cloose to the beach and soon we were on our way.
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Sugar Beach is a very quiet and peaceful, we enjoyed our stay here a lot! We didn't do much; swimming, reading and ate a lot of good food. The people working at the resorts and restuarants were very nice and always greeted us with big smiles.

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There were not a lot of tourists and it was easy to find your own spot on the beach with no one else around.

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The days went by leisurely and today we said "Goodbye" to this place, which really felt like a small island, not a beach outside a city.

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Waiting for the Bangka to bring us back to Sipalay.

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Hank bought a huge Avacado while we waited for the bus to Bacolod.
From there we took the ferry to the island Panay, heading towards Boracay, a very well-known little island to the north of Panaya.

Posted by InTwoPlaces 04:59 Archived in Philippines

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On to your next adventure! Sugar Beach looks very inviting right now as we're having the usual cool days and cold nights here in Santa Cruz. Need more rain!

Hugs, Clare

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