Thursday, September 20, 2007

On South Sea

Negros Oriental is home to many world-class resorts. Most of these are PADI-accredited, catering mostly to tourists and expats. Diving and snorkeling are main water activities as the beaches are typically rocky and the sand, wet and clumpy. It's impossible to swim without serious damage to your soles. So even the smallest resorts have a pool. It's a select clientele however, who can afford to pay the USD$ rates for accommodation.

One of Dumaguete's best-kept secrets is the South Sea Resort Hotel. It's a small, well-maintained spot in the middle of the city, where balikbayans usually visit or locals take their guests. Prices start at PhP500 or USD$11 for a 24-hour stay.

Of course one wouldn't expect room fittings to be at par with the high-end resorts. But rooms are spacious and clean, some with a screened-in porch. Most are equipped with airconditioning, cable TV and running hot water. They do have a restaurant, but let's just say I'd rather go home to eat. It's not inconvenient, really, as we live only 10 minutes away.

We go there mainly to swim. My whole family swims, including three-year old Gabriel who took lessons last summer. None of us is particularly athletic, and this is one of those times we play and bond. Their pool is made with even serious swimmers in mind (not one of those kidney-shaped recreation pools). At 25 meters long, it has 4 lanes so we actually race:) There's even a wading area for children.

So, how much do we love going there? Check out Gabriel's before and after pictures.

South Sea Resort Hotel is located at Bantayan, Dumaguete City. Call them at +(6335)225-0491 or +(6335)225-2409. Email For more on Negros resorts, visit Negros Island Online.


  1. how nice naman!!! huhu.. im the only one in your family that hasn't been there..!! :(

  2. The restaurant isn't even worth mentioning, really.

    I feel like shrinking. I just saw your old comments. Hehe. Tara told me it was you.

  3. I don't blame you. Neither of us has a large fan base:p