Guihulngan City: The Remote Trove

Yesterday, I took on another adventure. Yes, this time it’s Guihulngan. It is a remote city from the main cities of Negros Island. From Bacolod or Dumaguete, the travel time is around 3.5 hours. If that’s not enough to conclude that it’s a remote area, then imagine taking another half an hour to get to your first destination. However, just because it’s not that accessible doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. Guilhulngan is indeed a remote city but it was because of this that its natural beauty flourished and were displayed as is. The following are a few of Guihulngan’s pride that which were reserved especially for locals and tourists.

Hinakpan Hills

During summer, these hills turn into brown in color because of the withering plants. This make the hills look like giant, molten chocolate kisses from afar. Since summer hasn’t totally occurred in the Philippines, yet, the hills are filled with different hues of green and are full of life! And , of course, the constant and never failing thick fog!

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Kansalakan Enchanted River

The deep water was in bluish hue with a hint of green from the surrounding trees. But why did they call it “Enchanted River”? Well, just look what I found while enjoying a splash…

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Kidding! Actually, the water was the enchanting part. It was so cool, but once you get in, you won’t be shivering at all. And just look at how it looked like. Don’t you just wanna dive in? Ain’t it just… really enchanting?! 😻

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Again, I’m just photobombing.

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Introducing, Kuya Jep! Our habal-habal ride/bodyguard. He’s very friendly and reliable. He stood guard when there were kids going near our stuff. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a contact number yet. So just remember this face. Hahaha

How to Get There

From Dumaguete

From Dumaguete Ceres Terminal, ride a bus bound for Canlaon or San Carlos. These trips will stop over at Guihulngan. From there, you can walk to their Mega Market or ride a “potpot” (pedal cab). Either way, it’s just straight ahead.

·       Dumaguete City to Guihulngan – PHP 170 AC BUS  |  PHP 136 Regular Bus

·       Habal-habal trip – PHP 300 / person roundtrip

From Bacolod

From Bacolod Ceres Terminal, you can ride a bus to Dumaguete via San Carlos or to San Carlos then take another bus ride to Guihulngan.

Where to Eat

We ate at the Mega Market before we went to the Habal-habal terminal. We were really full at a price as low as PHP30. There were also popular diners/restaurants in the city like Café Saira and Mama’s Choice. Unfortunately, we were unable to check them out. Best thing for me was… there was a 7eleven nearby😉

 

ITINERARY

Here’s our itinerary:

7:30 AM – 9:30 AM  — Ceres Bus Ride   Tamisu, Bais City – Guihulngan City  PHP 97

9:30 AM – 9:40 AM  — Brunch at Guihulngan Mega Market

9:40 AM- 10:00AM  — Bought snacks at 7/11

10:00 AM – 10:30AM  — Habal-Habal ride to first location, Hinakpan Hills

10:30 AM – 12:00 NN  — Hinakpan Hills Arrival, pictorials and muni muni

12:00 NN – 12:10 PM  — Habal-Habal ride to second location, Kansalakan Enchanted River 

12:10 NN – 3:00 PM  — Kansalakan Enchanted River Arrival, pictorials and swimming

3:00 PM – 3:40 PM  — Kansalakan Enchanted River to Guihulngan Bus stop

3:40 PM – 5:40PM  — OTW Home

 

Notes:

·       You can actually name your price for the Hinakpan + Kansalakan trip except when the driver asks the price himself. The usual price is PHP 300 per person.

·       Absolutely no entrance fees! Yey! But, don’t expect much from the toilet.

·      Heads up! The road is winding and some parts were really steep. Some of you might easily get jumpy when nervous. Please keep calm and just enjoy the view.

·      No time-limit! Yey! You can enjoy the place as much as you want… But be sure to go back to the city before sundown. The road could be dangerous to travel at night.