Let us travel northwest of Dumaguete City and jump into a new adventure. Indeed! There’s no other place in Negros Oriental where you’d want to start your adventure. There might be other more intense activities, but starting point should always be the easy ones. From land to air, even the water is exciting.
Of course, we’ve tried these adventures ourselves so we can share to you how it felt and how the experience went. The following are the activities that we have tried:
1.) Buggy – Moon buggy, nah! It was just like driving a race car, but easier. The road to the city was easy, but when we got to off-roads, it was more challenging because the wheels weren’t responsive to the steer due of the rocks and bumpy trail. PS: As you’ve noticed, I’m trying to explain the experience as much as I can. So if I’ve used inappropriate words such as ‘responsive’ in accordance to function of machines, please correct my ignorance.
2.) ATV – Easier than Buggy in terms of maneuvering and controlling of pace. But we weren’t able to ride it longer. 😫
3.) Zip-line – 2 seconds I was shaking; 11 seconds I was enjoying the view. It was a short glide, but it was sweet! Oh, first-timer, by the way! 💁🏻
4.) Aquazorb – It’s a thick plastic ball where you go inside and channel your inner hamster instinct. 😂 The longest time for you to stay inside is 3-minutes, by then you’ll be dizzy from inhaling your own carbon dioxide which you rapidly exhaled from laughing at yourself.
Other than these activities, we also explored what other services PhilSouth Eco-Tours offers for the growth of Tejero Highland Resort and Adventure Park.
Isla del Rio
Other than the swimming pool area, Tejero Highland Resort and Adventure Park extended to the other side of the river and created a reception area for weddings, parties and team building. The area is surrounded with beautiful flowers, delicately designed by florists and maintained by gardeners. Speaking of team building, this is absolutely the right fit to improve the interpersonal relationships within a department or office – the Project Lifelines Team Building Facility. It has obstacles, and, it was hellavah obstacle. Please see photos so you understand what I mean.
The most challenging obstacle for us was crossing the hanging bridge from the swimming area to Isla del Rio and another one to Project Lifelines. And then back to the Isla del Rio and then to the swimming area! 😅
How to get there:
Ride a tricycle from your hotel to Valencia jeep terminal. It is located in front of Ong Dental Building. PS: the terminal could change without prior notice.
Ride the jeep to Valencia Plaza (don’t worry, it is the last stop). When you get there, there are tricycle drivers who will swarm over you if you are a new face. Tell them to take you to “Tejero”.
Note: Jeep ride back to Dumaguete is only until 6pm. You need to “pakyaw” a tricycle ride to Dumaguete City costing almost more or less Php400. Just so you know, I have experienced it myself. No regrets, though, because that day was AWESOME. 😜
Tejero Highland Resort and Adventure Park recently launched last September 2016 their newly developed air-conditioned rooms. These rooms are styled with modern concepts with a mix of Asian concept by the porch. There are 5 of these rooms with a fridge and cabled TV. The rates for each rooms ranges from Php3000-Php3500 good for two persons with free usage of the pool. Additional bed costs Php300 only.
Tejero also offers cheaper room rates for adventurers on budget:
Php 1500 – basic room good for 2 persons; two-single beds
Php 2000 – basic room good for 2 persons; one twin-sized bed
Php 1500-Php 1600 – basic room good for 6 persons; 3 double-deck beds
Check-in time: 2pm
Check-out time: 12nn
Where to Eat
There is a café in Tejero Highland Resort and Adventure Park called Birds Nest Cafe. The ambience is garden-like with thin roots dangling around and a bird singing happy tunes. The food is, of course, tasty especially the pizza. I also love their house-blend iced tea! 🙌🏻
Valencia is also known for their Boneless Lechon Belly and I guarantee that it really is worth to try. Get down to Valencia Plaza. By 7pm there will be a long waiting line, so you better get there early!
6AM – Hotel to Dumaguete Public Market -> Php8
Breakfast at Painitan -> Php45* for two persons
7:30AM – Public Market to Valencia Terminal -> Php8
7:40AM – Valencia Terminal to Valencia Plaza -> Php12
8:00am – Valencia Plaza to Tejero Highland Resort and Adventure Park -> Php30* for the whole tricycle
Buggy – Php 700* | ATV – Php 700* max 30mins
Lunch – Php230* for 2 persons
Tour around Tejero
Aquazorb – Php50 | Zipline – Php150
6PM – Tricycle ride back to the hotel – Php 350*
* price is divided by 2
Total Expenses: Php1,255 each
For the complete list of rates of the activities, please refer to the following photos:
Wanna see how our adventure went? Watch this:
Public Market to Valencia Terminal is just a walking distance. You can ask the locals for directions. As for me, it was raining hard that day. I need a tricycle ride. *excuses, haha
We did not actually pay any of the activities since it was waived during our trip in partnership with Negros Oriental Tourism and Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The expenses mentioned above are what we should have paid if we went there on our own accord.
And no, they are not estimated prices.
As for the tricycle ride back to our accommodation, it was supposed to be Php400, but with a long battle of “pa-cute” and “pa-presyo”, the driver gave me a Php50 discount. But oh, my cuteness is only Php50-worth, my mermaid pride can’t take it. LOL
Check out these photos from our adventure in Tejero:
Hey, Babes! How did you find this article? Was it helpful? For comments and suggestions on where I should take an adventure next, or whatever, please leave a comment below. I would appreciate every bit of it.
And yes, I do take adventures with me… And shenanigans… And exaggeration. 😆
Thank you for reading up to this point. You are all beautiful, keep your head up! 💋
Grateful, from the bottom of my heart:
I would like to express my deepest thanks to the following people and family who made this experience possible for a mermaid like me:
• Province of Negros Oriental Tourism Office – for this chance of a lifetime;
• NOCCI, especially, Sir Edward Du and Sir John Jalandoni – for believing in me;
• Kuya Boyet and the rest of Tejero Highland Resort and Adventure Park management and staff – thank you for being so friendly and accommodating. We will be looking forward to that foam party that you mentioned. Super excited! 😁🙌🏻
• My friends who cheered for me and never failed to encourage me all the way;
• Most importantly, the Lord God Almighty – for such a blessing that I’ve been asking for so long. “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. ~Mathew 21:22 NIV”