Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Kookoo's Nest - Dumaguete City

We've been planning to visit Dumaguete ever since but it wasn't realized until my sister decided to really plan it out and set a date for it. It was the last stretch of summer and since we weren't able to enjoy the summer vacation that much, we decided to have a full blast Dumaguete getaway. One of the places we visited was Kookoo's Nest Resort in Antulang, Siaton, Negros Oriental.

Rock in the water in Kookoo's Nest Resort


Right side view of the Beach in Kookoo's Nest Resort
White sand beach
The beach

Our Kookoo's Nest visit was just part of Plan B because what was outlined in our itinerary was to stay at Antulang Beach Resort for a day-tour-island-hopping-snorkeling experience. Plan A did not work because when we arrived in Antulang Beach resort, we did not see any white sand beach and because we were expecting a stretch of beach at least to enjoy some photo ops and to maybe chase around we decided to find a different place and that's when our driver suggested to go to Kookoo's Nest just a few kilometers drive from Antulang Beach Resort.
Off-road travel heading to Kookoo's Nest Resort
Kookoo's Nest signboard 
Stairs going down to Kookoo's Nest Resort

I've read about the place in different blogs and I would say it was indeed a worth to visit place. It was not as posh as other fancy resorts but it is more than enough for the entire family to enjoy the sand, the sun and the beach.

Lorie Mae Gesite, Earl Greggi Labanon, Lory Anne Gesite, Nico Matutinao and Ivane Gesite doing what we like to do in Kookoo's Nest Resort
Selfie with the entire family
Another jump shot with everyone
Got tired jumping

Owned and operated by Jamie and Nikki Ingram, the resort's advocacy is to promote local tourism in Dumaguete and as much as possible to extend employment to the locals of Antulang. I like the resort's promotion of protecting the environment by using solar and Geothermal power sources and using local wood and bamboos in most of the resort's structures.

One of the bamboo rooms they offer for rent
The bamboo restaurant

The resort offers different services like diving, island hopping, boating, kayaking, PADI courses, snorkeling, rentals of beach equipments like snorkeling set, fins and beach shoes. They also have a mini library where you can enjoy reading books while feeling the fresh beach air. They also serve generous meals from their restaurant with reasonable prices per dish.

Lunch time

Philippine Adobo
Pork chop
Rice dish
Pork barbeque 
Snorkeling time!
Kayaking with Nico and Ivane

I like the place because it has an affordable rate, the attendants were friendly and the place itself has a homey atmosphere because of the hands-on owners that are approachable.

The owner's dogs
Nikki Ingram with her dog
Ivane in the water

Ivane doing another pose
Ivane Gesite doing her moves
The ladies walking on the beach
The ladies in Kookoo's Nest
Trying not to wake the dog up. lol

My two cents:


- Visit the place with a service vehicle because it's a 2-3 hours travel from Dumaguete City. We had an amazing van service with Richard as our driver and you can contact him through this number (09088916413)
- You can also contact Kookoo's Nest and they can arrange a pickup from your location going to the resort.
- Bus from Dumaguete Bus Terminal going to Siaton and tell the driver to drop you to the place leading to Antulang, you can then ride a motorcycle going to the place.

- Long paved stairs that will lead you back/fort to Kookoo's Nest.
- No bringing of food from the outside is allowed.
- 3 huge Golden Retriever dogs.
- Remote off-road travel from the highway

- Entrance Fee: P200 (consumable)
- Wifi: P100
- Computer rental: P100 per hour
- Snorkeling set: P100
- Fins and booties: P100
- Kayak: P100 per hour
- Table/cottage: P150
- Rooms: from P1000 - P1500

Here's an actual photo of some of their price list: (click to enlarge)

price list for cottages
price list for services and equipments for rent
price list

- Contact persons: Jamie and Nikki Ingram
- Telephone nos.: +63-919-695-8085 or +63-926-708-1188
- Email: info@kookoosnest.com.ph or kookoosnest2@yahoo.co.uk
- Address: Kookoo's Nest Resort, PO Box 106, Dumaguete City 6200 Negros Oriental, Philippines

Kookoo's nest info card


  1. Kookoo's nest resort looks really scenic. Nice jumpshot and photos at the beach.

    1. that's what we do most of the time hehehe.. Jumpshot!

      Thanks for visiting Frac.. :)

  2. Now we have an idea where to stay if we go to Dumaguete. Thanks for the tips. Is the wifi fee per day? Is the wifi worth the price?

    1. Yes, wifi is good for 24 hours...
      I have not tried using their wifi, I was using my own mobile network, and by the way, signal was good there.

  3. Looks like you guys enjoyed the trip! Plus the beach wasn't very crowded :)

    1. Well, there were few people when we visited. And yes our visit was one of the best! :) thanks for dropping by.. :)