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KooKoos Nest Beach Cottages May 16, 2010

Lazy Sunday at KooKoo's Nest Beach Cottages

The Write-Off...Almost
Two days ago, after bailing from the habal-habal due to the prohibitive fare (P150 one way), I was ready to write-off KooKoo's Nest Beach Cottages. This morning, I got a text from Rene inviting me to join him, his daughter, and his friends for beer, beach and eats at (drum roll please) KooKoo's Nest. Whoa! Normally, I'd say, "There is a God!". But since I don't subscribe to a Bearded One, I'll say, "Rene is God!".

What's Been Said
But what's the hulla-ballu about KooKoo's Nest in the first place? Well, Lonely Planet describes it this way, "...bamboo tree houses, Robinson Crusoe-style setup, private white-sand cove, idyllic resto". Rene says it's the best value given the amenities. That's enough for me.

KooKoos Nest Beach Cottages

Work Hard, Play Hard
So, Rene picks me up and I get to meet 3 of his marine-bio/physicist friends - cool young guys who refer to common fishes with their scientific names. As they donn their mask and snorkel and take the plunge, they're actually doing field work! After a dive and they gather at the bar for cold beer, they're actually having a meeting! Ha! And I thought web designers have the best job in the world! But make no mistake about it - these guys work hard as they play hard.

Rough Riding
From the highway junction it's 11 kms of dusty and bumpy road before KooKoo's. If you're taking the habal-habal, best to bring a face mask.

What It Is
True, KooKoo's Nest is idyllic as a getaway - white sand, beach front dive site, perched bamboo cottages, laid-back resto, hammocks on stand-by, and hands-on owners Jamie and Nikki. I like that they make their own bread. Order ahead of time. They start kneading the dough after you place your pizza order! There's a sizeable amount of books and magazines on the shelves of the resto. If you want alone time to read and reflect, this is the place.

--- TheLoneRider

ps - big thanks to Rene for tagging me along!

    KooKoo's Nest Beach Cottages Rates:
  • P100/person, consumable, for day trippers (outside food not allowed)
  • cottages start at P650/room
  • San Miguel Pale Pilsen P45
  • Meals around P200
    How to Get There from Dumaguete:
  • take a pedicab (tricycle) and ask to be taken to the jeep or bus terminal going or passing Siaton
  • tell the jeep/bus driver to drop you off the Antulang junction going to KooKoo's Nest Beach Cottages. ~ 1 hour 15 minutes
  • from that junction, hire a motorbike (habal-habal) to take you to KooKoo's Nest - 11 kms, P200/one way. Make sure to arrange for your return.
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