Searching for Tambobo

By JoSeLLE - December 05, 2008

We stopped by a few resorts along the way to Tambobo Bay. One, Kookoo's Nest, we found by pure chance. I came upon the website when we were looking for alternatives to Apo if the weather did not cooperate, and although the website photos were pretty good, the real thing was so much better. Kookoo's Nest is just around the bend from Tambobo Bay ( it's actually on the Tambobo Bay vicinity already, but it has it's own cove, which adds to the seclusion). Finding Kookoo's Nest can be quite a challenge, since all you can see from above is the entrance to the car port.

A lone yellow sign stands next to the series of cement steps that will lead you to the cove, where the main entrance and the cottages are.

The resort is owned by an English couple, Jamie and Nikki Ingram. Nikki Ingram used to be a professional caterer back in England, which is why the food is so great. The menu is mostly European and American, since the majority of visitors are yatch owners, divers, and backpackers. On the day of our visit, we were the only Pinoys there, which was kind of unnerving. Most guests are Germans, Irish, or English, and they're all very friendly. However, they do give off this vibe that all they want to do is sit and read a good book or sunbathe... none of the noisy chatter and music that you see in most resorts here... Kookoo's Nest is really quiet, which I think is exactly how the foreigners like it.
They also offer PADI diving courses for those who want to get a license or upgrade...Jamie Ingram is a PADI instructor, and the house reef is located just a few meters from the beach.

The Beach

Cottages dot the cove and they have names like Toko, Hibiscus, Driftwood, and Kingfisher. They go for 800 PHP to around 1200 PHP or higher, depending on the size.

Another attraction is Barney, the resident Golden Retriver who likes to take a dip in the water as much as the humans do. He's very friendly.


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  1. This seems to be a nice place. is this Tambobo in Dumaguete?

  2. Actually this is Kookoo's nest, located right next to Tambobo Bay. You can follow the beach to Tambobo Bay from here :)


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