Dumaguete City


Dumaguete City is the capital of Negros Oriental. Dumaguete is often referred to as “The City of Gentle People”. This university town’s history is a fascinating jumble of intercontinental influences and indigenous tradition. The locals are involved with creative and academic amusements and this is reflected in their daily lives.

Because of the four universities and a number of other colleges established in Dumaguete City, the place is commonly referred to as the University town.  The urban center is best known for Silliman University, the country’s first Protestant university and the first American university in Asia.

The city attracts a considerable number of tourists, especially Europeans, because of the low coast of living, laid back lifestyle and beautiful sceneries.The easy ferry access from Cebu City and Siquijor island;  the availability of beach resorts and dive sites, and the attraction of dolphin and whale watching in nearby Bais City are just a few reasons why many tourists loved the place.

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Fruit Vendors at Dumaguete City Public Market


By Air

The fastest way to get to Dumaguete City from Manila is by airplane. In that respect are daily flights direct to and from Metro Manila to Dumaguete, one in the morning in Cebu Pacific Air and one in the afternoon for Philippines Airlines. Travel time is only an hour and 10 minutes.

By Sea

Traveling by sea is a lot cheaper, there are ships that can be boarded from Metro Manila to Dumaguete with a travel time of 36 hours. From Cebu City, one can take a fast ferry craft that reaches Dumaguete in 4 hours.

By Land

A bus going to and from Bacolod City is also available every hour.

From Cebu City, there is a bus line that leaves every hour from its Cebu terminal to the town of Bato where it boards a barge that will cross Tañon Strait and takes you all the way to Dumaguete City in less than an hr. Full travel time is approximately 5-6 hours.



Dumaguete City has a wide array of Hotels and Inns ready to serve its guests. Hotels and Inns in Dumaguete range from the Low Budget Accommodations up to the Mid-high priced Accommodations.  Please click the link below for more details.

  • List of Hotels in Dumaguete City


Getting around Dumaguete City is quite easy. The primary mode of public transport is the tricycle which can accommodate up to 6  passengers at a time. For transport to destinations outside the city limit, there are jeepneys and buses traveling set routes.

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The Bell Tower in Dumaguete City


For people traveling to Dumaguete, the place offers a variety of places and experiences. If you are a budget traveler, you can easily enjoy seeing many spots around the place for free.

Bell Tower. The Bell Tower is one of the oldest landmarks of Dumaguete. This tower is a silent witness to pirates from Mindanao who came in the late 18th century. The tower was constructed between 1774 and 1776, the bell fry served as a watchtower with someone ringing the bell, to warn the people in the village of marauding pirates.

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The famous Boulevard or Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete City

Dumaguete Boulevard. One of the most popular sites in Dumaguete City is the  Boulevard or the Rizal Boulevard, which was made after the Philippine’s National Hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. It is said that Dr. Jose Rizal while on his way to his exile in Dapitan, passed by Dumaguete City and strolled along the beautiful shores of the island.

Street Food at the Boulevard. There’s a place at the Rizal Boulevard, which is converted into a street food lane where people from all walks of life come and enjoy to eat tempura, fish ball or balut at night.

Siliman University

Silliman University.One of the famous landmarks of Dumaguete City is the  Silliman University. The foremost and oldest American university in the country. This university was established in 1901 by Dr. David Sutherland Hibbard and Laura Crooks Hibbard through a generous donation of $10,000.00 from an American philanthropist, Dr. Horace Brinsmade Silliman.

Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium.This 900 seater theatre-auditorium is the bastion for Culture and the Arts in the Visayas and Mindanao areas. Named as the “CCP of the South, Luce Auditorium’s  architectural design is acknowledged all over the Philippines and also around the world.

Sidlakang Negros Village. For my review of the place, please see Sidlakang Negros Village


Apo Island Marine Sanctuary. Believed to be one of the best dive spots in the world. Apo Island Marine Sanctuary is a favorite spot for the diving enthusiasts because of its more than two-thirds of the world’s known coral species. Because of the greatness of its maritime resources, Apo Island has been protected as a fish sanctuary since 1982.

 Bais Dolphin Watching & Manjuyod Sandbar.  Bais City is forty-five km from Dumaguete City. An approximated 45-minute drive going north will bring you to Capiñahan Wharf, the jump-off point for the motor boat ride to Tañon strait. Tañon strait is the abode of a number of dolphin species, including the famous spinner dolphins and occasionally some whale species (melon-headed whales).

Twin Lake Balinsasayao, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

Lake Balinsasayao

Lake Balinsasayao. Please click here for my review of Lake Balinsasayao

Lake Balanan.   A freshwater lake in the forested mountains situated in Siaton, Negros Oriental.The Lake Balanan has a shape resembling a figure of eight, the narrowest point between the two main portions of the lake being only 90 meters (300 ft) wide.

Day Trip To Siquijor Island. From Dumaguete City, you can just take a fast craft to reach Siquijor island and enjoy the Island for just a day or two. Please click below  for my Dumaguete-Siquijor Trips:

Side Trip To Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. When visiting Dumaguete City, you might want as well to visit the other side of the island – The Negros Occidental. Please click below for my travel guides in Bacolod City, Negros  Occidental:


Dumaguete City celebrates to major colorful festivals:

Sandurot Festival. The Sandurot Festival is held every 2nd week of November. The term sandurot was derived from the Visayan “pakig-sandurot” for the offering and enjoyment of hospitality.

Buglasan Festival. This festival is held every month of December. The festival highlights include a showdown and street dancing competition.

Sandurot Festival, Dumaguete City


There are many places in Dumaguete to dine and enjoy great international and local dishes.  But I would want to suggest the following food items which are closely associated with Dumaguete City.

“Tempura” at the Boulevard. Very ideal for budget travelers and backpackersWhile this food did not originate in Dumaguete City, this street food along with balot, fish balls are very popular in the place.  Tempura is a fish cake (like kikiam) deep fried and dipped in a spicy   sauce in different levels of spiciness to go with this food.


Painitan sa Dumaguete offers Budbud and Sikwate (Native Hot Chocolate)

Budbud  at “Painitan”, Dumaguete City .Painitan  is a popular breakfast set found in the city market. The place offers  budbod suman, which is made with millet instead of the usual rice. Puto suman, hot chocolate,  native coffee and a ripe mango  that goes well with the puto suman .

Please click here for my review of Painitan sa Dumaguete .

Dumaguete City

some goodies at Sans Rival Bakery

Silvanas from Sans Rival Bakery . A famous dessert that is crunchy, creamy layers of buttercream, meringue and cashew.  Look for Sans Rival Bakery’s signature blue box.  The place is just along Rizal Boulevard.



Twin Lake Balinsasayao, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

Twin Lake Balinsasayao

Twin Lake Balinsasayao, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

moods at Twin Lakes Balinsasayao


Pavillions at Sidlakang Negros


The Author at the Boulevard


Dumaguete City Public Plaza





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Default Comments (23)


  1. Ahhh! So saving this for when we go home next year.

    Alix | apintsizedlifeblog.com

  2. Photos are just so stunningly captured. Missing my hometown! See you the next year Dumaguete!

  3. Dumaguete is such a nice city. It’s been so long since i went there. #advertising

  4. It seems that this place is a combination of old and new. I like the vibe of the place. Hopefully soon I will be able to go visit.

  5. One thing on my list of things to do is go dolphin and whale watching. That’s one of the activities I’d choose to do – check out Bais City. I’d love to also check out the public market to try fruits I’ve never had before.

  6. What a treasure trove….I love the farmer’s market

  7. Wow these pictures are stunning. It looks like you had an amazing time and the food looks great. I would like that you can choose the different levels of heat. I don’t know how I would handle it if it was really spicy.

  8. Looks like such a beautiful place. I have yet to leave the country but will someday!

  9. Wow, what a beautiful locale! I hadn’t heard of it until now, but I won’t forget it.

  10. What a beautiful location! I would love to visit during a festival.

  11. Ohhh I love travel pieces!! This looked amazing!

  12. Laid back, low cost living, with scenery like that?? Yeah, that’s a great description, and I wouldn’t mind traveling there to see it myself!

  13. Dumaguete looks and sounds beautiful. I would love to visit the Dolphin watching center.

  14. So many amazing places to visit in the Philippines, I had no idea!

  15. There’s just so much to see and go to! I love the boulevard, I can see myself spending an afternoon there and just enjoying the view. It’s all so lovely and the food looks delightful!

  16. You always teach me about the most interesting places. Thank you.

  17. So beautiful! Love the photos!

  18. Id love going there =), the place looks colorful and different! i bet is a paradise!

  19. It is the ultimate travel guide indeed! Would love to visit the place!

  20. christina aliperti

    What a lovely vacation destination. The views look amazing and of course the sweets at the bakery look divine.

  21. Dumaguete is beautiful and I would love to go to Paintain, the food looks so tasty.

  22. That is such a cool place. I would love to see one of the festivals.

  23. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    That sounds like a lovely place to travel to! I would love to visit someday.

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