DUMAGUETE CITY: YOUR ULTIMATE TRAVEL GUIDE
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.
Fruit Vendors at Dumaguete City Public Market
HOW TO GET TO DUMAGUETE CITY
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.
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.
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.
WHERE TO STAY IN DUMAGUETE CITY
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
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.
The Bell Tower in Dumaguete City
WHAT TO DO 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.
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.
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).
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:
- Siquijor DIY Travel Itinerary and Budget
- Siquijor Island Travel Guide
- Cambugahay Falls
- Century Old, San Isidro Labrador Church
- Calipay Spring Park
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:
FESTIVALS IN DUMAGUETE CITY
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
WHAT TO EAT IN 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 backpackers. While 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 .
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.
FACES OF DUMAGUETE CITY
Twin Lake Balinsasayao
moods at Twin Lakes Balinsasayao
Pavillions at Sidlakang Negros
The Author at the Boulevard
Dumaguete City Public Plaza