Dumaguete is a small charming progressive coastal town in Negros Oriental. Cafes and restaurants line the famous Boulevard Boardwalk. Lifestyle is laid back and peaceful. They claim to be the expat capital of the Philippines - and that says a lot about the place (lower cost of living, peace and order, acceptance of foreigners, urban amenities). It is also the gateway for many touristy offerings and sumptuous regional culinary delights (budbud cabog, sikwate, humba, Neva's Pizza).
More on Dumaguete:
- Filipino Japanese Amity Memorial Shrine - 2175 feet above sea level and perched on a hilltop overlooking the sea and the neighboring islands
- Casaroro Falls - pencil-narrow waterfall dropping nearly 100 feet to a wide and deep lagoon
- Balinsasayao Twin Lakes - twin crater lakes 894 meters above sea level
- Dumaguete Boulevard - 1km long boardwalk along the main hub of Dumaguete
- Hotel Essencia - 9-storie hotel in the heart of Dumaguete
39 Real St., Corner San Juan St., Dumaguete City - 09°18'32.1"N 123°18'20.3"E
- Mario Scuba Diving and Homestay - homestay in Apo Island, scuba diving, restaurant
Apo Island - 09°04'40.08"N 123°16'09.19"E
- Dumaguete Divers - scuba diving in Apo Island, resto / cafe, accommodation
Dauin - 9°11'18.6"N 123°15'54.3"E
- Arteasan Handcrafted Beverages - coffee, tea, milk tea, frappes, waffles, sandwiches
79 San Juan St., Dumaguete City - 9°18'33.0"N 123°18'21.0"E
Dumaguete - Siquijor Boat Trips(as of Jan 2023)
- Montenegro Lines - at Siquijor ir Larena Port?, P234.00/pax, P169/bicycle
- Ocean Jet - 40 mins, docks at Siquijor Port, 0919.066.5964, www.oceanjet.net, email@example.com
- Atlantis Yohan Express - Siquijor Port or Larena Port?
Dumaguete ItineraryThings to Eat in Dumaguete:
- Eat the local version of Tempura, fish ball, balut at Tempurahan, an adhoc outdoor section by the City Port entrance.
- Eat Paklay, a local delicacy made of pork inards. Popular in Dumaguete's roadside eating places
- Try any of the lechon manok (chicken roasted on a spit) that's scattered all over the city
- Try the torta bread (bread made with fermented coconut nectar) - you find that along the highway in Dauin...or the Dumaguete Public Market
- Eat the breakfast combo - budbud (Dumaguete's suman) or puto + tsokolate (sticky rice wrapped in banana leaf + native chocolate drink)
- Stroll along The Boulevard
- Taka a tour of Silliman University
- Forest Camp in Valencia - a mountain resort fed by the Banica River. Great for getting wet and picnics (blog by Lakwatsero)
- Go to the Japanese Shrine and Casaroro Falls - 100 meter falls and site of a fierce WWII battle between Japanese, Americans and Filipinos
- Head out to Camp Lookout in Valencia for great views. Famous writers stay there for the Silliman University National Writers Workshop.
- Stop by The World War II Museum in Valencia and talk to curator/owner/collector, Constantino "Tantin" Cata-al.
- Splash on Pulangbato Falls and Hot Spring - via Palinpinon road towards PNOC. Great to dip-in after a day's hike or for hot lazy days
- Climb Mt. Talinis. At 1864 meters, it lords over Negros Oriental, and home to endemic and rare species of flora and fauna.
- Dive on Apo Island - best for scuba and turtle watching
- Dive on Dauin's District 1 Marine Reserve - best spot for snorkelling - 10K grouper, turtles, cuttlefish, Titan Triggerfish, etc. This is only one of many marine reserves dotting the Dauin coastline.
- Soak in Baslay Hot Spring
Go to Balinsasayao Twin Lakes - two lakes almost 1000 meters above sea level
Take the ferry to Siquijor - stay in Siquijor overnight
Visit Malatapay Market on a Wednesday and try their lechon, tuba, and grilled fish
Go dolphin watching and swim on the sandbar
Rappel down Mabinay Caves
Experience Lake Balanan
Onward Destinations After Dumaguete
These are the nearest popular destinations from Dumaguete by boat
- Bohol - Bohol is an island northeast Dumaguete. Tourist attractions are Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Monkey, Loboc River Cruise, Beaches of Panglao, whale sharks (recent offering), freediving (recent offering)
- Cebu - Cebu City is the usual gateway into the Visayas. But in Cebu Island itself, there are many offerings - Whale Sharks of Oslob, sardine run at Moalboal,Thresher Shark of Malapascua
- Dapitan (Zamboanga del Norte) - I haven't been there but a lot of island ferries ply this port. There must be something here.
- Plaridel (Misamis Occidental, Mindanao) - I haven't been there but a lot of island ferries ply this port. There must be something here.
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