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Dumaguete Cathedral Church

Dumaguete is the capital city and main port of Negros Oriental, the province that occupies the south-eastern half of Negros Island, in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines.

Popularly known as the "City of Gentle People". In Dumaguete City beauty in its gentlest form. The place shows serenity, simplicity and most of all safety.

Understand[edit]

Dumaguete is a university town. The population is somewhat more than 100,000 people, with 30,000 of these constituting the student population. Foremost of the city's educational institutions is Silliman University, the oldest American private university in the Philippines, as well as the first Protestant school to be founded in a predominantly Catholic country. Among the famous landmarks of its campus are the Silliman Hall (built in 1903) which houses the Anthropology Museum, the Luce Auditorium (considered as the Cultural Center of the South) and its Marine Laboratory Museum which houses the 2nd largest whale bone collection in the world.

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

Cebu Pacific and PAL Express have 2 daily flights.

By sea[edit]

Frequent voyages from Manila, Cebu City, Tagbilaran, Siquijor and Dapitan are offered with Cebu having the most options and trips. Fast ferries arrive daily from Cebu City, via the main port terminal. It's approximately a 4 hour ride with a stop over in Tagbilaran city.


  • Ocean Jet, [1]. Departs 07:05 (arrives 11:05) and 15:35 (arrives 19:25). Dumaguete to Cebu via Tagbilaran Tourist Class: ₱900, Business Class: ₱1,200.  edit

RoRos are also available, mostly from Manila and the province of Cebu, Take a bus from Cebu City to Lilo-an or Bato, then take a 20-40  min ferry ride to Sibulan, 20 min away from Dumaguete (about 4.5 total travel time). Several daily air-con and non-air-con buses. Ferries leave from Sibulan 05:00-17:00. To get a bus to Lilo-an you must play the game chasing against time; seats are limited and if you don't get a chance to be an early bird in booking a ticket, you'll probably end up sleeping in the bus terminal waiting for the next day's routes.

First Ceres bus trip leaves Cebu at 01:45 and the last trip departs at 18:00. On the other hand, the first bus for Cebu from Dumaguete leaves at 03:15 and the last bus at 14:00. There are several trips in between.

  • Bacolod to Dumaguete: first trip at 02:00 and last trip at 19:00
  • Dumaguete to Bacolod: first trip at 02:30 last trip at 19:30

There are several trips within the day. Fare for a non-airconditioned bus is ₱232.00/way. Travel time is 5-6 hr.

Get around[edit]

The cheapest option for getting around Dumaguete is a tricycle, flag rates cost around ₱10. When traveling to further-out destinations (airport, etc.) expect to pay more and negotiate, probably before you get in. Locals around the Philippines tell the landmark or commercial establishment near their destinations, street names are rarely used or known. Small 125cc motorcycles are also popular and can be rented in several shops along Perdices Street and at the corner of Pinili and Santa Rosa streets. Taxis are sparse but are normally found at the Dumaguete airport and outside the Bethel Guest House on Rizal Boulevard.

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City[edit]

Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete

Visit the Boulevard, Silliman University Campus, Maxino College in Barangay Bagacay , Maranatha Full Gospel Church (Sunday morning), the Dumaguete Catholic Cathedral.

  • Silliman University Anthropology Museum: The Anthropology museum houses many Philippine artifacts that were excavated from many parts of the country dating back hundreds or thousands of years.
  • Bell Tower: The oldest-surviving structure in the city, reminiscent of the Spanish occupation of Negros Island. It used to be a watchtower to warn the locals against marauding pirates from Mindanao.
  • Silliman University Whale Bone Museum: Is the 2nd largest collection of whale bones in the world.

Environs[edit]

Casaroro Falls, the tallest in the Visayas
  • Casaroro waterfall

By self-driven vehicle: Take the only main road from Dumaguete to Valencia at the foot of the 1,903 m (6,243 ft) Mt Talinis Cuernos de Negros volcano, 6 km to the West. Continue on this main road until stopped by a T-junction. Turn right and follow the well paved road for another 4 km (past the Forest Camp. The concrete road begins to climb steeply and then ends abruptly. Continue on the prominent and rutted green lane for 600 m until the entrance hut is visible on the left.

By public transport: take a jeepney/tricycle to Valencia terminal, from there hire a habal-habal (motorcycle driver) to take you to the waterfall (50p). the climb is long and steep so tricycles cannot manage it. You might like to ask your driver to wait 1-2 hours and take you back down since it can be hard finding transportation back to the city.

Pay ₱10 and give your name to the guardian before 16:30. Descend about 300 concrete steps and 100 iron steps (both with handrails) to the gorge below which has wonderful native forest, butterflies and stands of huge bamboo. Follow the river upstream for about 600 m scrambling over rocks, boulders and the destroyed remains of a concrete path with several river fordings until these 35 m falls appear around a right hand bend in the gorge.
Wonderful!
Bring togs and towel and allow 30-120 min for the descent, traverse and ascent depending on fitness levels and your state of contemplation.
Don't venture behind the plunging torrent. Body recovery teams may be able to retrieve your corpse free of charge but your loss, together with the embalming and bureaucratic hassles of repatriation for a funeral in the survivors' country probably do not make this stupid folly worthwhile.

  • Redrock Falls

A bit far out of town but worth the trip you can visit the Redrock Falls (20p). It is easier to get there by motorbike but you can also negotiate with a tricycle driver to get you there (around 250p one way) the waterfall is located at the base of a mountain, the way there is scenic, the rocks are red and give the falls their beauty. There are a few man made pools to take a dip in. Also, near the falls there is a "hot spring" (20p).

  • Geothermal Power Plant

On the top of the same mountain as Redrock Falls lies the area's geothermal plant. Cross the small town and meet a guard who will explain that the road is private and you cannot enter. Be friendly and ask about the geothermal station and how you can get an entrance permit. If the guard is nice he will help you. Note that you cannot get a permit on Sundays! If it is Sunday or for any other reason you didn't get a permit you can ask the guard to let you pass him and take a right turn (instead of straight) at the intersection, after a few hundred metres you can turn left (there is a sign directing to the plant). The way up is very beautiful and if you manage to get to the top and the guards are friendly they might even show you a small hot spring you can dip in. This place is definitely off the beaten track and somewhat more adventurous. Be friendly to the guards and the locals and you will be surprised how far a smile and a good attitude can get you.

  • Twin Lakes

Take the Dumaguete North Road towards San Juan. Shortly after passing through the town of Sibulan look out for the sign on the left for the Twin Lakes. It is a 13km uphill ride over a combination of concrete, muddy and rocky roads to the Visitor Center where you will pay the PHP100 entrance fee (as a foreigner) and 12PHP parking fee (motorbike). After another short ride you come to the parking area. There is a restaurant/shop with a view of the first lake. You can walk down a short path to the shore of the lake. To get to the second lake you need to hire a kayak. The lakes are not as spectacular as others in the Philippines, but there is a stunning view across to Cebu Island from the road up.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Silliman Zoo, near silliman medical centre. 09:00-16:00 approx. This zoo is run by Silliman University. It conserves endangered philippine native animals which are rarely seen.eg spotted deer, warty pig, crocodile. Well worth the ₱10 entry fee, they also need the financial support. Opposite Silliman University Medical Center follow the "Centrop" sign all the way to the end of the road - it is the green gate on your right. ₱10.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Lee Plaza, Perdices Street (Just tell the driver that you're going to Lee Plaza). main department store in the city.  edit
  • AAC Tech, RHD Building, Ma. Cristina Street, (035)226-2830/1460, [2]. Computers.Apple Products-from laptops to ipods.Other gadgets.  edit
  • Panda Ice Cream House, Ma. Cristina Street, Dumaguete City, (035)225-9644, [3]. Locally-produced fresh fruits ice cream.Try the fried ice cream!  edit
  • Robinson's Place, Dumaguete Business Park.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Cafe Antonio at the Spanish Heritage Building, Boulevard Area. Fantastic wide-ranging menu, very reasonable prices, lovely chilled out studenty vibe and a great building to host it. Quite honestly a breath of fresh air in the Philippines. Wonderful coffee too![4]
  • Sans Rival - Try the famous sans rival cake and other amazing cakes baked by one of the oldest cake shops in the city. Pasta, salads and Spanish dishes are also available at the Sans Rival Bistro.
  • The Why Not? Disco / Restaurant also on Rizal Blvd has a good deli. The restaurant is excellent and has a wide variety of dishes.
  • The Portal West restaurants along Silliman Avenue.
  • Honeycomb Tourist Inn, Rizal Boulevard, 63 35 2251181, [5]. Try the mouthwatering Crispy Pata, Sizzling Pochero, Special Kinilaw and yummy Leche Flan  edit
  • Le Chalet, Boulevard. Salads, Pasta, other types of European and American food.Decent prices.  edit
  • Jo's Chicken Inato, (Just tell the driver that you want to eat at Jo's.). Some of the best chicken in the city. Favorite among locals and tourists.  edit
  • Edelweiss Restaurant & Pub, Jose Romero Rd., Bagacay (West or Robinson's Mall). 3 PM to 11 PM. Austrian restaurant, with good food and nice ambiance. Food price, around P 200 and above  edit
  • From the Kitchen of MELs Cafe (A.K.A. = MELs Cafe) (MELs Cafe), 2nd Floor UTH building, Sta Catalina St., near Corner Locsin St., , Dumaguete City, +639178358337. - This place serves and advocates healthy food, so it's the best place to go all out without feeling guilty about what you eat. This cafe is the first such establishment in Dumaguete City to have a certified nutritionist supervise the food. The place is difficult to find and small, but with little effort it is worth the find as the place is very cozy. Serves great four season themed salads, a variety of scrumptious sandwiches and unique rice meals like CoFFeeCHoP (porkchop marinated in coffee) or their cheezy delightful fish dish called 'cheezy dory' a favorite among the locals. You can also try their Butter beer in variety of flavors, including vanilla and banana. It is the only place in town that serves beer (non-alcoholic) to minors. ₱30-100.  edit
  • Fu Garden, Jose Romero Road, Bagacay (West of Robinson's Mall). 11:00-14:00, 17:30-22:00. If you like Chinese, the food is good as are the prices. reasonable.  edit
  • Chin Loong, Rizal Blvd (Ocean front), +63 35 422-6933. Very good Chinese food, service, and prices  edit
  • Perdices St., 035 422 9683. 06:00-22:00. home cooked meals in the heart of the city! ₱25 and above.  edit
  • Pasta King, (Near Plaza). Legitimate Italian food from the nephew of the man who invented Fettuccine Alfredo. If you are itching for pizza or pasta, go here.  edit
  • Coco Amigo's, Blvd. It isn't Mexican food like back home exactly, but a still a tasty take and a good change of pace from most local fare. Also has excellent deserts, a full bar, and quality coffee.  edit


Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Coco Amigos
  • Gmik Bar, in Daro, Dumaguete City. 10 min pedicab ride from city center (Gimmick is closed)
  • Hayahay Bar, at Escao Beach. 5 min pedicab rider from city center
  • Why Not, at the Boulevard.
  • Honeycomb Tourist Inn, Rizal Boulevard, +63 35 225-1181, [6]. Drink, dance and sing your stress away!  edit
  • The Pirate Bay, Boulevard, [7]. Free Wi-Fi. Good place to meet fellow travelers. Half-priced local beers from 9-6 every day.  edit
  • Casablanca. a nice and cozy place with a deli inside where its air-con and a patio outside with a view of the ocean. they have a wide variety of wines, daily specials, tex-mex, vegetarian dishes, pastas, sandwiches, salads and soups. They offer brewed coffees, fresh juices and a really delicious pitcher of flavoured water for 120 pesos (cucumber, orange, lime, basil) 95 pesos and up.  edit


Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Bethel Guest House, =63 35 225-2000, [8]. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 12:00. Don't let the name fool you, this is a five storey squeaky clean modern building with a whip-cracking management style that can shame the Swiss. Flunky to open the door to the large and comfortable lobby and its own large generators to power the air-conditioning during frequent brown-outs. Well equipped, en-suite shower rooms and free, cooled, filtered water. 1270 m from the port terminal. Note: This is a non-smoking, no-liquor hotel. Pets are not allowed. ₱850-4000.  edit
  • Check Inn, Locsin Street, (035)422 9000. 50 air con spacious and clean rooms in this recently decorated hotel. Cable TV, free internet in rooms, Laundry, Restaurant Rooms. Be picky with the room you take if you want a view, ask to see a few. ₱850-1,500.  edit
  • Plaza Maria Luisa Suites Inn, Bishop Epifanio Surban Street (on park square near Rizal Blvd), +63 35 225-3267. checkout: 12:00. 22 Aircon rooms - Single ₱800, Double ₱950-1500. Clean and modern interior, local breakfast, internet, money change ₱800.  edit
  • Harolds Mansion [9] is a popular "Backpackers" Hotel/Inn, 500m from Dumaguete Pier. Rooms from ₱450 and up. They also have male/female dorm rooms for ₱250 with good beds and A/C. Rooms are spacious and clean with a/c or fans. Free coffee all day, free water. The rate includes a small breakfast in the upstairs cafe, but sometimes everything is finished by 8:30 by other guests. Free internet/Wi-Fi in lobby and rooftop. This is where many of the foreign tourists stay, especially divers. The attached dive shops offers very competitive rates for Apo Island and Dauin dive trips. Motorbike rental for PHP350/single day, or PHP300/day for multiple days. If you are traveling out to Apo or Siquijor Islands for a few days you can leave your large bags there safely. There is also an attached massage place that is clean and cheap. ☎ +63 35 228000
  • Sta. Monica Beach Club, Banilad, +63 35 400-9390, [10]. All rooms have refrigerator, LCD TV and mini-bar. Restaurant/cafe/bar, parking, dry cleaning/laundry services and function room(s)/meeting room(s). start at ₱3,500.00.  edit
  • Honeycomb Tourist Inn, Rizal Boulevard corner Dr. V. Locsin St., 63 35 2251181, [11]. Experience Honeycomb at the scenic Rizal Boulevard. 16 clean,cozy airconditioned rooms, with hot & cold shower,cable TV, PABX telephone, Wi-Fi in the room, ample parking area and 24/7 standby power generator.With Restobar and Coffee Shop offering good food, great music and nightly fun! Rooom rates start at ₱800 to ₱1,500.00 with complimentary Filipino breakfast.  edit
  • Hotel Palwa, Dr. V. Locsin Street, Dumaguete City, +63 35 226-2775, [12]. Good, clean rooms.In the vicinity, you can also find: a travel agency, restaurant and cafe, spa, and an international ATM  edit
  • RM Guesthouse, 2F RM Building, North National Highway corner East Rovira Road, Bantayan, 0354224000/09174742724. email: rm_guesthouse@yahoo.com.ph Single Room: P550/Twin Room: P650/Matrimonal: P750/Family Room: ₱850/Family Room with Ref: P950/ Dormitory (Aircon): P400/Dormitory {fan}: P175/head. Wifi available.  edit
  • Vintage Inn is a decent budget option in the center of town, right by the main market. Rates from ₱400 and up. Ph: (035)2251076
  • OK Pensionne House, Santa Rosa Street, 63 35 225-4636 or 63 35 225-5702. ₱275 and up.  edit
  • Antulang Beach Resort, Antulang, (63) (35) 225-8899, [13]. Nestled 40 kilometers south of Dumaguete City, the capital city of Negros Oriental, Philippines, ANTULANG BEACH RESORT is just an hour's drive away from the Dumaguete airport or seaport. Antulang Beach Resort offers 36 accommodations, each room with its own distinct qualities to suit your preferences and budget. Rates start at $ 45.00.  edit
  • Aqua-Landia Resort, Masaplod Norte, Dauin (National Highway south), +6309177007749, [14]. checkin: 13:00; checkout: 12:00. Boutique resort set in a tropical garden. 10 very large aircon cottage, WiFI, Flat Screen TV, Hot water showers, Free room service. Resort that specializes in Diving and snorkeling tours to Apo Island and Dauin Marine Sanctuary. Located 12 kilometers south of Dumaguete. Rate includes breakfast for two. p3,000.  edit
  • GoHotels Dumaguete, Calindagan corner South Road,Dumaguete Central Business District Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, 09224646835, [15]. Go Hotels Dumaguete is situated neighboring Robinsons Place Dumaguete Mall. 102 rooms: 60 Queen / 42 Twin  edit
  • Bolmon Guesthouse, Route 3 Bantayan Dumaguete City, 09155396521, [16]. Free internet, cable TV, free airport, seaport transfers. Safe, private location  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Mt. Talinis is around 1903  and is the second highest mountain in Negros Oriental. Interesting features include lakes, waterfalls, a mossy forest as well as a stream with sulfur vents. Local mountaineering groups frequent the mountain. Tourists may avail the services of local guides who can arrange everything including transportation, food and porter. All-inclusive trek ₱5,000/group of 3. Contact michael_araula@yahoo.com or mobile +63 915 817 1233
  • Casaroro Falls in Valencia (closes at 16:30)
  • Forest Camp
  • Japanese Shrine
  • Bais City Dolphin and Whale Watching
  • Lake Balinsasayaw
  • Lake Balanan
  • Mabinay Caves
  • Villa Merced

Tourist Information[edit]

  • Dumaguete Review hosts detailed reviews for a wide range of restaurants, hotels, bars, products and services. There are no fees relating to creating or positioning of a listing and visitor ratings and comments are encouraged to provide a truly unbiased report of what's hot and what's not. Without any revenue streams from Dumaguete Review the website is funded 100% by retired programmer Andrew Gee in an effort to provide free and impartial advice for visitors to Dumaguete City.



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Diving at Apo IslandBold text with Wellbeach Dive Resort; take the opportunity and go with a small dive operator to the beautiful reefs of Apo island for diving or snorkeling.http://www.wellbeach-diveresort.com/

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