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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.


Dumaguete Cathedral Church

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 Philippines airlines have daily flights to Manila. Cebu pacific also has flights to Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro.

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 Tagbilaran 07:30 / 12:10 (arrives at Dumaguete 9:30 / 14:10). Cebu to Tagbilaran, followed by Tagbilaran to Dumaguete. Tourist Class: ₱1500 total, Business Class: ₱1,910 total.  edit
  • Cokaliong Shipping Lines, [2]. Departs Cebu 19:00 Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri (arrives 01:00 the next day), and 12:00 Sun (arrives 18:00). Cebu to Dumaguete. Tourist Class: ₱600, Economy Class: ₱320 - other options available, see website.  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 most common option for getting around Dumaguete is by hiring a tricycle which are ubiquitous in the city. In theory and by law, the city fixes trike rates based on distance and cost of petrol. But in practice, the locals pay a simplified rate of P10 to P20 per person per trip. Because Dumaguete is less than 4 kilometers in size from end to end, it's legally impossible for trike fares to exceed P20 for intra-city travel. Sadly, if you look remotely foreign, it's almost certain the driver will quote a much higher rate or they'll ask how much you want to pay (which is an obvious tip-off to a rip-off). Do not succumb to this blatant form of gouging. Snap a photo of the driver's trike and report the incident to authorities.

The Dumaguete-Sibulan jeepney route travels north-south on the national highway going from the Dumaguete Public Market to the airport to the Sibulan port and vice versa. The fare is between P8 to P11 depending on whether you ride the full distance. This might be a great cost saving option if you're coming or leaving town without bulky luggage. Tricycles to and from the airport will cost P100 per person.

Riding your own 125cc motorcycles is also a popular option 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.

Notice Uber and Grab are not available in Dumaguete.

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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.


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 ₱30 (as November 2019) 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.
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 / Pulang Bato Falls

A bit far out of town but worth the trip you can visit the Redrock Falls (100p). 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. You can also use a jeepney which departs from Valencia Terminal. You need to board to the jeepney to Malaunay (20P as November 2019) and get off at the sign to the Pulang Bato Waterfalls. From here you can just walk around 20 minutes or taking a habal-habal for 50P. There are a few man made pools to take a dip in.

On the way to the waterfalls there is a "hot spring" (70P as November 2019). It is highly recommended not to wear white swim suit and shower properly as the water will paint it red due to natural issues. The hot spring contains of two pools which have a decent temperature and is a perfect place to relax after the hike to the waterfall. There are tables for a picknick or you can order food at the restaurant within the location.

  • 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.

  • Dauin

Take a southbound Yellow Bus at Ceres Bus Terminal to Dauin (50P as November 2019) or a jeepney (20P). Ask the driver to get off at the Public Market. From here turn left and follow the street to the beach. Here you can rent a snorkeling device in every beach ressort (200P) or even go diving. Very beautiful corals available and not that touristy. A very naturlike beach. You can also stay overnight at Lowland Beach Ressort. Tours to Apo Island available.

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  • Play Golf at Bravo Golf Resort, San Antonio Barangay Rd, Pancil, Looc, Sibulan lat=9.3541 | long=123.2621 ☎ +63 35 400-3504 Beautifully kept 18 hole course with plenty of shade trees and Zebu cattle has a view of the sea and an air conditioned club room. Quarterly green fees are ₱15,000 while 'walk-ins' pay ₱750 for 9 holes, ₱1,250 for 18 holes M-Th rising to ₱1,000 & ₱1,500 at weekends. Caddy fees are ₱175 or ₱275, golf cart rental ₱400 or ₱650, an umbrella girl ₱120 or ₱180 and golf set rental ₱650 or ₱650 for 9 or 18 holes respectively.
    The restaurant has a large and authentic Italian brick pizza oven and some other Italian dishes on the menu.
  • Silliman Zoo, near silliman medical centre ("signpost). 09:00-16:00 approx. This zoo is run by Silliman University. It conserves endangered philippine native animals which are rarely 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, [3]. Computers.Apple Products-from laptops to ipods.Other gadgets.  edit
  • Panda Ice Cream House, Ma. Cristina Street, Dumaguete City, (035)225-9644, [4]. Locally-produced fresh fruits ice cream.Try the fried ice cream!  edit
  • Robinson's Place, Dumaguete Business Park.  edit
  • Citi Mall, north highway. 08.00-21.00. new mall with a supermarket and fast food outlets  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![14]
  • 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
  • Hayahay Bar, at Escao Beach. 5 min pedicab rider from city center
  • Why Not, at the Boulevard.
  • 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 (cucumber, orange, lime, basil) ₱95 and up.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Bethel Guest House, ="+63, [6]. 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. 1270m from the port terminal. Note: This is a non-smoking, no-liquor hotel. Pets are not allowed. ₱850-4,000.  edit
  • White Kinghts Inn, Dr E Meciano Road, +63 9159527594, [7]. checkin: 12noon; checkout: 12noon. 25 air con clean rooms in this recently new Inn. Cable TV, free internet in rooms, Laundry, Restaurant. . from ₱400.  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[15] is a popular "Backpackers" Hotel/Inn, 800m from Dumaguete Pier. Rooms from ₱450 and up. They also have male/female dorm rooms for ₱300 with good beds and air-con. Rooms are spacious and clean with a/c or fans. Free coffee / tea 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 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 travelling 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
  • Honeycomb Tourist Inn, Rizal Boulevard corner Dr. V. Locsin St., 63 35 2251181, [8]. Experience Honeycomb at the scenic Rizal Boulevard. 16 clean,cozy air-conditioned 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 with complimentary Filipino breakfast.  edit
  • Hotel Palwa, Dr. V. Locsin Street, Dumaguete City, +63 35 226-2775, [9]. 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 (). Wi-Fi available. Single Room: ₱550/Twin Room: ₱650/Matrimonal: ₱750/Family Room: ₱850/Family Room with Ref: ₱950/ Dormitory (Aircon): ₱400/Dormitory {fan}: ₱175/head..  edit
  • Vintage Inn is a decent budget option in the center of town, right by the main market. Rates from ₱500 and up. ☎ +63 35 225-1076
  • OK Pensionne House, Santa Rosa Street, +63 35 225-4636 or +63 35 225-5702. ₱275 and up.  edit
  • J and J Hotellier, Flores Avenue, (63) (35) 4958171. 3 min walk from Dumaguete ferry port. each A/C room with its own distinct qualities to suit your preferences and budget. all rooms have cable tv and own bathroom. free wifi. Rates start at P600.  edit
  • Aqua-Landia Resort, Masaplod Norte, Dauin (National Highway south), +63 917 700 7749, [10]. checkin: 13:00; checkout: 12:00. Boutique resort set in a tropical garden. 10 very large air-con cottage, Wi-Fi, Flat Screen TV, Hot water showers, Free room service. Resort that specializes in Diving and snorkelling tours to Apo Island and Dauin Marine Sanctuary. 12km south of Dumaguete. Rate includes breakfast for two. ₱3,000.  edit
  • GoHotels Dumaguete, Calindagan corner South Rd (next to Robinsons Place Dumaguete Mall), +63 922 464 6835, [11]. 102 rooms: 60 Queen / 42 Twin  edit
  • Bolmon Guesthouse, Route 3 Bantayan, +63 915 539 6521, [12]. Free internet, cable TV, free airport, seaport transfers. Safe, private location  edit
  • MaxPlace Hosel - MaxPlace Hostel is a "Backpackers" Hotel, First Hostel located in Dauin. Rooms from ₱600 and up. We have mixed dorm rooms with New beds and air-con dorm available at additional cost. Rooms are spacious and clean with fans.Free water. The rate includes Housekeeping and Towels, Free Wi-Fi throughout property. This is where many of the foreign tourists stay, especially divers. The attached dive school offers very competitive rates for Dauin for easy shore dives as well as other services . Motorbike rental for PHP500/single day. If you are travelling out to Apo or Siquijor Islands for a few days you can leave your large bags there safely. Email: [email protected] ☎ +63 0917 703 2835 Address Dist.3 Washington street, Dauin Negros 6217 ( Please email or call to arrange Transportation)
  • Hassaram Courtyard, amigo road, dumaguete (across neva's pizza), +63917 7094329, [13]. checkin: 1pm; checkout: 12nn. a cluster of low-rise condo serviced apartments that have been planned with airflow and ventilation in mind for all the units. It is centrally located at the heart of Dumaguete city and easily accessible for those interested in participating in activities the city has to offer.  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.
  • Casaroro Falls in Valencia (closes at 16:30)
  • Forest Camp
  • Japanese Shrine
  • Apo Island - Ideal for divers.
  • Bais City Dolphin and Whale Watching
  • Lake Balinsasayaw
  • Lake Balanan
  • Mabinay Caves
  • Villa Merced
  • Moalboal You can take a jeepney in the direction of Amlan, and be dropped either at the ferry port in Sibulan (10P) or Tampi (20P). From Tampi, the RORO ferry costs 70P (no port fee) and takes 30 minutes to cross. Once in Bato (San Sebastian), you can walk to the Ceres bus terminal (less than 5 minutes; if you go to Liloan from Sibuan you'll need to take a tricycle) or just wait for the bus to come and flag it down. The non-AC Ceres bus to Moalboal is 70P and takes a bit more than 90 minutes. Once in Moalboal, if going to Panagsama beach you can take a motorbike (20P) or walk (40 minutes).
  • Airport To return to the airport from the city, tricycles will quote ₱100-150. Walk to the Dumaguete Public Market, west of the Holy Child Hospital, and board a jeepney for Sibulan. Fare is ₱8. Trying to hail a full jeepney on Real St is difficult.


  • Tourist visa extensions available at the Bureau of Immigration located near the Robinson's Supermarket. It's located down a yellow passageway, all the way at the back (a bit shady, but keep going). M-F 8am-5pm. The office is very short-staffed, so regular processing time is "at least 5 working days", costing ₱2,030. The express processing time is 1 working day and cost ₱3,030. Regular 30-day tourist visa must be extended at least 15 days before expiration. Passport is left at the office during the processing period.

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