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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.

Get in

By air

Cebu Pacific[13] and Philippine Airlines[14] have 2 daily flights.

By sea

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

  • Ocean Jet, [1]. Dumaguete to Cebu via Tagbilaran, departs from 7:30am(arrives 11:10am) and 2:20pm(arrives 7:20pm) Tourist Class:P900, Business Class:P1,200.

A. Ocean Jet via Tagbilaran:

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 20-30minute ferry ride to Sibulan, 20 minutes away from Dumaguete(about 4.5 total travel time). Several daily air-con and non-air-con buses. Ferries leave from Sibulan between 5am to 5pm. 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 1:45 am and the last trip departs at 6 pm. On the other hand, the first bus for Cebu from Dumaguete leaves at 3:15 am and the last bus at 2:00 pm. There are several trips in between.

To and from Bacolod Bacolod to Dumaguete: first trip at 2 am and last trip at 7 pm Dumaguete to Bacolod: first trip at 2:30 am last trip at 7:30 pm There are several trips within the day. Fare for a non-airconditioned bus is P232.00/way. Travel time is 5-6 hours. First trio

Get around

The cheapest option for getting around Dumaguete is a tricycle, flag rates cost around P9. 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. Motorcycles are also popular, renting a motor bike can be made in several shops along Perdices St., at corners Pinili and Sta. Rosa Streets. Taxis are virtually non-existant, so don't count on seeing one.


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.

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


Within the City

  • Silliman University Anthropology Museum:

The Anthropology museum houses many Philippine artifacts that were excavated from many parts of the country dating hundreds or thousands of years.

  • Bell Tower:

Is 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.


  • Lee Plaza, Perdices Street (Just tell the driver that you're going to Lee Plaza). main department store in the city.
  • AAC Tech, RHD Building, Ma. Cristina Street, (035)226-2830/1460, [2]. Computers.Apple Products-from laptops to ipods.Other gadgets.
  • Panda Ice Cream House, Ma. Cristina Street, Dumaguete City, (035)225-9644, [3]. Locally-produced fresh fruits ice cream.Try the fried ice cream!
  • Robinson's Place, Dumageute Business Park.
  • dumaguete zoo, near silliman medical centre (signs opposite silliman medical centre). 900--1600. this zoo is run by silliman uni. They conserve threatened philippine species most of which can only be seen here. well worth 10 peso!!! and they need the financial support. It's aa 15 min walk from city centre or 8 peso pedicab ride 10 peso.
  • silliman zoo, near silliman medical centre (signpost opp silliman med centre). 0900-1600 approx. This zoo is run by silliman uni.It conserves endangered philippine native animals which are rarely spotted deer,warty pig,crocodile. And well worth the 10 peso entry fee. They also need the financial support. 10 peso.


  • Try the tempura at the boulevard.
  • 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![15]
  • Sans Rival - Try the famous sans rival cake and other amazing cakes baked by one of the oldest cake shops in the city.Basic pasta and salad dishes are also available.
  • 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, [4]. Try the mouthwatering Crispy Pata,Sizzling Pochero, Special Kinilaw and super yummy Leche Flan
  • Le Chalet, Boulevard. Salads, Pasta, other types of European and American food.Decent prices.
  • 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.
  • 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 200 and above
  • 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. php 30-100.
  • Fu Garden, Jose Romero Road, Bagacay (West of Robinson's Mall). 11 AM-200PM 5:30 PM - 10 PM. If you like Chinese, the food is good as are the prices. reasonable.
  • Chin Loong, Rizal Blvd (Ocean front), +63(35)4226933. Very good Chinese food, service, and prices


  • Coco Amigos
  • Gmik Bar, in Daro, Dumaguete City. 10minute pedicab ride from city center
  • Hayahay Bar, at Escao Beach. 5-minute pedicab rider from city center
  • Why Not, at the Boulevard.
  • Honeycomb Tourist Inn, Rizal Boulevard, 63 35 2251181, [5]. Drink, dance and sing your stress away!
  • The Pirate Bay, Boulevard, [6]. Free wifi.Good place to meet fellow travellers.
  • Perdices St., 035 422 9683. 6am - 10pm. home cook meals in the heart of the city! 25 and above.


  • Sta. Monica Beach Resort, Banilad, Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Philippines, (+63) 35 2250704, [7]. Paradise has never been this close. Leave all your cares behind, Sta. Monica Beach Resort is the perfect get-away-from-it-all. Located at the southern part of the Philippines, in Dumaguete City, it is only an hour and a half away from Manila. From sun to sun down, we'll pamper you with the best our island has to offer. World class amenities all within your reach. Best rates on official website start at Php 1,325.00.
  • 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 P850-P1,500 850.
  • Plaza Maria Luisa Suits Inn, Bishop Epifanio Surban Street, (035)2253267. checkout: 12:00. 22 Aircon rooms - Single P800, Double P950-1500. Clean and modern interior, located in good location on park square near Rizal Blvd, includes local breakfast, internet, money changer 800.
  • Bethel House, (035)225-2000, [8]. checkin: 12N; checkout: 12N. on Rizal boulevard (main drag) is a great place to stay. A clean room with double bed and decent bathroom costs only around $17-20 US [Php850-Php4000]. It is great. Its not far from the port terminal. Note: This is a non-smoking, no-liquor hotel.Pets not allowed.
  • Harolds Mansion [16] is a popular "Backpackers" Hotel/Inn. Rooms from P 450 and up. They also have dorm rooms for P 275. Rooms are spacious and clean with a/c or fans. Free coffee all day, the rate includes a small breakfast in the upstairs cafe. Free internet/Wifi as well. This is where many of the foreign tourists stay, especially divers. IF you are traveling out to Apo island you can leave your large bags there safely. Harold himself is extremely friendly and sometimes takes visitors out to dinner, he personally drove me to three ATM's until we found one that worked with my card. Harold is happy to have PC volunteers visit. There is also an attached massage place that is clean and cheap. Ph: (035)228000
  • Vintage Inn is a decent budget option in the center of town, right by the main market. Rates from P 350 and up. Ph: (035)2251076
  • Honeycomb Tourist Inn, Rizal Boulevard corner Dr. V. Locsin St., 63 35 2251181, [9]. Experience Honeycomb at the scenic Rizal Boulevard. 16 clean,cozy airconditioned rooms, with hot & cold shower,cable TV, PABX telephone,wireless internet connection in the Coffee Shop, 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 PhP 800.00 to P1,500.00 with complimentary Filipino breakfast.
  • Hotel Palwa, Dr. V. Locsin Street, Dumaguete City, (035)226-2775, [10]. Good, clean rooms.In the vicinity, you can also find: a travel agency, restaurant and cafe, spa, and an international ATM
  • RM Guesthouse, 2F RM Building, North National Highway corner East Rovira Road, Bantayan, 0354224000/09174742724. email: [email protected] Single Room: P550/Twin Room: P650/Matrimonal: P750/Family Room: P850/Family Room with Ref: P950/ Dormitory (Aircon): P400/Dormitory {fan}: P175/head. Wifi available.
  • Antulang Beach Resort, Antulang, Dumaguete, Negros Oriental 6200, Philippines, (63) (35) 225-8899, [11]. 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.
  • Monarch Sands Beach Resort, Bonbonon, Siaton, Dumaguete, (National Highway south), 639174162670, [12]. checkin: 1:00pm; checkout: 12:00pm. is a fantastic beach resort located on it's own secluded bay. Rated #1 by Trip Adviser with a 94% rating, it is the Most Popular Accommodations in the Dumaguete area. Personalized service combined with tremendous locale adds up to the resort that everyone loves. Located an hour south of the Dumaguete Airport, the ride is well worth it. Fan cottages, and aircon rooms projected to be completed by April 1, 2011. Private bathrooms, hot water showers, Free WiFi and morning coffee and bottled water in your room. 1,000. (9.061064,123.090820)

Get out

  • Mt. Talinis is around 1903 meters 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 Php5,000/group of 3. Contact [email protected] or mobile 09158171233
  • Casaroro Falls
  • Forest Camp
  • Japanese Shrine
  • Bais City Dolphin and Whale Watching
  • Lake Balinsasayaw
  • Lake Balanan
  • Mabinay Caves
  • Villa Merced

Tourist Information

  • Dumaguete Review [17] 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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