Dumaguete City – the capital of Negros Oriental – is known as the City of Gentle People and University town. Located in region 18, Negros Island Region, the charming city became one of the hot-spots for tourists from all over the world. It is a vibrant city which makes its way into the heart of each visitor immediately. While diving is since may years the main attraction of the region, the City government put much effort into promoting the land-based tourist attractions of Dumaguete and Negros Oriental.
Dumaguete is subdivided into 30 Barangays, the smallest political division in a Philippine city. (Info about all Barangays in Dumaguete)
Gentle People of Dumaguete
The city has a population of 125,000. However, during daytime estimates go up to 300.000 people. This can lead to some jammed roads during rush-hour. Nevertheless, everything in the city is of walking distance, therefore, it’s not a big deal to go for a walk and enjoy the scenarios instead of waiting in traffic jams.
It still seems that the Dumagueteños never lose their gentleness and smiles. Being a University town, visitors recognize the vibrancy and young spirit wherever they go. Especially with the ‘millennials’ generally dominating the population of the city.
Dumaguete Hotels, Inns and Guest Houses
With the growing numbers of tourists and business traveler coming to Dumaguete, new Hotels, Guest Houses and apartment complexes grew throughout the city. There is accommodation for each wallet, Back-packers will find their Bed ‘n Breakfast and business traveler get a Hotel in the center of Dumaguete where all banks and office buildings are just a stone throw away. Pension Houses, Inns, Guesthouses in Dumaguete are located in various areas from the lively city center to a more quiet and peaceful area.
There are also Beach Resorts in Dauin that offers both the sensational sea view and sea breeze all at super prices. Being the gateway to the world known Apo Island, Dauin is not only a great area for snorkeling and diving but also for relaxing.
Restaurants in Dumaguete
One thing visitors should never become in Dumaguete is: hungry! Uncountable food-stalls, BBQ-stands and bakeries are open 24/7. Some of the famous fast-food chains have multiple outlets all over Dumaguete. Local snacks are sold everywhere; from sweets to ice cream and even Filipino treats. For those who long for the taste from home, culinary international delights and meals are available around the city and mostly at the waterfront of the Rizal Boulevard.
Visitors can enjoy the local eateries around the city all at super affordable prices. Fresh seafoods like shrimps, clams, lobsters and fish are also available all throughout the city. Being hungry is definitely not be in your way while visiting the Coty of Gentle People. (Info about restaurants in Dumaguete)
What to Do in Dumaguete?
Many people use Dumaguete City as a jump-off to the more know tourist spots of Negros Oriental like the underwater paradise of Apo Island or dolphin watching in Bais. Visitors should not miss the points of interest in the City itself. The rich history can be recognized in the whole architecture of the city. From the architectures of the church, school and even some houses. Take one day or two to discover the secrets of Dumaguete itself, before wondering Negros Oriental…it’s worth it!
Watch some videos of the Tourist Spots in Dumaguete City below:
How to get to Dumaguete
The city can be reached via air, land and sea. Multiple daily flights are departing from Manila and take passengers in just over an hour to the capital of Negros Oriental. Cebu Pacific also offers an flight from Cebu. The propeller machine takes a scenic route with a lower altitude along the coastline and reaches the city of gentle people in less than 30 minutes. The Dumaguete Airport is actually located in the neighboring municipality of Sibulan just north of the city limit. From there it takes 10-15 minutes to the city-center or 30 minutes to the beach resorts in Dauin.
If you are coming from the other side of the island, one can reach Dumaguete City through the Ceres Liner bus. The main terminal for these buses in Negros Oriental are in Dumaguete City and will not cost a thousand pesos to reach the destination.
Ferry to Dumaguete
Taking a ferry from Cebu City is another option to get to Negros Oriental. Some ferry lines go directly to the Sea Port in Dumaguete, while others run via the port of Tagbilaran on Bohol. There are more ferry connections from Dumaguete to and from the northern towns in Mindanao. Also Siquijor is multiple times daily connected via ferries of different companies.