Some of the words that people who have traveled to Dumaguete for a vacation will use to describe the city are calm, relaxing, charming, romantic and peaceful. After all, Dumaguete is nicknamed “The City of Gentle People”.
Dumaguete is the capital, largest city and principal seaport of the Philippine province of Negros Oriental. One of the reason’s that Dumaguete attracts a lot of tourists (Europeans and Americans in particular) is that it is a short Ferry-ride from Cebu City. Tourists in that larger city come to Dumaguete to relax, dolphin or whale watch, enjoy the top dive spots or spend some time on one of the city’s beautiful beaches.
To come and spend time in the charming city is to fall in love with it. It has become a favorite for foreign expats who can appreciate the beautiful beaches, nice people and the slower paced appeal than that of a larger metro city.
One could call Dumaguete a college town, or a University town since it is home four universities as well as a number of other colleges. The city is also well know for being the home of Silliman University, which is Asia’s first American private university and also the first Protestant university in the Philippines.
Some Tourist Attractions in Dumaguete:
World Class Diving Spots – Here you can explore subterranean nooks and crannies, you are almost guaranteed to see friendly giant turtles in just about all of the dive sites and the island is considered to have the best corals and densest marine life in all of the Visayas. The marine sanctuary which is supported by Silliman University is the most famous dive site.
Whale and Dolphin Watching – Take a boat ride out to the Tanon Strait which is the natural habitat for several dolphin and whale species. Dwarf sperm whales, pygmy sperm whales, short finned pilot whales, melon headed whales, bottle nose dolphins, long-snouted spinner dolphins and pan-tropical spotted dolphins are some of the sea mammals commonly seen.
Blue water beaches and Pristine Lakes – As with most tropical paradises in the Philippines, Dumaguete has beautiful beaches and pristine lakes where you can unwind, sip on a drink with a little umbrella and soak in the sun. The twin lakes are very popular for those who want to swim, kayak or relax.
Transportation and Hotels in Dumaguete:
With about seven back and forth ferry trips daily from Cebu to Dumaguete, getting there is relatively easy. The preferred way to go would be to take the high speed SuperKat which is a large catamaran, usually Danish made, that has the feel of an airplane. Relaxed, movies are shown and food options are usally available. They are not very expensive, but if you want to go even cheaper, you can take the Ceres bus which buses down and then crosses the small strait by ferry.
Around the city you simply use the “Pedicab” which are really “tricycles”. Metered taxis do not operate in Dumaguete as it is a small and simple place. The starting fare is about 8 pesos (less than 20 cents) to go a short distance.
The city has great hotels to accommodate its guests which can easily be found online.