Dumaguete City the “University Town”
Dumaguete City is known as the “university town”, with no less than four university’s, and a total student population of more than 30,000, including neighbouring schools.
Dumaguete is the capital city of Negros Oriental and is a popular hub for many of the tourist attractions in the Central Visayas region.
Apo Island, which is a very popular location for scuba diving/snorkelling with the sea turtles, and there is also plenty of nice places within an hour drive from Dumaguete.
This includes Casaroro Falls, Baslay Hot Springs and the famous Manjuyod Sandbar, which has been labelled “The Maldives Of The Philippines”.
There are also ferries serving nearby Siquijor and Bohol, places that are also popular with tourists. Or you can also take a ferry to Oslob in Cebu, where diving with the Whale Sharks is also a popular tourist attraction.
All these places are easily accessible from Dumaguete.
Wining And Dining
Dumaguete has a number of hotels, restaurants, resorts, shopping malls, bars with live bands and karaoke.
Hayahay Treehouse Bar & Viewdeck and Azul Restaurant & Lounge (several minutes’ drive from the main boulevard) are great places to sit back and relax with good food, and nice views of the ocean.
Only being about a one hour flight from Manila, it is a popular getaway place for locals and gets very busy during the summer months (Jan to March). Well worth a visit with no shortage of action.
How to get there
Philippine Airlines (PAL) fly to Dumaguete from Manila twice daily with the flight taking just over one hour.
The Buglasan Festival is an annual 10 day long festival held during the second week of October, which is well worth checking out. The festival consists of many activities including street dancing competitions and parade floats, whilst also showcasing an array of arts and culture, local cuisine, and different fruits and vegetables of the province of Negros Oriental.