University City of the South

It’s impossible to resist the charms of this low-key urbanized provincial capital. Because of its seven universities, the city has become well known for being a university town with Silliman University as its top school. Wander the city and find exciting things to do and hip places to see. Walk along Rizal boulevard and watch the sunrise or sunset.

Try scuba diving or snorkeling at Apo Island with your friends. The city also has nearby fresh water spots like Casaroro Falls, Balinsasayao and Danao Twin Lakes, and Pulangbato Falls.

Dumaguete Waterfront

If you have more time to roam around, you can drop by Silliman University Anthropology Museum or visit the Belfry Tower, which is also known as one of the city’s top tourist spots. The people you’ll meet on the streets are a mixture of chill locals, tourists, and international students.


Fast Facts

  • Public Transportation: Jeepneys, Buses, Tricycles, Motorcycles, Ferries
  • Languages/Dialect: Cebuano, English, Ilonggo, Bisaya, Tagalog
  • Payment Options: Cash, Credit/Debit Card
  • Known For: Silliman University, Sans Rival, Dive Spots, Buglasan/Sandurot Festival


What to Know Before Visiting

  • Dumaguete’s very own Apo Island Marine Sanctuary is one of the best dive spots in the world.
  • Try an early breakfast at the market’s Painitan, which is one big strip along the market with food stalls offering warm breakfast for anyone.
  • During the months of March to October, you can head over to Bais and watch dolphins and whales at the protected marine sanctuary of Tanon Strait.
  • Not many know that Silliman University even has its own zoo. Here, you can check out a number of rare animals.


Best Time to Visit Dumaguete

Rizal Boulevard Dumaguete

If you want to make it in time for Sandurot Festival, the best time to visit would be around September. But if you’re looking to enjoy the nearby beaches and freshwater tourist spots, head over during dry season, which is around November to May.


How to Go to Dumaguete

By Air

The quickest way to get from Manila to Dumaguete would be by taking a direct flight. Carriers like Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have routes from Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay, Metro Manila to Sibulan Airport in Dumaguete.

By Land

Tricycles are the main transportation mode in the city proper. If you want to commute to nearby towns, you can opt to ride jeepneys or buses going to specific routes. Dumaguete has three major bus terminals that are easily accessible once you arrive there.

By Sea

The port in Dumaguete sees a daily influx of ferry passengers from Manila, Cebu, Bohol Siquijor, and Mindanao. From Manila, tourists can take ride direct ferry lines like 2GO, Cokaliong, Montenegro Lines, and Ocean Jet Shipping or go on a longer yet cheaper journey via land and ferry through RoRo’s services. From Cebu, passengers can ride smaller ferries for a short ride to ports in Northern Dumaguete.


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