TRAVEL GUIDE : Dumaguete City and Valencia, Negros Oriental - Tourist Spots and Attractions, Things To Do, Itinerary, How To Get There, Accommodation, Getting Around, Expenses & More!

What are the Top Tourist Spots and Attractions and Things To Do in Dumaguete City?

This is a travel guide that will help you plan an overnight trip to the "City of Gentle People" Dumaguete City and it's nearby town of Valencia, Negros Oriental. It provides basic information on tourist spots and attractions in Dumaguete, what to do, where to stay, transportation, how to get there, itinerary, estimated budget, and contact details that will guide you through your visit. Experience Dumaguete City's truly loving, peaceful and very hospitable people. An experience you'll cherish for a lifetime!


Explore the Unique Beauty of Casaroro Falls
One of the most popular destination when visiting Dumaguete City is the Casaroro Falls in the town of Valencia, Negros Oriental. Considered to be the most photographed waterfall in the entire province, it is located just 9.4 kilometers west of Dumaguete City. Tucked in the rock crevices of the craggy Valencia mountains, the water flows and drops at a height of 100 feet to a deep, cold catch basin. To read more, click here.

Food Trippin' in Dumaguete City
Your visit to Dumaguete City won’t be complete without trying out these 3 famous food items in the City - fried ice cream, silvanas and sans rival. They may not be native delicacies, but these are definitely a must-try! One of the most popular food items that can be found in the city is the Fried Ice Cream. We asked some locals where we could find the best fried ice cream and almost everyone pointed us to Panda Ice Cream Store. To read more, click here.

Strolling around Silliman University and Rizal Boulevard
Silliman University and Rizal Boulevard are two of the must-visit landmarks in Dumaguete City. After we have explored Casaroro falls, we went back to the city to have a feel on how things are going in this "university town" in Negros Oriental. Established in 1901 by Protestant missionaries of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, Silliman University is the oldest American University in Asia. To read more, click here.


02:00 PM - Arrive in Dumaguete City
03:00 PM - Check-in at Harold's Mansion
04:00 PM - Snacks / Explore the City
07:00 PM - Dinner / Socials
10:00 PM - Go back to the hotel / Sleep

06:00 AM - Wake-up
06:30 AM - Breakfast
07:00 AM - Depart for Valencia
07:45 AM - Arrive at Valencia Town Proper / Get a Habal-habal
08:00 AM - Depart for Casaroro Falls
08:30 AM - Arrive at Casaroro Falls jump-off / Start trek
09:00 AM - Arrive at Casaroro viewing deck / take photos / swim
10:00 AM - Trek back to jump-off
10:30 AM - Arrive at jump-off and depart for town proper
11:00 AM - Arrive at town proper / take a jeepney to Dumaguete City
11:45 AM - Arrive at Dumaguete City
12:00 NN - Lunch
01:00 PM - Check out
01:30 PM - Stroll around Silliman University and Rizal Boulevard
02:30 PM - Food trip (Sans Rival and Fried Ice Cream)
03:30 PM - Pasalubong shopping
04:30 PM - Depart for Dumaguete City Airport
06:00 PM - Depart for Manila
04:00 PM - Depart for Manila or stay in Dumaguete City

Note: This is my suggested itinerary for an overnight trip in Dumaguete City and Valencia, Negros Oriental.


How to get to Casaroro Falls from Dumaguete City
From Dumaguete City, take a jeepney bound for Valencia, fare is 12 pesos and travel time is about 30 minutes. Upon reaching the town, look for habal-habal drivers that could bring you to the jump-off point to the falls. You may contact Tata (0935-9855491) for habal-habal services (150 pesos each, 2 way).


Islands Leisure Boutique Hotel and Spa

Islands Leisure Boutique Hotel and Spa
Address: Hibbard Avenue, 6200 Dumaguete City
Telephone Numbers:
Mobile : +63.917.424.6558
Email Addresses: rsvn@islandsleisurehotel.com
Websites www.islandsleisurehotel.com

My Review:
The hotel's awesome vibe, quality accommodation and personalized service is highly commendable. Their staff are cheerful, sweet, polite and attentive. They greet you with a genuine smile all the time. Service is really commendable! The hotel's interiors and amenities are truly first-class and unique. Without a doubt, Islands Leisure Boutique Hotel and Spa is now one of my favorite hotels in Dumaguete City! I truly enjoyed our stay and I will definitely come back!

Date of Stay: September 10-12, 2013

To continue reading my review, click HERE.

Harold's Mansion
Address: 205 Hibbard Avenue Tubod, 6200 Dumaguete City, Philippines
Telephone Nos.: (+63) 035 225-8000
Website: www.haroldsmansion.com

We took the standard A/C room for PHP 1,125 per night which comes with a complimentary breakfast (toast and coffee). It was huge, comfortable and clean. It has one double and one single bed that could easily fit the 3 of us. It has a nice and spacious toilet and bath (with hot and cold shower), a television set and a balcony. To read more, click here.

DUMAGUETE ACCOMMODATIONS: Resorts and Hotels, Cheap Lodges, Hotels, Inns, Hostels, Rooms, Transient and Pension Houses in Dumaguete City


Tricycle is the most common mode of transportation around Dumaguete City. Minimum fare is around 8.00 pesos. You can also hire a motorcycle if you want to explore the city and nearby towns on your own. It can be rented for hourly or daily basis. You can just ask around where to avail.


Note: This is an estimated budget for a group of 3 people. A continuation of the Siquijor trip.


For more travel information, please contact:

Negros Oriental Provincial Tourism Office
Sidlakan Negros Village, Dumaguete City, Philippines
Telephone Nos.: (035)225-1825 / 422-0675

Dumaguete City Tourism Office
Quezon Plaza, Dumaguete City, Philippines
Telephone Nos.: (035)225-0649 / 422-9409

This is part of my adventures in the provinces of Siquijor and Negros Oriental that happened last November 20-22, 2011 with my MBA friends, Clarice and Marvin. Negros Oriental is the 49th province on my list. Join us as we enjoy the "City of Gentle People" in this one awesome trip to Dumaguete City and Valencia, Negros Oriental.
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  1. Great Itinerary!Casaroro Falls looks inviting especially super init ngaun!!

  2. yun! meron nakong iti pagpunta ko ng Dumaguete ^_^

  3. thanks for the info.. nice post.. ;)

  4. i failed to visit the falls when i was here a couple of weeks ago but then again, that's a very good reason to come back right? :)

  5. cool! this will come in handy for my Dumaguete trip this year. thanks! ;)

  6. I have a thing for falls. casaroro looks inviting! Thanks for sharing your detailed itinerary and travel expense. this will surely help! :) Take care!

  7. Mervz, this is a good and comprehensive guide. I've got an idea on this one. :-).

  8. enjoyed reading this.got some good tips for my arrival there

  9. hahaha. nice post. Me rerecommend po ako sa inyo na place na puwede pntahan. http://gohotels.ph/dumaguete

    Very cheap. A value for money hotel :)

  10. Thanks for this!
    Will be checking out Dumaguete by June :)

    Aside from Harold's, may ibang budget-friendly place pa ba that you could suggest in Dumaguete?



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