2020 DUMAGUETE TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG: Things To Do, Tourist Spots and Attractions + Sample Itinerary

Top Things to do in Dumaguete Tourist Spots and attractions

Planning a trip to Dumaguete City this 2020? Let this Dumaguete Travel Guide Blog with how to get there, top things to in Dumaguete, recommended hotels and tours, and many more help you plan your trip.

Dumaguete is a very relaxed and laid back city. Known as the "City of Gentle People," and a popular University Town, it is a convenient gateway to various tourist spots and attractions in Negros Oriental, to the island of Siquijor, as well as to the Southern towns of Cebu. Whenever I am in Dumaguete City, everything seems to slow down, and all I want to do is just to relax, enjoy a slow paced life, go on a food trip, and just do nothing.

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10 Best Things To Do in Dumaguete City (Tourist Spots and Attractions)

I've been to Dumaguete City 3 times, and I only have fun and memorable experience in this lovely city. You can find many interesting places and do many things in Dumaguete City. Here's a list of some of Dumaguete City's tourist spots, attractions and things to do and to experience in the "City of Gente People".

Dumaguete Tourist Spots and Attractions

1. Stroll at the boulevard

Also known as Rizal Boulevard, this popular tourist spot in Dumaguete is a favorite hangout place for locals and tourists visiting the city. Facing the sea, it is also a favorite among joggers, especially in the morning and late afternoon. You may enjoy the cool sea breeze, watch the sunrise, or have a food trip at the tempurahan hawker stalls when the night comes or at the many local restaurants just across the street.

Dumaguete Tourist Spots and Attractions

2. Visit Silliman University

Established in 1901 by Protestant missionaries of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, Silliman University is the oldest American University in Asia. As a major landmark in the heart of Dumaguete City, the campus is quite big, with a number of giant acacia trees around and some buildings having a colonial American architecture.

ALSO READ: Strolling around Silliman University and Rizal Boulevard

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3. Pray at Dumaguete Cathedral

Considered as the the "oldest stone church in Negros Island," the St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral is a must-visit for catholic travelers. The church was originally built from 1754 to 1776, it was reconstructed in 1885, and extended with the present facade in 1936.

Top Things to do in Dumaguete City

4. Light a candle at the Belfry Tower

Located just beside the cathedral, it is separate old belfry tower where locals go to light candles and offer prayers. A top tourist attraction in Dumaguete, it is known as the oldest surviving structure in the city that was built in 1760.

Top Things to do in Dumaguete City

5. Hangout at Quezon Park

A public park located just in front of Dumaguete Cathedral and the Old Belfry Tower, the Quezon Park is a favorite hangout place for locals.

Top Things to do in Dumaguete City

6. See the Negros Capitol Building

The seat of government of Negros Oriental province, its neoclassical architecture makes it an interesting must-see structure in Dumaguete City.

Food trip in Dumaguete City

7. Go on a food trip

Food tripping is definitely a must-do when in Dumagauete City. Must-try are the Sans Rival and Silvanas at Sans Rival Cakes and Pastries and the Fried Ice Cream at Panda's Fried Ice Cream. At night, visit the tempurahan along the boulevard for some grilled food, and Hayahay Bar for some good music, drinks, and of course food.

ALSO READ: Food Trippin' in Dumaguete City

8. Stay and relax in a nice hotel or resort

For your accommodation in Dumaguete City, I highly recommend Sta Monica Beach Club for that "home away from home" feel away from the busy city. Or you may also check out Islands Leisure Boutique Hotel, a charming boutique hotel in the city, ideal for budget travelers and backpackers.


Top Best Things to do in Dumaguete

9. Have a relaxing massage at Island Leisure Wellness Spa

Located at Islands Leisure Boutique Hotel, it offers relaxing and quality massage packages with high commitment to customer service from their professionally-trained male and female therapists. Their therapists are well-trained and go beyond an extra mile in providing excellent service to their clients.

ALSO READ: Wellness Massage at Islands Touch Chic Spa in Dumaguete City

What to Buy Pasalubong in Dumaguete

10. Buy Pasalubong

Never leave Dumaguete City without bringing home some pasalubong such as Silvanas and Sans Rival. For ref magnets, key chains, native bags, and other local products, visit Handumanan Souvenir Shop located at the city center.

What to Buy Pasalubong in Dumaguete


For ease and convenience, you may also consider getting a guided Dumaguete City Heritage Tour. The packaged tour includes transportation with hotel pick-up and drop-off, entrance fee to the museum, and assistance of a tour guide. This is ideal for solo travelers, groups, or when you're traveling with family, kids, and senior citizens.


...and just outside Dumaguete City

Day Tours from Dumaguete City

Scuba Diving by Liquid Dumaguete
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Siquijor Cambugahay Falls and Heritage Day Trip

  • Experience a safe and hassle-free journey starting from and ending at your hotel in Dumaguete
  • Enjoy a private tour around Siquijor Island along with roundtrip ferry tickets
  • Visit centuries-old churches of Siquijor and peek into the religious traditions of locals
  • Take a dip in the turquoise waters of Cambugahay Falls and see the famous 400+-year-old Balete Tree
  • Visit the famed Triad Cafe for a stunning ocean view, with Negros and Bohol on the horizon


The Siquijor tour packages is inclusive of hotel pick up and drop off from Dumaguete City, local English speaking guide, roundtrip ferry tickets (Dumaguete-Siquijor-Dumaguete) and entrance fees (PHP 20 for Salagdoong Beach and PHP 10 for Balete Tree).

Dolphin Watching and Manjuyod Sandbar
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Dolphin Watching and Manjuyod Sandbar

  • Travel just 1.5 hours from Dumaguete to Bais and see "The Maldives of the Philippines"
  • See the dolphins swimming in the wild as you make your way along Tañon Strait
  • Walk across the beautiful Manjuyod White Sandbar and take a dip in the crystal clear waters of Bais Bay
  • Relish in a hearty lunch of mixed grill served onboard while you marvel at the beautiful beach


This tour package is available for joiners; so whether you're a solo traveler, couple, or with a small group, you can join this tour. The package includes roundtrip van charter from Dumaguete City, boat charter for Manjuyod Sandbar, boat guide and lunch.

Twin Lakes Natural Park with Dumaguete City Tour
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Twin Lakes Natural Park with Dumaguete City Tour

  • Explore the twin crater lakes of Balinsasayao and Danao, situated 1,000 feet above sea level
  • Marvel at the crystal clear lakes reflecting the emerald tones of the surrounding forests
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Tanon Strait, Mt. Guintabon in the east and Mt. Guinsayawan in the west
  • Trek through the forests teeming with life with over 184 species of terrestrial vertebrates and 180 species of forest trees surrounding the twin lakes
  • See the most important sights of Dumaguete City with a visit to SIliman University, Handumanan Souvenir Shop, Sansrival Cafe and Dumaguete City Boulevard


This tour package includes hotel pick up and drop off, tour guide and kayak rental.

Other must-visit tourist attractions near Dumaguete City:

  • Apo Island - It is a small island known for its underwater activities such as snorkeling and diving because of rich marine life. Apo Island Protected Landscape and Seascape, has a Marine Sanctuary which is considered as one of the oldest protected marine reserves in the Philippines. Read more here.
  • Malatapay Market - you will pass this market on your way to Apo Island. This is where a lot of agricultural produce and other products are on sale. Wednesday is the best day to visit Apo Island, so you could also checkout the market.
  • Casaroro Falls - Considered to be the most photographed waterfall in the entire province, it is located in the town of Valencia - about 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 around 100 feet to a deep, cold catch basin. Read more here.
  • Pulang Bato Falls - located in Ocoy Valley, the name of the falls comes from the abundant natural reddish rocks found in the area.
  • Twin Lakes Danao and Balinsasayao - located in the Mount Talinis range, this is an 8,000 hectares protected area lying within the municipalities of Valencia, San Jose and Sibulan in Negros Oriental.

Siquijor is also just an hour and half away from Dumaguete City


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Apo Island

Where to Stay: Hotels in Dumaguete City

There are many hotels, resorts, cheap lodges, rooms, homestay, pension houses and hostels in Dumaguete City. Be it a high-end resort, a mid-range hotel or a backpacker's hostel, you'll definitely find one that suits your needs.

Resorts in Dumaguete Sta Monica Beach Club
Sta. Monica Beach Club in Dumaguete City

Sta. Monica Beach Club

Address: Banilad, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines, 6200
My full review here: Peaceful and Relaxing Stay at Sta. Monica Beach Club

BOOK ONLINE: Click here to see room rates and book online

Dumaguete City Resorts and Hotels Cheap Lodges Hotels Inns Hostels Rooms Hostels Transient and Pension Houses in Dumaguete
Islands Leisure Boutique Hotel and Spa

Islands Leisure Boutique Hotel and Spa

Address: Hibbard Avenue, 6200 Dumaguete City
My full review here: Islands Leisure Boutique Hotel and Spa, a Charming and Affordable Hotel in Dumaguete City

BOOK ONLINE: Click here to see room rates and book online


How to Get to Dumaguete City?


From Manila, take a 1-hour flight to Dumaguete City. Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines have several flights daily from Manila to Dumaguete City. You can search for cheap flights to Dumaguete City using the Traveloka App. Highly recommended!


From Cebu City Southbound Bus Terminal, you may also take a bus going to Dumaguete City. Take the bus going to Bato (via Lilo-an), and then transfer to a ferry bound for Sibulan Port. Upon reaching Sibulan Port, take a tricycle or a jeepney to Dumaguete City.

ALSO READ: How to get to Dumaguete City from Cebu by Bus


From Bohol there's a ferry that can bring you to Dumaguete City. CHECK OUT HERE for the available transportation, to book online, and for the ferry schedule.


You can also get to Dumaguete by taking a ferry from Dipolog City or Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte. CHECK OUT HERE for the available transportation.


There are buses from Bacolod City that will take you to Dumaguete City with travel time of around 5-6 hours.

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Indeed, there are many things that you can do and experience in Dumaguete City that will surely make your trip enjoyable! Tara and let's discover the City of Gentle People!


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