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DUMAGUETE ITINERARY: 10 Best Things to Do in Dumaguete, Tourist Spots and Places to Visit (Travel Guide Blog 2021 for First-timers)

Top Things to do in Dumaguete Travel Guide Blog Tourist Spots and attractions

Planning a trip to Dumaguete City? Read on this list of top things to do in Dumaguete, best tourist spots and places to visit that you should include in your Dumaguete itinerary!


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. It is among the cheapest places in the world to live, according to the Retire Overseas Index, making Dumaguete City a retirement haven for many expats. In fact, Forbes Magazine named Dumaguete City as one of the "7 Best Places To Retire Around The World" in 2014.

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.

In this Dumaguete Travel Guide Blog, I will share to you some useful and easy-to-follow information on how to get there, top things to do in Dumaguete, tourist spots and attractions, when is the best time to visit, sample itinerary, hotels and resorts recommendations, suggested tours and many more! This travel guide also covers not only Dumaguete City but also its nearby towns such as Valencia, Danao, Dauin, and Bais City.

2021 DUMAGUETE TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG FOR FIRST-TIMERS (UPDATED) - Things to Do in Dumaguete, Tourist Spots & Places to Visit



WHAT'S COVERED IN THIS DUMAGUETE CITY TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG 2021?



Are you up for an amazing Dumaguete City adventure? Let's get started!



QUICK FACTS ABOUT DUMAGUETE CITY


  • "Dumaguete" was coined from the Cebuano word dagit, which means "to snatch."
  • Access: Dumaguete City can be reached by air via Dumaguete Airport in Sibulan, which is around 6 kilometers away from the city center. It can also be reached by land or ferry from other major cities such as Bacolod, Cebu and Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte.
  • Geography: Dumaguete is located on the plains of the southeastern coast of the large island of Negros, near the mouth of the Banica River. Dumaguete is the smallest in terms of land area when compared to other cities and municipalities in Negros Oriental.
  • Language: Mainly Cebuano, but English and Tagalog are also widely used.
  • Currency: Philippine peso (PHP).
  • Mode of Payment: Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in big establishments within the city. ATMs can be found in many commercial and business areas in the city. Only cash is accepted in small establishments, at the market and souvenir shops.
  • Public Transportation: Main mode of transportation within the city is the tricycle (a three-wheeled vehicle popular in the Philippines), Jeepneys, Multicabs, Buses and Taxis.
  • Both Globe and Smart mobile signals work fine in Dumaguete City. Mobile data internet are also available in most areas in the city.
  • Dumaguete City is a good starting point or home base, if you're planning to go diving in Dauin or Zamboanguita where you could find popular diving spots, if you want to go dolphin watching in Bais City or if you want to explore the mystical island of Siquijor.


WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT DUMAGUETE CITY?


If you're up for fiestas and festivals, the best time to visit Dumaguete City is on the 3rd or 4th week of November. This is the time when the city celebrates its annual festival dedicated to its patron saint, Sta. Catalina de Alejandria.

Weather-wise, the best time to visit Dumaguete is during the colder months of December to February and during the dry or summer months of March to early June. Still, it is an all-year destination. As long as there's no typhoon, you will still enjoy your time in Dumaguete and other destinations in Negros Oriental.


HOW TO GET TO DUMAGUETE CITY?


FROM MANILA


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.

FROM CEBU CITY


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


From Bohol there's a ferry that can bring you to Dumaguete City.

FROM DIPOLOG OR DAPITAN CITY


You can also get to Dumaguete by taking a ferry from Dipolog City or Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte.

FROM BACOLOD CITY


There are buses from Bacolod City that will take you to Dumaguete City. You can find the buses bound for Dumaguete at the South Bus Terminal at Lopez Jaena St. in Bacolod City. Buses depart almost every hour. Travel time is around 5 to 6 hours depending on traffic situation and bus fare is roughly PHP 300 pesos per person.


HOW TO GET TO DUMAGUETE CITY FROM DUMAGUETE AIRPORT?


The most convenient way to get to Dumaguete City is to take a tricycle or a taxi from Dumaguete Airport. Tricycle rental usually costs around 100-200 pesos depending on where in the city proper you will be dropped-off. Always make sure to agree with the driver on the price before hopping inside the tricycle to avoid any misunderstanding on the price. If you're traveling solo, just go out of the airport complex and take a jeepney or multicab from the main road to Dumaguete City for 10-15 pesos per person. This will save you a lot on travel expenses.

Alternatively, point-to-point airport transfers and taxi services are also available and can be booked in advance. See rates and availability here. This is ideal for families traveling with kids and senior citizens, for group of friends, or if you have huge luggages with you.


TRANSPORTATION IN DUMAGUETE CITY?


The tricycle and multicabs are used to get around the city. If you're visiting the other towns, the bus (Ceres Liner) is the main transportation around the island and serve daily trips to Bacolod and Cebu. If you have a driver's license and knows how to drive a motorcycle, you can rent one for around 500 pesos per day or 1,500 pesos per week. For ease and convenience, car rental services are also available. Click here to see rates and availability.


Top Best Things to do in Dumaguete City Negros Oriental

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 top tourist spots, attractions and things to do and to experience in the "City of Gentle 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.

TRAVEL TIP: This is where you could find the "I love Dumaguete" or the "#DumaGetMe" sign which lights up at night.

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 the Philippines and 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.

MUST-VISIT: Don't miss to visit Silliman University's Anthropology Museum at Hibbard Hall which showcases some artifacts collected from known cultural or ethnic groups all over the country. Entrance fee to the museum is PHP 100 pesos. It is open from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

ALSO READ: Strolling around Silliman University and Rizal Boulevard

What to do in Dumaguete City

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 Old Belfry Tower or "Campanario de Dumaguete"


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, known as the oldest surviving structure in the city that was originally built in 1811. One of the city's historical landmarks, it is also called as "Campanario de Dumaguete."

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. This is also where the kilometer zero post can be found.

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 street food, and Hayahay Treehouse Bar and Viewdeck‎ Restobar 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


As a developed city, Dumaguete has many hotels and resorts. 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.

CLICK HERE TO SEARCH FOR HOTELS AND RESORTS IN DUMAGUETE




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


TRAVEL TIP: For ease and convenience in exploring Dumaguete City, you may avail a Dumaguete City and Countryside Day Tour. This private tour by a DOT-accredited Professional Guide will take you to some of the best tourist spots in Dumaguete City such as the Silliman University, Anthropological Museum, Ninoy Aquino Park and the Negros Oriental Convention Center. This tour will also let you see, smell and taste some local flavors, walk through the bustling Public Market,and head to the nearby Sta Catalina de Alexandria Church & Belfry. In the afternoon, you will visit the adjacent town of Bacong and explore Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage and the century-old San Agustin Church. Then finally, a visit to Forest Camp in the town of Valencia where you could enjoy a valley resort with indigenous forest trees, and natural and man-made spring swimming pools.

√ BOOK A DUMAGUETE CITY & COUNTRYSIDE TOUR HERE!


ANOTHER OPTION: You may also consider getting a guided Dumaguete City Heritage Tour. This 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.

√ BOOK A DUMAGUETE CITY HERITAGE TOUR HERE!


...and just outside Dumaguete City


RECOMMENDED DAY TOURS FROM DUMAGUETE CITY


Exploring the nearby destinations outside Dumaguete City is a must. You could go on a day tour to Siquijor and enjoy its wonderful natural attractions. You may also go to Bais and enjoy Dolphin watching and Majuyod Sandbar, to the town of Valencia for its waterfalls, or to Apo Island for a day of underwater activities, among many other exciting things to do and activities to enjoy near or from Dumaguate City.

Siquijor Day Trip Cambugahay Falls and Heritage Day Trip
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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 City.
  • 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.

This Siquijor tour package 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).

BOOK A SIQUIJOR DAY TOUR HERE!


ANOTHER OPTION: Siquijor Day Tour from Dumaguete


Apo Island Day Trip from Dumaguete City
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Apo Island Snorkeling Tour from Dumaguete


  • Visit the beautiful Apo Island, boasting one of the best snorkeling experiences!
  • From Dumaguete, it’s a half hour drive south to Malatapay--the take off point, where a pumpboat will whisk you off to APO Island for about 45 minutes.
  • From there, see Turtle point, where you can swim with the turtles (or pawikan) or marvel at them even from shallow waters!
  • Enjoy a delicious island lunch, after which you may choose to explore the island with a 30-minute trek to the Habagat Trail where you'll be rewarded with a panoramic view of the coastline and marine sanctuary.
  • Spend the rest of the day swimming, beachcombing or just lazing at the white pebble beach before heading back to the mainland by mid-afternoon.

BOOK AN APO ISLAND DAY TOUR HERE!



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


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.

  • 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.

BOOK A TWIN LAKES + DUMAGUETE CITY TOUR HERE!



Pulangbato Falls and Hot Springs tour from Dumaguete City
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Pulangbato Falls and Hot Springs Tour


  • Just a 40-minute drive from Dumaguete City to the town of Valencia takes you to Pulangbato Falls or Red River Valley, aptly named because of the reddish rocks surrounding the falls.
  • Take a refreshing swim, while enjoying the natural, cool environment provided by the compostion of the Falls.
  • Next, head to the hot springs for that therapeutic dip followed by a lunch at Forest Camp, a 2.5 hectare valley resort with indigenous forest trees, and natural and man-made spring swimming pools to end this tour.

This tour package includes round-trip transfers to and from your hotel, lunch, entrance fees and DOT-accredited Professional Guide.

BOOK A PULANG BATO & HOT SPRINGS TOUR HERE!



Balinsasayaw Twin Lakes Tour from Dumaguete City Tour
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Balinsasayaw Twin Lakes Tour


  • Tucked in the northwest of Dumaguete, the Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao offers scenic views and excellent nature hikes.
  • Drive through a hilly terrain that affords you a panoramic view of the Tanon Strait and Cebu and the beautiful countryside around the lake to reach its twin, Lake Danao.
  • Bring your windbreaker or jacket as the weather can be completely different, with the air much cooler, and almost always a breeze accompanied by some light rain.
  • Enjoy a local lunch at the Balinsasayaw community restaurant and viewdeck.

This tour package includes round-trip transfers to and from your hotel, lunch, entrance fees, transportation and DOT-accredited Professional Guide.

BOOK A BALINSASAYAW TWIN LAKES DAY TOUR HERE!



Casaroro Falls Day Tour from Dumaguete City Tour
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Casaroro Falls Day Tour


  • Get intimate with nature as you explore Negros Oriental's top scenic waterfalls and stunning rock formations.
  • Be challenged to a hike to Casaroro Falls, a single column that drops 30meters into a pool surrounded by rocks and thick foliage.
  • The technical hike involves about one hour of river trekking and some 350 steps down a concrete pathway and a steep steel stairway, returning through the same route.
  • Be rewarded with a scrumptuous lunch at Forest Camp, a 2.5 hectare valley resort with indigenous forest trees, and natural and man-made spring swimming pools.

This tour package includes round-trip transfers to and from your hotel, lunch, and DOT-accredited Professional Guide.

BOOK A CASARORO FALLS DAY TOUR HERE!



Mabinay Three Caves Day Tour from Dumaguete City Tour
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Mabinay Three Caves Day Tour


  • Enjoy the outdoors as you head northwest passing thru sugar plantations and rice fields, to the mountaintop town of Mabinay, home to numerous caves ranging from the easy basic caves to advanced.
  • Here you get the chance to spelunk three different caves and experience getting your feet wet, ducking under centuries-old stalactites while observing other insects amid the calcite formations and underground spring water.
  • Take a refreshing dip at the Mabinay Springs to cap off the day and a delicious lunch is a local restaurant

This tour package includes round-trip transfers to and from your hotel, lunch, refreshments, snacks, all necessary accessories and safety gears, transportation, and DOT-accredited Professional Guide.

BOOK A MABINAY THREE CAVES DAY TOUR HERE!




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, in the town of Valencia, the name of the falls comes from the abundant natural reddish rocks found in the area.
  • Red Rock Hot Spring - also located in Valencia and near Pulang Bato Falls, this resort is a good place to rest or have a good warm bath after going to the falls.
  • 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.
  • Tiera Alta - a nice residential resort the offers breathtaking overlooking views of the highlands of Dumaguete City. Best time to visit is at the late afternoon until evening to see the whole place light up.

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


BOOK A SIQUIJOR TOUR HERE!


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

SEE ROOM RATES AND AVAILABILITY HERE

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

SEE ROOM RATES AND AVAILABILITY HERE


Other Hotels, Resorts and Hostels in Dumaguete City


Here are the other hotels, resorts and hostels in Dumaguete City with very good to excellent ratings from previous guests.

CLICK HERE TO SEARCH FOR HOTELS AND RESORTS IN DUMAGUETE


Hotels and Resorts in Dauin and Zamboanguita


If you're planning to stay in Dauin or Zamboanguita, here are the top-rated hotels and resorts you may consider. These are the good places to stay if you plan to go diving or visit Apo Island.

Best Pasalubong from Dumaguete City?


No doubt, the Silvannas of San's Rival is the top choice as pasalubong to bring back home from Dumaguete City. Other pasalubong treats include the "budbud" (suman/sticky rice) with chocolate and the "budbud kabog" (millet and coconut milk rolls).

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Sample Dumaguete Itinerary (3 Days and 2 Nights)


To fully enjoy your time in Dumaguete, I highly recommend a 3 days and 2 nights itinerary this will allow you to visit most of the top tourist spots and attractions within the city, as well as go to Apo Island and Balinsasayao Twin Lakes. For me, this is the best 3D2N Dumaguete itinerary for first-timers.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AND DUMAGUETE CITY TOUR

  • 07:00 am - arrival in Dumaguete City Airport
  • 07:30 am - take a tricycle to the city center
  • 08:30 am - arrive at the hotel and leave your bag See the list of hotels & resorts in Dumaguete City here!
  • 09:00 am - visit Silliman University
    • Silliman University Museum
    • Amphitheater
    • Silliman Hall
    • Sightseeing
  • 11:00 am - early lunch at Jo’s Chicken Inato
  • 12:00 nn - visit Dumaguete Catheral
  • 01:00 pm - light a candle at Campanario de Dumaguete
  • 02:00 pm - hangout at Quezon Park
  • 03:00 pm - take a tricycle to Negros Oriental Capitol
  • 03:30 pm - take photos and rest at the capitol grounds
  • 04:00 pm - go to Dumaguete City Boulevard
  • 04:30 pm - stroll at the boulevard and enjoy the sunset
  • 06:00 pm - enjoy the tempurahan (street food) near the port
  • 07:30 pm - have some drinks at Hayahay Treehouse Bar and Viewdeck
  • 10:00 pm - back at the hotel and sleep

For hassle-free and convenient City Tour, I recommend that you avail 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.

BOOK A DUMAGUETE CITY HERITAGE TOUR HERE!


DAY 2: APO ISLAND DAY TOUR - SEE TOUR RATES AND AVAILABILITY

  • 06:00 am - breakfast and prepare for Apo Island Day tour
  • 07:00 am - take a Ceres Liner Bus going to Malapatay
  • 08:00 am - arrive at Malapatay Market
  • 08:30 am - cross the market and look for the boats going to Apo Island
  • 09:00 am - depart for Apo Island
  • 09:45 am - arrive in Apo Island
    • Enjoy the beach, snorkeling and have lunch
  • 04:00 pm - take the boat back to Malapatay
  • 05:00 pm - arrive in Malapatay
  • 05:30 pm - take the bus back to Dumaguete City
  • 06:30 pm - back at the hotel, freshen-up
  • 07:00 pm - dinner
  • 09:00 pm - sleep

BOOK AN APO ISLAND DAY TOUR HERE!


DAY 3: TWIN LAKES NATURAL PARK + DEPARTURE - SEE TOUR RATES AND AVAILABILITY

  • 08:30 am - hotel pick up
  • 09:00 am - arrive Twin Lakes
  • Trek around Twin Lakes
  • 12:00 pm - lunch
    • Silliman University
    • Handumanan Souvenir Shop
    • Sansrival Cafe Cakes and Pastries
    • Dumaguete City Boulevard
  • 03:00 pm - hotel drop off
  • 04:00 pm - proceed to the airport
  • 06:00 pm - departure

BOOK TWIN LAKES NATURAL PARK TOUR HERE!


Apo Island DIY Itinerary Travel Guide
Apo Island

Sample Dumaguete - Siquijor Itinerary (4 Days and 3 Nights)


If you want to include Siquijor in your Dumaguete itinerary, I recommend that you make it 4 days and 3 nights. This will allow you one full day to explore the best tourist attractions and experience the top things to do in Siquijor. With a 4 days itinerary, you may also include a visit to Apo Island. Here's a sample itinerary that you could follow.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AND DUMAGUETE CITY TOUR - BOOK A CITY TOUR HERE!

  • 07:00 am - arrival in Dumaguete City Airport
  • 07:30 am - take a tricycle to the city center
  • 08:30 am - arrive at the hotel and leave your bag See the list of hotels & resorts in Dumaguete City here!
  • 09:00 am - visit Silliman University
    • Silliman University Museum
    • Amphitheater
    • Silliman Hall
    • Sightseeing
  • 11:00 am - early lunch at Jo’s Chicken Inato
  • 12:00 nn - visit Dumaguete Catheral
  • 01:00 pm - light a candle at Campanario de Dumaguete
  • 02:00 pm - hangout at Quezon Park
  • 03:00 pm - take a tricycle to Negros Oriental Capitol
  • 03:30 pm - take photos and rest at the capitol grounds
  • 04:00 pm - go to Dumaguete City Boulevard
  • 04:30 pm - stroll at the boulevard and enjoy the sunset
  • 06:00 pm - enjoy the tempurahan (street food) near the port
  • 07:30 pm - have some drinks at Hayahay Treehouse Bar and Viewdeck
  • 10:00 pm - back at the hotel and sleep

For hassle-free and convenient City Tour, I recommend that you avail 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.

BOOK A DUMAGUETE CITY HERITAGE TOUR HERE!


DAY 2: SIQUIJOR DAY TOUR - SEE TOUR RATES AND AVAILABILITY


  • 07:00 am - breakfast and prepare for Siquijor day tour
  • 09:00 am - hotel pick up
    • Siquijor Cambugahay Falls and Heritage Day Trip
    • Depart Dumaguete
    • Arrive Siquijor
    • St Francis de Assissi Bell Tower
    • St Vincent Bell Tower
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch at own expense in Triad Cafe
    • Cang-Isok Old House
    • Salagdoong Beach
    • Cambugahay Falls
    • Balete tree
    • Ferry back to Dumaguete
  • 04:00 pm - hotel drop off
  • 05:00 pm - freshen-up and rest
  • 07:00 pm - dinner at Lantaw
  • 08:00 pm - have some drinks at Cafe Racer
  • 10:00 pm - back at the hotel and sleep

BOOK A SIQUIJOR DAY TOUR HERE!


DAY 3: APO ISLAND DAY TOUR

  • 06:00 am - breakfast and prepare for Apo Island Day tour
  • 07:00 am - take a Ceres Liner Bus going to Malapatay
  • 08:00 am - arrive at Malapatay Market
  • 08:30 am - cross the market and look for the boats going to Apo Island
  • 09:00 am - depart for Apo Island
  • 09:45 am - arrive in Apo Island
    • Enjoy the beach, snorkeling and have lunch
  • 04:00 pm - take the boat back to Malapatay
  • 05:00 pm - arrive in Malapatay
  • 05:30 pm - take the bus back to Dumaguete City
  • 06:30 pm - back at the hotel, freshen-up
  • 07:00 pm - dinner
  • 09:00 pm - sleep

BOOK AN APO ISLAND DAY TOUR HERE!


DAY 4: TWIN LAKES NATURAL PARK + DEPARTURE - SEE TOUR RATES AND AVAILABILITY

  • 08:30 am - hotel pick up
  • 09:00 am - arrive Twin Lakes
  • Trek around Twin Lakes
  • 12:00 pm - lunch
    • Silliman University
    • Handumanan Souvenir Shop
    • Sansrival Cafe Cakes and Pastries
    • Dumaguete City Boulevard
  • 03:00 pm - hotel drop off
  • 04:00 pm - proceed to the airport
  • 06:00 pm - departure

BOOK TWIN LAKES NATURAL PARK TOUR HERE!


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



DUMAGUETE ITINERARY: Top Things to Do in Dumaguete City + Itinerary



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Note: This article was first published on December 2017. Last update was on May 2020.


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4 comments :

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