Come and discover Dumaguete, known as the City of Gentle People, with a rich blend of multi-cultural heritage, local flavors, beaches, and amazing adventures.
Make the most of your visit to Dumaguete City by experiencing Silliman University. Walk around campus and enjoy sidewalks where well-conserved Acacia trees have stood the test of time. Take in the beautiful architecture, both old and new, and get to know the gentle people of Dumaguete.
The Silliman University campus is the perfect place for taking beautiful photos at locations including Silliman Church, the Amphitheater and the rows of lush foliage and trees. You will be glad you took the time to enjoy venues such as the Anthropology Museum and Luce Auditorium that make Dumaguete “The Cultural Center of the South.”
Take a leisurely stroll on Rizal Boulevard boardwalk. There are many spots up and down the boulevard to enjoy a picnic, lunch or dinner. Or just sit back and be inspired by a grand view of the Dumaguete Sea. Rizal Boulevard is the ideal place to wander outdoors and enjoy the scenery both day and night.
Visitors looking for the perfect way to spend an adventurous afternoon will find it at Pulangbato Falls, a breath-taking attraction with colorful scenic views. A true local experience, the beautiful waterfalls are nestled amongst a picturesque tropical setting. The journey getting to the falls is just as rewarding and beautiful, making for an unforgettable day trip.
St Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, The Dumaguete Belfry and Quezon Park
St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral is an awe-inspiring house of worship in Dumaguete. Constructed in 1754, it features exquisite architectural design and is known to be the oldest stone church in Negros Oriental. A very beautiful and peaceful place to pray and visit for all.
Just next door to the cathedral is the Dumaguete Belfry. The oldest bell tower in Visayas, this majestic landmark was built in 1811 to forewarn the locals of any incoming danger.
Located just across these two beautiful structures at the heart of the city is Quezon Park, a community gathering place for all. The Dumaguete Tourism Office is located here where local and foreign visitors alike come to ask for assistance when traveling around Dumaguete. Here you will find a relaxing park setting surrounded by lush greeneries, fountains, unique memorials and colorful festival celebrations.
Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao
Situated at the inner part of the Negros Oriental Island, the twin lakes of Balinsasayo beckon all who are seeking exciting watersport activities, or simply a relaxing day of hiking and sightseeing. Well-preserved, amazing and scenic, the Twin Lakes Natural Park offers a calm, surreal and magical ambiance for all who enjoy the great outdoors.
The shoreline town of Dauin is know for world class diving and snorkeling and is just 15 kilometers from Dumaguete. A beautiful, quaint little town, Dauin features a “caramel” brown beach and impressive corals where thrill-seekers of every level can explore and find their favorite dive spot.
Located 30 kilometers south of Dumaguete, Apo Island is rated as one of the top diving sites in the Philippines. This little Island is surrounded by unique rock formations and beautiful reefs that are home to hundreds of species of marine life. Spectacular diving is accessible at deep sea levels surrounding the island, along with what Apo Island is famous for: swimming alongside the majestic Pawikan sea turtles.
The mystic Island of Siquijor is surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches, great diving, waterfalls, caves and forest walks. A 1-hour ferry ride from Dumaguete, the island is very popular among locals who come for an adventurous day tour or an overnight package. Siqiujor provides a great opportunity to experience unique local history and traditions in a dreamy, tropical island setting.
Zamboanguita, Malatapay Market
Take in the local scene and experience the true back-country Philippine life in Zamboanguita, just a 1-hour ride away from Dumaguete. Market days are Tuesday and Wednesdays, a wonderful local cultural exchange experience. Talk to the sellers, indulge in local snacks in the small eateries and enjoy sites that you can’t experience anywhere else.