Looking to feed your wanderlust? Wanting to visit some place where you can hit not just two birds but more in one stone? Dumaguete City is the answer.
I have been visiting Dumaguete City countless times already in my 26 years of existence not just because my Lola’s hometown is just 20 minutes away from the city but because Dumaguete itself is an amazing city with gentle and friendly people. I have been wanting to write a blog about the places that you can visit in Dumaguete and after postponing a lot of times, I finally did.
Dumaguete City is the Capital of Negros Oriental. Tagged as the “City of Gentle People”, Dumaguete has captured the heart of local and foreign tourists because of the places that you get to visit while staying there. Yes, side trips are easy and accessible.
Here is a list of the things that you can do at Dumaguete City.
Dumaguete’s famous Rizal Boulevard is a favorite stop for tourists and locals. Take a stroll and enjoy the breeze and the waves that hit the break wall. Lay a blanket and enjoy a picnic while eating lunch or merienda with your friends and family.
Balut and Tempura Station
At 5:00 PM, vendors starts to assemble a line of tables and chairs along Dumaguete’s Boulevard. The Balut and Tempura station is famous in the city, where you can enjoy your balut and tempura and get serenaded by carolers singing love songs accompanied by a guitar.
Your Dumaguete visit will not be complete without visiting Silliman University. Established in 1901, it is known as the first American University in the Philippines and in the entire Asian continent. Silliman University has a lot to offer to visitors, from the stunning grounds to the educational and beautifully preserved museum collections.
Built in the year 1811, the bell tower still stands and maintained its glory through the years. Originally built to warn the locals against the Muslim marauders looking for slaves. The Dumaguete Belfry is known to be the oldest belfry in the Visayas.
Sans Rival Cafe
Another thing to complete your Dumaguete experience? Sans Rival. Who would say no to delicious cakes and pastries? Sans Rival is the most favorite especially when you say pasalubong. Don’t forget to bring home something from Sans Rival.
One of the things that I always look for every where is a place to eat that not only satisfies my tummy but also that does not empty my pocket. Yes, that is absolutely normal to Filipinos and I was so happy upon finding this establishment. They offer good food at a very affordable price. They have numbers of branches along Dumaguete City, so just ask your driver to drop you to the nearest branch.
SIDE TRIPS that you must add on your Dumaguete visit
Apo Island is a famous diving and snorkeling site in the Visayas. A small island which gives an amazing experience. Say seeing sea turtles, big and small, while you enjoy snorkeling. Yup, turtles are found not far away from the shore.
The town of Valencia is a perfect side trip to your Duma stay since you get to visit a lot in Valencia alone. You can either choose to enjoy cold springs in Forest Camp and Tejero Highland Resort, swim with koi fishes at La Verna, enjoy the long cascading waterfall of Casaroro, visit the Filipino – American – Japanese War Memorial, visit Cata-al World War 2 Museum, visit Red Rock Hotspring, and be amazed by the Pulang Bato Twin Falls. Don’t forget to visit Tierra Alta to see their Greek inspired clubhouse and try their 600-meter zip line.
Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao
Located in the San Juan juncture, twin lakes of balinsasayao is a sight to behold. Enjoy nature at its best as you spend your time here. There are activities that you can do here such as paddle boats and trekking. Click here to read more about Lake Balinsasayao Twin Lakes.
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