Most expats will tell you that Dumaguete is the most livable city in Philippines. They found it the perfect place to settle down. Being a city it has all the conveniences, but at the same time is small enough to walk around. Although it’s an enjoyable place it doesn’t escapes from the noisy tricycles that spread across the city, yet it’s still possible to find some quite places.
More than one third of the population are students, mainly due Silliman University, making it a young city.
The city doesn’t have many landmarks, it’s the activities that you can do on its surroundings, and its nightlife that attracts the tourists.
Things to do inside the cityAll the places to visit within the city are only a few blocks away, so you can visit them by walking, or if you prefer you can take a tricycle, that for 8-10php will take you anywhere within the city.
Rizal BoulevardThis boulevard runs along the coastline. Here is where the locals stroll. But it’s after dusk that the street stalls start to line up on the upper part. Here you can try local delicacies, including balut(fully formed duck egg).
On the opposite boardwalk is where the bars and restaurants line up. The “Coco Amigos” restaurant is a popular place and it stands from its reminding buildings due its vibrant yellow colors.
CathedralThe Cathedral stands right on the heart of the city. It has a simple construction and interior; the most interesting aspect of this Cathedral is its front facade. Right next to it, it’s the Bell Tower, which was used long-time ago as a watchtower and today it’s the oldest structure in the city.
In front of the Cathedral stands the Quezon Park, and it has a few shades to cool you down during the burning hot days.
Public MarketThis market it’s only a few blocks away to the west of the Cathedral. Besides vegetables, fruits and cheap cloths, you can try some local delicacies, like the chocolate bud-bud (rice mixed with chocolate), hot “puto” and the “tsokolate” (a chocolate drink).
Silliman ZooThis small zoo is hidden on the Northern part of the city and holds a few endangered animal species. At first glance it might look cruel to see those wild animals confined in such a small cages, but if you think that most are nearly the extinction due illegal poaching, and once they are fit they will be release in the protected areas, then you will feel it’s worth your 10php to support the zoo.
Outside the City
Apo IslandThe Apo Island it’s probably the most popular destination among snorkelers and divers, due it’s biodiversity and sea turtle population.
Budget AccommodationAlthough Dumaguete it’s a student city, it doesn’t has many budget hostels.
If you looking for a rocket bottom price place, there is one right in front of the intercity bus station, but it provides only the basic conditions and it’s very noisy.
The 2 places listed bellow are quite popular due the conditions they provide versus the price charged.
Harolds Mansion205 Hibbard Avenue 250php/dm yes
This hostel located on the northern area of Dumaguete, it’s probably the most popular among backpackers.
It has a relaxing rooftop with free breakfast(including tsokolate), billiards, wi-fi.
The hostel provides many informations and free city bicycles.
Vintage InnLigaspi St. / Surban St
This Inn is located on the heart of the city, and it’s an alternative if you want to escape the crowds.