Why you should visit Dumaguete on your next vacation

by Carissa Garcia

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Apo Island/ Carissa Garcia

Geographically located in Southern Visayas, Dumaguete is a city in Negros Oriental, or more known as the City of Gentle People.

Dumaguete is rich in magnificent natural resources, historic sites, and delectable cuisine.

Here are few reasons why you should book your next flight to Dumaguete:

  1. You can go chasing waterfalls at Casaroro Falls.

Casaroro Falls is 20 to 30 –minute drive from Sibulan. It is a very good site for adventurous people who don’t like strenuous activities because it has concrete stairs and hiking wouldn’t be that hard. Meanwhile, it’s a good exercise for fitness enthusiasts.

Trail to Casaroro Falls/ Carissa Garcia
Casaroro Falls/ Carissa Garcia

2. It’s fun swimming with the Pawikans

Apo Island is a two-hour boat ride form jump-off area. It is a diving site for free divers and scuba diving enthusiasts. Its pristine and clear waters will definitely take your breath away.

Sea turtle or Pawikan in Apo Island/ Carissa Garcia
Free diving at Apo Island/ Carissa Garcia

3. Enjoy fresh seafood at Manjuyod Sand Bar while watching dolphins

Pro tip in visiting Manjuyod Sand Bar: Visit the place during afternoon or once it is low tide already. Boatmen sell fresh seafood at a very low price! They sell fresh sea urchins, clams, and oysters. Others also offer “paluto” of fresh squid, shrimps, and crabs that you can eat if you are planning to stay and watch the sunset after dolphin watching.

Dolphin watching at Manjuyod/ Carissa Garcia

4. They have the best Sans Rival and Silvanas!

If you have a sweet tooth, you will definitely enjoy their best-selling deserts! A box of Sans Rival and Silvanas only cost around 200php, it is a good “pasalubong” for your loved ones! If you want to try the desert, a piece of it only cost around 12 to 20 php and you can eat with a view of the sea at Rizal Boulevard.

Chocolate and orignal flavored silvanas/ Carissa Garcia

5. You can chill by the Rizal Boulevard

Rizal Boulevard is very near the famous establishments, restaurants, and universities, like Siliman University in Dumaguete. They have a park wherein you can jog, sit, or just watch the sunset.

6. You can easily go to Cebu and Siquijor!

Negros Oriental is an island that’s why access to neighboring islands like Cebu and Siquijor was made easy.  Ferries or RORO ships provides easy and convenient ways to visit other cities in Visayas. You can event go on a CEBU-DUMAGUETE-SIQUIJOR itinerary for more packed adventure!

Ferry to Cebu, taken at Sibulan Port/ Carissa Garcia