Dumaguete City is the capital of Negros Oriental. A university town with a large international base; it is home to many ex-pats, foreign students and of course resorts. Dumaguete has a “soon to be” international airport with daily flights to Cebu and Manila, plus a large pier that offers services to the surrounding islands of Siquijor, Bohol and Cebu, making this region a perfect starting or ending point for a 3-4 island hopping holiday.
Anything is possible in Dumagute City, if you are after a happening night life, live music, great festivals, theater, dance recitals or sporting events you can find it here. Take a stroll along ‘The Boulevard’ the only one in the Philippines, a stunning water front promenade where the locals and tourists gather before heading out for the evening, or spend the day visiting the many local historical, religious and cultural attractions. Visit the local shopping district or international mall, where you can buy everything from handmade locals shoes to imported designer clothes!
Situated at the foot of Mt. Talinis, in the Curnos de Negros Mountain chain, Dumaguete offers some fantastic land based activities from mountain hiking and trekking waterfalls to visiting Geothermal hot springs and naturally formed crater lakes. The area is abundant with rare flora and fauna and can offer some rather challenging excursions.
Probably more famous for its coast line, Dumaguete is the gate way to some world class diving. A 20 minute drive along the highway and you reach the province of Dauin, the first successful marine sanctuary in the Philippines. This area boast world class muck diving, stunning coral reefs, plentiful fish life and turtles on more or less any dive. So whether you are a land lover or a sea lover Dumaguete has something for everyone.
The essence of Dumaguete can be describe by the three words – bustling yet charming!