Dumaguete is the capital of Negros Oriental. It is also known as The City of Gentle People and is a home to the prestigious Silliman University. It’s quite a small city with an absolutely laid-back atmosphere with nice and hospitable residents. It’s not too crowded but it has almost everything you need. The city’s main transportation is a tricycle that could take you anywhere in the city for just 8 pesos per person. There’s so much to see in this place. Most are underrated and are yet to be discovered by tourists.
Here are some of the attractions we went to:
Silliman University and Silliman Anthropology Museum
Silliman is located at the heart of the city and just a few walks from the port. The school has been in the city for many years that it has become one of its famous landmarks. It produces plenty of high quality graduates that are making waves across the world. If you’re not anywhere near the University, simply hop on a tricycle for 8 php. You can then take a short walk from the University to the Boulevard and bask in its sea breeze whilst witnessing a slew of street vendors, couples on a date, families having their own quality time and people taking photos of the stunning sunset.
The Bell Tower
Located at Perdices St. in Dumaguete, it is said to be the oldest Bell Tower in the Visayas and is also known as one of the city’s famous architectural landmarks. It definitely looks like a guardian watching over its people!
If you’re up for a bumpy adventure, hop on a jeepney for an approximately 20-minute ride going to Valencia! Once you get to the terminal, there will be plenty of tricycles waiting for you and will take you to Casaroro. It’s 200 pesos per person (roundtrip). If it’s your first time to visit, the tricycle driver will guide you through the trek that includes climbing on huge rocks and crossing rivers. Be sure to wear sturdy and comfortable shoes, as the hike going to the falls is a bit difficult! Also, don’t forget to bring your water with you. You will need it to hydrate yourself! As I’ve said, the whole trek is gonna be a struggle, but if you’re into adventures then you’ll probably enjoy it!
Red Rock Falls
From Casaroro, tell the driver to drive you to Red rock falls. They know where it is and as for the fare, it depends on your agreement with the tricycle driver. It won’t hurt to negotiate though. *winks*
We paid an additional 200 php per head for Red Rock. So, it’s a total of 400 php each for the whole trip. Needless to say, the driver will wait for you the entire time. They’re nice though, so no problem! But if you know how to drive a motorcycle, you can certainly rent one around Dumaguete. Most locals are nice so ask away!
The View Going To Red Rock Falls
The Boulevard’s Breathtaking Sunset
Actually, there are still tons of attractions around Dumaguete and its nearby towns like the twin lake in Balinsasayao and Apo Island. We did not have enough time to visit all of it but I heard so many good things about these places. As for the accommodation, there are lots of cheap and good hotels around the city. You can easily book it here. Just click the link for recommendations: https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?cid=1778380&pcs=1&hl=en&city=18871
Truly, this part of the Philippines has so much to offer! Pack your bags and discover them all!