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Dumaguete is a University Town and is called the City of Gentle People. No wonder why people love traveling to Dumaguete! This place is a very picturesque destination with so many hidden spots and Dumaguete tourist attractions. Are you ready to take a virtual Dumaguete Trip with us? Get ready, here is where to go to Dumaguete!
Table of Contents
- 1 15 Places to Visit in Dumaguete
- 1.1 Rizal Boulevard
- 1.2 Catherine Of Alexandria Church
- 1.3 Pulang Bato Falls
- 1.4 Belfry Tower
- 1.5 Silliman University
- 1.6 Japanese Shrine
- 1.7 Twin Lakes Balinsasayao
- 1.8 White Sand Bar of Manjuyod
- 1.9 Dolphin Watching in Tanon Strait
- 1.10 Tierra Alta
- 1.11 Bell Church
- 1.12 Bulwang Cave
- 1.13 Apo Island
- 1.14 Mt. Makawiwili Ridge
- 1.15 You Might Also Like
15 Places to Visit in Dumaguete
This place was named after a famous Filipino icon and hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Boulevard is well- known among the places of Dumaguete attractions. There are so many tempura stalls nearby where you get the best street food in town. The view of the sea from here is just mind-blowing. Witness it by yourself to get the best experience!
Catherine Of Alexandria Church
Alexandria Church is the oldest stone church of the Negrosand one of the best Dumaguete city tourist spots. Built from 1754 to 1776, this stone Cathedral is located close to the bell tower and Quezon Park. This is something you should not miss in your Dumaguete Tour
Pulang Bato Falls
Pulang Bato Falls is located in the town of Valencia in the Ocay Valley. This place got its name from the red colored stones in this area. Due to the surrounding hills and breezy nature there, this place is always cool and gives you a refreshing feel on the whole.
** If you have extra time take a short ferry to Siquijor to check out one of our favorite spots Cambugahay Falls its only a short trip from Dumaguete but well worth it.**
The Belfry Tower is also known as the Kampanarya. It is almost 200 years old. During the world wars, this tower served as a watchtower. It was rung during the pirate raids and other disturbances in the city to alert the people of the town.
This university is the biggest campus in the whole of Dumaguete. Silliman University is one among the top 8 universities in the Philippines. It is also one among the top 300 Universities in Asia. It was founded by Dr. David Sutherland Hibbard. The university has a church, farm, and marine laboratory on its own.
One of the most visited Dumaguete tourist spots is the Japanese Shrine. This is a symbol of amity for both the Japanese and the Filipino American. The shrine is built in a location where the massive battle of World War II took place.
Twin Lakes Balinsasayao
Twin Lakes is a popular natural attraction in Dumaguete. Drive down for 45 minutes to reach the lakes Danao and Balinsasayao. These lakes are surrounded by rainforests where there are 180 species of trees, 49 reptiles and amphibians, 27 mammals and 11 species of birds. Make sure you pack some hiking shoes for the trip. We thought we were lost but the friendly locals helped guide us to the lakes.
- Tabalong Mangrove Park and Bird Sanctuary
A famous place recommended during Dumaguete travel is the Tabalong Mangrove Park and Bird Sanctuary. It is located in the city of Bais and the island itself. In the 400- hectare forest, these are so many birds and wild animals that are a feast to your eyes. If you take the kids along, it would be a lifetime experience for them.
White Sand Bar of Manjuyod
If you ask the best of Dumaguete Travel Guide, they would suggest you go to White Sand Bar for sure. Relax along the beach with your loved ones on the white sands of the blue sea. Manjuyod White Sandbar is often called the Maldives of the Philippines! Traveling to here is a little bit outside of town but well worth the trip. If you are renting a scooter it can be even more affordable.
Dolphin Watching in Tanon Strait
Negros boasts Dolphin Watching as one of the best attractions in this region. If you visit this place during the months of March to October, the Dolphins flock here in huge numbers and entertain the visitors. You will see two types of dolphins namely the Spinner and Bottlenose. This visual treat is something you must not miss!
Tierra Alta is a really good mountain restaurant in the city. The whole view of the city can be overlooked from there as you enjoy good food served by them. Many intimate parties are celebrated in this restaurant as it is super classy and gives you a warm, welcoming experience.
How can you go to Dumaguete and not see the Bell Church? It is located to the south of the Boulevard. Also a traditional Taoist Temple and so Chinese come here to pray here. It opens at 6 am and closes at 6 pm just like in China. Do visit the Bell Church when you are in the city.
The best cave that you must visit if you are a first comer to the Philippines is the Bulwang Cave. Bulwang means a ‘Big Hole’. This explains that the cave is big and you can pass through it with ease. It is worth exploring when in Dumaguete.
Apo Island Dumaguete is one among the top 100 diving spots of the world. It is not directly in Dumaguete but is in the Island of Negros Oriental. More than 650 species of fish found here and so many untouched coral reefs. There are also the famous Pawikans or sea turtles.
** If you have extra time and want to see more of the Philippines make sure you don’t miss El Nido and Coron. These are two of the most popular spots in the Philippines and for a good reason.**
Mt. Makawiwili Ridge
This famous Ridge is also called the “Saddle of the Sky”. It is found at 8000 feet high and in between two peaks of mountains. The movements of the active Canlaon Volcano is observed from here by the scientists. Tourists and science enthusiasts gather here to see the scenery and study about these volcanoes.
There are more than just these 15 negros tourist spots. Perhaps the experience you will have in this place is beyond what you read! After exploring where to go in Dumaguete, you can plan to travel from Dumaguete to Cebu. There are so many amazing places to visit in Cebu too!
What more are you waiting for? Dream about traveling to the Philippines and book your tickets soon! This island country is so attractive that you will fall for it and keep coming back here for every other vacation. You can definitely do a Philippines trip on a budget. So you need not worry much about the cost! Make sure you check out all the tips for safety in the Philippines and more!
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