DUMAGUETE CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL TRAVEL GUIDE + 2-DAY ITINERARY, BUDGET
Negros Oriental is a province in Central Visayas. Its capital city is Dumaguete.
DUMAGUETE, NEGROS ORIENTAL
Dumaguete City is considered “The City of Gentle People,” and it is located in the province of Negros Oriental.
The city’s Siliman University, one of the prestigious schools in the country is found in the heart of the town. Dumaguete became famous because of this institution. Many international students have also enrolled in this school due to the quality of education being offered.
A lot of foreigners choose to travel and even settle in Dumaguete because of its culture and its relaxed lifestyle. The city also has easy access to a lot of beautiful neighboring provinces such as Siquijor, Bohol, Cebu, and Negros Occidental.
Dumaguete has a land area of 33.62 km. The population of the city is 120,883. While Cebuano is the dialect used at the place, most people of Dumaguete can communicate in Tagalog, Ilonggo, and in English.
Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental offers many sights and spots that are suited for slow travelers and even for adventurous souls. When in the city, one can go on snorkeling and scuba diving in its famed diving site, Apo Island. Tourists can also go on spelunking in Mabinay, climb Mt. Talinis and Mt. Canlaon and much more. Also, there are a lot of hotels and beach resorts around the city of Dumaguete.
WHERE TO STAY IN DUMAGUETE CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL
MANHATTAN SUITES INN
Robinson’s Place, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Tel No : (+63) (35) 422-8200
Mobile : (+63) 917-314-1070
GO HOTELS DUMAGUETE
Calindagan corner South Road, Dumaguete City
Tel : (+63) (35) 522-1100 or 02
Mobile : (+63) 922-464-6835
ISLAND’S LEISURE HOTEL
Hibbard Avenue, Dumaguete City
Tel No : (+63) (35) 522-0645
C & L BAY VIEW INN
Colon Street, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Tel No : (+63) (35) 422-9671
Fax : (+63) (35) 225-6219
ASIA NOVOTEL DUMAGUETE
Perdices Street, Dumaguete City
Tel No : (+63) (35) 522-0337
Mobile : (+63) 916-601-9850
San Jose St., Dumaguete City
Tel. No : (+63) (35) 421-0787 / 226-3330 / 422-5114
Mobile : (+63) 922-889-4911
BETHEL GUEST HOUSE
Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Tel No : (+63) (35) 225-2000 / 422-8000
Fax : (+63) (35) 422-8003
Mobile : (+63) 917-320-1484
COCO GRANDE HOTEL
Hibbard Avenue, Dumaguete City
Tel No : (035) 422-0746 / 422-0747 / 422-1328 / 225-0833
Mobile : (+63) 939-915-5121 / 917-701-7152
OBDULIA’S BUSINESS INN
Perdices Cor. Colon & Pinili Streets, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Tel No : (+63) (35) 226-3291 / 422-3607
Mobile : (+63) 915-839-5680
#39 Real St., Corner San Juan St., Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Tel No : (+63) (35) 422-1137
Mobile : (+63) 917-700-7735 / 908-820-2123
DUMAGUETE CITY AND NEGROS ORIENTAL’S TOURIST DESTINATIONS TO VISIT IN 2 DAYS
You can stroll at the boulevard in the morning, you will see a lot of people go jogging as you enjoy the beautiful sunrise. Late in the afternoon, people gather again at the boulevard just to relax, stroll and later enjoy some street food. A good number of restaurants can also be found in the area.
Balanan Lake, Negros oriental
Explore the southern part of Negros Oriental, and discover the peaceful ambiance of Balanan Lake. This is located at Barangay Sandulot Siaton, about 34 kilometers from Dumaguete. You can comfortably travel through a private car or a private bus. When you reach the place, you can enjoy the swimming pool or you can go boating with your family or friends. There is also a mini-forest which you can explore and take pictures. The place is also good for relaxation and meditation. Visiting the place is worthy to remember.
Must Read: Balanan Lake, Negros oriental
- Banca – PHP50.00/hour, good for 2 persons; PHP100.00/hour, good for 8 persons
- Pedal Boat – PHP100.00/hour
- Kayak – PHP150.00/hour
- Triak – PHP200.00/hr
- Floating Cottage – PHP100.00/hr
- Big Rooms – PHP4,000.00/day, max 4 pax (Maximum additional 3 pax)
- Small Rooms – PHP1,500.00/day max 3 pax (Maximum additional 3 pax), Additional -PHP200.00/ pax
- Staff House – PHP 2,000.00/day, max 10 pax (Maximum additional 5 pax), Additional -PHP100.00/ pax
- TreeHouse – PHP2,000.00/day, max 6 pax
- Balaney – PHP5.00/ pax
- Picnic Table – PHP30.00 whole day
- Camping Fee – PHP150.00/day
Contact Negros Oriental Tourism
Balanan Admin : (+63 35) 427 0345
Siliman University is one of the private research university in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental. It is also the first American university in the Philippines. Siliman is the only five universities in the Philippines with Institutional Accreditation by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines. Institutional Accreditation is the highest certification that can be granted to an educational institution.
The Siliman university was registered as a National Landmark by the National Historical Institute. It offers the following courses for early childhood, elementary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels. There are also program offering for the undergraduate and graduate levels: Arts, Agriculture, Accountancy, Anthropology, Architecture, Business Administration, Chemistry, English, Engineering, Filipino, Information Technology, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Biology, and many others that can satisfy your needs.
Siliman is also involved in research and community extension projects. Also designated as a Center of Excellence in Coastal Resources Management.
Painitan Market in Dumaguete City
Start your beautiful day with a filling breakfast at Painitan public market located at Dumaguete, Negros Oriental. Painitan is a place where everybody is having a quick and warm breakfast. Painitan food is mainly traditional and usually consist of thick, native chocolate drink, and a cup of brewed coffee with condensed milk, puto, sticky rice cooked in coconut milk and a little salt. Of course, the place is famous for its budbud kabog or millet with grated coconut that is wrapped and cooked in banana leaves.
Painitan is very affordable and unique when it comes to breakfast. Painitan also observed cleanliness because you can’t see the scattered paper and plastic. So people there are conscientious when it comes to trash so that they can maintain cleanliness in the market.
Must Read: Painitan
Valencia, Negros Oriental
Valencia is one of the municipalities of Negros Oriental; it is composed of 31,477 inhabitants and divided into 24 barangays. Valencia is voted as the cleanest and greenest town in Negros Oriental. There are also more fun activities in Valencia when you are trying to visit there beautiful spots, such as Forest Camp, Pulangbato Falls, Red Rock hot spring, Casaroro Falls, and many more.
Valencia is a very nice place because you can feel the colder climate that you can’t experience from the other municipalities because Valencia is known as the little Baguio of Negros. In Valencia, Cebuano dialect is commonly spoken, but English is also widely understood.
Must Read: Pulang Bato Water Falls
Bais City, Negros Oriental
The City of Bais has a population of 76,291 people. Located 45 kilometers from the City of Dumaguete; it has a land area of 31,964 hectares.
Its name Ba’is was taken from the Visayan word “ba-is” for brackish-water eel – a fish species native to the city and now considered as the city’s delicacy. Bais City is a former barrio and later became a municipality.
How to get to Bais, Negros Oriental
Dumaguete to Bais
It’s estimated time is 45 minutes. Ceres Liner travels every hour. It cost about 110 pesos – 170 pesos.
Bacolod to Bais, Negros Oriental
By Bus (Ceres Liner): Fare is from 220 pesos -320 pesos; it’s about 4 hours and 21 mins.
2.1 Directions From Bacolod to Dumaguete by driving.
It takes 5-6 hours by a bus traveling from Bacolod to Dumaguete.
2.2 By car from Dumaguete to Bais will take about 47 km. It’s about 1-hour travel north of Dumaguete.
Manjuyod Sandbar, Bais, Negros Oriental
Manjuyod is a sandbar which is a favorite destination for people visiting Negros Oriental. It’s also cheap to go there when you are with your family and friends. You can see dolphins at some point of the journey. Moreover, when it’s low tide, you can walk on the sand of Manjuyod. The bus fare from Dumaguete to Bais City is P61.
Must Read: Manjuyod Sand Bar
HOW WE GET TO DUMAGUETE, NEGROS ORIENTAL
Bacolod to Dumaguete
GETTING AROUND DUMAGUETE CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL
You can ride a tricycle within Dumaguete City. Just tell the driver where to go and pay the P10 fare. As for the nearest. Dumaguete attractions, just hop in the assigned jeepney terminal for your destination and pay the P12 fare. (The terminals of jeepneys are located at the downtown area) If you don’t know where they are, locals can help you find where they are. They are accommodating.
DUMAGUETE, NEGROS ORIENTAL ITINERARY SAMPLE ITINERARY FOR 2 DAYS + BUDGET
2-day Bacolod- Dumaguete Budget Itinerary with a side trip to Valencia and Bais,
Itinerary Budget per person (Itinerary Assumption)
Fare: Bus is 600 pesos (Bacolod to Dumaguete vice- versa) per person
Hotel: 650 pesos (overnight) per person
Manjuyod Sandbar: 750 pesos per person
Food: It depends on where you eat, but you can find modest eateries and restaurants around the area
Assumptions: Travel by Private Van
3:00 AM Leaving Bacolod
7:00 AM Quick breakfast and jingle break in Kabankalan (Jollibee)
8:30 AM Going to Balanan Lake
10:30 AM Traveling to Dumaguete
1:00 PM Having late lunch in Dumaguete
2:00 PM Bound to TEJERO RESORT (CHECK INN 2:00 PM)
3:00 PM Open itinerary: Enjoying the resort or other sites.
6:00 PM Exploring Boulevard, Silliman University, St. Catherine of Alexandria
9:00 PM Going back to TEJERO RESORT
5:00 AM Leaving TEJERO RESORT
5:30AM Painitan (Market) for breakfast – chocolate/coffee/budbud
7:00 AM Going to Manjuyod Sandbar, dolphin watching (buffet lunch inclusive of the tour package )
3:00 PM Going to Bacolod
7:00 PM Arrival time to Bacolod City
The Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete, Negros Oriental
1. Travel light —make sure you don’t bring a lot of things with you. Just bring a towel, few clothes, makeup (for women), few medicines, small soap, and shampoo sachet.
2. Relax –make sure you relax for you not to forget something in the future.
3. They must wear simple clothes, such as t-shirts, shorts, leggings, sneakers, or slippers. They must bring swimwear and sunscreen lotions for them to swim later on the day when there are beaches or swimming pools in that area.
4. If you are with your family, make sure always to watch your kids where they go for them not to get lost especially if they are toddlers or small children. Not to pack a lot of clothes, but just a few for them to wear. Always to keep an eye for the kids especially when they go swimming for them not to drown.
5. If traveling with a family or as a group, it would be good to bring a car or rent a van for it more convenient. If going with a private vehicle, you don’t need to wait for the bus and at the same time stopping anytime at your convenience.
6. You shouldn’t trust any strangers coming along the way or on the street of the place. Always watch what you eat especially street foods. You must know what it is first before you eat them so that you won’t get sick. Make sure to always stay with the team or with your family for you not to get lost.
8. Bring enough money for the trip. It’s much better to bring extra cash just in case you need to buy some souvenirs or pasalubong. Moreover, it would be great always to bring bottled water and some snack which you can take along the way.
Jonathan Reeve Miranda, Riza Mae H. Villanueva, Claudine Faith C. Ignacio, and Rosalia S. Baterna
English to Cebuano (primary language)
Good morning – Maayong buntag
Good afternoon – Maayong hapon
Good evening – Maayong gabii
Thank you – Salamat
Where is… – Asa ang
The Authors (L-R): Jonathan Reeve Miranda, Claudine Faith C. Ignacio, Rosalia S. Baterna, Riza Mae H. Villanueva, and Gene Claude Yuro-Mapa, CPA (inset)
Riza Mae H. Villanueva
Graduated with 2 bachelor’s degrees USLS –BSC in Marketing Management; and Berkeley College –BA in E-Business. Working currently as a Home-based English Teacher at I Love Speech Company-Bacolod and a Board of Director at Tortelloni Corporation-Bacolod
Jonathan Reeve Miranda
Graduated BSBA Major in Operations Management at the University of St. La Salle (2016). Currently working at Pag-IBIG Fund as Customer Service Assistant (1yr and 3 months)
Rosalia S. Baterna
Rosalia BaternaGraduated with the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture major in Agribusiness at Central Philippine State University, Kabankalan City. Presently, she is connected with Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias, Registrars office.
Claudine Faith C. Ignacio
Graduated BSBA Major in Marketing Management at STI – West Negros University. She is currently working at Pag-IBIG Fund Bacolod under DBP Service Corporation Agency as a Customer Service Assistant.
Gene Claude Yuro-Mapa, CPA
Graduated Bachelor of Science in Accountancy at Carlos Hilado Memorial State College. Currently, he is a College Instructor, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College, and Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod. He is also a Freelance Tax Consultant.
- Tejero Highland Resort
- Dumaguete City Travel Guide
- Manjuyod Sandbar Travel Guide
- Apo Island Travel Guide
- Things to do In Dumaguete City
- Pulang Bato Falls
- Forest Camp Resort
- Buglasan Festival
- Sandurot Festival
- Twin Lake Balinsasayao
- Mabinay Spring Resort
- Mabinay Caves
- Dumaguete-Siquijor Itinerary
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