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Dumaguete City Travel Guide: 217 reviews and 555 photos

Off the beaten path...

Dumaguete is not your usual summer destination unlike Boracay and Palawan. I'm not exactly sure what started us looking at Dumaguete for our annual summer outing. But once we decided on it, I started reading about the place and found myself facinated and excited about the trip. Apparently, there are a lot of must-see places in Dumaguete. What more, I saw this special on Apo Island in Living Asia.

So all 5 of us set off for Dumaguete last April 19 for a 4d/3n trip. We decided on Sta Monica Beach Resort so we can still swim in the pool when not on the beach. Heard also that the place and service is good.

Things to do, places to go...

They say that Dumaguete is the city of gentle people. And from our experience with them, this is indeed true. The place has the best of both worlds. You have all the beaches and natural wonders. At the same time, you have the city with all the modern amenities. It was great just walking along their boulevard and sampling the street food in their night tempura place. They set up all these tables and chairs along the boulevard at night. You can buy squid balls, balot, fish tempura etc.

Our itinerary was this:
1st day - check in at the resort, rest, go to CasaRoro Falls in Valencia
2nd day - dolphin watching in Bais, visit the Manjuyod sandbar
3rd day - snorkeling in Apo Island
4th day - enjoy the resort, mass, home

Basically, we spent about P10,700 each in total.
Plane fare - P4,000
Rooms (de luxe rooms in Sta Monica) - P2,700
Transfer/terminal Fee - P300
Tours/fares/food - P3,700

I guess if you get rooms in the city (P800/room), you will save about P1,200 for the rooms plus about 500 more for fares. And if you do it in non-peak months where there are P1 fare, that's 2k less on the budget. That means you can do a trip in Dumaguete for P7k!

Check the details of our trips in my 'Things to Do' tips.

Great photos!

There's so many great photo opportunities in Dumaguete. The Manjuyod sandbar in itself is a photographer's dream. Same thing for the CasaRoro Falls and the rock in Apo Island. You can never take bad pictures!

I was even able to get a shot and video of the dolphins that crossed our path on our way to Apo Island. We were a bit frustrated in our dolphin watching trip in Bais because we didn't see any. But the next day made up for it coz we stumbled upon them :)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:great snorkeling, cheap food
  • Cons:big waves
  • In a nutshell:A Great Summer Alternative!
  • Last visit to Dumaguete City: Apr 2007
  • Intro Updated May 2, 2007
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    Nice page

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    Great place to spend a few days! The hike down to Casaroro Falls, surrounded by lush greenery, sounds like a perfect escape from the heat. Would most likely dip into the lagoon after it :) Glad that at the end you saw the dolphins :) They are so cute!

  • MURRA's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    interesting lifestyle

  • gugi66's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:52 AM

    Great place. Truly paradise, Great pictures and good tips. Greetings from Stockholm, Sweden

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2007 at 8:55 PM

    Looks like paradise Liza! take me away!

  • asianbelle's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2007 at 4:30 AM

    how far is manjuyod sandbar from dumaguete city? is it on the same route as casaroro? i'm going to dgt in august. thanks.


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