Welcome! If you came here from this post, then thank you! If you haven’t read this post yet and would like to know HOW we got to Dumaguete via landtrip, then please head on over there. But if you’ve already got that bit down and just need some suggestions of what to do while you’re visiting Dumaguete, then WELCOME!
Paolo and I arrived at Dumaguete around 8:00- 9:00 pm and were scheduled to drive to Bacolod the next day at around 1:00- 2:00 pm if wanted to reach our destination in time for dinner. We booked our hotel via Agoda atU Pensionbecause it’s right smack in the middle of everything we wanted to do and well, it was pretty affordable. It was fairly decent and yes, extremely near everything so if you aren’t planning to bring a car and would like to explore the city on foot, you might want to consider U Pension.
Everyone will tell you that if you go to Dumaguete, you HAVE to go to the boulevard and well, since we were already there, we did. We were under the assumption that there was street food there but chuckled to find out that they actually only served fish ball, tempura and balot so for the sake of being there, we ate. If you want the complete truth, there’s really nothing to do there except admire the view and Paolo and I placed it under the “mao na ni? unsa pa’y laing mabuhat diri” (is this is? what’s there to do here?) categories of tourist spots. Sorry if that offends anyone but you can literally just go there, eat the street food, look at it and you’re done.
Luckily, there are a lot of posh dining spots right across the boulevard where we could soothe our hungry stomachs and when in Dumaguete, you’ve gotta drop by San Rival Bistro, right? Yes, I know, we have it in Cebu but why pass off the opportunity to eat at the original one?
Sans Rival Bistro is famous for their desserts but their entrees are also something you shouldn’t miss out on. They are insanely affordable and the taste does not disappoint. I was too hungry to remember to take a photo of their menu but to give you an idea, the spaghetti cost P90.00 (whaaaat?).
3. Get Cultured at the Siliman Anthropology Museum
We weren’t in the drinking mood that night so we decided to call it a night and wake up early in the morning so we could tick off some things on our list. However, if YOU want to drink or check out the night life there, here’s a quick Google searchfor you to go through but everything is basically along the road.
The next morning, we got up, grabbed some Mickey D’s for breakfast then headed out to the Siliman Anthropology Museum which is a cultural center that displays a lot of artifacts about our Filipino culture. I always make it a point to visit a museum during my travels and I’m always glad that I do.
The anthropology center is located at the Hibbard Hall (where you can find the church & outdoor auditorium) and requires an entrance fee and does not allow you to take photos but trust me, it’s one of those places you’d want to check out if you’re fascinated by facts, history and culture.
My papa joked and asked if Paolo and I were on an educational tour rather than on a vacation because we basically packed our morning schedule at museums. But honestly, Dumaguete is blessed with one of the finest schools of the country and of course I wanted to indulge in every moment I could of it!
The Siliman Marine Museum is comprised of about 3 parts: the marine mammal bone museum, the coral farm and the crocodile sanctuary. It costs less than P50.00 to get in and explore the area and though it’s no Disneyland, it’s still a pretty neat place to go to and explore. Let’s be honest, there aren’t a ba-jillion things to do in Dumaguete so we tried our best with the little time we had!
5. Grab Lunch at Kri Before Heading Out
Kri will always have a special place in my heart because their burgers are superb! They are in the mid range price but I swear, it’s worth it. I first visited there in 2013 during my very first visit there and I was so happy to return 4 years later to the same, if not better, taste of their juicy angus burgers and other dishes. It’s weird that I would eat burgers in Dumaguete but just trust me on this one!
My favorite features about Kri is that it’s also a semi- art gallery which means they often change the artwork that beautifully plasters its walls. I wasn’t able to ask whose artworks were displayed during my visit there but they were beautiful, nonetheless.
Not quite the itinerary you’re looking for? Here are other places where you can stay at, eat and do while you’re in Dumaguete!
A couple of weeks ago, Paolo and I had to make a trip to Bacolod to have his passport renewed. We didn’t have a whole lot of time before our upcoming Taipei trip and it was almost impossible to get a schedule at our DFA so having it done elsewhere just fel like the best thing.
We decided to turn it into a pre- Taipei trip and drop by Dumaguete and then Bacolod then back to Cebu since we had business in the South anyways and we’ve never been there together before. After much discussion, our best option was… a road trip!
We decided to drive to Maayo Shipping Lines’ port (Santander) which is roughly around 3:30- 4:00 hours away from the main city. Getting our vehicle on the boat/ RORO cost us around P1,300.00 for a back and forth trip* from the Port of Santander to the Sibulan Port (Negros). It was a quick 30 minute float to the port and from there we drove to Dumaguete which was a 20 minute or so drive. We relied heavily on Waze which did not disappoint and took up very little of my data, in case you’re concerned about that. Seriously guys, it’s 2017, if you don’t know how to use Waze/ Google maps then you’re seriously missing out!
* Paolo forgot that we would drive from Cebu- Santander – Dumaguete- Bacolod – Toledo- Cebu so now we have an extra ticket from Dumaguete back to Santander.
We stayed in Dumaguete for half a day, checking off some typical touristy things off our list (which I will share in separate blog posts) before heading North (Bacolod). It was an excruciating 5 hour trip for someone with as short of an attention span as I do, but you know, a good Spotify playlist is always the solution to anything!
Plus, the view was AMAZING!
Again, I will be sharing the accounts of what we did in Bacolod in another blog post but we basically stayed there for a good 3 days covering famous food destinations, an island and meeting up with old friends.
Then we made our way across the island to the Port of San Carlos (enter, Waze) and although we cannot remember which shipping line it was, we got on the earliest roro that could get us and our car back to Toledo city where we drove back to the motherland.
I wanted to make this blog entry for you guys just in case you were planning a quick trip and didn’t quite know how to do so.
Here are other ways for you to get around on land:
Decided to take a long overdue and well deserved vacation during the recent long weekend to the city of smiling people, Dumaguete. It was a sweet but short trip which would not have been as wonderful as it was without our awesome accommodations at The Flying Fish Hostel.
Located at 32 Hibbard Avenue Bantayan, Dumaguete City which is about 5 minutes away from the famous Boulevard, The Flying Fish is a great place to seek refuge after a long day of soaking yourself in Dumaguete’s rich culture. It’s also a great place to lounge around and meet a lot of interesting people from all over the world whether alone, in twos or even large traveling groups.
The architecture, beautifully deconstructed interiors and the overall ambiance of the place was completely captivating and if that isn’t enough to convince you to make a trip down south, their affordable prices definitely will!
The common area where guests can exchange stories with one another over coffee or beer.