Dumaguete City is the capital and the main port of Negros Oriental and is also referred to as ‘The City of Gentle People”. The temperature of Dumaguete has two main seasons consisting of dry and wet season, the dry seasons are the month of December to May while the wet season is on June to November. There are a lot of places to see and things to do in the city of Dumaguete and we’ll list some of it here so let’s get started then.
Here’s our list of Top 7 Places to Visit in Dumaguete City:
1. Dumaguete Boulevard – Or locally known as Rizal Boulevard, named after Dr. Jose P. Rizal the national hero of the Philippines. The boulevard is a very nice place to take a stroll around the shoreline and just let the atmosphere sink in, definitely one of the most beautiful and most captivating landmarks in the city and a must see.
2. Silliman University – The University was founded by Dr. David Sutherland Hibbard and Laura Crooks in 1901. The University is the first and oldest American university in the country some of the famous landmarks of the university are the Silliman Portals and Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium.
3. Dumaguete Belfry Tower – The tower is the oldest-surviving structure in Dumaguete city and it is reminiscent of the Spanish occupation of Negros Island. It was used as a watchtower to warn the locals from attacking pirates.
4. Dumaguete Zoo – Just located near the Silliman medical centre. The zoo conserve critically endangered Philippine species most of which can only be seen here in the country. The entrance fee is just 10 pesos and it is for a good cause. A good place to see and well worth the time and money.
5. Silliman University Anthropology Museum – The museum exhibits many of the country’s artifacts that were excavated from many parts of the country dating back thousands of years. A good place to visit if you want to learn more about the country’s prehistoric roots.
6. Apo Island Marine Sanctuary – Considered as one of the best dive spots in the country and even in the world. The Apo Island Marine Sanctuary is home to more than two-thirds of the worlds known coral species. Because of the vastness of its marine resources the islands has been protected since 1982 as a fish sanctuary.
7. Bais Dolphin Watching – Tañon strait is home to a number of dolphin species including the spinner dolphins and occasionally some whale species. A must see..
Have you been to Dumaguete? Feel free to share your tips and recommendations.
Photo Credits (Flickr Creative Commons & Wikimedia Commons): Dumaguete Baywalk by bortescristian/ Silliman by Aclarado/ Dumaguete Belfry Tower by Mike Gonzalez/ Silliman University Anthropology Museum by Aclarado/ Dolphins by Flipnomad/ Apo Island by SarahDepper