Dumaguete town, church and belfry, Rizal Boulevard, Silliman University, Sibulan port, twin lakes
Specs: Town walking tour, food trip, hiking, souvenir shopping.
Duration: 1 day
Got a spare day in Dumaguete City? Here's a quick city tour itinerary for you. This was roughly our IT, except the twin lakes part. Earlier this year, the road going up the mountain was still being paved and it would've taken at least 1.5 hours to get there, so we skipped it. Now the trip is more doable, so I added it on the list.
- There are daily flights to Dumaguete (airport code DGT) from Manila via Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines.
- The airport is located in Sibulan town, about 20 minutes away from Dumaguete town proper.
- Travelers coming from Cebu can take the Cebu-Dumaguete ferry ride (from Lilo-an in South Cebu).
INDIE TIP: Dumaguete is a popular jump-off or onward destination for those traveling to Siquijor.
- Unless you took the Ro-Ro bus, you'll arrive in Dumaguete via Sibulan (ferry port/airport). It's a 15 to 20-minute jeepney ride from Dumaguete town proper.
- Ask the jeepney driver to drop you off at the church plaza, where you'll find the tourism office. There you can grab a map or ask for lodging recommendations.
- First stop is the Dumaguete Cathedral Church (St. Catherine of Alexandria) and its 400-year old belfry.
- Walk around the plaza. See the Rizal monument and observe the local people as they go about their daily laid back lives.
- Next, take a stroll towards Rizal Boulevard via Burgos St. and check out these old houses that must have been used by University officials back in the day.
- Rizal Boulevard has a breezy bay walk lined with Acacia trees. Restaurants and street food vendors are scattered along the street, which can get crowded at sun down.
- Have an early lunch while taking in the view of South Cebu.
- Sans Rival for dessert is a must at Sans Rival Cafe.
INDIE TIP: Dumaguete is known as the motorbike city of the Philippines. You'll find hundreds of motorbikes plying the streets on a busy day. You can rent one, too, for about P600/day.
- After lunch, it's time to head over to Silliman University. Some areas in campus are not accessible for tourists or may require identification (bring an ID).
- Drop by the Anthropology Museum. Entrance fee is P100 or less (link here, under 'museum policy').
- Hire a habal-habal (motorbike with driver) or rent a motorbike and drive up to Twin Lakes. Rate is about P400.
- Entrance fee in twin lakes is P100 or less.
- By 4PM (before sundown, for road safety), head back to Dumaguete town proper.
- Spend sundown by the boulevard before dinner time.
- From Dumaguete, the famous Apo Island/Reef is just an hour away (in Dauin).
- If you're not into hiking (twin lakes), you can kill time in Robinson's mall instead.
- You can also take a quick ferry ride to explore Lilo-an in South Cebu.
Budget: around P1000 per pax excluding airfare
Budget estimate for 1 person:
P50 short transportation (jeepney/tricycles)
P350 lunch, dessert, snack, drink
P100 entrance fees
P100 misc (tips, etc)
|Perdices St. and plaza|
|Dumaguete Cathedral Church|
|Dumaguete tourism office|
|dessert at Sans Rival|
|Silliman University Anthropology Museum building|
|checking out campus structures|
|Back at Sans Rival to buy some takeout (for pasalubong)|
Itinerary and expenses recorded on May 2015.