Cheap Flights To Dumaguete
Nicknamed the "City of Gentle People", Dumaguete is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Philippines. Situated in Negros Oriental province, this coastal resort town is small but packed with cultural energy, sights and tropical beaches. As its nickname suggests, this is a seriously laid-back destination, but it's not stuck in tropical torpor. Instead, you'll find a lively university community, which is the basis for one of the country's most vibrant event calendars. From the street dances during Sandurot to the music of Buglasan, Dumaguetenos love to party, and they are always willing to welcome globe-trotting revellers to join the fun. However, at any time of year, there's plenty to see and do. Try delicious tempura snacks on Rizal Boulevard, visit the 18th-century church of St Catherine, hike to the Pulang Bato falls or just zone out at idyllic beach spots like Manjuyod or Apo Island. In this relaxed East Asian tourist delight, everyone can enjoy some time in the sun.
Things To Do
From epic sunbathing sessions to world-class diving; from raucous festivals to elegant historical architecture -- Dumaguete has it all and allows history fans, sun-seekers and culture vultures to have the time of their lives.
- Visit wondrous waterfalls
Negros Oriental is one of the most beautiful regions in the Philippines (which is really saying something), and some of the most breathtaking sights are within easy reach of Dumaguete. Waterfalls are the star attraction with gorgeous cascades like Casaroro and Pulang Bato a short distance from local hotels.
- Explore one of the most welcoming cities around
The city itself also offers plenty of attractions from the elegance of Rizal Boulevard and the early 20th-century architecture of Silliman University to the church of St Catherine and the 18th century Bell Tower. And don't forget to tuck into local cuisine as well. With everything from Korean and Tagalog to Austrian cooking represented, there's plenty of choice.
- Paradise for sunseekers, snorkellers and divers
If you want somewhere to relax by the tropical ocean, you're in luck. On one hand, you can explore the area's marine riches via whale-watching tours in Tanon Strait or dive at Apo Island. On the other, you can crash out at resorts like El Oriente and soak up the rays.
Calendar Of Events
Dumaguete is a major Philippino cultural centre, with regular art, food and religious events for visitors to experience. Here are a few of the major highlights:
Buglasan: Known locally as the "Festival of Festivals", Buglasan is a place for the region's musical talent to shine. From hip hop to folk, stages across Dumaguete are filled with melodies and beats during this mid-October spectacular.
Sandurot: Sandurot means "reaching out", which is a good summary of what this September event is all about. It's a joyous, outward looking celebration of community with street dance, food markets and plenty of smiles.
Santacruzan Fiesta: Held in May, the Santacruzan Fiesta is a riotous celebration featuring events as diverse as kayaking competitions, indigenous culture exhibitions and even more fabulous street dance contests.