Negros Oriental: A Home Away From Home

7/07/2015







HOW TO GET THERE:

By Air:

The easiest way to get to Dumaguete is by plane. Cebu Pacific and PAL Express have daily trips that fly directly from Manila/Cebu to Dumaguete.  See schedules below.  Travel time is approximately an hour and  fifteen minutes.




By Water:

2GO Travel is the only company I know  that travels from Manila to Dumaguete (v.v).  There used to be two, Super Ferry and Sulpicio Lines but they stopped after Typhoon Pablo.

For Schedules and Rates Customer Interaction Center
Trunkline : (+63 2) 5287000
E-Mail: info@2go.com.ph

For Online Ticketing Website Coordinator
Trunkline : (+63 2) 5287209

You can also ride a ferry/fast craft from Cebu to Dumaguete.  For general schedules, check http://schedule.ph/boat/from/Cebu-City/to/Dumaguete. It is best to check with the shipping company first since schedules change without prior notice.


GETTING AROUND: 

There are no taxis in Dumaguete. The best way to get around is to ride the tricycles. Minimum fare is PhP8. You can also rent the trikes for a whole day, price is negotiable.


You can also rent vans/cars for a day. You can self-drive or request for a driver to tour you around the city. Daily rates range from P1,500 -2,200. Listed below are two rental companies you can try:

Quantum Dlux Tour 
Contact #:  0917 841 6684 / (035) 420 5008
Email Address: quantumdlux@yahoo.com.ph / quantumdluxtours@gmail.com
Website: http://quantumdluxtours.com/

Safe Ride Car and Van Rentals 
Contact #: +63 32 260 4995 / +63 917 310 0392 / +63 917 540 0159 (Viber and WhatsApp) / +63 925 511 6111 / +63 918 945 6960
Email Address: dumaguete@saferidecarrental.com
Website: http://www.saferidecarrental.com/





WHERE TO STAY: 

I am going to list four hotels only in Dumaguete since these are the ones I’m familiar with. I haven’t tried staying in these  hotels since my family has a house in Negros.  Better check Trip Advisor to see the ratings and reviews for these hotels. :)
Budget friendly hotel situated in downtown Dumaguete with rooms ranging from P250 (dorm) to P1300 (air-conditioned).  Rooms come with free breakfast, coffee, tea, safety deposit box and lockers.

Address: 205 Hibbard Ave. Dumaguete City, Philippines 6200
Contact No. +63 35 522-0144 / +63 35 422-3477 / +63 917302-4455 / +63 939925-6322
Email Address: harold@haroldsmansion.com

Hotel is situated right at the heart of downtown Dumaguete. Rizal Boulevard and other commercial establishments are just walking distance. Airconditioned rooms range from P1,050 to P2600.
      Address: San Jose St., Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines 6200



      Contact No. +63 35 226-3330/ +63 35 422-5114 / 63 35 422-0788 / +63 917631-2109 / +63 922889-4911
      Email Address: hotelnicanor@yahoo.com


      Hotel is also in downtown Dumaguete and room rates start at P1000.  Location is near Silliman University and Holy Child Hospital. 

      Address: Dr. V. Locsin St, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental 6200, Philippines
      Contact No. +63 35 422-8995/ +63 35 422-8995 / 63 35 226-2775 / +63 917771-1600/ +63 922888-4371
      Email Address: hotelpalwa@yahoo.com


      They have 102 available rooms 16-22 sq. meters in size. Go Hotels  is situated beside Robinson’s Place Dumaguete but a bit far from downtown Dumaguete. You’ll have to take a tricycle to get to other commercial establishments. Room rates start at P1088. 

      Address:  Calindagan corner South Road, Dumaguete Central Business District, Dumaguete City
      Website: http://www.gohotels.ph/locations-page/specific-location/dumaguete/
      Contact No. +63 (35) 5221100 / +63 (35) 5221102

      There are many other hotels to choose from when you are in Dumaguete. For the listing, click here and here


      WHERE TO EAT:

      Flores Ave | Piapi, Escano Beach, Dumaguete City,Negros Oriental, Philippines

      I haven’t tried eating here yet but this is one of the Dumaguete favourites. They offer American, Mediterranean, Filipino, Asian and Vegetarian Cuisines which is why you’ll find that most of the customers are foreign nationals.  

      Located across Rizal Boulevard, this restaurant boasts of fresh seafood dishes, cocktails, great music (courtesy of a live band at night) and a good view of the sea – definitely giving justice to its name; hayahay in Cebuano means “comfort/convenience/laidback”.  Food can be a bit pricey ranging from P200 to P1000.


      Must try: Seafood Platter


      San Jose Street, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental,Philippines

      You cannot go to Dumaguete without visiting this restaurant. Sans Rival is a souvenir shop/bistro where you can buy the famous Dumaguete Silvanas (P140 a box), a dessert made from a layer of buttercream sandwiched between two cashew-meringue wafers coated with cookie crumbs (yum!).

      They have three branches: one is located in San Jose St. (this is the original store), another is the along Rizal Boulevard (this is the old house of the owners which they converted into a bistro) and the third one is at Robinson’s Place Dumaguete. They offer Filipino food, pastries and desserts ranging from P15 to P200.

      Must Try: Silvanas (Classic and Chocolate), Sans Rival Cake

      Silliman Avenue, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental,Philippines


      I have personally tried eating here several times and I highly recommend it.  For only P120, you can enjoy one piece of grilled chicken with atsara (papaya salad) on the side and unlimited rice. :)

      Their grilled chicken is like Bacolod’s Chicken Inasal but sweeter and better. They have two branches: one near Silliman University and one near Sibulan Airport. 

      Must Try: Grilled Chicken




      This is a budget-friendly “turo-turo” restaurant scattered around Dumaguete. They offer home-cooked dishes like adobo, nilagang baboy (pork stew) and lechong paksiw. If you are short on cash, this one is an ideal place to eat. Food range from P50 to P300. 


      Must Try: Grilled Pork Belly (Liempo) 







      Flores Street, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental,Philippines

      Lab-as is a Cebuano word which means “fresh” and this is what the restaurant is know for. Located along Rizal Boulevard (beside Hayahay), Lab-as offers a wide range of freshseafood dishes to its customers. Their best-seller is the Dumaguete Express, a mixture of squid, fish, shrimp, malunggay (moringa leaves) and buko strips all served in a coconut cream-fish broth soup topped with grilled pork. Food price starts  at P250. 



      Must Try:  Dumaguete Express, Siglaw (fish ceviche and grilled pork)



      • Painitan in the Dumaguete Public Market (Tiangge)
      Okay, this is not really a restaurant but more of a line of stalls found in the public market. Going to a painitan is a must when you are in Dumaguete. They sell my favourite breakfast dish,  budbud – a delicacy made from sticky rice cooked in coconut milk and sugar. Budbud is best paired with hot chocolate made from tablea (pure cacao beans that are dried, roasted and then ground). A piece of budbud costs P5 and a cup of hot chocolate is P10. 

      You should also try the Budbud Tanjay which is basically the same as the normal budbud except that it is streaked with chocolate already.  Three pieces of this yummy delight will cost you P20


      WHAT TO DO:






      • Visit the Belfry Tower and other old churches around Negros Oriental

      • Walk around Silliman University

      • Chase falls in Valencia 

      • Go kayaking in the Sibulan Twin Lakes (Lake Balinsasayao and Lake Danao)

      • Appreciate nature in Lake Balanan

      • Hang out with dolphins in Bais 


      • Swim or sunbathe in the Manjuyod White Sandbar

      • Dive or snorkel in Apo Island 
       
      • Try a different kind of shopping experience in Malatapay Tabo-tabo market


      • Chill out in Antulang Beach Resort /Bahura Beach Resort 
      Antulang Beach Resort
        Bahura Beach Resort
      I'm going to write separate posts for each of these activities based on my experience. I'll also share pictures and tips as well as sample itineraries. 

      Hope this post helps. Let me know below if you have any questions and I'll try to answer them as much as I can. Ciao! :)

      - Ina


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