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Welcome to Dumaguete, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Philippines, where the sun meets the sea, and every corner tells a tale of adventure. If you’re a spirited backpacker seeking a destination that seamlessly blends natural wonders, vibrant culture, and laid-back charm, then Dumaguete is your next dream escape.


In this Ultimate Backpackers Guide, we’ve curated a treasure trove of experiences and insights gathered from the vibrant streets of Dumaguete. Whether you’re a culture enthusiast, a foodie on a quest for gastronomic delights, or a water wanderer ready to plunge into the azure depths, Dumaguete has something extraordinary to offer.

Manjuyod Sandbar in Negros, Oriental Philippines

Dive into the Depths:

For the underwater explorers, Dumaguete unveils a mesmerizing world beneath the waves. Discover the best diving spots in Dumaguete, from the famous Apo Island to the enchanting depths of Dauin, each promising an underwater adventure like no other.

Dive Sites

Explore renowned dive sites such as Chapel Point, Cogon, and The Sanctuary, each promising unique experiences that will captivate your senses. Immerse yourself in the beauty of steep walls adorned with vibrant hard coral, where large moray eels gracefully glide and fascinating critters like clownfish and shrimp gobies call home.

Go diving in search of turtles in Dumaguete, Photo by Giachens World

What to Expect

Prepare to be awe-struck as you encounter more than 30 meters of visibility in most dive spots. Apo Island, a standout among the dive destinations, is celebrated for its impressive schools of fish, stunning hard coral walls, and unparalleled opportunities for wide-angle photography. Dumaguete’s underwater realm is a haven for divers, promising an unforgettable adventure beneath the surface.

Traverse the Trails

Prefer to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground? For the landlubbers, Dumaguete’s landscapes offer enchanting trails. Stroll along Rizal Boulevard, chase waterfalls at Casaroro Falls, and absorb the intellectual ambiance at Silliman University. Check out our blog where we highlight our Top Things to do Whilst Visiting Dumaguete!

Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete, Philippines
Walk along the coastline at Rizal Boulevard, Photo courtesy of Canva

Savor the Flavors

For the culinary enthusiasts venturing through Dumaguete, let your taste buds embark on a journey through a diverse spectrum of flavors that mirror the very essence of this captivating city. Every dining establishment mentioned in our article Top 10 Restaurants: Where to Eat in Dumaguete presents a distinctive gastronomic experience, encapsulating the rich tapestry of Dumaguete’s culture, traditions, and natural allure. 

Whether you find yourself relishing the freshest catch of the day along the shoreline or immersing in the creativity of fusion cuisine, your exploration of Dumaguete’s culinary panorama guarantees an utterly memorable and unique experience. This city’s gastronomic scene is a feast for the senses!

Local street food delicacies in Dumagete, photo courtesy of Alessandra Sio

Dance Through the Night

As the sun sets, Dumaguete transforms into a hub of lively nightlife. Explore the beach bars, dance your heart out at Why Not Disco, and unwind at the Hayahay Treehouse Bar, where the music flows as freely as the local spirits.

Prepare yourself for an exhilarating journey through the captivating streets of Dumaguete because we’ve got your back(pack)! Situated in the heart of the Negros Oriental province, Dumaguete emerges as the ultimate playground for adventure seekers, offering not only breathtaking views but also epic nights out. Delving into the city’s vibrant scene, we’ve uncovered the inside scoop on the Top 8 Backpacker Bars. Get ready to dance, laugh, and sip your way from night to day in these electrifying spots that promise an unforgettable experience.

Cheers to a good time at Mad Monkey’s bar, Dumaguete

Navigate the Journey

Wondering how to reach this paradise? Our Ultimate Transportation Guide takes you from the bustling streets of Cebu City to the serene shores of Dumaguete, ensuring a seamless journey for every backpacker.

Find Your Haven

Finally, rest your weary head in one of Dumaguete’s Unique Stays – be it a water park retreat, a beachfront oasis, or a cozy homestay. The city’s accommodations are as diverse and welcoming as its attractions.

We admit we are a little bias… But we think booking your Dumaguete stay at Mad Monkey might be the best decision you could make! From epic nightly events, and tours that show you the true culture of this incredible country! Plus the chance to make other mad monkeys mates! You really can’t ask for much more!

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More Information About Dumaguete

Seeking additional insights into this extraordinary city? Don’t miss out on our curated collection of articles that guide you on where to explore, what culinary delights to savor, the best spots to explore the Arts, and much more. Let the adventure begin, and may your journey through Dumaguete be nothing short of extraordinary.

Dumaguete, an incubator for the Arts — By Medium

Dumaguete’s Tourist Hotspots — by Guide To The Philippines

Where to Eat in Dumaguete — by Gamin Traveller

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Mad Monkey is Southeast Asia’s leading hostel operator — born in Cambodia with more properties in Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, Laos, and the Philippines. We pride ourselves in creating meaningful and sustainable travel experiences for our guests, whilst promoting socially responsible tourism.