Although Philippines' Dumaguete City is primarily the gateway to the mysterious island of Siquijor, it also serves as a nice tourist spot with the existence of Dumaguete tourist attractions like Rizal Boulevard, Siliman University, Apo Island, Casaroro Falls and Balinsasayao Twin Lakes. Without a doubt, Dumaguete of Negros Oriental has become one of the most travelled places in the Philippines as noted by the country's Department of Tourism.
As Dumaguete tourism attracts more and more tourists who want to see the potential of this quaint little city, the need for various transportation means arise. Read on to learn more about the different ways to get to Dumaguete.
I. Via Air
1. Sibulan Airport
People from the North fortunately has the option to take a direct flight from Manila to Dumaguete via the Sibulan or Dumaguete Airport. Cebu Pacific Dumaguete holds seasonal airfare promos where one could get a roundtrip ticket for more or less P1,000. Meanwhile, Philippine Airlines also holds regular flights from Cebu and Manila to Dumaguete for a more expensive fare.
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2. Mactan-Cebu International Airport
Meanwhile, people from the south or those travelers who are in places where direct flights to Dumaguete are not available, usually go to Cebu by air. A connecting flight from Cebu to Dumaguete is then made possible.
For Davaoenos like me, for instance, I still need to pass by Cebu before I could get to Dumaguete or Siquijor. Since I would like to think that I could no longer afford a second flight from Cebu to Dumaguete, I opted to take the most time-consuming means yet the cheapest way there is--I will discuss this below.
II. Via Sea
1. From Manila
Dumaguete Philippines could be accessed by sea from Manila for 36 hours.
2. From Cebu
Meanwhile, people from Cebu could opt for a fast ferry craft that could take them to Dumaguete City Philippines in just about four hours. Fare usually runs from P1,000 to P2,000.
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III. Land Transfer from Cebu Airport to Dumaguete City
The cheapest Dumaguete travel method for people starting in Cebu is to take a bus (usually from the Ceres bus line) at Cebu City's South Bus Terminal.
Assuming that you started at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, you could hail a taxi to take you to the South Bus Terminal. Alternatively, you could take the longer yet cheaper means by riding the yellow multicab that regularly passes by the airport and let the driver know to drop you off at the Marina Mall. Jeepney fare is P8.00.
From Marina Mall, hail a jeep that will take you to the Park Mall for only P10. You can then ride a jeepney that will drop you off at the South Bus Terminal. Pay the measly terminal fee (P10), and choose a bus that has Dumaguete on its sign board, and pay P200. Buses to Dumaguete leave every hour.
Once the bus arrives in Bato, where a barge awaits to take it across the Tanon Strait, passengers need to pay a barge fare of P70. Upon arriving at Dumaguete's Tampi Port, the bus then heads straight to the city centre for about 30-45 minutes.
Overall, Dumaguete travel time from Cebu City is more or less six hours.
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