In a previous post we mentioned Dumaguete as having one of the densest concentrations of cafes and restaurants in the country. This ranges from hole-in the-wall types and small food stalls to diners, local cafes, restaurant chains and fancy dining places. Our only problem was choosing which place to go with our limited time in the city. Among the first we tried were those specializing in local and sea food dishes.
In between waterfall-chasing in Negros Oriental, this city was the place to chill out, enjoy good but inexpensive food and relish an easy stroll. Dumaguete is not, by all means, a quiet little town today but compared to the crowds and traffic in Metro Manila and other major cities in the Philippines, the pace here is still remarkably laid back. And there are still several pockets inside the city where you can enjoy an even slower pace.
One of the reasons why we love the city of Dumaguete in Negros Oriental province is because of its proximity to so many outdoor destinations, making it a suitable base for travel and sightseeing. One of the nearest tourist attractions to the city may be found in the town of Valencia, the municipality next to Dumaguete. There are two major waterfalls in this hilly town: Casaroro Falls and Pulangbato Falls.
When we first read about this waterfall from a travel blog a few years back we hardly entertained thoughts about visiting it. Not only was it located a considerable distance from Dumaguete City, the nearest city to the falls with an airport, the final leg of the trip was over some very rough roads. But just before another trip to Dumaguete last week we discovered that much of the road going to Niludhan Falls in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, was recently concreted, making the waterfall much more accessible.
The first time we came to this city we considered it merely a transit point to the island province of Siquijor. On our return trip to Sibulan Airport we had to wait out our return flight to Manila for a few hours at Dumaguete. After a limited exploration of the city we soon realized we had been missing out on a travel destination in itself.
We were told that dolphins would normally be sighted within 30-45 minutes after leaving the Canibol or Capiñahan Wharves at Bais town in Negros Oriental. That’s if you leave Bais early morning. Unfortunately we left at well past 10AM. And here we were already one hour away from Bais, in the middle of the Tañon Strait and closer to the island of Cebu than to Negros Oriental. And still no dolphins in sight.