We went to the Philippines looking for white beaches and sunshine and that is exactly what we got. When we were looking at places to base ourselves, we wanted a mixture of the city and beach life so we decided to stay in Dumaguete. Let me just say the beaches in Dumaguete are not amazing.. the sand is black due to volcanic ash and the only ‘good’ beaches to sit on and sunbathe are at the resorts up in Dauin and further on, BUT it is near to islands with amazing beaches (Siquijor, Oslob, Apo) and it is a more built up area than these islands so the places to eat/shop are provides more options than other islands. Our other option to stay and base ourselves was in Metro Manila as this is the Capital and a more ‘built up’ area and a central airport to other islands in the Philippines. However, as we are from London we decided not to stay here because we didn’t want to see another city with no beaches. 

Firstly, we hit Dumaguete. This is an up and coming area as it has a University there so new businesses are slowly growing and expanding. We based ourselves in Dumaguete and then each day we travelled to islands nearby and did day trips to other islands.

Things to do:

Resorts! The resorts are quite far out in Dumaguete so you would need to get a motorbike up there. Our favourite resorts in Dumaguete were:

Pura Vida resort – This is a more expensive resort. The entrance fee is consumable with their food menu and the view, the service and the food in incredible.

Bahura resort – They have 3 pools in total, one of which is an infinity pool (pictured below)bahuraduma.jpg

 Valencia, Dumaguete

Get on a  motorbike up to Valencia and see the Casaroro waterfall. You will go down a very steep and never ending staircase. Then you need to literally climb up the rocks with flowing water and get to THIS view! It is not easy and I (Beth) did almost break my ankle/die up there but when we got to the waterfall it was incredible! Also… make sure you jump in!We highly recommend wearing shoes with good grip! 
Zip lining at Tejero resort! It’s so cheap and only lasts 10 seconds but it’s amazing!

Places to eat:

Moon Cafe for good ribs and juices
Pura Vida Resort. This is more expensive but the service and food is amazing
Krish for fast serviced and good food

Massages and Spas:

Natura Spa is amazing! Massages in Dumaguete are so cheap but it is worth paying a little extra for good service. If you want to be in the same room as your friend/boyfriend then just ask to be in the same room or for a couples massage. We got offered a tea at the end of our massages and it was amazing!

Like I said, Dumaguete is an up and coming area but I wouldn’t recommend spending a lot of time here as there are nicer beaches and clearer waters to be seen in the Philippines.
Beth & Sam x



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