Unplug from your busy world and spend a day to yourself (or with others). You could either choose to stay indoors and chill, or stand in the midst of nature and just take it all in. Diving spots, lakes, and beaches are easily accessible from the heart of Dumaguete City — all you have to do is know where to go and how to get there.

Check Out:

  • Silliman University. The first American university in Asia, Silliman is one of the top universities in the Philippines. Walk around the campus and spot various historical memorabilia, visit its Anthropology Museum, or say a prayer in the Silliman University Church.
  • Rizal Boulevard. Easily accessible from the city center, Rizal Boulevard lines the Dumaguete harbor fronting Siquijor Island and the Western Nautical Highway. The boulevard is always buzzing with activity — from families having a picnic, to friends just hanging out, to lovers spending time together — and is a great spot to watch the sunrise from while you’re here.
  • Apo and Sumilon Islands. Apo and Sumilon are part of one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world, so it’s no surprise that divers flock to their shores in excited anticipation of what they would be able to see under the water. Corals and marine life here are preserved and supervised by Silliman University.
  • Balinsasayao Twin Lakes. Balinsasayao and Danao are two land-locked emerald lakes that sit between four mountains: Mahungot, Kalbasan, Balinsasayao, and Guidabon. You can do kayaking or paddleboarding, or go hiking on trails and get a chance to see a rare Philippine spotted deer, among others.