Dumaguete is the bustling capital of Negros Oriental, located a few kilometers off Cebu’s southern tip. The city is a favorite retirement home of many expats for its vibrant yet chill vibe. Also, it is widely known as the City of Gentle People, and a few minutes into town will let you know why.
As the most accessible basecamp for nearby attractions like Apo Island and Siquijor, travellers often just use Dumaguete’s ports before moving on to their destination. But if you have extra time, we highly recommend checking out its town center – take a walk along Rizal Boulevard, have a bite at one of its unique cafes (make sure to try out the sans rival and/or silvanas at Sans Rival Cakes & Pastries), and get to know its beautiful people.
Recommended transport option
There is only 1 way to travel the 90km distance from Moalboal to Dumaguete: that is by ferry via Liloan Port. Fares, including transfers, start at 555 PHP ($11) and travel time is about 3 hours.
There is no direct way to get from Moalboal to Dumaguete. You need at least 3 transfers: a bus, a jeepney, and a tricycle. The journey is quite straight to the point though, just read our step-by-step guide below.
If you’re staying at Moalboal’s Panagsama Beach, you’ll need to take a tricycle or a motorbike taxi to get to the town centre. Rates start at 150 PHP ($3) and 50 PHP ($1), respectively. Ask to be dropped off at the bus stop.
Hail a Ceres Bus bound for Bato. They pass by every 30mins or so and you won’t have a hard time spotting them as they’re bright yellow in colour. You should see the Bato signboard in front of the bus. A ticket for a non-aircon bus costs 85 PHP ($1.70), but you can also take an air-conditioned bus for a slightly higher price.
The bus stops at Bato after around 2hrs. From here, you’ll need to take a tricycle to Liloan Port. Rates start at 150 PHP ($3) for a “special” ride. But if you don’t mind waiting for the tricycle to fill up, the per person rate is 30 PHP ($0.60).
Step 2: Liloan Port to Sibulan Port in Dumaguete by Ferry
Duration: 20mins Cost: 70 PHP ($1.40)
At Liloan Port, ferries bound for Sibulan depart every hour, on the hour from 4:00 to 18:00. There are also 2 other trips at 18:30 and 19:30. The journey takes 20mins and a ticket costs 70 PHP ($1.40). You can buy your ticket at the port.
Step 3: Sibulan Port to Dumaguete by Tricycle
Duration: 20mins Cost: 100 PHP ($2)
From Sibulan Port, the Dumaguete town centre is some 7km away. If you’re carrying a lot of luggage and are not familiar with the place, we recommend taking a tricycle that will take you straight to your guesthouse (or Dumaguete Port if you’re bound for Siquijor). Depending on your destination, the tricycle ride costs 100 PHP ($2) to 150 PHP ($3).
There is also an option to take a jeepney, which costs only 10 PHP ($0.20) per person. Keep in mind though that the jeepneys only pass by the main road. It’s best to tell the driver where you’re headed beforehand so they can drop you off somewhere near your destination. The rest, you’ll have to do on foot.
Sibulan Port to Dauin
Dauin is the most convenient jump-off point for those heading to Apo Island. From Sibulan Port, you can take a jeepney to the Ceres Bus Terminal in Dumaguete. This takes 30mins and costs 20 PHP ($0.40).
At the bus terminal, ask around which bus you can take to Dauin. Any bus going south to Bayawan or Zamboanguita should be good. This should take another 30mins and a ticket for an aircon bus starts at 50 PHP ($1).