Dumaguete, nicknamed as 'The City of Gentle People’ is the capital and the city with the highest population in the province of Negros Oriental. Considered as an urban city, Dumaguete is home to around 130,000 residents. Furthermore, the city is pinpointed as a university city due to the presence of various universities that are well-known nationally and abroad.
Dumaguete which has a tropical savannah climate, distinctly experiences two seasons which is dry and wet seasons. The best time to visit Dumaguete would be from February to March and from May to early June as these months are the driest and coolest months of the year, hence, are the most suitable time for tourists to venture into the city. However, the peak time for tourism would be during the third to fourth week of November as the city celebrates its most popular fiesta in honor of their patron saint, Sta. Catalina de Alexandria. Meanwhile, the off-peak time would be during summer, which is from June to August as it is the slowest season for tourism. Hence, the cost of lodging and accommodations may be less.
Naga Airport ‒ Naga Airport or locally known as Paliparan ng Naga, is a public airport that serves Naga city and its metropolitan area. This airport is located in the provincial capital, Pili. The distance between this airport and the city of Naga is 9 kilometers. Both domestic and international airlines operate from this airport including Philippine Airline, South East Asian Airlines and Cebu Pacific. Naga Airport has a 1,402-meter long, concrete runway. Facilities provided at the airport that are beneficial to travelers include tourist information and assistance center, hotel and travel agency representatives and taxicabs.
Sibulan Airport ‒ Sibulan Airport, also known as Dumaguete Airport or Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport, is a major domestic airport which serves the general area of Dumaguete city. This airport is located in the province of Negros Oriental, specifically in the municipality of Sibulan, just a few meters away from Dumaguete City. Airlines that operate in this airport include Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Royale Air Way. Facilities include transfer service to any hotel in Dumaguete, a resto-bar and full-service airport lounge.
On average, both Naga and Dumaguete have high temperatures throughout the year. Usually, it will be dry and sunny with a chance of rain throughout most the year. The average maximum temperature in Naga is around 28 and 32 degree Celsius, while the average minimum is approximately 22 and 24 degree Celsius. As compared to Naga, Dumaguete notes an average maximum temperature of 34.3 degrees Celcius while having the same average minimum temperature of 22.9 degrees Celcius. However, the weather in both regions could be unpredictable due to the typhoon occurrences. Hence, visitors are advised to check the weather reports as flights might be affected by the typhoons.
Dumaguete is the right place to go if you seek for a relaxed, peaceful and affordable vacation. It is a place whereby everything is accessible even by walking, providing convenience to tourists. Some of the main attractions in Dumaguete include Rizal Boulevard, Apo Island and Pulangbato Falls.