SPORT AND ADVENTURE
Because of it’s location on the sea and also being close to the mountains and other islands such as Apo and Sequijor,Dumaguete is an ideal location for exploring. It has a cornucopia of options available for outside adventures, sporting activities, or more leisurely pursuits. Whether you are highly active and looking for adventure, or would prefer a more relaxed approach when experiencing the outdoors, Dumaguete is an ideal location for you.
Sports tourism in Dumaguete has evolved dramatically over the past five years. In addition to being chosen as the best place to retire by the Philippine Retirement Authority, and among the top six cities in the world to retire by Forbes magazine, Dumaguete was recognized in 2017 as the best sports organized location in the Visayas. This came after years of successfully hosting local, national, and international sporting events. Additionally, Dumaguete was selected to host the 2020 OSEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) student games. That involved participation by the best school athletes from the twelve country region.
Let’s review some of your options. Due to space limitations, it will be detailed but not all inclusive. We can provide any other clarification you want when you contact us. One factor that will please you is the cost will be meaningfully, less expensive than what you would pay in Europe, North America, or Australia.
There are several sight seeing tour companies that will happily take you on tours of the city. If you prefer something more adventurous, you could go with them island hopping for a few days. Apart from the pleasure of viewing giant waterfalls, or swimming in pools under them, you could experience exotic islands, and, if inclined, swim with turtles, dolphins, while occasionally seeing whales. The tour companies provide hotel accommodations, recommend restaurants, and will cater to most of your needs.
It’s important you select a company that has accreditation with some, it not all, of the following agencies: The Department of Tourism, the Philippine Travel Agents Association (PTAA), Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), and/or Negros Oriental Travel and Tour Agencies (NOATTA)
The following are some, but not all, of the outside activities and adventures available for you: Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Kite Flying, running,trail waking, mountain climbing, trail hiking, hiring an airplane, swimming with dolphins and turtles, visiting a bee farm, golfing, exploring waterfalls, kayaking, windsurfing, canoeing, zip lining, visiting a bird sanctuary, visiting the Japanese shrine, and cave exploration.
SCUBA DIVING: Dauin, which is a short drive from Dumaguete, is the central point for scuba diving and snorkeling in Negros Oriental and is considered to be one of the best in the Philippines. All dive sites there are marine sanctuaries and officially protected. No fishing is allowed inside these areas. Not is any boat traffic permitted. The consequence of such protection is an abundance of spectacular aquatic life and healthy corals. It’s not coincidental that several diving websites refer to Dauin as “a truly amazing place to dive.”
RUNNING: Running is a way of life here in Dumaguete. There are clubs you can join for regular training with a view to doing competitive racing such a 5k, 10 k up to marathon, or even triathlon level. Or you might simply want to join the joggers along Rizal Boulevard for their daily activity. Either way, if you enjoy running, the options available are plentiful.
The purpose here was to let you know about the variety of adventures, sporting, and outside activities available for you. We discussed some in detail but clearly, there is much more you need to know depending on what your preferences are. If you want more specific information, or want to discuss an activity we did not discuss, please contact us. We will be happy to provide you with all the information you need to maximize the enjoyment of your experience.