Dumaguete City Tour
Dumaguete is a bustling town with four Universities and several colleges, the largest city in Negros Oriental. It is best known for being the home of Silliman University, which has a well-known marine biology laboratory. Dumaguete is also the principal seaport area with a wide commercial center and a breezy seaside boulevard, where you can sit with a drink or two by the many bars, cafes and restaurants lining the pavement. At night, Dumaguete features some good bars and hangouts, frequented by both foreigners and Filipinos. For visitors on a tour, the old Bell tower and oldest stone church in Negros Oriental are also worth a visit. There is a big and bustling covered market in the midst of town and an anthropology museum housed in the oldest building of Silliman University. The city also has a modern mall and movie theatre.
See something else than the beach by visiting the small mountain town of Valencia, 30 minutes away from Atmosphere. Whilst there, visit a fruit farm that grows a variety of tropical fruits such as the durian, rambutan, lanzones and mangosteen. Take a peak in a local home that has a collection of WW2 memorabilia and finish the tour by going to the forest camp, a picnic site built next to a creek with eight man-made swimming pools. The Valencia tour can be paired with a visit to waterfalls and hot springs.
Another take on the Valencia Tour (see above) is to combine it with a visit to the Hot Springs and the Pulang Bato waterfall. The hot springs are naturally hot and slightly sulfurous, fed directly from the mountain into manmade hot pools, famed for their medicinal properties. The waterfall is named after the red rocks surrounding it and great for cooling off after a visit to the hot springs.
Balanan lake is a deep freshwater lake found in the mountains of Barangay Sandulot in Siaton, southern Negros. The lake is bounded by mountain ranges and fed by three streams and the ride through the mountains is very scenic. Activities offered are fishing, kayaking and boat riding, and hiking along the pathways around the lake. Just down from the lakes are three man-made plunge pools which are perfect for a refreshing swim after your walk around the lakes. Do not miss the 300 year old balete tree by the entrance.
A 40 meter tall single column of water drops into a swimming basin of cold water that is surrounded by steep rock walls. Constantly misty and green, the site is stunning and a very popular excursion site despite the storm of 2011 which took away the man-made viewing platforms and some of the pathways. Be aware that there are 300 something steps to get down to the falls – and to get back up… Luckily, you can freshen up with a brisk swim in the cool mountain water before you start your climb back.
Wednesdays at Malatapay Market are always abuzz with activity. This is a local meeting place for traders, merchandisers, shoppers and visitors. On display is food, vegetables and fruit, tools and house hold items as well as clothes and bags. But most interesting must be the livestock market: Cows, goats and pigs in abundance meet their fate here in the early morning. Come early to see the hustle and bustle, and spend some time relaxing at the Malatapay pier with some sweet banana fritters and local coffee. Or why not sample some Lechon Baboy (roast pork) and a cold San Miguel beer?
Atmosphere Resorts sponsors a soup kitchen program that provides 80 children with a balanced lunch, 5 days a week, year round. The children are from one of the most impoverished areas in Dumaguete, 30 minutes away from the resort. The success of the program is owed to the mothers of the children who volunteer and run the program. The daily preparation, serving and clean-up is carried out by the mothers of the children eating. Atmosphere Staff visits ASK on a twice weekly basis and we’d be happy if you wanted to join us on this complimentary excursion.