Philippine Island Times Adventures of an American expat in the Philippines

July 20, 2007

Dumaguete and nearby

Filed under: — lapulapu @ 4:31 am

Dumaguete Proper

Coco Grande Hotel is by far the nicest place in town. It’s in a fairly quiet spot near the Silliman Univeristy campus, no more than five minutes by tricycle (14 cents) from Rizal Boulevard. A standard room is about $25/night. 225 0833 or 422 0746, fax 422 1328. The owner, Mike Butler, also runs Coco Grove in Siquijor.

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Coco Grande Stairwell

There is a good little native style restaurant/barbecue joint right across the street, and you can get one of the best massages in town at Harold’s Mansion, just a couple of blocks north, for $5 an hour.

I’m usually too cheap to pay even $25 a night so more often than not I stay at the Plaza Maria Lusia, which is perfectly fine and really is right on the plaza, or at the Wordlview Pension. Both have singles for about $15/night. The Worldview is on the busy and noisy Perdices Street but the rooms are up high enough that they’re fairly quiet, especially the ones at the back.


Dauin is on the coast about a 25 minute tricycle ride south of Dumaguete. I had a great couple of weeks there at the El Dorado Beach Resort.

Lots of scuba divers stay at El Dorado because it has a nice house reef and is conveniently located to other dive sites like Apo Island. The Dive Society is very professional. Standard rooms run about $25 a night. Marcos, the owner, also has one of the best night spots in Dumaguete, the Why Not? disco (with associated net cafe, restaurant, and travel agency). A free shuttle for El Dorado guests runs between the two several times each day.

El Dorado pool


About 15 minutes farther down the coast past Dauin is Malatapay. I really enjoyed spending a few days there at Hans and Nenita’s Malatapay Cottages.

My Malatapay Cottage

Malatapay Cottages Lounge

The sand in that area is dark volcanic stuff, but the swimming is good, the resort is very peaceful and well laid-out, and the staff are friendly. The old-fashioned Wednesday market in Malatapay, a minor tourist attraction, is in easy walking distance up the beach. My cottage was about $16 a night.

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