Although Dumaguete is the capital of Negros Oriental province, its feel is that of a tight-knit university town. It’s home to Silliman University, one of the finest academic institutions in the Visayas. Dumaguete is just a short ride away from Bais City, the jump-off point for a popular dolphin- and whale-watching boat expedition. It’s also close to Apo Island, a marine sanctuary where the scuba diving is excellent. The Sandurot festival held every November re-enacts through dance and song how Dumaguetenos�nnhave always welcomed visitors to their home town.