Next stop for me was the town of Dumaguete, on the southeast tip of Negros Oriental province. This journey from Moalboal entailed a 1 1/2 hour ride south on a motorized tricycle, then a RORO (roll-on, roll-off) ferry to jump islands.
Dumaguete is, according to the guidebooks, a favorite place to live for expats. It has a nice oceanfront boulevard built in the 1920’s that is unusually stylish for a Philippine city. There are lots of eateries and bars along Rizal Boulevard that cater to the expats. It is an important port city with lots of big ferry connections to the various provinces in this part of the world. However, I found it to be an unfortunately dreary place, with most of the foreigners being extremely old men with awkwardly young Filipinas on their arm.
I was there over the Easter weekend and feeling fortunate to have secured a nice space to sleep during a very busy holiday in the PHP (heavily Catholic and devout). The city was pretty quiet over the holiday, relatively speaking. But as far as the quest for a great place to live… I had some high hopes based on advance research, but was sorely disappointed.
Lots of street food every night along the waterfront.