The Scenic Rizal Boulevard Boardwalk is one of the highlights of visiting Dumaguete

Dumaguete’s Waterfront: Strolling the Rizal Boulevard Boardwalk



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Dumaguete is my new home for the next two years, so I have put together a few photo journals to show what it’s like here. Dumaguete is the capital of the province of Negros Oriental in the Visayan island chain. Approximately 75,000 people live here, and many of them are students thanks to the numerous universities here. While Dumaguete is known primarily as a college town, the scenic stretch of Rizal Boulevard along the sea is the symbolic focal point of the city. It is lined with expansive acacia trees and is often the center of festivals and community gatherings.

  • Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront

    Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront
    Lined with palm and acacia trees, the stretch of Rizal Boulevard is always buzzing with activity. (click here for a close up view of the Rizal Boulevard).

  • Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront

    Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront
    The acacia trees along the Boulevard shade the walkway beside the sea. It's my favorite place in the city to sit and read in the afternoon (click here for a close up view of the acacia trees).

  • Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront

    Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront
    Palm trees dominate the grassy expanse as you walk towards the pier.

  • Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront

    Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront
    During festivals the acacia trees are often hung with brightly colored flags.

  • Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront

    Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront
    These two fishermen are commuting via the brick lined walkway that runs the length of Rizal Boulevard beside the sea.

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  • Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront

    Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront
    When the tide goes out to expose a tidal flat, many times people will pick it over for crabs and other potential delicacies.

  • Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront

    Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront
    With the tidal flat exposed, people move out to search for things the sea has left behind.

  • Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront

    Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront
    Fishermen also catch fish sometimes right in front of the walkway along Rizal Boulevard.

  • Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront

    Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront
    At the far end of Rizal Boulevard is the pier where you can often see ships departing for all corners of the Philippines.

  • Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront

    Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront
    At night, the lights come on up and down the Boulevard (click here for a close up view of the Boulevard at night).

  • Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront

    Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront
    The lights of the pier shine on the water of the sea (click here for a close up view of this photo).

  • Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront

    Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront
    At night people from Dumaguete gather along the Rizal Boulevard walkway to talk, eat, and some play music for tips. These two drummers were busking for their dinner, I gave them half of a takeout pizza that I had with me.

  • Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront

    Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront
    On the end of Rizal Boulevard closest to the pier vendors will set up small food stands and tables for people to eat grilled chicken and pork on bamboo skewers.

  • Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront

    Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront
    This guitarist is often playing for tips to the people eating and chatting beside the sea at night.

  • Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront

    Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront
    In celebration of the Silliman University Founder's Day, the Boulevard was decked out with a Festival, and was a great place to catch the fireworks at the end of the Founder's Day ceremonies.

  • Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront

    Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront
    During the Festival, food stands and tables were set up under the lights hung from the acacia trees.

  • Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront

    Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront
    This little food stand sold grilled chicken and pork as well as servings of rice wrapped in woven palm leaves.

  • Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront

    Dumaguete - Rizal Boulevard Waterfront
    Fish and grilled meat sticks for sale at the Rizal Boulevard Festival by the sea.