Negros Oriental

Boracay isn’t the only destination in the Visayas region. Venture to the Negros Island, which is the third largest island in the Philippines. The island is divided into two provinces, the southwestern half being Negros Oriental. This province is packed with many things to do, making it one of the top tourist spots in the country.

Begin your adventure in Dumaguete City, which is an hour and 15 minutes away by plane from Metro Manila. Take a walk along Rizal Boulevard and watch the sun set on Dumaguete City Bay. Nearby is the historical Dumaguete Belfry, a historical landmark that’s been standing since 1811.

The lively college town of Dumaguete is where you’ll find Silliman University, the oldest American-founded university in Asia. Be sure to visit the Silliman Anthropological Museum, which houses 2,000 year old artifacts and information about Philippine indigenous culture and history.

Learn more about Dumaguete culture during the Sandurot Festival, which is a weeklong celebration of the city’s multicultural roots.

Take a look at World War II relics in the Cata-al War Memorabilia Museum. The owner of the private residence-turned-museum Felix Cata-al uncovered helmets, bullets, bombs, and the like in the jungles around Mt. Talinis in Valencia City.

Located in Barangay Apolong, Valencia City, are the Casaroro Falls. Climb up 300 steep concrete steps 715 feet (217 meters) above sea level. The 100 foot (30 meter) high waterfall forms a chilly yet swimmable pool at the bottom.

Take a habal-habal (motorcyle taxi) to the Twin Lakes, Lake Balinsasayao and Lake Danao, in Dumaguete. Visitors can cross the river on a kayak, or trek in the forests around the lakes. The area is home to almaciga trees, which are the tallest trees in the Philippines. You can go fishing in the lake as well, and might be lucky enough to spot the rare Japanese night heron.

Search the waves for dolphins and whales in Bais City. Head to Port Capiñahan where you’ll board a boat to Tañon Strait, a channel between Negros Island and Cebu. Be on the lookout for the eleven species of marine animals living in Bais’ waters, including dolphins and pygmy sperm whales.

Delve in Negros Oriental history at the Central Azucarera de Bais, the first sugar mill in the Philippines. The mill was constructed in 1918 and even features the Baldwin Locomotive used to transport sugar across the region.

For unique souvenirs, drop by the Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage Stonecraft (NOAH). These stonecrafting factories in the town of Bacong make use of various Philippine gems and stones, like jade, jasper, onyx, and mountain stone. You can submit your own design or allow the skilled stonecrafters to come up with one for you.

If you visit Negros Oriental during festival season, go shopping in Sidlakang Negros Village. The cultural expo center sells unique, handcrafted goods from around the province.

The Manjuyod White Sandbar is small, measuring at only 7km (4 miles) in length. There are 4 cottages on it available for rent, but these are only accessible during low tide. The sandbar is a great place to go swimming and snorkeling.

Dive in the waters of Apo Island, which is home to 15 diving spots, 650 species of fish, and 400 species of coral.

Top Rated Restaurants in Negros Oriental Browse All

  1. Sans Rival Cake & Pastries
    4.5 Stars
    Dessert
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  2. Bohol Bee Farm
    4.5 Stars
    Vegetarian
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  3. The Buzzz Cafe
    4.5 Stars
    Café
    19 Reviews View
  4. Saffron Restaurant & Bar
    4.5 Stars
    International
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  5. Sweet Home Cafe
    4.5 Stars
    Café
    6 Reviews View
  6. Sans Rival Cake & Pastries
    4.5 Stars
    Dessert
    5 Reviews View
  7. Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast
    4.0 Stars
    Italian
    9 Reviews View
  8. Tarsier Paprika
    4.0 Stars
    International
    7 Reviews View
  9. Casablanca Delicatessen and Fine Dining
    5.0 Stars
    European
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  10. Mooon Cafe
    4.0 Stars
    Mexican
    6 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Negros Oriental Browse All

  1. The Bellevue Resort
    4.5 Stars
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    32 Reviews View
  2. Panglao Island Nature Resort
    5.0 Stars
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    15 Reviews View
  3. Bohol Beach Club
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    9 Reviews View
  4. Henann Resort Alona Beach
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    11 Reviews View
  5. Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    14 Reviews View
  6. Coco Grove Beach Resort
    5.0 Stars
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    7 Reviews View
  7. South Palms Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    9 Reviews View
  8. Amorita Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    12 Reviews View
  9. Dumaluan Beach Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    13 Reviews View
  10. Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa
    5.0 Stars
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    6 Reviews View

Top Rated Places in Negros Oriental Browse All

  1. Sans Rival Cake & Pastries
    4.5 Stars
    Dessert
    51 Reviews View
  2. Bohol Bee Farm
    4.5 Stars
    Vegetarian
    62 Reviews View
  3. Tumalog Falls
    5.0 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    31 Reviews View
  4. Oslob Whale Shark Watching
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    40 Reviews View
  5. Kawasan Falls
    5.0 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    23 Reviews View
  6. The Bellevue Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    32 Reviews View
  7. Panglao Island Nature Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    15 Reviews View
  8. The Buzzz Cafe
    4.5 Stars
    Café
    19 Reviews View
  9. Matutinao River
    5.0 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    11 Reviews View
  10. Apo Island
    4.5 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    16 Reviews View

Popular Areas in Negros Oriental

  1. Dumaguete

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  2. Dauin

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  3. Zamboanguita

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  4. Valencia

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  5. Sibulan

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