From the urban bustles of Bacolod in Negros Occidental to the laid-back easiness of Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental, there are tons of things to do, food to eat, and places to visit in Negros Island.
The fourth largest island in the Philippines is yet another precious gem in Central Visayas with its abundance of warm people, rich history, and pristine nature.With the magnificent display of lush mountains, unspoiled beaches, and preserved underwater coral gardens and marine ecosystems, there’s no doubt that the Negrenses or Negrosanons have done their fair share in taking care of their abundant wildlife and ecosystems.
If you’re planning to go around Negros Island, here are a few things you should definitely jot down in your travel bucket list:
- Food trip at Manokan Country, Bacolod
A visit to Bacolod is never complete without a taste of its famous Chicken Inasal, a Filipino variant of grilled chicken marinated with calamansi, pepper, vinegar,and annatto and then grilled over hot coals. Where else would you get a better and more authentic Chicken Inasal experience than Manokan Country?
Manokan Country is a food complex composed of throngs of carenderia-style restaurants or stalls that serve juicy char-grilled Chicken Inasal and other Filipino favorites like Isaw, Atay, and more. Get ready to eat with your bare hands!
After a satisfying meal, take a trip through must-see sites in Bacolod such as The Ruins, San Sebastian Cathedral,Negros Museum, and Bacolod Capitol Park.
- Trekking at Mt. Kanlaon
Have you ever tried hiking up an active volcano? Tick that off from your bucket list and go on a challenging trekking adventure up Mt. Kanlaon.
Also known as Cuernos de Negros or Horns of Negros, Kanlaon Volcano is deemed as one of the most active volcanoes in the country. It is surrounded by craters, volcanic peaks, and waterfalls. It is also considered as the highest peak in Central Philippines with an astounding summit elevation of 8,088 feet – definitely not an easy feat.
- Marine adventures
From the mountainside, we move on to the open waters. Negros Island certainly doesn’t come short when it comes to marine adventures. Two of its treasured marine protected areas are the Apo Island Marine Reserve and Danjugan Island Marine Reserve & Sanctuary.
Located 30 KM south of Dumaguete is the volcanic Apo Island. It is popular among tourists who want to go diving or snorkeling. Considered as a protected area by the National Integrated Protected Area Act (NIPA), Apo Island Marine Reserve boasts of a rich marine ecosystem where you get to see giant turtles, colorful fishes, and coral formations up close.
Another amazing sanctuary is the Danjugan Island Marine Reserve & Sanctuary. This solar-powered reserve has beyond 500 fish species, more than 200 species of hard corals, over 70 species of birds, 20 butterfly species, and around 10 species of bats. You can go on a day trip or eco tour and engage in different watersports or go hiking and bird-watching.
- Exploring Sipalay’s best-kept beaches
If you’re itching to go scuba diving in the ocean, head on to Sipalay Punta Ballo. This beach is open to guests who want to explore over 30 dive sites found in the area including shipwrecks.
After a tiring diving session, discover one of Sipalay’s best-kept secrets – Sugar Beach. This secluded beach offers beach bums the serene retreat they deserve. You can do various water sports and beach activities there as well.
- Sailing to a nearby island (or sandbar)
When you’re out in Bais for dolphin and whale watching, stopping over Manjuyod White Sandbar is a definite must. From Capiñahan Wharf at South Bais Bay, ride an outrigger boat to the sandbar. It is best to visit early in the morning and marvel at its bare beauty. No resorts or trees in sight, just crystal clear waters and fine white sand.
Make the most out of your trip and visit Lakawon Island, a 13-hectarebanana-shaped island off the coast of Cadiz. Along with the island’s creamy white shore and blue waters, another famous attraction is a resort with modern facilities and a floating bar. Have the most amazing vacation with your squad and take countless Insta-worthy pictures!
- Spending the night nearby Mag-aso Falls
When taking a trip to the waterfalls, you usually just stay there for a few hours and then go home before it gets dark. But at Mag-aso Falls, you can experience being in the midst of the great outdoors longer. After having absolute fun dipping in the twin waterfalls’ very deep pool or splashing around in the shallow areas, travelers can rent cottages and rooms just near the area.
- Dumaguete City day tour
If you’re planning for a chill weekend trip, Dumaguete City would probably take the top spot of your list of must-go places. The city of gentle people will captivate you with its timeless charm and historic beauty.
Wander around town and visit Dumaguete’s famous spots including Siliman University, Campanario de Dumaguete, and St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral. If you have enough time to spare, a trip to Twin Lakes National Park, Casaroro Falls, and Pulangbato Falls will definitely be worth it. After a day’s worth of exploring, take a relaxing stroll along the quaint Rizal Boulevard and devour some all-time favorite street food along the way.
There’s so much to do in Negros Island that you’d wish you live here. Good thing there’s an affordable and top-quality home option available in Dumaguete City.
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