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Sites You Should not Forget to Visit in Negros Oriental

Sites You Should not Forget to Visit in Negros Oriental

Negros Oriental’s beauty remained a secret to the rest of the country. While most of us flocked to the most popular yet hackneyed destinations, the province’s frontiers were less occupied. The locals are randomly coming back and forth to those remarkable sceneries yet remained unknown outside the province.

Only just recently, through the efforts of the provincial government, when the province launched a tourism campaign with a tag, “Negros Oriental: fun starts here, naturally”. However, the launch was made only in the Dumaguete which, I believe targeted the locals only as the market.

negros oriental tourism campaign banner

Negros Oriental Tourism Campaign Banner as shown in Robinsons Dumaguete

Things to Do in Negros Oriental

If other provinces are marketing its man-made attractions (ziplines, etc.), Negros Oriental offers all naturally-carved or inert wonders. The province has exquisite spaces for your vacation and relaxation with utmost privacy and pampering beauty.

You can also enjoy your scoops of the local delicacies. Savour Tanjay’s masterpiece, budbod (banana leaf-wrapped suman), the tastiest in town and take your bite with Bayawan’s baye-baye, patties made from ground corn kernels and grated coconut. Or, why not pay a visit to the famous Sans Rival Cakes and Pastries and relish your appetite with the pastry shop’s flagship bakes, the San Rival  cakes and silvanas.

Also, festivals are celebrated in almost every towns and cities which dates are spread all year round.

So, if you have plans to visit Negros Oriental in the future, book a flight to Dumaguete and include the following in your itinerary.

Be thrilled in the Magnificently Floating Majuyod Sand Bar

Stroll along the 7-kilometer stretch of the white sand surrounded with pristine blue water sand bar in Manjuyod. The white sand island can be accessed via a 15-minute boat ride from Capiñahan Wharf in the South Bais Bay, Bais City. The island emerges only during low tide and the native wooden houses built on it through stilts seem floating during high tide.

manjuyod sandbar

View of Manjuyod Sandbar during low tide

Witness the Whale and the Dolphin Tales in Tanon Straight

Prior to your Sand Bar adventure, allure yourself first with the whales and dolphins as they frolic on the seas of Tanon Straight, offshore Bais Bay, Bais City. This is one of the most successful dolphin-and-whale watching operations in the country which is a must see at 8:00 in the morning.

Unearth the Underground Treasures of Mabinay Caves

According to the locals, there are more than 400 caves honeycombing Mabinay’s lower regions. In 1989-1990, the Belgian-Dutch-Philippine Club commenced an expedition and identified only 45. The famous of which is Cayaso, which has a subterranean river flowing through its main chamber. The cave measures 2,222 meters long ranking it as the 9th longest cave in the country. Odloman (still in Mabinay), at 8,870 meters, was recorded as the second longest cave system in the Philippines.

Discover the Depths of Balanan Lake

Balanan Nature Resort is a scenic mountain resort developed around Balanan Lake, a number eight-shaped body of water with 25-hectare surface area. The lake houses a kilometer-long water channel ideal for water sports and a 4-kilometer circumferential trail for trekking adventures. Pools for swimming, kayaks and bancas for boating, and waterfalls for great photo shoots are also available. Balanan is also a host to hundreds of balete trees and atop one of which is a tree house.

Chase Waterfalls at Sitio Niludhan, Bayawan City

With just two and a half hours from Dumaguete, you can see a waterfall stunner. Niludhan Falls features a wide cascade plunging down to jade pool, surrounded with verdant greens. Reaching it may be a bit of a frowner because of the unpaved roads. You will forget all the efforts though, when you see it.

Ian Limpangog is stunned at Niludhan Falls

Stunned at Niludhan Falls

Unveil the World below the Waters of Apo Island

Apo Island Marine sanctuary, one of the World’s top 10 diving destination, is heavily vegetated with marine life. The 72-hectare island sanctuary is a home of small, five white sand beach resorts, two mangrove lagoons, and a light house. It is also an ideal habitat to Nemo’s cousins, Amphiprion melanopus, which colonized seven large coral heads in the island, now called “Clown-Fish City”.

Apo Island

Apo Island

Capture the Elusive Splendour of Twin lakes Natural Park

The huge Lakes of Balinsasayao and Danao, is surrounded with almost untouched lush greeneries and vegetation, a home to variety of species. These are volcano craters filled with water. Hiking trails were setup for tourist while boat rental is available for those who want to spend their time canoeing in its placid water surface.

Aside from the list above, Negros Oriental also houses variety of waterfalls (such as Niludhan Falls of Bayawan City) and river delta systems, scenic beaches, caves, historical fortress, and many others. You may visit Negros Oriental’s official webpage to view the quick list of these surprises.

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  • Diannah Anne Zendon

    Additional info
    1.Town of Valencia: TREK to Mt. TALINIS .. approximately 6h up and 7-8 h down.. depending on the route. There are also plenty of lakes in Mt Talinis such as Lake yagumyum and Lake Nailig
    2. Valencia: Casaroro Falls (200 steps) but you are not allowed to dive bec of the current
    3. Valencia: Minor hike to Japanese Shrine
    4. Busay: Hot Spring
    5. Valencia: Hot springs in Pulang Tubig
    6. Mabinay: Cave capital of the Phils..spelunking and rapelling
    7. Mabinay: Spring and one can do wall climbing in Snake Rock
    8. Sipalay : Beautiful beach

  • Diannah Anne Zendon

    Been there!!! :))) Paradise!

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  • Jed

    Nice.. I’ll be there soon

    • iAn

      you are from Dumaguete Jed, correct?

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