Both Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental are known to be Visayas’ hottest spots when it comes to tourist attractions. If you are wandering the provinces of Negros and its vicinities, you might want to consider visiting some of the places listed below, as each will surely complete your “Negros” experience in Visayas.
1. Mag-aso Falls
This local waterfall located in Kabankalan City has been flocked by native residents and also by tourists. The caretakers of the waterfalls have just recently allowed visitors to visit the place as it was closed during the majority of the pandemic. With a scenic and natural landscape, taking a dip in this renowned waterfall is indeed refreshing. Cottage rentals and picnic areas are available in the vicinity as well.
Location: Brgy. Oringao, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.
2. Lakawon Island
Lakawon Island is known for its white-sand beaches. The 16-hectare island is surrounded with crystal-clear water, with the Taw Hai Floating Bar is one of its stand-out establishments. The tropical vibe is amplified with nipa huts serving as their cottages, with local vendors selling traditional refreshments such as coconut juice.
Location: Cadiz Viejo, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental
3. Manjuyod White Sand Bar
A white sand beach located in Negros Oriental, everyone in the area knows Manjuyod White Sand Bar. The place also has native cottages that are available for rent for guests. Tourists who have visited the sand bar also suggest taking island hopping trips via pump boats to witness the overall beauty of Manjuyod White Sand Bar.
Location: Manjuyod, Negros Oriental
4. Dumaguete Boulevard
Strolling along Dumaguete Boulevard while you’re in the city is a must-try experience. The boulevard is famous for its picturesque and nostalgic scenery. The overlooking view of the sea, the various local food stalls and mesmerizing acacia trees are just some of the reasons why one would like strolling in this famous boulevard.
Location: Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
5. Apo Island
Famously known as a great underwater diving spot, Apo Island is an exclusive island filled with rich flora and fauna. Diving enthusiasts have noted the number of marine life they have witnessed while diving underwater nearby the island, particularly turtles. Island hopping around the island is also one of the best suggested activities while in the vicinity.
Location: Dauin, Negros Oriental
6. Mt. Kanlaon
Even though known as one of the most active volcanoes in the country, Mt. Kanlaon is noted for many sightseers to be a very majestic and magnificent natural wonder in the Philippines. The mountain is also known as Visayas’ Visayas highest point with an elevation of 2,465masl and an active stratovolcano.
Location: Canlaon, Bacolod, Negros Occidental
7. Perth Paradise Resort
One of the more exclusive resorts in Sipalay, Perth Paradise Resort is a home to picturesque view of a lagoon surrounded by islets. The overlooking view offered by the resort’s rooms allows guests to witness the beauty of the surrounding lagoons’ crystal-blue water. The surrounding trees and marine life is also worth noting while staying in this luxury resort.
Location: Sipalay, Negros Occidental
8. The Ruins
Known to be the remains of the ancestral home mansion of the family of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson and Maria Braga Lacson, The Ruins in Bacolod is now famous as a tourist spot admired for its Italian-inspired architecture. As it used to be a mansion of the Lacsons, during World War II, Filipino guerillas burned the place down to prevent the Japanese forces from making it as one of their bases. Known to have burned for three days straight, the mansion stood still, now damaged, thus now known as the Ruins.
Location: Talisay City, Negros Occidental
9. Carbin Reef
Carbin Reef is home of two marine reserves – Sagay Marine Reserve can be found in the north while Danjugan Island Marine Reserve is located in the Cauayan. Carbin Reef has been appreciated by tourists for its rich marine life. Because of this, the reef is heavily protected by caretakers to preserve the marine life in the area by strictly implementing environmental practices such as CLAYGO or Clean As You Go.
Location: Sagay City, Negros Occidental
10. Balay Negrense
The Balay Negrense (Hiligaynon for Negrense House), also known as Victor Fernandez Gaston Ancestral House is a museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental in the Philippines, showcasing the lifestyle of a late 19th-century Negrense sugar baron. Now known as a tourist spot, the ancestral house is known to be the the first museum to be established in the province of Negros Occidental.
Location: Cinco De Noviembre Street, Silay City Heritage Zone, Silay City, 6116 Negros Occidental