Best Things to Do in Negros Oriental, Philippines

Negros Oriental or Easter Negros, a province in the Philippines is located in the Central Visayas Region. It’s one of the biggest suppliers of sugar in the Philippines and other countries.

Apo Island in Negros Oriental
Apo Island in Negros Oriental

In terms of tourism, it’s where the best beaches, dive spots, natural wonders, and the famed Silliman University can be found. Their major crops are of course sugar cane, coconut, rice, and sweet corn. The coastal areas are also used for fishing as a source of income. There are other businesses that the locals are invested in like cattle ranches, rubber plantations and fish ponds that are mostly found in Bayawan City.


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Its capital city, Dumaguete has seen progress throughout the years with the construction of businesses like supermarkets and shopping malls. The tourism economy of Negros Oriental has also grown due to the numerous natural attractions and other adventure activities available in the province.

Here are some of the things that you can do in Negros Oriental.

Go Scuba Diving in Apo Island

Diving in Apo Island Negros Oriental photo by Cris Tagupa via Unsplash
Diving in Apo Island Negros Oriental photo by Cris Tagupa via Unsplash

Apo Island is included in the list of best diving spots in the world. The 72-hectare volcanic island has some unique rock formations and white pebble beach. This island is included in the Apo Island Protected Landscape and Seascape (AIPLS). The scuba diving adventure in this area is remarkable for many tourists because they get to see some 400 coral species, more than a hundred green sea turtle and 650 different kinds of fish. Some of the creatures you’ll see when you visit are clownfish (Nemo), Moray Eel, Manta Ray, White Tip Shark and Nudibranchs, a kind of critter that’s not easy to find.

Go Bird Watching in Negros Oriental

Balinsasayao Twin Lakes is home to about 120 species of birds like the critically-endangered Hornbill, Visayan Tarictic Hornbill, Balicassiao and Flame-templed Babbler. Another place where you can go bird watching is Cuernos de Negros Forest where you can find the Negros Striped Babbler. The mountain where the forest is located has different elevations from 850m to 1,800m ASL. It’s also recognized by Birdlife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA). You can take landscape photos and watch other wildlife. Camping is possible but you need to bring your own food.

Visit Twin Lakes Balinsasayao and Danao

Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park photo by Francisco Pajares Jr via Wikipedia CC
Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park By Francisco M. Pajares, Jr. – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

The twin lakes are a favorite spot of bird watchers. There are tourists who camp out there at night. In the vicinity is the Balinsasayaw Twin Lakes Natural Park which cradles a lush ecosystem with thriving forests and vegetation. Lake Balinsasayaw is twice as bigger than Danao. The two lakes are separated by a ridge. Some of the notable activities in the Twin Lakes are trekking, kayaking, boating and swimming. Visitors can also just chill and as they experience the splendor of the twin lakes.

Climb Mt. Kanlaon

Mt. Kanlaon photo via Wikipedia CC
Mt. Kanlaon photo via Wikipedia CC

Mt. Kanlaon stands 2,435 meters above sea level. It’s located in the middle of Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental. The part of the volcano in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental is the starting point of the climb to the summit. The area enjoys cool weather and fertile soil and visitors will love that there are waterfalls they can go to on their climb.

Go to Casaroro Falls in Valencia

Casaroro Falls photo by Joe Coyle via Flickr CC
Casaroro Falls photo by Joe Coyle via Flickr CC

You will have to pass some steep trails and boulders to reach the falls but the single column waterfalls is such an amazing sight to behold that you’re not going to feel tired at all though people who have health conditions might want to think about the 335 stairway they have to take before they can see this beauty.

Discover Mabinay Caves

The Mabinay Crystal Cave photo by Mclovintosh via Wikipedia CC
The Mabinay Crystal Cave By Mclovin’tosh – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Mabinay is home to some 400 caves making it the cave capital of Negros Oriental. It features limestone rock formations and karsts. These caves are located near the highway so it’s accessible for trekkers. All the 400 caves have their distinct characteristics. The most well-known caves are Bulwang (Crystal Cave), Mambajo and Cayaso Caves and Odloman Cave which is the 2nd cave system in the Philippines. For major spelunking activities, go to Mambajo and Cayaso caves.

Stroll Around Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete

Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete
Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete

Rizal Boulevard was named after the country’s national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. It could be noted that he walked on the beach where the park is situated today. This picturesque park offers visitors and local magnificent sunsets and moonlight walks. It’s lined with ancient trees and has some tourism establishments are located. It’s also considered as the cultural and historical center of the city.

See also: Dumaguete City Travel Guide 

Visit the White Sandbar of Manjuyod and Go Dolphin Watching in Bais City

Manjuyod Sandbar Travel Guide
Manjuyod Sandbar Travel Guide

The sandbar of Manjuyod appears during the low tide. It can be reached by motorized boats coming from Campuyo Wharf in Majuyod or Capiñahan or Canibol Wharves in Bais City. It has white sand and clear blue waters.

Bais City is near Tañon Strait, a protected marine sanctuary. There are tours which visitors can join wherein they can spot dolphins such as long-snouted spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and pantropical-spotted dolphins. Different kinds of whales can also be seen during the tour.

Try the Sweet Delicacies of Negros

Budbud Kabug at PHP50
Budbud Kabug

Sweet treats in Negros Oriental are some of the best in the Philippines. Their Budbud Kabog suman is made of millet and not glutinous rice. They also sell hot tsokolate (chocolate) in the province. The silvanas of the capital city is another popular pasalubong item of the province. One dessert that you can’t take home is their fried ice cream which comes in many flavors.

Visit the Monkey Sanctuary of Santa Catalina

Long-Tailed Macaque
Long-Tailed Macaque

The Monkey Sanctuary is located in Santa Catalina with 300 hectares of forestland. It’s home to the Long-Tailed Macaque monkeys and visitors have the chance to interact with them. This sanctuary is a famous eco-tourism attraction in Santa Catalina.

Negros Oriental Travel and Tour Packages

Dolphin Watching and Manjuyod Sandbar Tour

Dolphin Watching and Manjuyod Sandbar Tour photo via KLOOK
Dolphin Watching and Manjuyod Sandbar Tour photo via KLOOK

Start your island escapade with an early hotel pick up and you’ll soon be on your way to Bais for a chance to see majestic dolphins. If you’re lucky, you may spot some pantropical spotted dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and maybe even some long-snouted spinner dolphins!

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Twin Lakes Natural Park with Dumaguete City Tour

Twin Lakes Natural Park with Dumaguete City Tour photo via KLOOK
Twin Lakes Natural Park with Dumaguete City Tour photo via KLOOK

Make the most of your Dumaguete visit by exploring not just famous city spots but also the tranquil and lush forests nestled at the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park! Tucked away in the mountains of southern Negros are the captivating Lake Balinsasayao and its twin, Lake Danao.

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