Tourism in Negros Oriental
Tourism is another source of livelihood for locals of the province considering there are plenty of breathtaking beaches and resorts situated on the island. Many pay a visit to explore the city capital or go to the municipalities for a diving experience. With its fine mix of conservatism and modernization, the province makes for a sleeping giant slowly exposing itself to the rest of the world. Top tourist spots in the province are further divided into categories:
Diving/ Dolphin and Whale Watching
Many tourists visit the province to explore the beautiful Apo Island, one of the world’s top dive sites. Apart from diving, there are many tourists who visit to experience an unforgettable dolphin watching adventure at Bais City.
For tourists interested in hiking or trekking, a hike up Mt. Kanlaon or Mt. Talinis are a much needed escape from the city. While these two are rather for physically fit hikers each municipality of Negros Oriental has stunning nature with thick forest and hidden waterfalls. You will find some suggestions on our pages about the municipalities. The tourism officers in the cities and municipalities of Negros Oriental are very helpful and able to set up trips for you which are not to the well known spots, but rather nature pure. Be prepared for great exciting trips.
Another tourism activity in the province is cave exploration in Mabinay. No matter if one is a serious “cavemen” or rather inexperienced, the caves in Mabinay offer opportunities for all levels of fitness.
For those seeking a short trip to Negros Oriental, and visit Dumaguete for a few days the nearby town of Valencia is highly recommended, to explore the richness of Philippine history and touches of Spanish colonization. Some destinations to visit close to to capital include: Cata-al Memorabilia, Fil-Am Jap Amity Shrine, Casaroro Falls, Spanish Fountain, Church of Saint Agustin of Hippo & Pipe Organ in Bacong
Best Time to Visit Negros Oriental
There is no best time to visit Negros Oriental. It is worthwhile all year around. Surely the dry season might be more enjoyable for most, but it can be also very hot. It is always a good Ideato visit regions during the weekend where a festival is being celebrated. Fortunately, there are plenty of festivals held throughout the province. The best ones to visit are:
Sandurot Festival (2nd week of November), Hugyawan Dalansayaw (first week of December ), Kabulakan Festival (3rd week of May), Pasayaw Festival (March 19, )Sinulog sa Tanjay Festival (June 24)
Visit the peaceful and laid back province of Negros Oriental for a taste of Philippine history and breathtaking nature.